(Orange, Texas)

October 16, 2013

Slideshow: Breast cancer victims, survivors honored

The Orange Leader


The Port Arthur News and The Orange Leader invited our readers to send in tributes to those who have been touched b y breast cancer. Many of them did. Here are the tributes that were printed in a special section on Sunday, Oct. 13.


Jeanette Broussard Marshall

Jeanette Broussard Marshall, a wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, God still has a plan for you on earth that's why he's blessed you to be a survivor and that plan is for you to tell of his goodness and bless and encourage others to believe.



Ethel Willis McClenon

Mother of Joan Johnson, Ethel Boudoin, Linda Pierson, Floyd McClenon, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, three sisters, Halretha Jones, Odessa Jackson, Harriet Willis. Aug.  26, 1923 - Feb. 13, 2012. 29 years with cancer


Some Orange Savings Bank Team Members pose with Pat Baggett (front & center-3rd from left) from Orange TX.

Pat passed away in 2011 from Breast Cancer. She was a humorous, fun loving, kind hearted wife, mother, grandmother & co-worker who is missed & will always be remembered.


Betty Jean Myler

In loving memory.

Miss you, “Black”

Val Lyons


Gladys Wilson Hollins

This is Ms. Gladys Wilson-Hollins, a social worker with Port Arthur ISD. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer on June 1, 1995. She is now a breast cancer survivor. Our message to her is as follows:  You are truly a survivor in more ways than one.  Our angel here on earth.

We love you very much.

Your Family and Friends.


Nancy Meiser of Hazelton, Penn.

Nancy is mom, she got breast cancer back in 1999, a month later my brother was killed.. She has been a rock in my life... She just recently this year lost her husband n another son... She has taught me that you can survive anything in life.. She is no cancer free.. I love you, Mom!

Love Your Daughter,



Bettye Ross

My mother Bettye Ross lost the battle with cancer on April 23, 2004. My message to her:

The doctors said you were strong. They didn’t know how much you prayed.

You fought the good fight.

You finished the course.

You kept the faith.

Love you mom,



Mercie Lene “Mickie” Dickerson

Port Arthur

In loving memory of our Mother and Grandmother.

You kept the faith and fought a good fight until GOD

called you home. Your beautiful smile and loving

mermories we will always cherish in our hearts.

The Dickerson Family

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Megan Alterese Outlaw

Jersey City, New Jersey

Megan was a strong woman with a beautiful personality. Her journey with breast cancer lead her graciously to the house of our Lord. Megan’s presence is missed not only by her mother Betty Outlaw,our aunt in New Jersey, but also by her

family here in Southeast Texas.

Her Family in Port Arthur


Georgie Volz

Georgie Volz and her daughter, Carrie, taken at Carrie’s graduation from Texas A&M in 2006. Georgie’s smile was contagious and her strong will (& witty humor) helped her stay positive and strong throughout her battle with ovarian and breast cancer.  Her time with us on earth ended too soon (2010), but her legacy and memory continues in the hearts and memories of all those she touched and loved.

We miss you, Georgie


Debra Melancon Babineaux

Port Arthur

~My Sister, My Friend, My Hero ~

She has the courage of a lion and strength of an army.  Never once have I heard her complain, not once did she say why me?  There is undefined beauty in her strength. In the natural eye, beauty she no doubt possess.  The power & strength of her beauty can be found in the twinkle in her eye, in her fight, her will, her determination.  Such courage she showed – even under fire.  The first tear I saw her shed was September 10, 2009.  No, not tears of sorrow, but tears of rejoicing when her last chemo she made it through.  Throughout it all, I didn't have her strength, but she made me strong.  So many times I wanted to cry, yell, scream and question why, but she would not let me be weak.  Her strength carried me through. The road has been long & has not been easy, but she has remained steadfast in her faith.  She has put her trust in The Lord & He has been faithful through it all.  So you see, she is my hero, she is my strength, she is my friend, she is my sister.




How does one explain love and courage in the face of breast cancer?  Just to know, really know these two ladies is the explanation.

Our daughter in law, Jennifer Rienstra of Houston, and her sister Ellen Collins of Denver, Colorado, are both breast cancer survivors.

Marcia Rienstra



 Veronica Sue (Barriere) Prescott

Port Arthur

A Good Friend, That's well remembered

Joseph Dickerson Jr.

