Jean Anne Stokes
June 22, 1931 – June 9, 2021
Jean Anne Stokes went to be with the Good Lord and her loving family on June 9, 2021. Jean was 89 years of age.
She was born on June 22, 1931, in Campbellton, Texas, a town in Atascosa County founded by her grandfather, John Campbell. She was the youngest of four children. She attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, where she met her sweetheart and lifelong partner, Jack Henry Stokes. They married in 1952.
Shortly thereafter, Jack joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, until his transfer to Wiesbaden, Germany. She joined him and worked on the base as a secretary. Their time abroad allowed them to explore West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy and encouraged a lifelong love of travel. They returned from Europe in 1956 to the Rio Grande Valley, then to Corpus Christi where they raised three children.
Both avid fishermen, Jean and Jack shared many happy times on South Padre Island’s Intercoastal Waterway tempting trout, flounder and redfish. Retirement ushered in fabulous trips to Mexico and Alaska.
The family was heartbroken to lose Jack to pancreatic cancer in 1996. Jean found solace in adventures with dear friends Dianne Odneal, Jody Janik and Joyce Austin. Later in life, she also developed a love for all things Native American and made frequent visits to New Mexico to collect handmade jewelry and crafts.
Jean was a wonderful cook and hostess. She was extremely creative, composing beautiful decorations and arrangements with flowers from her yard. She was supremely generous and always cared for those less fortunate than her. She had dozens of dogs, cats, and other animals – all rescued and all with a story.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lucy Lee; her sisters, Catherine McFadden and Anna Mary Eustace; her brother, John Edward Campbell; her in-laws, Iva Lee and Jeff Stokes; and her daughter-in-law, Jeanie. She is survived by her son, Jeff Stokes; her daughters, Julee Morrow MD and husband Joe and Janese Olivero and husband Alan; her grandchildren, Matt, Mike (Katie), Joe (Nicole), Camille, Hannah, Mikenley, Maisen (Mark), Harden and Gairsen; and her great-grandchildren, Tommy and Gabby. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Visitation will be at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne, Texas, on Thursday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek in Spring Branch, Texas, on June 18 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Kendalia, Texas, with which she kept very busy for many years, online at https://wildlife-rescue.org/support/remembrance-gifts/ or by mail at P.O. Box 369, Kendalia, TX 78027.
To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Jean’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com.Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, Texas.