Obituary: Therese Shearer

Therese Shearer

Therese Shearer, 43, of Beaumont died peacefully in her sleep July 30, 2017.

Therese was born July 30, 1974, to Rebecca Lynn Rabb and Smiley Shearer. She attended St. Anne Catholic School, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School and Central Senior High before attending Lamar Institute of Technology, where she studied instrumentation technology.

Therese was a gifted and talented graphic designer with a creative mind and an artistic eye. Her ideas and artistry can be seen on many publications, logos, brochures, business cards, t-shirts, advertisements, flyers and websites in Southeast Texas and beyond. She had a knack for word play and for designing content unique for each client. She listened intently to their needs and created beautiful, relevant products for varying professions and industries. Therese also was always willing to share her knowledge and ideas with others. She loved her work and the people she worked with; she was fair and honest and joyfully created, collaborating with clients and other designers. Some of her works include “The EventsBook,” a publication she initially created and designed from 2008 until 2016. She redesigned the Beaumont Enterprise’s “VIP” magazine in 2014 and produced that publication from 2014 until 2016. She also worked with the Junior League of Beaumont and designed their publication “Spinnings” for a number of years. Therese created many of the Gift of Life print materials as well as promotional literature for the mental health movement “Okay to Say.” Before any of that, Therese was a long-time employee of The Examiner. An unforgettable personality, she’ll be missed by so many of her former colleagues who had grown to depend on her expertise.

Therese loved her family and friends and grew up spending weekends with extended family, including her aunts and uncles, her beloved nanny, brother and mother. She especially enjoyed holidays when she loved to cook. She adored her niece and encouraged her to read and study and do well in school. She also loved cooking with her niece. They baked cupcakes and cookies together. Therese also adored her dog, Millie.

Therese valued her friendships, too. She was a confidante to many because she could be trusted. She was a loyal, straight shooter. Her friends knew they could always count on her to speak honestly. She was kind and gracious, generous sometimes to a fault, lighthearted and funny. She giggled a lot and enjoyed telling and hearing a good joke. She was a strong, wise woman with definite opinions, dreams, goals and aspirations. Her life was too short, and she will be missed by many.  

Therese is survived by her mother, Rebecca Lynne Rabb; her sister, Adrienne Shearer; her brother, Justin Rabb, who was one of her closest friends; her niece and nephew Kennedy and Camden Rabb; and her grandmother Geraldine Lopez. She also leaves behind caring aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A service for Therese will be held at Broussard's Mortuary at 1605 N. Major Drive on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 4-7 p.m. A Mass will be held in her honor at St. Pious Church at 5075 Bigner Road on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. 

— Shelly Vitanza