(No photo) Veronica Fisher Miller


For my Good Friend

A Breast Cancer Survivor

To God be the Glory

Joseph Dickerson Jr.


Audrey Kiel-Leday

Best wishes to our club member Audrey Kiel-Leday as you celebrate four years survivorship

Diamond Nettes Civic and Social Club

Port Arthur, Texas

Phyllis Branch-president; Audrey Leday-vice-president; Jackie Jones-secretary; Lillie Sperling-treasurer/business manager; Charlotte Newman, assistant business manager/spokesperson; Barbara Booker-chaplain/call person


My name is Barbara Bryant. I am a two time survivor of breast cancer. My mom, her two sisters, and three of my sisters have had this disease. My message to anyone is:  “Fight for your Life because it’s not over, until God says it’s over!” I am a survivor!



Joyce Dumes

Port Arthur

A four year cancer survivor. Mom with the strength the good Lord gave you made us your kids strong. Love you.

Felicia, Marvin,Jo'Vonn, Ja'Covon, King Ransom, Marvin, Tara and Denver Dumes

Mrs Ransom


Margaret Oubre

Our Mama is battling cancer for the 5th time. She does it with grace and determination.  She is an inspiration to all who know her.  Her faith and love of God shines in her smile and service to others. We thank God everyday that she has never given up.


Susan Weatherford

This is in honor of Susan Weatherford from her family.  She is a breast cancer survivor and in remission for 3-1/2 years. She volunteers at the Cancer Center of SE TX. Much love - Keith Weatherford, families of Brian & Shea Weatherford, Wanna & Sherry Isaacks.



Rena Londow Wesley

Port Arthur

Our #1 Breast & Bladder Cancer Survivor

You have been the backbone of our family and an

asset to the community for 85 years.

"We Love You" for being the family "Cheerleader".

Keep being an "On the Go Senior"


Yvette, Yvonne, Anita, John & Robert

& The Grands


Bernadette Dames

14 plus years cancer free!

More power to you.

Love always,

The Joneses


Becky Thibodeaux


FUMC Groves is blessed to have Becky Thibodeaux as our secretary.  Becky’s breast cancer was diagnosed in November of 2009.  She underwent 6 months of chemotherapy before having surgery in July of 2010. She has been cancer-free ever since!  We were all inspired by her positive attitude and strong faith.

Bill Tune


Lola Mae Banks

12-14-23 - 09-30-07

Cancer returned after many years of remission. She fought a good battle. She was a devoted mother-in-law, whim I shared many loving wonderful memories. She also was a devoted grandmother.

Your daughter-in-law Ethel (Deedie) Boudoin; Grandchildren: Phyllis Carrier, Yolanda Boudoin, Stephanie Bennette, Deondra Jones and Bryson Boudoin; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren


Ethel Willis McClenon

08-26-23 - 02-13-12

Diagnosed in 1983, remission until 2005, cancer twice. Our mother was loving, strong and never complained. She kept her faith in God. I thank God for blessing us with her for many years.

Your children,

Ethel Boudoin, Joan Johnson, Linda Pearson, Floyd McClenon, 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren


Linda Scroggs Sedtal


Our wonderful wife and mom, Linda Scroggs Sedtal of Nederland, celebrates everyday she is a survivor of breast cancer. We are very thankful to have her in our lives and to hear year after year she continues to be cancer free!

With much love,

Jack, Tina, Robyn, Courtney, and family


Ruby D. Dupre


Diagnosed July 10

Mastectomy September 9

Mother of six children; Grandmother of 9 (3 step-grandchildren); Great-grandmother of 12

Ruby is much loved by everyone who knows her. She is involved with the senior group at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. She is a very religious lady who is always praying her rosary for someone in need. She is an outstanding cook, and her kids are her life.


Dosia Leola Moore Milstead

9/24/21 - 12/23/96

The most wonderful loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother the world has ever known. Now she is one of God's most beautiful Angels. Me-Me, your whole family loves and misses you so very much!!!


Joyce M. Bob

Mother Dear, you remain the wind beneath our wings. As an 18 year breast cancer survivor we are inspired daily by your strength and courage. There are no words of actions enough to express how much we love and admire you! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

With love,

Sandra, Irvine, Madgalyn, Jacquelyn, Olivia, Sidney, Mark, Katherine and Bernadette


Amy Mayer Foreman


Works at state prison. Mother and grandmother.

Breast cancer survivor. Cancer discovered April of 2006. Her surgery and treatment completed May of 2007.

