Carolyn Frances Willis

December 12, 1945 - August 31, 2019

Carolyn Willis

Carolyn Frances Willis, 73, of Nederland, died Saturday, August 31, 2019. She was born on December 12, 1945, in Orange, to Mabel Wade Cagle and Clarence Carlton Cagle.

Carolyn was born in Orange, Texas, and grew up in the Cove, attending elementary school there. Her family moved to Bridge City where she attended and graduated from Bridge City High School. After high school Carolyn attended Lamar University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. Carolyn was employed by Nederland Independent School District where she worked for thirty-six years teaching biology, advanced biology, and chemistry. She served as the Head of Science Department for many years. Carolyn was selected Teacher of the Year in 1979 and received the Lamar Medal of Excellence from the Nederland Masonic Lodge in 1991.

Survivors include her husband, Don Willis, of Nederland; sons, Mark Willis, of Long Beach, California and Scott Willis, of Port Arthur; sister, JoAnn Gonzales and her husband, Mike, of Granbury; brother, Jerry Cagle and his wife, Loretta, of Bridge City; sisters-in-law, Sherry Johnson, of Irving and Melanie Shelton and her husband, Raymond, of Big Sandy; brother-in-law, B. J. Willis and his wife, Jean, of Trinidad; and mother-in-law, Dorotha Willis, of Big Sandy.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Billy Cagle; and father-in-law, Dale Willis.

A gathering of Mrs. Willis’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 9, 2019, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Broussard’s, Nederland, with her interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.


Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland, TX
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Monday, September 09, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Memory Gardens of Jefferson County
3098 Us 69 Nederland Texas 77627

Comments (17)

  • Lynda M Dow

    25 September 2019 at 11:56 | #

    Don, I am so sorry to learn about Carolyn. Malcolm always had a special place in his heart for her. I know how hard this loss is for you and your family.


  • Bonnie (Deering) & Timothy Nagy, Cabot, Ar.

    17 September 2019 at 09:17 | #

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss Don. Having recently lost my mom in March 2019, I know how much she was loved & how much she will be missed.


  • Glenda (Self) Winseck

    10 September 2019 at 23:47 | #

    It just breaks my heart to hear about Carolyn. I always thought so highly of her, she was a blessing to me when I started teaching at NHS.
    Don, Mark and Scott please know I am keeping you all in my dearest thoughts and prayers.


  • Buddy and Brenda Pillsbury

    10 September 2019 at 04:18 | #

    Don, we are so sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Lonnie & Janie Mosley

    09 September 2019 at 16:18 | #

    Scott & Family
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May God Bless You All.
    Lonnie & Janie


  • Rhonda Richey

    07 September 2019 at 03:14 | #

    Don, I am so sorry for your great loss. God bless.


  • Brooke Miller

    07 September 2019 at 01:42 | #

    I had Mrs Willis for Science in 7th & 10th grade. She was one of my favorite teachers She will be missed!


  • Mary Jo Chauvin

    05 September 2019 at 16:09 | #

    I am so sorry to hear about Carolyn. She was a amazing woman and a wonderful educator. I had to pleasure of teaching with Carolyn at Central Middle School. We have great memories of those days. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time in their lives.


  • Maryanne

    05 September 2019 at 16:07 | #

    Keeping your family and you in my prayers. Praying for strength, comfort, and peace.



    05 September 2019 at 14:42 | #

    I am so sorry for you and your families loss.


  • Charles Willis

    05 September 2019 at 01:18 | #

    Ruth and I are so sorry. We will have you all in our prayers.


  • Derek and Lyndsi Chambless

    04 September 2019 at 20:27 | #

    Mrs. Willis was one great teacher and person. She will be missed dearly. Prayers for all!


  • Sergio Lope

    04 September 2019 at 20:11 | #

    My condolences to you and your family. May she Rest In Peace.


  • Dolores Larson

    04 September 2019 at 13:29 | #

    Your family remain in my prayers and thoughts at this time. May the many fond memories you have of Carolyn help sustain you in the coming days.


  • John Deering

    04 September 2019 at 00:24 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. She will missed by the many who she helped during her life as a person and educator. Our prayers go out to you and your family.


  • Christina Gonzalez

    03 September 2019 at 23:24 | #

    She was the most amazing woman. I miss her already.


  • Amanda Jo Pynes

    01 September 2019 at 21:27 | #

    I am so sorry for you and your families loss...Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family


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