OBITUARY

Sue Ann Boyette

February 11, 1947September 4, 2018
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Sue Ann Dias Boyette (“Sue Sue”), 71, of Wharton, passed away on September 4, 2018 after bravely fighting adversity with her health over the last year. She was born on February 11, 1947 at the Frances Lutcher Hospital in Orange, Texas to Mary Louise (Stewart) Dias and J. P. Dias. Eighteen months after her birth, the young family was joined by her adorable baby brother, Johnny (he made me write that). After 5 years, the family moved to West Orange, into a neighborhood consisting of 16 homes (8 on each side of the street) and each of the heads of household were World War II veterans and had purchased their houses on the GI Bill with VA loans. Most all the households had at least 2 or 3 children that were approximately the same age as Sue Ann and Johnny. This quite little neighborhood provided an idyllic setting in which to grow up as a pre-teen and teenager (Think “Leave It to Beaver,” and “Ozzie and Harriett,” or "Father Knows Best" -type of neighborhoods). Sue Ann had many friends, played piano and excelled at dance and baton twirling. She performed in dance recitals and was always the star of the show, but her baton twirling skills were extraordinary (at least that’s what Larry said). She was an excellent student and any of her teachers who also taught Johnny always told him "I hope you are as good of a student as your sister." She played the clarinet in the West Orange High School band and was a twirler for the band for 4 years. In high school she was in cotillion, was named duchess of the Dogwood Festival, and voted “Best Dressed” by her classmates. There is no arguing that she was a beauty – both inside and out. After graduating from West Orange High School in 1965, she went to Lamar University, where she was also a twirler and member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. It was there that she met and married Larry Boyette, to whom she remained married for forty-three years and with whom she built a Christian home in which to raise three daughters: Tammy, Shelly, and Jaime. As the wife of a football coach, she moved every few years but always worked tirelessly to provide an amazing home for the family of which she was extremely proud. As a mother, she modeled what it meant to work hard, to sacrifice and to love unconditionally. Sue Ann worked as a teacher, cheer sponsor, and guidance counselor over the course of her 30-plus year career as an educator. She touched the lives of many children. Her belief in public education and in serving children was instilled in her daughters – all of whom are also educators. Her commitment to students and their families is evident in the large number of former students, parents and colleagues that have reached out to the family this week to remember her kindness and selflessness. She served in the Lions club, loved shopping, cooking (nearly famous for her gumbo), and traveling. She loved bluebonnets. Her favorite color was purple, her favorite food was shrimp and her favorite movie was “Steel Magnolias.” Sue-Sue is survived by her brother, Retired Colonel John P. (Johnny) Dias and his wife, Lenora; her three daughters: Tammy Boyette, Shelly Black and Jaime Boyette; one son-in-law, James Black; nine grandchildren: Vallen Vaughan, Vance Vaughan, Vince Vaughan, Victoria Edwards, Rece Black, Rylan Black, Brant Boyette, Aiden Boyette, and Logan Boyette; and in-laws: Robin Boyette, Gary Boyette and Patti Boyette and their children. Sue Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws: Maurice and Delores Boyette; Ronnie Boyette, and Judy Summers Boyette; a nephew, Blaine Boyette and her husband. She will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn cemetery in Beaumont, Texas next to her husband and surrounded by many other family members. Sue was an amazing person whose death has left a huge void in our hearts but an indelible mark on our lives! The love she had for her family and shared with many others, is felt and will live on in the stories and memories we all share.

  • FAMILY

  • J.P. Dias, Father
  • Mary Louise Dias, Mother
  • Larry Boyette, Husband
  • Tammy Boyette, Daughter
  • Shelly Black, Daughter
  • James Black, Son-in-law
  • Jaime Boyette, Daughter
  • Vallen Vaughan, Grandchild
  • Vance Vaughan, Grandchild
  • Vince Vaughan, Grandchild
  • Victoria Edwards, Grandchild
  • Rece Black, Grandchild
  • Rylan Black, Grandchild
  • Brant Boyette, Grandchild
  • Aiden Boyette, Grandchild
  • Logan Boyette, Grandchild
  • John P. (Johnny) Dias, Brother
  • Robin Boyette, Brother-in-law
  • Gary Boyette, Brother-in-law
  • Patti Boyette, Sister-in-law
  • Maurice Boyette, Brother-in-law
  • Lenora Dias, Sister-in-law
  • Delores Boyette, Sister-in-law
  • Ronnie Boyette, Brother-in-law
  • Judy Summers Boyette, Sister-in-law
  • Blaine Boyette, Nephew

Services

  • A Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Sue Saturday, September 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Sue Ann Boyette

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Loretta Flynn

September 8, 2018

Sue was an amazing woman. For almost 8 years I think I spent more time in her office than my kids did. She was a good person through-and-through. I think more often than not, she was my counselor helping me navigate the trials and tribulations of being a high school parent. She was always kind, never judgmental, and always listened.

She was also so proud of her children and her grandchildren. She especially loved it when Brant came to the football games and sat with her.

I was able to keep in touch with her for a few years after the kids graduated but it was more difficult once she moved to Sivells. I still think very fondly of Sue-Sue and will always appreciate everything she did for my family. I’m sure she is at peace now with Larry, but I will miss her.

Ginger Morgan

September 8, 2018

Where do I start? I worked with Sue Ann at WhartonHS and she was a good friend at school and outside of school. I meet Larry and Sue Ann when they first came to Wharton at Wharton JH. I work under Principal Larry... we had our laughs and cried together over the years as we lost a faculty member and students came and moved on. Then to WHS I moved to work with Sue Ann and that was a great time.. we cried and laughed together also. You will always be in my heart... Sue Ann!! ❤️
Prayers and thoughts for the family as Sue Ann leaves us to join Larry..🙏💕 😢

keya harper

September 7, 2018

She was the sweetest person I could ever know she will be missed i will miss her smile and her personality. The family has my deepest sympathies and condolences and prayers

Vince Vaughan

September 7, 2018

The last time I saw my Sue Sue we caught up over baked beans. Even with her poor health, she still dished the hot gossip and told it like it was to me. Who’s full of it, and who needs to hush etc. Tears streaming down my eyes- she always knew how to make me laugh. I once was walking through the perfume aisle alone at Macy’s and inhaled her classic Sue Sue scent. My heart dropped. It was my first semester of college and I was sorely missing my family, and for a split second I thought that she might actually be in New York all the way from Texas just to see me. She wasn’t (or was she hiding?). However, that moment reminded me of how much I loved her and needed my family. Her warmth, her classic and gumbo, and legendary scent will be missed greatly. Christmas will never be the same.

Diana Gajewsky

September 7, 2018

I had the honor of being a friend and co-worker of Sue. She was a lovely woman...kind and fun. The last time I visited her in the hospital, she was still making jokes and was pleasant to the nurses and staff. She will be missed 💕

Laurie Dias Yetzer

September 6, 2018

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