Special thanks to her “great” husband, Eugene Foreman, for urging her to have a mammogram done, which revealed the cancer. All you spouses keep pushing! The results are worth it.


Emma Marie Trainer

June 24, 1937 - April 4, 1992

“A Glimpse of Heaven”

They shall hunger neither thirst anymore; For the Lamb shall feed them, and lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Rev. 7:16-17 MOM, knowing you are surrounded with al the glories of heaven gives us reason to rejoice in God’s blessings.

From: Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Mary McMillan

Memories unfold as we think of you.

A real mom through and through.

You suffered in silence everyday.

An illness that would not go away.

But now you have no more pain

For God’s living arms have healed you again.

Sheri Robbins


Emma Rose Huston


Devoted, dedicated and loved teacher of Port Arthur ISD for 34 years.

Beloved Mother of George B. Wright.

Loving Grandmother of LaSonya Wright Cato and Jamia G. Wright.

Loving Aunt to Benise Clay Driver, Stacy Badgett Gray and Sonja Badgett.

We love and miss you!


Rachel Hawkins

Port Neches

Diagnosed with breast and kidney cancer in July 2011.  Six months of chemotherapy administered prior to surgery in January 2012.  Surgery included a lumpectomy, removal of right kidney and all the lymph nodes in right arm. Six weeks of Monday thru Friday radiation followed.

Today I am cancer free!


Lillie Pellum Rogers

Port Arthur

We salute Lillie Pellum Rogers, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. Today, she is blessed to be a Breast Cancer Survivor and is an inspiration to her 11 children and to her Israel AME Church Family.


Dianna Guilbeaux Ross

I am Dianna Guilbeaux Ross. I am a six year breast cancer survivor. Thank God for His healing, for the prayers of too many family and friends to list and a special thank you to my husband and my parents George and Ella Guilbeaux.

Dianna Ross, Ross Consulting, LLC


Sarah Coleman Arceneaux

Port Arthur

12/26/54 - 10/15/94

Our loved one fought a courageous battle with breast cancer, but now she’s in peace with her heavenly father. We will never forget your awesome presence on this earth and in our lives. Your spirit still surrounds us each day.

Love, The Family


Janice Declouet Ford

Port Arthur

My friend, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Thank God we have been blessed another year cancer free. Janice we love you and I’m very proud of you, because through it all its made you stronger and my sister has a motto, (if God is for you who or what can be against you). Early detection is the key.

Valery Washington

Orange, Texas


Josephine Declouet


My mother was informed in 2008 that she had breast cancer. Thanks to her physicians and moral support from all of her kids has given her the courage to want to live, and she takes each day as if it’s her last. We love you and are grateful to have her 80 plus years.

Love Janice and siblings

Port Arthur


Mary Nell Mayberry

My loving aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2010. She remained strong going through her illness until she was called home on Oct. 18, 2012. We miss her very much and to both men and women, a lesson learned is early detection.

The Winston Family

Orange, Texas


Wanda Queen Mitchell

2/5/61 - 8/13/2011

You are gone but your love and memory lingers on.

From your children and family

Rishawn Perreau, Davon and Neja Mitchell. Sisters Laura (John) Cooley, Christina Boutte, and Monica Collins. Father and Mother Tom and Sylvia Queen, Brothers Byron, Urban, and Elijah Queen.


Audrey Kiel-Leday

Port Arthur

Your kids/grandkids would like to congratulate you on

4 years survivorship!!!

We love you,

Petrina, Delwyn, Demetrius, Damon (kids)

Taylor, Jordyn & Madison (grandkids)

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Laurie Gordon

Co-Worker, Friend and Breast Cancer Survivor:  Laurie Gordon

When I think of Laurie, I think of the letters in her name:

Loving Librarian Giving

Admirable Overcomer

Understanding Respectful

Resilient Delightful

Impeccable Outgoing

Encourager Never ending love for people, places, and things.

We are blessed to have her in our lives.


Maria G. “Lupe” Contreras


An inspirational woman; strong and beautiful, resilient, giving... that is the wonderful woman you are. You showed us best that all things are possible with the strength within us to fight through anything. God had a plan for you, and you rose to the stand and shined bright. We love you Grandma!

