1939 - 2015 Faye Louise Elkins, born March 29, 1939 passed from this earthly life to enter the kingdom of heaven on Saturday, June 13. Faye was a lifelong resident of the Southeast Texas area including the past 40 years in Beaumont. She has faithfully served the people of the Beaumont area as a member of the medical profession for the past 50 years. Her career began at St. Terese Hospital in 1958 as a Medical Technologist and ended only recently in March of this year as Laboratory Supervisor for Dr. Jay Proctor. Through the decades, her role has always been in the Laboratory and whether as a Med. Tech, Lab manager or something in between, she was always there. Her in-depth knowledge, experience and kindness towards people made her a critical provider in the health and well being of countless others. Faye was preceded in her passing by her father, Bronson Bailey Bean and Vera Russell Read of Milam, TX. She is survived by a host of family and friends that spans the area, state and country. They include her husband of 31 years, Melvin Elkins, who has represented Electrolux in Beaumont for over 55 years. Sisters, Nelda Muirhead of Beaumont, TX and Freida Smith and husband Joe of Athens, TX. Daughter, Dr. Leda Smith and husband Sean from Coalinga, CA. Son, Russell and wife Cindy Clay of Lewisville, TX. Stepchildren Maurice and wife Ann Elkins and Melva Lou and husband Jack Vick of Beaumont, TX. Grandchildren include Bailey and husband Dexter Markley of San Luis Obispo, CA., Emily Smith of Coalinga, CA., Ashley and husband, Bryan Woodson of Frisco, TX, Derrick and wife Ryan Miller of Plano, TX., Lt. Hunter Clay of Killeen, TX., Tony and wife Sarah Patterson of Beaumont, TX and Nicole and husband Kent Bellow of Conroe, TX. Great- grandchildren include Addyson Bolton, Carter Woodson, Piper, Jordan, and Sadie Patterson. Extended family includes Susan Clay Cole, Carol McNeil, Rebecca Clay, Bill Clay, and Karen Kay Clay Weisinger. Pallbearers: Donnie Muirhead, Jack Muirhead, David Muirhead, Derrick Miller, Hunter Clay, and Chris Small. Funeral service will be held at Claybar Funeral Home, 1155 N. Eleventh Street, Beaumont Texas 77702 on Wednesday June 17 at 2:00 PM. Processional and internment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16.
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Claybar-Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home & Cemetery
1155 N 11Th St
Beaumont, TX 77702
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June 16, 2015