Leonora Eleanor O'Neal

Leonora E. O'Neal Masterson died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Beaumont, Texas. She was born on October 31, 1913, in Beaumont, the daughter of James William and Leonora O'Neal. Leonora was a lover of friends, family and nature. She was a mentor to many, and a friend to many more, touching the lives of numerous people both within and outside of her community. Graduating from the University of Texas, Leonora was employed for many years as Home Service Director for Gulf State Utilities, and as a Nutritionist for the Dairy Council, promoting the ideals of good nutrition and fitness. She was a recipient of the Texas State Historical Associations' Laura McCall Award, signifying first place in the nation in home service activities. Leonora was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church and was the 2001 recipient of the Annual Second-Mile Award presented by the church for unselfish service to others. Leonora was a member of the Pilot Club of Beaumont, serving as the president and in numerous other positions during her sojourn of more than fifty years. In 1984, Leonora donated 519 acres of forested land near Buna, Texas, to the forestry schools at Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University. Life estate revenues from the Paul N. Masterson State Forest will be used to provide scholarship funds to these schools. She is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families who will miss her dearly. Mrs. Masterson is preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. Masterson; brothers, James Conn, Walter Barnes, and James William J.W. O'Neal; and sisters, Margaret Palmer, Naomi Zweiger, and Ruth Friedman Leonora was lovingly and efficiently cared for by her dear friend and personal assistant, Mrs. Anitra Corbin throughout much of her adult life. The family wishes to express deep gratitude and affection to Anitra and everyone who cared for Leonora in her last years. A committal service for Mrs. Masterson will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Broussard's Crematorium, 5150 Stivers Drive, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. This was no ordinary Life. This was a life well-lived and well-loved, a life that will be deeply missed. Memorial contributions may be made to a . Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

Funeral Home

Broussard's Mortuary
2000 McFaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 832-1621

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 14, 2012