Mary Clorita Ladner

January 14, 1918May 6, 2021

Mary Clorita Matte Ladner, born in Church Point, Louisiana January 14, 1918, moved to Port Arthur Texas, where she lived most of her life. She belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church as a child. After she was married Clo and her family joined St. James Catholic Church then moved and joined St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Clo was an active member in Altar Society and Bible Study at St. Catherine’s until she moved away.

She lived during the Great Depression and survived many obstacles during those days. Clo made many friends during her school days. These friends continued to be close until the end of their lives. Clo moved and started all over again making new ‘younger friends’ where she lived in Houston and later in Round Rock, Texas.

Clo worked for ‘Ma’ Bell until she became a ‘War’ Bride. She started a Bridge Club with other ‘War’ Brides that lasted until she moved from Port Arthur. Later after having 2 girls she worked part time for Port Arthur ISD, U.S. Steel and helped her single mother run the family dry cleaners. Clo loved volunteering as a PTA mom, Camp Fire Girls Leader, hospital volunteer and was active in her church. Her interests were playing golf, needlepointing, crabbing in the Gulf of Mexico, traveling around the world, reading, and; enjoyed playing Bridge and visiting with family. Everyone still remembers all of the yummy things she baked.

When tucking us into bed, mother would say, “Goodnight Mr. Night, tell Mrs. Night good night, tell Mrs. Night I couldn’t come tonight, and tell Mrs. Night I’ll come some other night, good night!” It’s pretty amazing that during her life time she had the opportunity to visit 6 continents. On one of her many trips to Europe, she brought all of her grandchildren with her. The grandchildren are still reflecting on this trip. Another memory that makes us smile is seeing the picture of her riding a camel in Egypt. Clo was excited about her membership in DAR. She said, “Joining DAR has helped me learn about my relatives who fought in the Revolutionary War. I feel like I’m leaving a legacy for my children.”

Clo was preceded by her husband Norman A. Ladner, 3 younger brothers, Harvey John Matte, Adolf Jiles Matte, John Kenneth Matte and her parents, Roland Matte and Amy Higginbotham Matte. Survived by her daughters, Sandra Clo Ladner Nicholson, her husband, Louis F. Nicholson and Debby Ladner Pellow, her husband, Richard B. Pellow. Also her 4 grandchildren, Amy Stuewe, Louis F. Nicholson III, Danna Clo Hollis, Dara Ladner McDonald and 8 great grandchildren, Tanner Stuewe, Brennan Stuewe, Emily Nicholson, Lauren Nicholson, McKenzie Ladner McDonald, Major McDonald, Corbin Hollis and Gavin Hollis.

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Alicia Eaton

June 1, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Clo’s passing. She lived across the street from my grandparents, Charles and Fern Neumann, in Port Arthur and she was a dear friend to them. She kept in contact with my mother Brenda and my mom loved getting to chat with her from time to time. In fact, my mom was visiting me in Round Rock a couple of years ago and we went to visit with Clo, and at 100 years old, she looked the best out of the three of us! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Maria Williams

May 25, 2021

I have had the pleasure of knowing Clo for over 20 years. Once we’ve met, she quickly became a part of my family. To name just one memory would be impossible, since for years Clo was a part of every memory my family was making, weather it was someone’s birthday, anniversary a wedding, or just a simple get together to play cards, watch a movie, or share a dinner together.
We laughed together and we cried together.
Clo was beautiful, intelligent, smart and knowledgeable. Her love of reading and retention of what she read, was beyond comprehension. When watching Who wants to be a Millionaire, or the American Bible bowl challenge, she knew most of the answers.
She was also a fabulous hostess and a great cook.
Simply, unforgettable in every way!!!!!!
I will forever miss her and her beautiful contagious smile.
My deepest condolences to Clo’s entire family.