1929 - 2014 Jeannine L. Pate, 85, of Beaumont, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Her husband of sixty-four years was by her side as she went peacefully to be with the Lord. Jeannine was born on April 3, 1929, to Flay Floyd and Samuel William Lyon in Durant, Oklahoma. Jeannine had been a resident of Beaumont for sixty-six years. She is survived by her husband, Matt D. Pate, Jr.; son, Matt Drake Pate III and his wife, Vickie; and daughter, Paula Pate Beaty and her husband, Dale. Jeannine is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Charlene Wilson. After graduating from Durant High School in 1947, she began her college career at Southeastern State University in her hometown. She was encouraged to attend college by her high school teachers. Jeannine understood the importance of investing in young people and their future. She was one of the original founders of the Durant High School Class of 1947 Scholarship. This scholarship has assisted many Durant students throughout the years with their education and is still active today. After moving to Beaumont, marrying and having two children, she continued her education at Lamar University. She earned a teaching degree and several Master's degrees. She had a passion for teaching and impacted many lives through her encouragement and counseling of students. Jeannine taught high school students at Lumberton HS, South Park HS, and Westbrook HS. She retired as an administrator and enjoyed many good years of retirement. Jeannine earned many awards throughout her educational career. A loving wife, mother, and friend, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She had a beautiful spirit and witty sense of humor, always sharing a smile. She was a mother that led by example who taught her children about unconditional love and the act of giving and sharing towards others. Jeannine also loved her furry friends. A private family service was held on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to Southeastern Foundation - DHS Class of '47 Scholarship, 1405 North 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Oklahoma 74701-0609 or Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 26, 2014