Ida May Riley Borne

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Ida May Riley Borne went to receive her eternal award, Sept. 17, 2012. She was a resident of Gulf Health Care Center, Port Arthur. A native of Port Arthur, she was born two months prematurely on Feb. 18, 1910, weighing between 2 and 4 pounds. A 1928 graduate of Port Arthur High School, she worked at the Texaco can factory on Texaco Island, from her graduation until her marriage, in 1934, to Arsey Louis Borne. An accomplished seamstress, Ida made her own and her five daughters' clothing, including First Communion and Confirmation dresses, prom gowns, and bridal and bridesmaids' dresses. She was able to make clothing articles from her daughters' sketches. She also enjoyed crochet and continued this pastime until age 97, when arthritis made it difficult to maintain proper tension on the yarn. Over the years Ida has crocheted edgings for furniture, scarves, her daughters embroidered and handkerchiefs, as well as capes, ponchos, tablecloths, and bedspreads. She is perhaps best known, however, for the hundreds of afghans she crocheted for family and friends to mark special occasions in their lives. Currently a member of St. Charles Catholic Community in Nederland; she was a long-time member of St. Mary and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic communities in Port Arthur. At St. Mary she was a member of the Altar Society, which recognized her in 1997 for her 40 years of service. She also served as a lector and Eucharistic minister there. She was a long-time member of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, until her failing health made it difficult for her to participate. She served as chair of the community action committee for many years. In recognition of her years of service, the DCCW dedicated its annual convention to her in the early 1980's. She is a 45-year member of the Department Club of Port Arthur. She was a member of several departments in the club throughout the years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Arsey L. Borne; daughter, Incarnate Word Sister, Beth Borne; oldest grandson, E. Paul Martinez, Jr.; parents, Amanda and Alexis Riley; and siblings, Carrie M. Korf, Theodore Riley, David W. Riley, and Patrick H. Riley. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Gene Martinez of Nederland; Mary Agnes and Kenneth Carlisle of Beaumont; Ida Louise and Danny Primeaux of Port Neches; and Norma Faye and George Ashley of Bryan; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 2 great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by a nephew and his wife, Warren and Helen Riley of Ingram, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening, with a Christian Wake Service at 6:00 p.m., at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home, 4841 39th St., Port Arthur. A wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m., at the nursing home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Friday, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 201 Hardy Avenue, Nederland. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Ninth Avenue and 25th St., Port Arthur. Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Student Clerical Fund, any parish St. Vincent de Paul Society, Port Arthur Symphony Club Scholarship Fund, Lamar State College - Port Arthur, P. O. Box 310, Port Arthur, TX 77640-0310. Please make the check payable to Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation but note that it is for the Symphony Club Scholarship Fund. Mark the envelope attention: Donna Schion. The family would like to thank Dr. Avila Arcala, the staffs of Gulf Health Care Center, and Odyssey Hospice for the loving care they showed Mother over the years.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 20, 2012
Ida Borne
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