Mary Lou Havard

October 2, 1927January 10, 2021

A private graveside service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery for Mary Lou Havard, 93, of Diboll on Saturday, January 16, 2021, with Bro. Buster Grigg officiating. She passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at her residence. Mary Lou is survived by daughters, Deborah Cole and husband Jimmy of Austin, TX, Mary Beth Boatner and husband Mike; son, John Keith Havard of Lafayette, LA. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Brad Howes and wife Jessica of Liberty Hill, TX, Angela Campos and husband Manuel of Austin, TX; Stephen Sheppert and wife Kellie of Lafayette, LA, and John Daryl Havard of Lafayette, LA. She is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren, Brady Howes, Hailee Hargis, Kylee Whittaker, Josh Saldanos, Lottie Sheppert, Eric and Ryan Robbins. She leaves to remember her special niece, Clare Harris and many nephews and cousins. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Havard; her mother and father, Mary (Legg) and Fisher Stokes; brothers, Falcom and Morris Stokes, and sister, Opal Chisum. Mary Lou was born in a logging camp in Fastrill, Texas. When the camp closed, the family moved to Diboll, Texas and later to Houston, Texas, She married Elmer Havard when he was a student at the University of Houston, and later after being hired by Schlumberger, they lived in many oilfield communities in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Mary Lou adjusted quickly to wherever they lived, always making friends, joining a church, and volunteering in the community. After Elmer retired, they moved back to East Texas. “The farm” as the family knew it, was a wonderful place for grandkids, social gatherings, and family reunions. Although Mary Lou suffered from dementia for the last 10 years of her life, her kind spirit, sense of hospitality, and sweet personality always showed through. The family would like to thank her many friends, caretakers, and family that watched over her through the years. We especially want to thank Mrs. Kathereen Chuke, who made it possible for our mom to reside in her home for so many, many years. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Diboll Christian Outreach or a charity of your choice. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at


  • Deborah Cole and husband Jimmy, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Mary Beth Boatner and husband Mike, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • John Keith Havard, Son
  • Brad Howes and wife Jessica, Grandson and wife
  • Angela Campos and husband Manuel, Granddaugher and husband
  • Stephen Sheppert and wife Kellie, Grandson and wife
  • John Daryl Havard, Grandson
  • Brad Howes, Great Grandchild
  • Hailee Hargis, Great Grandchild
  • Kylee Whittaker, Great Grandchild
  • Josh Saldanos, Great Grandchild
  • Lottie Sheppert, Great Grandchild
  • Eric and Ryan Robbins, Great Grandchildren
  • She leaves to remember her special niece, Clare Harris and many nephews and cousins.

    Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Havard; her mother and father, Mary Legg and Fisher Stokes; brothers, Falcom and Morris Stokes and sister, Opal Chisum.


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Susan Eason

January 15, 2021

Rest now, dear lady and know that your family loved you dearly.

Doug Jumonville

January 15, 2021

Debbie, Mary Beth and Keith, no matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent.
Mrs. Havard was always so kind to me throughout the years and treated me like one of her own. The times we had on Roselawn Blvd and at "the Farm" are memories I will cherish forever. She also introduced me to red velvet cake when I was a teenager and I will never forget that.
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys as you grieve.
Doug Jumonville

Robby & Khaki Toups

January 15, 2021

Mary Beth and Family,

Robby and I were saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. She lived a long life and is in the arms of our Lord suffering no more. May your many fond memories bring peace and solace to your hearts. In our prayers all remain.

Our love,
Robby and Khaki

Jennifer Castille Toups

January 15, 2021

My condolences to Keith and Mary Beth and Debbie, oh my it’s been many many years Since I’ve seen you all but when mom was alive she’d keep me up dated on your family.
Mrs Lou was the sweetest/gentle soul, I always thought she was so classy - loved being around her and your family!
I remember going to the farm, especially going through Haystack maze.
May God give you all peace and comfort at this time.
Take care and Blessings your way,

Kevin Pyle

January 15, 2021

Having known Mary Beth and Mike Boatner the past 20 years there were always kind words about Mom and going to visit in TX. I see your Mom passed on the 10th which is my Dad’s birthday also and since our Dad’s knew each other from the Petroleum Industry I know they are all in Hands of the Lord.
God Bless,
All Ways,
Kevin P

John Quirk

January 14, 2021

She had the most sweet and kind soul, of anyone I've ever known. My condolences and prayers to Debbie, Mary Beth, and Keith.

Wayne & Janette Harris

January 14, 2021

Our Mary Lou was the sweetest jewel on Virgil Havard Road! Now she is healed and with our Lord! I hope heaven has lots of desserts for her! Will be missed💜

Michael Boatner

January 14, 2021

She was such a sweet lady!!!!

Dorothy & Alford Hambrick

January 13, 2021

What a wonderful lovely lady. Always smiling and ready to chat. She will be missed in our community.