Penny Smith

November 3, 1935 - February 20, 2023

Lou Ann “Penny” Smith, 87, of Winnie, died Monday, February 20, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born November 3, 1935, in Beaumont, to Ethel Mary Hayes and Carl Doyle.

Penny was a career nurse, working in the Winnie Community Hospital for over forty years, caring for our community with skill and a rare kindness many still remember.

In addition, she raised a family of seven children, and worked at various profitable hobbies. She could be seen at the Texas Rice Festival with her crafts for sale for many years before deciding to just enjoy the activities and her grandchildren. She loved the Dallas Cowboys and could be transformed into a one-woman cheerleader to which no one dared oppose.

She is survived by her children, Melissa Devillier and husband, Cully of Winnie; Donna Sage of Nashville, Arkansas; Kelly McNeely and husband, Dale of Kountze; Karla Carr of Winnie; David Smith and Betty of Winnie; Toby Smith and wife, Misti of Winnie; and Danny Smith of Winnie; sister, Patsy Bobo of Sour Lake; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and thirteen nieces and nephews.

Penny is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; parents, Ethel Waltmon and Carl Doyle; grandons, Ross VanNorstrand II; Lanny McBride, Jr.; David Johnson; and Danny Thomas Steele; nephew, Shahn Waltmon; and sister, Linda Waltmon.

A gathering of Mrs. Smith’s family and friends will 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2023, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, with her interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • February 24, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • February 24, 2023
  • 5:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Louis Catholic Church
  • 315, W Buccaneer Dr, Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • February 25, 2023
  • 10:00 am


Fairview Cemetery
  • , , Winnie, TX, 77665,

Comments (36)

    Melissa Ogden Hoyt says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Ms. Penny’s passing. Ms. Penny was always so kind to me. Please know the family is in my prayers for comfort and strength.

    Patty+Revia says:

    Heaven just welcomed a beautiful soul. She was always smiling and so glad to see you. Prayers for her family. Patty Broussard Revia

    Felecia+Krus says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mrs. Penny was such a kind-hearted.person. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Tammy Patterson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Smith’s passing. She was such a treasure to many of us. She treated all of Melissa & Donna’s friends like her kids. Such a hard worker and a servant of God. Our prayers are with all of her family.
    Donnie & Tammy Patterson

    Kimberly Pettit says:

    Beautiful Penny, she was so kind in helping with our wedding in 2000, such a gracious kind lady, loved Aunt Penny.????❤️.

    Bernice & Russell Farrow says:

    We are deeply sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and she always knew who you were. Jesus welcomed home one of a kind.

    Tammy K. Davis says:

    One of the most lovely people ever. I love and miss this generation that is leaving us. A place we all come to. With love, Tammy Kirkpatrick Davis

    Marylene Williams says:

    I sure will miss you My friend. Rip

    Roland & Jeanette Weekly says:

    So sorry to hear of Miss Penny’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady, always had a smile for everyone. You were loved by many, and you will be missed by many. Prayers to all of her family.

    Tommye Hodges says:

    May God give you comfort and peace in your time of loss. Penny always had a smile and will be missed.

    Davis Family says:

    David & all the Smith family,
    We are so sorry about your sweet Momma. She was always so friendly and kind to all of us. Just know that Heaven has gained your Angel and she is at peace now. Our family will be praying for you’ll and may God wrap His arms tightly around you in the days ahead. God Bless!
    The Davis Family
    Joe & Betty Veillon; Flint & Liz Maxcy; Danny Davis

    Kimberlyglenn says:

    Smith family I knew Penny. She was a very sweet and kind loving lady. She will be missed by her family and friends.

    Dean Rayburn says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    Sheila Marino says:

    Penny was one of a kind! Such a sweetheart and very gentle in every way. I know you will miss her Melissa, hugs for you and entire family. Love you!

    Johnny Smith says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    melissa Jennis Ahrens says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing. Penny and Marvin were my Godparents. She was so comforting when my mom passed 7 years ago. She was a very special person. I will keep family in my prayers

    Sandy & Doug Choate says:

    Sending Prayers to all the family and friends, Mrs Smith was a beautiful lady inside and out and loved her family and one of the most caring lady I Know.
    May God comfort her family at this time.????❤️

    James & Lisa Simon says:

    We are so sorry, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    David Boyd says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Paula West says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Penny was a kind, sweet and hard working woman. She always had a smile on her face. I enjoyed our conversations every chance we got to talk.
    RIP my dear, ????. You will be missed!

    Kathy Hoffpauir says:

    So very sorry for y’all’s loss she was like a second mother to me growing up …. My thoughts , prayers and condolences are with you all ❤️

    Tammy Phelps says:

    such a sweet sweet lady! i use to take my children swimming at her house years back. sending prayers to her family ????❤️

    Kimberly Hoffpauir says:

    I’m so very sorry to the family for your loss. I never stopped loving Penny and Marvin and her sweet beautiful soul will be greatly missed ♥️????

    Concetta and Malcolm Rollins says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. I had the privilege of knowing her since my childhood years. She was an amazing wife, mother, friend, and coworker. She will be greatly missed. To all her family – you are all in our prayers and thoughts!

    Thelma and Albert Boone says:

    So sorry for your loss

    Glenda Woolwine says:

    She was the sweetest person and will be missed.

    Donald Savoie Sr. says:

    Thoughts and Prayers for the family.

    Dot Lemaire Jacobs says:

    Penny and I started school together in 1941 remanded friends until her death. She was a tiny little red head always smiling and enjoying life. She never ceased to amaze with her accomplishments. An angel on earth has now claimed her place in Heaven. She will be missed. Rest In Peace sweet friend.

    Mazie+East says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Penny will always be remembered for her tireless and compassionate work as a nurse. She was a gentle giant and we all loved her. RIP Penny!

    Eva Gail Simon says:

    I am sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She was the most wonderful, down-to-earth, hard-working person I have known. She served the community with love and grace. Prayers for all of the family and friends.

    Suzie and Kenny Ortego says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Sincerely, Suzie and Kenny Ortego

    Pamela Hargraves says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this very special woman. She was always so joyful and lovely!
    May she rest in eternal peace. Pam Miller Hargraves

    Lea J Cossey says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Ms Penny’s passing ???? My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ????

    Regina Jones says:

    Continued prayers for all her family. She was a wonderful part of this community. Rest in Peace Penny.

    Larry Meaux, Jr. says:

    Condolences to Melissa,Cully,and the entire family.

    Delta,Letty, & Larry,Jr.

    Sharon Bourgeois says:

    Sorry for your loss.
    Prayers for the family.

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