Krystle Villarreal-Muller


Linda Sanders


We salute Linda Sanders of Nederland, Texas as a 2013 breast cancer survivor! Linda is a health care professional at an area hospital, a wonderful friend and an animal advocate, especially a lover of cats! Linda is a hero and a pillar of strength to all of her friends and admirers. Cancer couldn't get the best of her, or even slow her down!

We love you Linda!

From your many, many friends who love you dearly.


Liz Fontenot


We would like to express our love and admiration to our mom & grandma Liz Fontenot, a breast cancer survivor from Groves. You are a shining star to your four daughters and two grand daughters and to everyone who knows you!

Love, Elisha, Brandy , Alley, Ashly, Chelsey & Annie!


Suzi Rose


We would like to honor Suzi Rose, a breast cancer survivor from Nederland, TX. We are so proud of the courage and determination that she has shown in her fight against cancer. She is an inspiration to us all! We love you!

Greg, Weena, Eric, and Amber Rose


Cindy Domingue

Port Neches

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor

I admire my wife for her strength during her battle with breast cancer in 2010. As tough as this ordeal proved to be and with all she endured, she made a point to stay busy and keep pace. She's doing great now & continues to be the #1 Crew Chef for our race team. Go Cindy!!!

With Love, Buddy


Peggy Roberts


This is Peggy, her 4 sons Eddie, Kurt, Kyle and Timmy and her grand daughter, Reese. Peggy has been cencer free for 5 years! This photo was taken on Mother's Day around the time after she was diagnosed. She is doing wonderful, we love her and appreciate her!

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Lynell DeCuir


She is a breast cancer survivor. The cancer has never touched her inner and outer beauty. She's been in remission for over 11 years. We are all so proud of her and love her very much.

The DeCuir and Morvant Families


Betty Sheffield

Port Neches

Three times breast cancer survivor

Betty Sheffield, 77, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and had a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation.

In June 2010, 20 years later, the cancer came back and she took 6 months of chemotherapy.

In 2012, the breast cancer had metastasized and spread to both lungs, abdomen and lymph nodes, stage 4 cancer. Took 10 months of chemo.

On May 10, 2013 she was declared “cancer free” and is back bowling and working as a volunteer at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.


Henrietta Robertson

I am not a survivor.  I am an overcomer.

Take me to the King.

Jeremiah 30:17 — I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds.

James 16:25-33 — Jesus said I have overcome the world and you will too.

To God Be the Glory Hallelujah.


Regina Cowles

We remember you as a journalist, a writer, an educator that touched so many lives, but mostly as mom.

Robert, Katy and Ben


Sylvia K. Welch Gordon

In memory of a strong woman of God who never gave up.

March 11, 1953 - Feb. 12, 1998.

We love and miss you.


Brenda Bailey

She's Free, Sept. 2013

Brenda, my cousin, had faith, belief, and determination to fight this disease. She believes in God and with that he touched her and she is now cancer free.

Diagnosis - April, 2005 Free - Sept. 2013

Loving you always,

Rhonda Livingston


Deborah Briscoe

She's Free: Jan. 2011

Because of my sister Debra's belief, faith and determination...She is a great almighty woman of God and that she favors him he in turn touch her to be cancer free.

Daignosis: July 2010 Free: January 2011

Much Love to you sis.

Always Rhonda Livingston


Patricia Robinson

My philosophy is that beauty comes from within. Everyone can be beautiful. You just have to know how to see it. “Even during chemo when I was bald, even without breasts I felt beautiful because I believe if you’re a good person with a kind heart, you are beautiful. I feel loved. I have good friends and a wonderful son, Damond, and a husband, David, who adores me.

Patricia Oliver Robinson

21-year cancer survivor


Joyce Cormier

Lafayette, La.

Cousin to Pat Robinson

Joyce at age 77 says dancing and laughter was the best medicine for her; they are both cheap.

Dancing and laughter acts as a positive emotion distracting your mind from pain. It can also give you a feeling of power and hope and help to reduce stress.

It may feel strange to laugh or dance by yourself, but if others are laughing and dancing it’s easy. You’ll be helping yourself and the people around you at the same time.

We are all happy just the way we are.


Kathleen Harrington Fry

Port Arthur

Katleen Harrington Fry, born in Port Arthur on Dec. 2, 1943, died July 4, 2001 of breast cancer at the age of 58. She fought her battle with dignity and courage. She is sadly missed every day by her family and friends. May she continue to rest in peace.

Loretta Petteway

Port Neches


Jackie Lee Merritt

Free of breast cancer for five years. Enjoys fishing, gardening, shopping and going to the casino.

