Rena Norris Broussard entered into eternal life on June 27, 2009, in Plano, Texas after a brief illness. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 31, 1925, to Avnel and Aspasie Norris. She was the beloved sister of Loveless Norris, Paul Wylie Norris, (deceased), and Abdon Norris.
On September 19, 1942, Rena married Joseph Aaron Broussard at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage and raised three children, Margaret, Linda, and Norris in Galveston.
Rena’s husband, children and their spouses, grand/great grandchildren were the center of her life, along with her deep devotion to her Catholic faith. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s Altar Society, St. Patrick’s Bereavement Committee, and Damas. She baked many cakes for church bazaars and dedicated many volunteer hours for the church.
Her family and friends knew, loved, and will remember her as very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She carried out those roles with unique perfection, unconditional love, and steadfast dedication to her family. She was a generous friend and source of strength to many. Rena was the ultimate caregiver managing the care of both parents, and assisting with the care of both in-laws and three grandparents. She loved children and children loved her as she shaped many young lives caring for them as infants and toddlers.
Rena was an avid cook and her dinner table was always open to family, neighbors, and friends. Anyone fortunate enough to experience her extraordinary cuisine raved about her culinary talents!
Rena is survived by her husband of 67 years, Aaron; daughter Margaret Smith and husband Doug of McDonough, Georgia; daughter Linda Frink and husband Bob of Plano, Texas; son, Norris Broussard and wife Ann of McKinney, Texas; five grandchildren: Michelle Cooke-Jarrell, Vivian Cooke, Norman Cooke, Michael Frink, Robin Frink; four great grandchildren: Logan, Brandon, Shawnie, Elliott; and one great, great grandchild Aiden. She is also survived by brother Loveless and wife Jewel, brother Abdon and wife Joan; sisters-in-laws Loula Hubbard and Eljie Simpton; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. She was especially close to her cousin Howard Picard, wife Evangeline, and children Jackie and Trey.
Visitation will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, June 30, 2009 beginning at 5 PM with a rosary at 6:30 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Pallbearers will be Michael Frink, Trey Picard, Howard Picard, Matthew Moeller, Dennis Norris, and Andrew Norris.