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Harriott Holland Ivers

Harriott Holland Ivers
December 20, 1923 - June 10, 2008

Harriott Holland Ivers, 84, of Beaumont, died June 10, 2008, at her residence.  A 1941 graduate of Beaumont High School, Harriott attended Gulf Park Junior College in Gulfport, Mississippi from 1941 to 1942.  She returned to Beaumont and attended Lamar Junior College for a year and then transferred to University of Texas at Austin where she later graduated with a degree in Sociology.  While at the University of Texas, she pledged Zeta Tau Alpha, and remained a very active alumnus in that sorority for many years.


In 1945 at the age of 21, Harriott married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. James Ivers, after dating since they were 14.  During his medical residency and service in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Ivers and his bride lived in Galveston, Bethesda, Dallas, and Indianapolis.  Harriott was also a part owner in her family business, Holland Advertising, along with her mother Inez Holland, brother, Clarence Holland, nephew C.B. Holland, Jr. (all deceased), and sister, Willian Lee.


A long-time avid artist, Harriott was very active in a number of civic activities during her lifetime.  Notably she was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she chaired the Needlepoint Committee responsible for overseeing the design and creation of the kneelers for the altar in the sanctuary.  She was also a member of the Beaumont Junior League and was a regular volunteer for the annual Spindletop Charity Horseshow.   Harriott was also a dedicated member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


She was preceded in death by her husband James and oldest daughter, Willian (Bill) Markus.  She is survived by her sons, Jim Ivers of San Antonio, Scott Ivers of Beaumont, and Rick Ivers and wife Barbara of Greenwich, Connecticut;  daughters, Crissie Ivers of Beaumont, and Julie Bouhuys and husband Henk of Charlotte, North Carolina; sister, Willian Lee and husband Bob of Beaumont; and grandchildren, Francesca Markus, Michael Markus, Alex Ivers, Fred Duncan, Jr., Caroline Duncan, Lauren Ivers, Scott Ivers, Andrew Ivers, James Ivers, Meredith Ivers, Will Bouhuys, Peter Bouhuys, and Kate Bouhuys.


The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Bob Birdwell and the staff at Texas Oncology; to the team from Professional Healthcare Hospice, Melissa Lane, Catrina Cross and Sherry Moody; and to the wonderful team of healthcare professionals who were her constant companions these past few months, Sandra Collins, Peggy Garvin and Jewell Barry, for their love and dedication for our Mother.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Trinity United Methodist Church followed by burial at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s, Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont.  A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, June 13, 2008, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Mortuary.


Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Foundation, P.O. Box 5247, Beaumont, Texas 77726.



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