Jackie resides in Bridge City with family.


Georgie Voltz

Our “precious and beloved” Georgie. Although she was undergoing extensive treatment for ovarian cancer, she still accompanied me to M.D. Anderson when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

I am a survivor. She was not as blessed. She fought the battle until God called her home in need of another “angel.”

The best friend, daughter, mother and wife, so sorely missed by everyone whose life she touched. Her bravery and courageous attitude have been an inspiration to us all. She left us with many joyous memories.

Thank you Georgie,

“See you on the other side.”

Gay Lynn Anderson


Donna Ruth Blair

Thanks to my mammogram, my breast cancer was detected early. And, thanks to my wonderful surgeon I have been in remission for two years and lead a very active life.


Emma Dell “Kiel” Theall

Port Arthur

A woman of Godly virtues, Godly wisdom, great courage, and compassion; fought the good fight of faith. She won the race, but lost the battle to cancer. We greatly miss her presence, words of encouragement, and her beautiful smile.

The Joseph Theall Family


Beatrice Chesson (Grandma)


Ringing the survivor bell at Relay for Life in 2013. Love you grandma!

-xoxo Ariel


Bernadine Hardin

The important thing I want women to know is "to know  their body." I was told that I was OK after having a mammogram and a ultra sound. I knew better so I insisted on going to M. D. Anderson where I was diagnosed with almost stage 3 breast cancer. I had just recently had my first grandbaby and wanted to be around to see her grow up. First giving praises to God then to M. D. Anderson,  I am grateful to say that I am a 13 year survivor with 3 additional grandkids.


Brenda Gale Williams

Eunice, La.

Brenda Gale Williams from Eunice, Louisiana. Now living in Orange was affected first at the age of 40. And again at age 60! Our mother is the strongest person we know. She beat this once and we all know she will beat this again! We ask for prayer for our mom.

We love you Big B. Denise, Trina, Kela, Meeke, Toddy and all of your grand kids.


Charles Etta “Williams” Norman

            March 16, 2013

   "Resting in the arms of  Jesus"

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday.

And days before that too!!!!!!!!!

We love you and miss you,

Tara Moore and Pam Thibodeaux


Charlotte Verdine



"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane. I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you back again" always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. Love, Jimmyray, Kayla, Terri, layne, Garrett, mom, Betty, Tommie, Claudia, family and friends

68 Coretta Ambers

On May 5, 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at Methodist Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. I have been treated and now I am in remission. God has truly blessed me and He gives his best to those that choose to follow him.


Hazel Johnson


Survivor since November 1998

"So fortunate to be a survivor of breast cancer it's true blessing."


Jeanette Boehme

Breast Cancer Survivor

Married to Lee Roy Boehme, Jr. for 53 years

Children: Pam Simon, Sheila Jannise, Chris Boehme, David Boehme


Jenny Lobb Stark


My cousin, Jenny, is an amazing survivor who has a bubbly, positive spirit. Her strong faith shines. She is a hero to our family and we want her to know how loved she is.




Martha Pepper

My mom, a breast cancer survivor.

-Carolyn Allen


Mary Morgan


Survivor of breast cancer for 3 years now.

Most loving, caring, and giving woman a husband, daughter, son, grandchild, nephew, niece, friend, brother or sister could ever have the pleasure of having in their lives. She always finds the good in everyone no matter what. Never meets a stranger. Love you Mom. You are my angel and my rock.


Nancy Guillory Walker

Orange (now living in Houston)

She has had to deal with breast cancer twice.  During the first bout, she was also caring for her mother.  Nancy found time and energy to come to be with me at a Houston hospital the evening before my mother died (her paternal aunt).  She will always be remembered and loved for her concern and kindness.

Phyllis Johnson Voliber


Sonora M. Broussard

Bridge City

April 15, 1925 -March 11,2011

Grandma:  you bravely fought metastatic breast cancer.  A role model to all of us and a beacon of hope and strength.  We love and miss you dearly.  We miss your thoughtfulness, your loving, caring voice, our visits, your great cooking and your cheerful smile.  We will never forget you!


Sybil Hughes


The wife of John Hughes and mother of Laura Clark and Emily Geldard.  Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2004 and after going through surgery and treatments and by holding to an unwavering faith in the healing power of our God, she beat it.  I am proud to say she is a Survivor but, most importantly, my Mom.  Love you,  Laura.