1925 - 2014 Mary Belle Bartlett, 89, of Beaumont, died Thursday, October 9, 2014, at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital. Born on September 25, 1925, in Raven, Virginia, Mary was the daughter of Jamie Sweeny Lambert and Robert Lambert. Mary was accepted to the US Nurse Corps in 1943; she traveled by train to Norfolk Virginia to start the Norfolk Cadet School of Nursing. Upon graduation she worked at the Norfolk General Hospital. She also worked as an OB nurse, ER nurse and later a nursing supervisor for Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, TX. Mary met the love of her life Ernest (Bart) Bartlett at a USO function at the Norfolk Naval Station. Their courtship lasted for two years and they were married for 46 years until his death. She is best remembered as mom, mawmaw or simply Mrs. Bartlett to many, she was never without a smile, kind words, compassion and always had an unfaltering love for her family. She is survived by her son Bob Bartlett and his wife Vicky of Cleveland, Texas; her daughter JoAnn Fleming of Beaumont; daughter, Mary Sue Stout of Beaumont; and son Philip Bartlett of Beaumont; 8 grandchildren; Amber, Billy, Brent, Chris, Jason, Jessica, John, Lauren and Robert. 9 great-grandchildren; Alessaundra, Brennen, Caitlin, Chance, Darian, Grayson, Kaleah, Kerstie, Kyra, Madison and Taylor. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest (Bart) Bartlett; sons David and Jimmy Bartlett and granddaughter, Jamie Wilson. A gathering of Mrs. Bartlett's family and friends will be held on Sunday October 12, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.at Claybar Funeral Home in Beaumont, with a private graveside service at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 13, 2014, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.
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Beaumont, TX 77702
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 12, 2014