Jean Webb, 78, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, June 28, at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St., in Fort Worth.
Jean was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on Feb. 11, 1935, to Dorothy and H. A. Hefner. She graduated with honors from Graham High and subsequently North Texas State College, where she was a Who’s Who. In 1964, she received her master’s of education from North Texas State University. She married Lt. Billy Gean Webb, a Marine jet pilot, on Father’s Day 1958, and their life took them to California, Denton and San Antonio before settling in Fort Worth in 1965.
Jean taught for eight years prior to her 35-year career with Fort Worth Country Day School, where, for so many bright young men and women, “Mrs. Webb” was a motivator, a confidante and eternal friend. Jean’s love for her students and desire to remain involved in their lives motivated her to join and direct the school’s alumni efforts until 2001. Her passion then led her to become the chairman of the school’s archives where she captured and chronicled the school’s history as an exceptional educational legacy for generations of students, including her students’ children. Jean worked tirelessly to prepare the school for its 50th anniversary, scheduled for fall 2013. The Jean Webb Alumni Service Award was established in her honor, and she was named as an honorary member of the Alumni Association.
The entire Fort Worth Country Day School family, tens of thousands strong, will miss her tremendously.
Jean’s commitment to educating young people led to her serving at the state and local level in the Iota Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization of women educators.
She contributed to the organization’s archives, served as chapter president, area coordinator, chairman of numerous state committees and state parliamentarian, and received the Alpha State Achievement Award, the state’s highest recognition.
Jean’s commitment to Fort Worth included serving on the executive committee of the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library, Casa Mañana board of directors and Spectrum Department of the Woman’s Club.
Her faith was evidenced by her devotion to her church, in which she welcomed various leadership roles at First United Methodist Church (foundation board of trustees, lay leader, finance committee secretary, youth coordinator, president of Inquirers Sunday School Class, co-chairman in establishing the archives).
Jean’s outgoing, charismatic personality and perpetual motion were true gifts to all who knew her. Her keen intellect and unwavering commitment to serving others were shared with, and instilled in all who came in contact with her.
From engaging former generations to fill archives, to addressing large gatherings of members of the various organizations to which she belonged, to keeping a bunch of squirrely third grade boys on the “straight and narrow,” she gave of herself every day of her life and imparted volumes of wisdom along the way.
Jean was widely recognized as a mentor, philanthropist and community leader, but the genesis of her energy for all she did was a result of her deep, abiding love for her family and friends. For her, family reached far beyond those related by blood.
From her husband and children to friends old and new across generations to scholarship recipients at Texas A&M and North Texas, Jean treasured and nurtured her family and friends throughout her life.
The family is eternally indebted to Dr. Asad Dean for his compassionate commitment to caring for Jean. They are also grateful to Harris Methodist Hospital, especially the wonderful seventh floor nurses and staff at Harris Tower.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Dorothy and H. A. Hefner; daughter, Angelique; niece, Finley Hefner McDonald; and cousin, Laura Carter.
The family especially recognizes Colonel Parker Schenecker for all his love and care for Jean and her family. Jean treasured Parker and their special relationship.
Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Bill; daughters, Simone Webb Thomas and her husband Jay, Victoria Webb Walker and her husband Kevin and Carol Bradshaw; grandchildren, Blake (Alexandra) Andrews, Alexandra and Victoria Thomas and Jackson and Caroline Walker; great-grandchildren Aubrey Cumming and Harper Andrews; brother, James H. Hefner; nephew, James H. (Lynne) Hefner Jr.; great-niece, Jordan; and great-nephew, Graham.
Memorials may be made to Fort Worth Country Day School Restricted Fund, 4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 or Alpha State Texas Educational Foundation (ASTEF), P.O. Box 79787, Dallas, TX 75379-7787 or First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation, Inc., 750 W. Fifth St., Ft. Worth, TX 76102.