Aug. 22, 2019

Funeral services for Mary Helen Brossette Starnes were at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at Christ the King Lutheran Church with the Rev. Eric Klemme officiating. Burial followed in Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.

Mrs. Starnes, 88, of Natchitoches died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, peacefully at her home with her children by her side in Natchitoches. She was a native of Natchitoches.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted member of Christ the King Lutheran Church since 1968. Everyone that knew Mary Helen loved her; she always had the warmest heart and was always compassionate and caring with everyone. She enjoyed fishing, “especially” cooking, sewing, playing her organ, and even motorcycle riding (only for a short period). She graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1947, Reids Beauty Shop in 1954 and met her future husband of 54 years, Jack N. Starnes.

They lived in New Iberia, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas, and returned to Natchitoches in 1968. She was a devoted housewife and mother, delivered mail in Natchez for a time and became a Watkins distributor for 20+ years. Her greatest love was for her family, warmest friends and home. At times she was set her in her own ways and didn’t hesitate to express her opinion, but was always genuine and that is why we loved her so much. Every one of us takes a little something from her over the years and will cherish our stories and memories she passed on to us. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse L. and Alice Antee Brossette; grandparents, Julian and Maude Brossette and Frank and Susie Antee; her husband, Jack N. Starnes; and adopted sister, Velma Romero of New Iberia.

She is survived by her daughter, Kellie Lee and husband Steve of Belleair Beach, Fla.; son, Jeffrey Starnes of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Tyler L. Starnes and Kyle A. Starnes of Orlando, Fla.; one great-grandson, Sawyer A. Starnes; other adopted sons, Todd Romero and Mitchell Romero of New Iberia; sister-in-law, Vickie Jones and husband Bob of Shelby, N.C.; brother-in-law, Norman R. Valentine and wife Madeline of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Geraldine Desadier of Natchitoches.

The family is grateful to Christ the King Lutheran Church family, friends, the staff of the La Extended Care Hospital, all the doctors, TheraTeam “Russell Bienvenu” and Hospice of Natchitoches.