Jeannette W. Lief Chaplin

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Jeannette W. Lief Chaplin, 95, of Beaumont died, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. Jeannette was born to John Paul and Fadwa Waken just before her twin sister Juliette on January 26, 1918, in Enid, Oklahoma. She attended Catholic school and worked in the family grocery store. Jeannette married Clarence Lief in 1945 and they lived in Wisconsin and Enid before moving to California in 1965. Clarence died in 1976. In 1980, Jeannette married David Chaplin who died in 2011. Jeannette then moved to Beaumont to spend her last years with her twin sister, Juliette Thedford. Jeannette loved family gatherings, playing bridge, hosting family meals and traveling. She was generous, compassionate and kind. She loved to knit and needle point, and the excitement of the horse races at Santa Anita Park. She enjoyed hosting family members who traveled to California to visit. She traveled to Beaumont often to spend time with Julie and her children, Kristi Kimura, John Thedford and Kurt Thedford and their children. Survivors include her sister, Mary Rose Waken Boulder and her husband, Joseph; brother, Dr. John K. Waken and his wife, Grace; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Lief; husband, David Chaplin; twin sister, Juliette Thedford; and sisters, Blanche Richards, Alice Marek and Helen Haddad. A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Chaplin will be celebrated 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with Reverend Msgr. Michael Jamail officiating, under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A committal of her cremated body will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at Calvary Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma. A family committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. We would like to thank Dr. Jeremy Huff, Penny Sirmons, R.N, Dr.Timothy Colgan, and Greg Gilbreath APRN, for their care and compassion during the last two years of Jeannette's life. We would also like to thank all of the staff at Atria Collier Park for their care and support, and especially thank her private duty care-givers Shelia, Tiffany, Angelika, Sheca, Misty, April and Tracy. Complete and updated information may be found

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June 4, 2013
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