Jean Dennis entered the golden gates of heaven Dec. 11, 2013, at the age of 89 to greet the angels and spend eternity with her loved ones and friends who previously departed earthly life. Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Temple. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. Memorials: First United Methodist Church of Temple, 102 N. Second, Temple, Texas 76501, or a
, in lieu of flowers. Jean was born and raised in Water Valley, Miss., and attended Miller-Hawkins Business School in Memphis, Tenn., and Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. She worked for the federal government five years and devoted the remainder of her life to her husband and children as a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. During World War II Jean met and married Gordon Dennis while he was stationed in Grenada, Miss. After the war Jean and Gordon settled in Mineral Wells, where Gordon later entered the ministry. Jean served with Gordon in United Methodist churches in Venus, Cross Plains, Fort Worth and Temple, in addition to his administrative positions for the United Methodist Central Texas Conference in Cleburne, Brownwood and Fort Worth. After much research work, Jean help obtain a historical marker for First United Methodist Church of Temple. She was a former Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and church youth sponsor and was involved in the United Methodist Women. Playing bridge was one of Jean's favorite pastimes. She loved to cook for her family and friends who enjoyed the Southern recipes passed down from her mother. Jean became involved in community theater at the age of 65 where she was originally in the dance chorus and later had several performing and speaking roles, including Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." As a breast cancer
survivor Jean always maintained a positive attitude about life. She often told stories of her earlier years and how her extended family combined resources to overcome the adversity of the Great Depression and the lasting impact it had on her values. Jean will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, the Rev. Gordon Dennis; son, Jim Dennis; father, Jim Kennedy; stepfather, Sayle Womack; and mother, Nadie Kennedy Womack. Survivors: Son, Hal Dennis and wife, Perla, of Fort Worth; son, David Dennis and wife, Judy, of Bedford; grandchildren, Buddy, Phillip and Trey; great-grandchildren, Ellaina and Andrew; and a host of extended family and friends.