Class of '80 Obituaries

Denise Ann Ward Wenzel
Denise Ann Ward Wenzel, 46, of Beaumont, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008 while on a mission trip to Mexico for ESL Region 5 and BISD.
A native of Miami, Florida and longtime resident of Beaumont, Denise was a 1980 graduate of French High School.
In 1984 she received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Lamar University. She began teaching at South Park Middle School and while teaching she continued her education at Lamar, receiving her Master of education in school administration in 1989. Following South Park, she transferred over to Vincent Middle School then moving onto Marshall Middle School teaching Texas History.
Denise was a loving mother, who had a passion for teaching, traveling and gardening. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and St. Anne Catholic Church in Beaumont.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Charles Ward. She is survived by her daughter, Kristen Marie Wenzel of Beaumont; mother, Jackie Ward of Beaumont; brother, Chris Ward of Beaumont; sisters, Sherry Reeves and husband Calvin of Joaquin, and Pam Williams and husband Mark of Evadale; nieces, Rachel Reeves and Wendy Williams; and nephews, Bobby Witt, Mike Witt, Wade Williams, and Wes Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial with be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2008 at St. Anne Catholic Church followed by burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A Christian Vigil will be 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening, May 29, 2008 followed by a gathering of family and friends at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, 475 N. 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701. Neece, you were a joy and light of our lives. Our hearts will never quit hurting and our eyes will never be dry. God, we know Neece is with you, so please give us the strength to carry on. Your family and daughter love you very much.
"It's the way you encouraged us… and the way you taught us to love… and not only did you teach us history, you taught us to be better people"
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