Neomi Lancaster Scarborough Kavanaugh, went to be with her heavenly Father, on April 25, 2012. She was the only child of Dorothy and Herbert Lee Lancaster and was born in 1917. She was raised in Spindletop and graduated from South Park High School in 1935. After completing her studies at South Park Junior College, she married Claude Scarborough in 1937. While raising their children and working for Boy Scouts of America, she returned to Lamar Tech, at 40 years of age, and earned her Bachelor's of Science and her Master's in Education. She taught at Edwards and Lucas Elementary for 25 plus years and retired at 70. She married Joe Kavanaugh in 1968. His involvement in the Masonic Lodge inspired her participation in Eastern Star. She was Worthy Matron of Wisteria chapter No. 823 from 1986-1987 and was past Queen of Ramallah Temple #89. She was a member of North End Methodist Church, before transferring her membership to Asbury UMC (closer to home), where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was church treasurer. A lifelong resident of Beaumont, she lived for nine years at Atria Collier Park, before moving to Silsbee Oaks. Her sense of humor and zest for life was an inspiration to her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Claude Scarborough; and her husband, Joe Kavanaugh. Those left to cherish her memory are daughters, Dorothy Craus and husband, Buddy of Grapevine, Kay Kelley and husband, Hoy of Wildwood and son Mason Scarborough and wife, Gerry of Huntsville. Known as either Grandma or MeeMaw, she is survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the compassionate care given to their mother by the nurses and staff at Silsbee Oaks Nursing Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home, with a graveside to begin at 2:00 p.m., at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Condolences can be made to www.forestlawnfuneralmpfh.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 27, 2012