Jean Ancelet, 80 of Crosby, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jean was born on January 15, 1940 in Livingston, Texas. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Jean worked for GCCISD for over 16 years as a crossing guard and truly loved the relationships she built with all children. She was born with a heart of gold. If she saw a child in need of clothing or shoes, the next day that child would have exactly what they needed. This passion for giving extended to everyone and anyone she met ~and she never met a stranger. She established many lifelong friendships through the years and embodied the definition of being “a great person.” Whether it was the need for food, shelter, a friend to lean on, a gentle hug, or supportive advice, Jean was always there for others.
As a loving wife, Jean and her husband Don had a wonderful marriage full of love and lots of laughter. Together, their love, commitment and devotion to one another allowed them to raise wonderful children in a home filled with constant love and support. Together, they enjoyed shopping for antiques, remodeling houses, visiting family, and especially traveling. If someone mentioned vacation, she would say, “When are we leaving? “ Jean also loved attending performances at the Liberty Opera House which became their special date nights. Despite growing older together, Jean and Don never lost their passion for shared fun. They were known to hide and jump out of a corner to scare each other just to get a laugh, and even in these last years you could always find them walking hand and hand smiling at one another. Their love truly embodied the unity of a husband and wife and they still had that “spark” in their eyes when they looked at one another. They truly had a marriage that everyone envied.
As a devoted mother and grandmother, Jean cherished special times spent with her family. She showered her family with unconditional love, support, guidance, commitment and made every effort to create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Whether it was attending birthday parties, graduations, extra circular activities, or family events, she made every effort to make each moment special and memorable. As a relative and special friend to so many, her love for life and beautiful smile will always remain engrained in the memories of those who were graced to have known her.
Jean is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Don Ancelet, her daughter Diane Valentine and James Massa, son Jeff Schamp and wife Tina, daughter Karen White and husband Jimmy, daughter Paula Vera and husband Phil, son Paul Ancelet and wife Heather, daughter Donna Reitenour and husband Craig along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, Garland and Myrtle Coker, sons Michael (“Mickey”) Schamp and Phillip Schamp, her brother, Wayne Coker, Sisters, Delma Hamilton, Faye Barnum, and Lou Ellen Jackson.
The Ancelet/Schamp family would like to recognize our sister Donna Reitenour for taking special care of our mother over the last few months. We would like to thank Dr. Pamela Medellin and staff, Dr. Mary Goswitz and staff, as well as Harbor Hospice. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our friends and families for the continuous kind words of comfort, flowers, food, and emotional support during this difficult time.
Services will be held at:
Sterling White Funeral Home
11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd
Highlands, TX 77562
Visitation: Monday July 20, 2020 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Service: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00am
Officiating: Pastor Orin Flynn
Pallbearers: James Schamp, Justin Ancelet, Cody Ancelet, Brandon Ancelet, Trapper Schamp, Hayden Purswell, Ben Schamp and Shannon Schamp
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