Shelly Ortego Harless

January 17, 1954 - July 23, 2022

Shelly Ann Ortego Harless, 68, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas.

Shelly was a long-time resident of Beaumont, Texas. She was born in Washington, Louisiana to the late Adner Paul Ortego and Ellen Jane Ardoin Ortego. Shelly graduated from Opelousas Senior High School, class of 1972.

She then graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1975, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Record Science, where she met the love of her life, Denver Wade Harless. They wed June 12, 1976, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana. They moved to Texas in 1982 where Wade worked for over thirty years. They then moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2017 where they loved having family come visit them on the way to the beautiful local beaches. Wade passed in July of 2019 and Shelly moved back to Beaumont in May 2021 to be closer to family.

Shelly is survived by her son, Robert Denver Harless and wife, Mamie Sicard Harless, of Alpharetta, Georgia;  daughter, Erica Leigh Harless Richard and husband, Elton Richard II, of Beaumont, Texas; four grandsons, Garrett Richard, Grant Harless, Lucas Richard, and Jack Turk; one granddaughter, Olivia Turk Dixon and her husband, Brady John Dixon, of Bordelonville, Louisiana; one great grandson, John Brady Dixon; brothers, Harvel Ortego and his wife, Karen, of Austin, Texas; Kenneth Ortego and his wife, Debbie, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Bernard Ortego and his wife, Linda, of Magnolia, Mississippi; sisters, Carolyn Ortego Cox and her husband, Don, of Tucson, Arizona; Marsha Ortego Deaville and her husband, Don, of Houston, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and goddaughters that are dear to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of forty-three years, Wade.

A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with a gathering of Mrs. Harless’ family and friends to follow until 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A second gathering will begin at 9:00 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at 2:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 2300 North University Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana.


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • July 29, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • July 29, 2022
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
  • 6825, Gladys Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • July 30, 2022
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
  • 6825, Gladys Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • July 30, 2022
  • 10:00 am


Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
  • 2300, N University Ave, Lafayette, LA, 70507,
  • July 30, 2022
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (14)

    Rosa Gonzalez says:

    She will be missed. She was so full of life. She could be serious to so funny. She was also talented and had a beautiful singing voice. Comfort and prayers to Érica, Robbie, and the family.

    Clay & Darlene, Heather Abel says:

    There are so many joyful and funny stories that come to mind when we think of Shelly. There was a game night where we celebrated like we were in the 1950s, with Jim and Jean Fennell, Richard and Peggy Micko, Wade & Shelly… all dressed up in poodle skirts and leather jackets, laughing all night. Once, when Shelley was trying to back the car out of the driveway and she would go “back-and-forth, back-and-forth“ and then finally just backed into the ravine and called it quits. Lastly, the funniest is when Shelly had a low tire and a gentleman offered to have her follow him to the nearest repair station,…Shelly followed the truck and eventually realized she wasn’t sure if she was following the right truck… right out of town. She called Wade who says “where are you so I can come get you?” As she says “I have no idea!” No one could tell a story like Wade, and no one had good material like Shelly. She taught me how to speak “Cajun “and how to enjoy life. Her joy and love and laughter and beauty will always be remembered in our family!

    Barbara Fesco says:

    ERICKA and Robert, I am so sorry for your loss. If I had known your Mom was back in Beaumont, I would have come to see her, she was a very sweet friend of mine. She was loved and will be missed by many. RIP SWEET ANGEL 😇🙏 YELL WADE WHEN I HET IP THERE I’M COMING AFTER HIM SO I CAN PAINT HIS TOE NAILS RED ♥️ RIP YOU 2 LITTLE LOVE BIRDS🙏🐦😇🐦🌹👏🌻🌹🙏🙏

    Jodie Simonson says:

    Robert and Erica I am so sad at the loss of your mom. She often talked about how she was so proud of both of you. She adored the grandchildren and looked forward to meeting the new greatgrandbaby. She will be greatly missed by all of us….

    Geneva Danna says:

    Erica & Robert our Heart and Prayers are with you all. Your Mom was very Precious to ALL of us. The uplifting laughter was sweet. God be with you all during this time of loss & Peace & Comfort be with the family. Geneva & Carmello Danna.

    Janie and Randy Babin says:

    Praying for eternal peace for Shelly and hope all who loved and miss her. We will be at her services in spirit but are unable to attend since we have Covid.

    Sherron Francois Vidrine says:

    Rest in peace Mu Gul. (My Girl). You will always be in my heart and head remembering all the fun and sad times we shared. Love you always my friend ❤️
    Love, kisses, hugs and sympathy for the family🙏

    Richard Thibodeaux says:

    Robert and Erica; I went to school with your mom in Washington. She was the kindest and nicest classmate one could have ever asked for. I had been looking for your mom for years. I could never seem to get a lead. Now I will cease my search. Shelly, you left too soon. I will see you on the other side. Rest in peace my sweet friend.

    Sam Giglio says:

    My condolences. Shelly was a real sweetheart. She sang with our choir at St. Jude church for many. She will missed. Praying for all her family.

    Pam Ortego Landreneau says:

    So very sad at Shelly’s passing
    I remember her so well growing up in Grand Prairie, Louisiana. I know she will leave a lasting memory and legacy on her family and community Rest In Peace dear Shelly

    Vicki and Ivin Chelette says:

    Ivin and I send our condolences to Erica, Robbie, and all your family.. I have so many memories of love and laughter. We were kindred spirits that shared so much.I will miss you so much. I have no words to express how I feel. I do know that when you meet God , he will say ” Come my good and faithful servant where I have prepare a place for you, oh and Wade.” I love you, your cousin Vicki Ortego Chelette.

    James & Jeanne May says:

    Holding you all close in our hearts and prayers. Much much love.

    Go thou in Peace

    Mimi Daniali says:

    What a sorrow and tearful eyes to read and know two of the special people are gone. Your dad was serving Anayat House as a board member and your mother was so kind and loving to let him support Anayat House on those days that I needed so much help and support. I will miss both of them and for their memories there will be two gold leaf at the Anayat House ‘s tree with their name. My deepest condolences
    Mimi Daniali

    Gene Landry says:

    Go in peace, Shelly. May you have a heavenly reunion with Wade, and be in the presence of our Lord.

    May your family have comfort knowing how many prayers have been offered for you.

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