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Elaine Allums

Laura Elaine Allums, 77, of Kountze, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas - St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born December 20, 1943, in Santa Anna, Texas, to Willie B. and Miley Cariker. She married Donald Allums, Jr. on June 18, 1966.

Elaine was a teacher at Kountze High School, her alma mater, for thirty years. Teaching was her passion. She left an indelible influence on all of her students. Students of Mrs. Allums’ will have many memories from her black dress tests to her annual trips to the Houston Livestock Show. Elaine was the sponsor of Future Teachers of America and influenced many students, including her daughters, to become teachers.

Elaine loved her town and loved being involved in the community. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Kountze. She was a member of the Woman’s Club, Friends of the Library, Lion’s Club, City Council, Birding in the Big Thicket, Mayor Pro Tem, Southeast Texas Planning Commission, Kirby Hill House, Leadership Southeast Texas, and DAR. Elaine was always ready to volunteer and help any way she could.

Classical music and reading were her hobbies. She was a common fixture at the Kountze Public Library and often went to the symphony in Houston and Beaumont with friends. Her husband took their daughters hunting and fishing, and Elaine took them to the ballet and opera.

Elaine Allums is survived by her husband, Donald Allums, Jr.; daughters, Laurie Allums and Leah Graham and her husband, Jeff Graham; grandchildren, Bailey Overstreet, Miley Overstreet, Cambria and Colin Graham; three great-grandchildren; sister, Miley Cecile Hefner; and brother, James “Bud” Cariker.

A graveside service for Mrs. Allums was at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Hooks Cemetery, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Kountze Public Library, 800 Redwood Street, Kountze, Texas 77625.

Complete and updated information may be found at:

The Silsbee Bee

P.O. Box 547
Silsbee, TX 77656
Phone: 409-385-5278
Fax: 409-385-5270