Nelda Brown Beasley Huff

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  • "Patsy and I are greatly saddened to hear of Nelda's..."
    - Patsy and R. O. Williams Jr
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    - Dinah Davis
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    - Randy Hillin
  • "So very sorry for the loss of such a sweet, dear friend...."
    - Ray Ward
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1923-2014 Nelda Brown Beasley Huff died on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Nelda was born July 24, 1923 in Tela, Honduras. Her parents were James Goodwin Beasley and Olive McClellan Steadham Beasley. She lived in Tela, where her father was Port Superintendent for United Fruit Company. She said it was an idyllic childhood, swimming in the ocean, climbing coconut trees and riding horses on the beach. She moved back to Auburn, Alabama in her teens where she graduated from Auburn High and attended API (now Auburn University) majoring in sociology. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. It was at Auburn where she met her dream boat, Robert Mc Duffie (Bob) Huff, Jr. They were married in 1943 in Auburn. They had four children. In 1946, after WWII, they moved to Beaumont when Bob began working for Magnolia Petroleum Company (now Exxon-Mobil). Nelda was an active member of First Methodist Church and later Trinity United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school, was on Altar Guild and active in UMW and the prayer ministry. She taught swimming classes in life saving for the American Red Cross for a number of years; was a cub scout den mother; a member of the Camelia Society of S.E. TX. and an avid tennis player. She and Bob shared many happy memories at their beach house in Crystal Beach and fishing in the gulf with friends and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jean Beasley Chrietzberg, her brother, James Gordon Beasley and her ever lovin husband of 67 years, Robert Mc Duffie (Bob) Huff, Jr. She is survived by her sons, Dan Edward and his wife Joan of Georgia, Texas; James Robert and his wife Debra of Glen Allen, Virginia; her daughters, Nana Beasley Huff and Melanie Huff of Beaumont; grand children, Jason Robert Huff, Layla Jean Huff, Regina Leigh Huff, Rebecca Gordon and Joshua Manson and five great grandchildren; nephews, Robert Norman Olive and his wife Antonia and James Gordon Chrietzberg and wife Rebecca and nieces, Beverly Beasley Garcia and husband David and Farron Cita Messina and husband Jim; cousins, John Bruce Martin and wife Phyllis, Herbert Martin and wife Zehron, Terence Martin and wife Susan and Kelly Martin Laney and Modesta Logan. Nelda and her family would like to thank her physicians: Herbert Hennington (deceased), Gary Vaughn, Timothy Colgan, Greg Gilbreath, Ronald Palang (his nurse, Rose), Denton Harris, Joseph Holland, Mary Olsen, Jose Ortiz, Susan Hyman, Jackson Porter, Sujin Yu, Richard Levacy, Neil Burrell, Ray Fontenot and dear friend and physical therapist Mel Aligsao and home health nurses, Marietta and Marlene. Nelda especially wanted to thank Al Wehner, DVM, for all his years of caring for family pets and for his kindness and friendship shared with our family. Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in the sanctuary with reception following in the Nita McKnight parlor on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Loachapoka Cemetery in Loachapoka, Alabama in the spring. Memorial Contributions may be made to the or Trinity United Methodist Church, The Humane Society of SE TX, or Wounded Warriors.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2015
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