Violet Margaret Spell, 89, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Funeral services were Nov. 29 from Claybar Funeral Home’s temporary location in Orange. The Rev. Mike Umbenhauer of the First Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial was at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Spell was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Crowley, La. She met and married Eugene William Spell, known to everyone as “Blackie” and they were married for 63 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grand, great- and great-great grandmother. She found comfort in her kitchen where her family and friends enjoyed many of her home cooked meals. It always filled her with great joy when her family was around her. Next to the love for her family was her love of listening and two stepping to Cajun music; whenever she heard the music, her foot went to tapping.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Alford and Elta Perry; infant son, Donald Eugene; sisters, Kathleen Young and Flora Perry; son-in-law, Norvin Matthis and a great-granddaughter, Kaci Dischler.
She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Matthis, Dot Foyle and husband James, and Carolyn Colburn and husband Jeep all of Orange. She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses, Donny and Tamara Mayo, Kimm and Buddy Benson, Stacey and Richard Ellis, Brent and Sharon Matthis, J.J.Colburn and Kelly and Steve Dischler. She leaves numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and one sister, Melba Duhon of Buna.
The family would like to give special thanks to Maudra Jones, Rose Johnson and Betty Odom for their devoted and loving care of our mother during the last two years of her life. The family would also like to thank Dr. Amsden and staff, all the nurses, and Flo King of Southeast Texas Hospice for the wonderful care. Memorials may be made to S.E. Texas Hospice.
Pallbearers will be J.J. Colburn, Donny Mayo, Brent Matthis, Richard Ellis, Steve Dischler and Ethan Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Dischler, Cameron Dischler, Adam Ellis and Garrett Romero.

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