Margaretha “Molly” Beenen

Published 12:37 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

Molly Beenen passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017 at her home in Port Acres surrounded by her family. Molly was born on February 2, 1926 in Bandung, Indonesia to Helmina and Christiaan Lapré.

She enjoyed singing in different languages, playing her guitar and harmonica, and painting wooden shoes and eggs. She worked 30 years at the Nederland Windmill Museum where she would greet visitors and school children and explain the Dutch customs. She also loved performing at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, TX.

Molly was preceded in death by her parents Helmina and Christiaan, husband Barteld Beenen, and son Peter Beenen. Those left to cherish her memories are her sons, Paul and Henk of Port Acres, Bart and Trish of Vidor, TX and her daughters Kitty and Mark Rackley of McDonald, PA, Sjonneke and Billy Baker of Clear Lake, TX, Caroline and Scott Armbrust of Apple Valley, MN, Judy and Gary Harper of Houston, TX, and Patsy and Jay Schenkewitz of Carrollton, TX along with 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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A special thanks to our brother, Henk, for the loving care and devotion he gave to our mom.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Therese the Little Flower on Thursday, March 30 at 10AM. A celebration of her life will immediately follow in the parish hall. Donations can be made in her memory to the United Board of Missions.