Dorothy Ann Daigle

Published 5:03 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dorothy Ann Daigle age 83 was born 12/4/1932 in Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday morning 6/6/2016 in Beaumont, Texas. Dorothy married Emile J. Daigle, Sr. on August 11, 1951 at the age of 19 in Port Arthur, Texas. She has two son’s Emile J. Daigle, Jr. and Odee Paul Daigle both born at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling since E.J. Daigle, Sr. was in the military beginning his service career by joining the Navy at age 17, then later joining the US Air Force serving at total of 22 years. After E.J. Daigle, Sr. retirement from the military they returned home to the Port Arthur- Beaumont, Texas area where they settled and built a new home.

The early years of marriage while her husband was deployed at sea, Dorothy worked at different jobs depending on where her husband’s duty station was located.

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Dorothy was a member of the:

Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union, Long Beach, CA

Culinary Alliance & Hotel Workers Union, Long Beach, CA.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of Los Angeles, CA.

International Association of Machinists, San Diego, CA.

When Dorothy’s husband got out of the Navy and he joined the US Air Force Dorothy became a full time stay at home mom dedicating her life to her family. Dorothy could not swim so she set her sights on learning to swim and went all the way to become a certified Swim Instructor at Naha AFB, Okinawa, Japan and she loved to swim, she also made sure her son’s learned to swim and follow in her footsteps, and she taught her granddaughters to swim. Dorothy and E.J Daigle, Sr. were very active and supportive in all their son’s activities, Boy Scouts, sports like, Judo, baseball, basketball, golf, swimming.

Education was very important to Dorothy due to the fact she did not complete school, having to drop out in the 6th grade to help in her families restaurant. Dorothy pushed herself to learn and better herself, she loved to read and encouraged her children to excel in education. As a result of Dorothy’s emphasis on getting a good education both son’s have earned college degrees.

Dorothy and E.J. Daigle, Sr. gave freely of their time and financially to support their church Little Flower Catholic Church in Port Acres, Texas. If there was a project to be done Dorothy was right next to E.J. helping to complete the task at hand whether it was at church or at home.

Dorothy’s hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, refinishing wooden furniture, reupholster of furniture and taking care of her plants. Dorothy would make baby blankets as gifts for family, friends, neighbors and those who could not afford these items. Dorothy also enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes from different cultures.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her younger brother Jimmy Norris, grandparents Paul and Laura Norris, father Polite Norris, her husband Emile J. Daigle, Jr. Dorothy is survived by her son’s EJ Daigle, Jr. of Taylor Landing, Texas and Odee Paul Daigle and wife Shirley Daigle of Sachse, Texas. Her two granddaughters Britney Leigh Keller of Taylor Landing, Texas and Beth Danielle Bergeron and her husband Aaron Bergeron of Port Acres, Texas. Also survived by great granddaughters Savannah Leigh Keller of Corinth, Texas, and Taylor Bergeron of Port Acres, Texas.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Port Acres with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves. Services will be officiated by Rev. Rejimon E. George, C.M.I.

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