Jill Marie Waller

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Jill Marie Waller passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Nacogdoches. She was born June 1, 1959, to Charles and Sherrell Legendre Cone in Houston. She graduated from Klein High School in 1977 and Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981. She is survived by Scott, her husband of 32 years; sons, Aaron of Nacogdoches, and Travis of San Diego, Calif. and his wife, Maggie. Other survivors include her mother, Sherrell Cone of Coldspring; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Mark Ferguson of Shenandoah; and niece and nephew, Jessica Ferguson and Robert Ferguson, both of Shenandoah. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Opal Waller of DeKalb; sister-in-law, Ellen Coleman of DeKalb, and her husband, Paul; brother-in-law, Rob Waller of Arp, and his wife, Karen; nephews, Kyle Coleman of Cave Springs, Ark., his wife, Emily, son, Jackson, and daughter, Avery; Clint Coleman of Texarkana, his wife, Angee, and daughter, Sadie; Frank Coleman of Wake Village, and his wife, Rachel; and Robert Waller of Arp. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Cone and father-in-law, Robert Waller. Jill was a stay-at-home mom before her boys were old enough for school, and while her boys were her first priority, she was hardly a "stay-at-home" mom. She was involved in Mothers Club and Junior Forum, taught music at First United Methodist Day School, and was an active member of Grace Bible Church, where she worked with children's Sunday school, AWANA, high school, college, and women's ministries, and hosted countless small group meetings. She was particularly enthusiastic about mentoring college-aged young women. Jill taught for the Nacogdoches Independent School District for 17 years, leading first- and second-grade classes at Raguet and Nettie Marshall Elementary. She was loved by her students and coworkers for her energy, her dedication, and her caring spirit. She was inspired to start the "Gallery of Magnificent Minds" science, math and art fair at Raguet Elementary School after visiting an exhibition of art by Harlem public school students at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Jill was a partner alongside her husband, Scott in Xerographix East Texas, Inc., Authorized Xerox Sales Agency, and handled the business accounting. She lived every day of her 54 years to the fullest, with enthusiasm and joy. She loved to laugh and to travel with her family and friends. She never met a stranger, and she deeply and outwardly loved her family, friends, students, church family, and her Lord and Savior. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Laird Funeral Home, 2116 South St. in Nacogdoches. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14. The memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 3 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 2305 Raguet St., Nacogdoches, 75965. Pallbearers are Norman Bondesen, Milton Dodson, William Fajardo, Wayne Lewis, Bruce McCrary and Bailey McLain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Raguet Elementary School, 2708 Raguet St. Nacogdoches, 75965, for the Jill Waller Memorial Fund, which will benefit the "Gallery of Magnificent Minds" science, math and art fair. Laird Funeral Home.
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Laird Funeral Home
2116 South St Nacogdoches, TX 75964
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 13, 2014
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