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Beaubouef, Joan - Friendswood  
Joan Carol Peterson Beaubouef went to join the Lord on August 25, 2016. She was born to Quinton Marshall Peterson & wife Arlette Boudreaux in Liberty, Texas. At age 2 1/2 years, she was given the gift of a baby sister, Laneil Marie. The marriage dissolved and both parents re-married giving Joan the gift of two new families. Her parents set the example of how to love, forgive and respect. The blended families grew to love each other, sharing many wonderful times. Joan is pre-deceased by both parents and step parents, Quinton and Jen Peterson; Arlette Wilson Jackson, Bob Wilson and Clyde Jackson, Sr.; Mother In Law Eleanor Beaubouef; Brother Mike Peterson; Sister Wanda Gail Peterson Moss; Aunts Vella Margaret Sonntag and Margaret Boudreaux; Cousin Rene' Boudreaux Kay; Brother in Laws Don Christensen and Wes Osiecki. She is survived by Husband, Richard T. Beaubouef, Sr.; Sons Richard T. Jr. (Rick) and Bruce Andre (Andy); Grandsons, Quinton, John, and Henry and their Mother Tamra Beaubouef. She is also survived by Siblings Bobbie Wilson Christensen; Laneil Peterson Vawter & Husband Jesse; Sandi Wilson Osiecki; Debbie Wilson Gilbert & Husband James; Ike Peterson & Wife Ann; Clark Peterson & Wife Melissa; Brother-in Law Mike Moss; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. After graduating from High School in Sheridan, Texas, Joan was accepted into the Lillie Jolly School of Nursing, an institution dating back to 1904 as one of the first Baptist nursing programs to be located in Houston, later becoming affiliated with Houston Baptist University. Joan graduated, became a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at the Memorial Baptist Hospital in downtown Houston. Her specialty of service was as an Operating Room Circulating Nurse for 25 years, serving at Mainland Hospital in Texas City, and retiring as an OR Supervisor at Memorial Southeast, now Memorial Hermann. Not only did Joan forge lifelong friendships throughout her nursing career, she also met (reluctantly on a blind date) and married Richard in 1959. They began their life together in Seattle, Washington, where son Rick was born in 1960. She & Richard returned to Houston, Texas, in 1963, gave birth to Andy in 1966 and settled in Pearland in 1969. They have celebrated 57 years of marriage. Joan's nursing career helped to provide financial assistance not only for the household, but also providing for the careers of her husband, sons, and grandsons. While Joan worked, Richard completed his Mechanical Engineering Doctorate at Rice University. She also helped both sons receive their Doctorates in their preferred fields, Rick in Geology and Andy in History. All three of her men have been successful in their careers, for which Joan took great pride. She also was very proud of her grandsons, Quinton, John, & Henry. She loved being a part of their lives and interests, and knows each will follow in the footsteps of their Grandfather, Father, and Uncle. Joan had many interests, including Reading, Traveling, Sewing, Quilting, Nature & Birding, Women and Men's Basketball, and Entertaining; and she loved the family and friend get togethers. She and Richard spent many years as active members of The Sunshiners Square Dance Club and the Greater Houston Bromeliad Society. For over 20 years, she faithfully attended a week in New Braunfels with other Lillie Jolly nursing buddies. These friendships were very precious to her and she received great joy from these lifelong friends. She especially loved sharing life with many nieces, nephews, as well as her sons' friends and their children. Joan kept pictures & articles of them all, and received great pleasure from each and every anecdote. An avid reader, she visited many of the locales of books she loved. She visited al 50 US states, some more than once. She traveled to Turkey & Greece, in The Footsteps of the Apostle Paul; to Holland with great friends; The Canadian Rockies via the Rocky Mountaineer train; and sailed the Northeast Coastline from New York City to Quebec City. She served her community through the SilverLake Lions Club; Brazoria County Alliance For Children, Inc.; Tri County Republican Women; Meals on Wheels; and The Upper Room Sunday School Class at The First United Methodist Church, Pearland. She had a large network of relationships through her love of community and received The George W. Bush Volunteer of the Year Award. Joan's life exemplified a quiet but undaunted faith in Christ. Joan was a quiet warrior. She took personal care of Richard's mother and Aunt Vella Margaret Sonntag in their home. She continued to care for loved ones in crisis even as she battled cancer since the original onset in 1976. Her faith provided strength and courage of the comforting belief "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Leading by example in life and in death, Joan finished her life with the grace she always exhibited. On Joan's behalf, her family extends appreciation to Dr. Robert A. Wolff and Physician's Assistant Kelli Nugent for 10 years of awesome medical care and support. We also extend gratitude to the staff and volunteers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as First United Methodist Church Pastoral Staff, The Upper Room Sunday School, and The Silverlake Lions Club. To all of Joan's friends that reached out to her through cards and letters of encouragement, love and prayers, we are forever deeply grateful. In lieu of flowers, Joan requested donations be made to the Brazoria County Alliance for Children, Inc., Post Office Box 997, Angleton, Texas 77516. Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church Pearland, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581 with Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker and Rev. Marie Fuhrken officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Beaubouef family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com .
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