We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Farmer Funeral Home
Our precious mother, Rita Jeanelle Guillory, passed away peacefully
Saturday, September 11, 2021, from natural causes. She devoted her life to being a proud mom and loving wife.
Born in Iota, Louisiana, Rita Jeanelle Daigle, was a real Beauty
Queen, crowned in her hometown. She met and married the love of her
life, our Dad, Alcius Louis (AL) Guillory, in 1957. They moved to
Beaumont to start their lives together. Jeanelle worked at
Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator while AL attended Lamar
University. Together they raised 4 children in Lumberton and
Silsbee, TX. Jeanelle was a great seamstress and cook. She and AL
usually entertained family with their dancing abilities. They were
amazing to watch! Jeanelle's mother, Mamie Daigle, was an adopted
orphan who traveled from New York to Louisiana on the infamous,
Orphan Train. Jeanelle devoted her young life to research and
possibly locating her mother's family. Her travels to New York
resulted in some family history discovery but, Jeanelle regretted
that she never connected with anyone from that family.
Jeanelle taught us to love and be respectful. She made certain he children grew up to be strong-willed and responsible. She wasted
nothing. Jeanelle allowed her children to raise any pets desired...
a rabbit and a chicken, turtles, gold fish, many dogs and cats.
Jeanelle loved shopping and had a creative flair. She enjoyed
participating in several small town organizations and loved antiques. She was lucky at casinos of which she and AL enjoyed in their retirement years. Jeanelle traveled with AL, to many places
especially enjoying Hawaii and cruising to Alaska. She embraced her
Louisiana Cajun roots and enjoyed any Mardi Gras celebration.
Rita Jeanelle Guillory had the deepest love for her family and would
want everyone to know them. She was preceded in death by her
parents Will and Mamie Daigle and, her husband, AL Guillory. She is
survived by her sister, Florette Sonnier (Lafayette, La); Godson and
nephew Steve Sonnier and wife, Heather (Katy, Tx); daughters Karen> Wallace and husband Bill (Wharton, Tx); Melinda McNeely and husband,
Kenny (Beaumont, Tx); Robyn Gee and boyfriend, Rusty Hallock (Mandeville, La); son Kevin Guillory and wife, Diane (Wildwood, Tx);
grandchildren Christina Morris and husband, Don (Kingwood, Tx);
Garrett McNeely and wife, Jamie (San Antonio, Tx); Abbey Henderson
and husband, Jake (Beaumont, Tx); Olivia Viccellio and husband,
Jacob (Baton Rouge, La); Anna Marie Foster (Baton Rouge, La); Tanner
Guillory (Beaumont, Tx); Lily Foster (Mandeville, La); great
grandchildren; Sydney Morris (Kingwood, Tx); Luke Morris (Kingwood,
Tx); Gracelyn Viccellio (Baton Rouge, La); Brooklyn Viccellio (Baton
Rouge, La); Lincoln Henderson (Beaumont, Tx); Juvia McNeely (San
Antonio, Tx); "Baby boy" Henderson due February 2022 (Beaumont, Tx).
Longtime, devoted friends and relatives who shared many laughs,
tears and travels, Billy and Evelyn Halfin; Jeanell Green and Glenn
Green; Eddie Grubbs; Ike and Margaret Hudgins; Bud and Carolyn Bowman; Roy Sonnier; Adrian and Gaye Hutton; Raymond and Jeanelle Wenner; Ken and Wilma Ludwig; Bill and Linda Campbell; Lou and
Maggie Guidroz; Lucille Orzeske; Doug and Mary Jordan; David and Karen Cobble and many more. John Tucker also holds a special place in our hearts.
Heartfelt thanks to the caretakers at Sabine Place and a special hug
to Lisa Thomas (just like family). Deepest gratitude to the
wonderful people at BEST Hospice. Our parents received the best
care from the best... BEST Hospice.
"...but she was already dancing, already dancing, she was dancing
in heaven with Dad"