Obituary Page



It gets harder and harder for me to add names to the memorial page.
It's with great sorrow that I add names
of our friends, family and faculty that we have lost.
My deepest sympathy to the families of the of lost alumni.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Richard "Larry" Shimek June 14, 1946 - November 12, 2014

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Richard "Larry" Shimek '64
Richard “Larry” Shimek, 68, died at Harbor Hospice on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He had been fighting a battle with emphysema for six weeks. Larry was born on June 14, 1946, in Harlingen, Texas, to Charles (Spud) Shimek and Katherine Shimek. He had two brothers, one sister, and one older sister who died in infancy. He received his education in Beaumont attending French High School, where he graduated in 1964. Larry excelled in all things “sports”. While attending Lamar University, he minored in engineering while earning a Bachelor of Science in Math in December 1968. During his college years, Larry worked part time at the Texas Highway Department as a draftsman. In August 1968, Larry married Patricia Hickey. They had two daughters, Stephanie and Heather. One month after college graduation, the United States Army invited him to join them. Upon completion of basic training in El Paso, Texas, Larry was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. He was a computer programmer at the Forestall Building in Washington, D.C. After finishing his Army tour of duty, Larry returned to Beaumont and to the Texas Highway Department, where he worked in the computer department. He left after fifteen years to work for Gulf States Utilities (Entergy) as an auditor. In 1996, he retired from Entergy and took a consulting job with Shell Oil in Houston. At the time of his death, Larry was retired and acting as his ninety-four year old mother’s caregiver. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed tinkering in his garage. Survivors include his wife, Pat Shimek; daughters, Stephanie Shimek and Heather Shimek Rudd and her husband, Marcus; mother, Katherine Shimek; brother, Roy Shimek; sister, Linda Shimek; one grandson, Calder Rudd; and one granddaughter, Samantha Rudd. He is preceded in death by his father, Spud Shimek and brother, David Shimek. A gathering of Mr. Shimek’s family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday afternoon at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont. Thanks to the staff of Harbor Hospital. You made his stay there pleasurable and your food helped him gain twenty pounds. Thanks also to the red headed nurse at Health South for your kindness. To the male nurse, Chris, at Baptist ER who loaned out his cell phone to Stephanie, thank you. There are people in healthcare who care about their patients.

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Grace DeMary '35
Funeral services for Grace Ballard DeMary, 94, of Houston will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. A former longtime resident of Beaumont, she is survived by her daughter, Irene DeMary Potter and husband, James of Houston; son, Thomas DeMary of Austin; 3 grandchildren, Mark, Rachel and Jamie Potter, daughter-in-law, Alison Potter and 1 great-grandchild, Olivia.

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Linda Dowell '66
Linda Laurine Dowell, of Beaumont, passed away October7, 2014. She was born June 20, 1948 in Beaumont to Clarence Herbert Dowell and Velma Hatley Dowell. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Laurine attended school in Beaumont and was a 1966 graduate of French High School. After graduating she attended Lamar University. Later she served as Safety Education Specialist for both the City of Beaumont and Lamar University. Laurine was a very creative person and at one time owned Dowell's Drapery Shop in Beaumont. She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Glenn Hatley Dowell. She is survived by her mother, Velma Dowell Fellows; sons, Jonathan Dowell and Mark Glenn Dowell; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=linda-dowell&pid=172772295&fhid=10987#sthash.SXBTaol3.dpuf

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Richard Rick Whitson '70
Richard Rick Whitson passed away on October 25, 2014 at the Michael Debakey Veterans Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born and raised in Beaumont and attended French High and Lamar college. He then joined the United States Marine Corps where he was proud member for nine years.His last few years were spent engaging in radio controlled model aircraft, a hobby he enjoyed. Preceding him in death were his parents Archie and Helen Whitson. Survivors include a sister Pamela Whitson Danbom and husband Michael, A daughter Victoria Tate and two grandsons. A niece Stacey Fasano an her daughters,Kasie and Danielle Murff, as well as cousin and great friends . A private service will be held for family and friends.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 2, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=richard-whitson-rick&pid=173023210&FBNF=ShareObitAt#.VFat9ND49gA.facebook

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Carolyn Gresham '58
1940 - 2014 Carolyn E. Gresham, 74, of Vidor, went home to her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Carolyn was surrounded by her loving husband and her five daughters. Carolyn was born in Beaumont and was a 1958 French High School graduate. She was a licensed vocational nurse and truly loved taking care of people. Carolyn was a member of Turning Point Church in Vidor. She loved being there and enjoyed it even more when friends and family would attend with her. Besides her church, her greatest love was her family. She was truly the matriarch of her family. She was always there, any time of the day or night if you needed someone to talk to. For that, she will truly be missed. Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of fifty-eight years, James Pee Wee Gresham; her five daughters, Lavonda Charleston, Patsy Isenhower, Kristy Calhoun, Rebecca Kays and Cathy Braneff all of Vidor; her brother, Buddy Lewis of Vidor; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. A gathering of her family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Turning Point Church, 3600 North Main, Vidor, under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lunches of Love in care of Turning Point Church P.O. Box 1347 Vidor, Texas 77670. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=carolyn-gresham&pid=172987879&fhid=7381#sthash.2XXRXNmf.dpuf

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Beatrice Baden - class unknown
Beatrice Baden was born December 4, 1922 and died at the age of 91 on May 31, 2014. She was a life long resident of Beaumont, Texas and attended French High School where she was a member of the Girl Reserves, was a French Bisonette Basketball player, and was voted Football Maid by the French High Lettermen. Throughout her life, she possessed an avid interest in all religious activities. She was a member of St. Pius the 10th Catholic Church, was a member of the St. Pius Ladies Organization, instructed CCD classes at St. Pius, was a perpetual member of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, attended Cursillo Retreats at St. Anthony's Cathedral, engaged religiously in daily prayer and the rosary mysteries, and enjoyed televised religious programs. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph R. Baden Sr. and two sons Joseph R. Baden Jr. and Mark Gerard Baden, her sister Dorothy Gulledge, and three brothers Gilbert Ozio, G.J. Ozio, and Alvin Ozio. She is survived by her daughter Therese Baden and her two very devoted nieces Violet Odom and Shirley McCarty. She was also survived by two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 4th at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont, which will be followed by a grave side service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of floral tributes, please make donations to Hospice Brazos Valley in Brenham, Texas at www.hospicebrazosvalley.org

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Connie Raybon Del Rogers - '61 or '62
Connie Del Rogers passed away at home, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 68. A devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Raybon; 3 children, Rick Allen, Stacey Perrine, and Heather Dibble; and 14 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Edell Dunn; her brother, Edell Dunn Jr.; and her son, David Edgar Lee Allen. Connie touched the lives of many during her 33-year tenure as an award- winning teacher and math coach in Conroe ISD. A family visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m., with both taking place at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 22548 Hwy 105 W., Montgomery, TX. In lieu of customary remembrances, Connie requested contributions in her memory be directed to the Backpack Ministry and Food Pantry of the Montgomery United Methodist Church. You are invited to leave memorial condolences at: www.shmfh.com.

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