Iris Jean Fontenot, 81, of Orange, Texas, passed away on December 11, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 15, at Hartburg Baptist Church in Hartburg.

Born in Orange, Texas, on July 6, 1938, she was the daughter of Millard Lavine and Beatrice (Smith) Lavine. Iris graduated from Deweyville High School where she played on the basketball team. She enjoyed spending time traveling, gardening flowers, and crocheting. She was a big fan of John Wayne and liked to attend and watch football games. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her as “Mammaw” were her pride and joy in life. Iris loved her family dearly and her memory will live on in those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Beatrice Lavine; grandson, Beau Andrus; and her son-in-law, Mike Andrus.

Iris is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Joseph Fontenot; daughters, Claudia Andrus, of Hartburg and Kim Jackson and husband John, of Wing, AL; grandchildren, Jason Chambers, Dusty Andrus, and MJ Andrus and wife Tammy; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Andrus and Destiny Andrus; siblings, Gay Storms, Sandra Moore, Wayne Lavine, Kathy Killen, and LaDonna Archer; along with numerous other loving family and friends.

Cremation is under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Mrs. Fontenot’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Pinehurst Nursing Home for all of their wonderful care and compassion