Ertha Lea Brister, 81, of Orange died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Marlow Baptist Church in Marlow, La.
Mrs. Brister was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Marlow, La. to Willy and Nettie Bass Deason.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Harley Brister of Orange; children and their spouses, Veronica Swain and husband William Ivan of Lacassine, La., Wallace Brister of Baytown and Janice Enloe and husband Keith of Orange; granddaughters, Heather Lea Chapman and Regina Marie Swain; grandsons, William I. Swain, Jr. and Leon Seth Swain; and four great-grandchildren.