Jimmie Jean Warren Owen of Waco died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at a
local hospital. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23,
at First Presbyterian Church of Waco, with the Rev. Dr. Jimmie
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 22, at Wilkirson- Hatch-Bailey in the Garden Room.
Jimmie Jean was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Sweetwater, to James
Forrest and Pauline Waits Warren. She grew up in Crockett where she
graduated from Crockett High School. She attended Southern Methodist
University, majoring in English and journalism. She was a member of
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and continued actively supporting that
sorority as an alumnus. She worked as a writer for the Dallas
Morning News while attending SMU, and continued in a full-time
capacity after college.
She married John T. Owen July 30, 1955, in Crockett. They
moved to Waco in 1957. Jimmie Jean was headmistress at St. Paul's
Episcopal School in the early '70s, where she is widely regarded as
the administrative/fundraising catalyst for a definitive curriculum
direction and successful enrollment expansion leading to the
addition of several grades and a fundamentally sound, academically
relevant institution. After her retirement from St. Paul's, she
coordinated curriculum for Gifted and Talented Student Education
through the Education Service Center, Region 12. She raised
awareness and focused curriculum funding to gifted and talented
programs through service on local, state and national committees.
Jimmie Jean was an active member of the Waco community. She served
as volunteer, chairman, and advisor for many organizations including
Cotton Palace Pageant, Waco Hippodrome, Meals on Wheels, East
Terrace, Garden Club and Historic Waco Foundation. She served First
Presbyterian Church of Waco in several capacities, including Deacon,
Elder and the Sanctuary Guild moderator. Each year for Easter, she
folded hundreds of palm crosses for the congregation to wear. She
also served as a representative on Grace Presbytery, one of the
governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church.
Jimmie Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and
brother, Forrest S. (Bud) Warren.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and
Ann Owen of Waco; grandchildren, Cameron and Rachel Owen of Waco;
brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Joseph F. and Cora Sue Warren of
Tomball; nieces and nephews, Suzanne Warren, Jim Warren, Joe Warren,
John Warren, Jimmy Warren, Mike Warren and Kathryn Warren.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Waco
Sanctuary Guild. The family invites you to leave a message or memory
in our "Memorial Guestbook" at
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