Martha "Jean" Barco

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Martha "Jean" Carroll Barco, 88, of Spring, Texas, passed peacefully from this earthly existence on Sunday, October 28, 2012, and joined her Heavenly Father.

She was born to the late Elias George Carroll and Allene Taylor Carroll on July 15, 1924, in Farmerville, LA. Jean graduated from Simsboro High School and then moved to Shreveport, LA where she graduated from business school.

In 1944, dear friends played matchmaker between Jean and a handsome young sailor who was serving in the Navy Construction Battalion during World War II. They exchanged pictures, and she and Warner Stephens Barco began a year-long correspondence. When they finally met face-to-face, there was an instant attraction and after a brief courtship they were married on July 14, 1946 in Shreveport where they lived until 1955. During those years, they welcomed two daughters, Martha Jo in 1951 and Melanie Rose in 1953. Steve's career in sales relocated the family to Galveston, TX, then to Houston, TX and finally to El Paso, TX where he worked in the garment industry. They lived there until Steve's passing in 2000.

A stay-at-home mom until her daughters were in high school, Jean embarked upon a career in real estate. Her sales philosophy was not the "hard sell", but that there would be the right home for every buyer. During her long and successful career, she earned her broker's license, opened her own office, was known for her honesty, integrity and ethics, and was named "El Paso Real Estate Salesperson of the Year" in 1974, the first female ever awarded that honor.

Always an outgoing and charismatic couple, the Barcos made and maintained many treasured friendships over the years, a number of whom travelled great distances to help celebrate their 50th anniversary. After Steve's passing, Jean continued to maintain contact with friends, old and new, and made it her mission to send greeting cards for every occasion.

In late 2003, Jean joined her girls and their families in the Spring/Conroe area, thrilled to find her perfect little nest for the next seven years at the Oak Haven Apartment Homes, a 55+ community just minutes from both girls. During her time at Oak Haven, she made a myriad of loving friends, immersed herself in the community; participating in social activities, a weekly Bible study, making meals for shut-ins, baking cookies for soldiers, and lovingly supporting Christ's Way Bible Church which was planted at Oak Haven for its residents and has grown and thrived.

While residing at Oak Haven, Jean undertook her last major project: raising monarch butterflies. She filled her patio with milkweed plants to feed and provide a place for migrating monarchs to lay their eggs. She would then protect them from predators while they developed and let them fly away when they were ready. At one point, she set over 30 monarchs free on the same day. Jean became known as the "Butterfly Lady" and was even the subject of a human-interest story in the Conroe Courier.

Jean joined Fellowship of The Woodlands early on where she served as a greeter and was a fixture at the front door for six years where she acquired quite a fan club. Her striking blue eyes, genuine warm smile and beautiful white hair, drew many to her and their Sunday was not complete without greeting Miss Jean. When it became difficult for her to drive, son-in-law, J.C., would drive her to Fellowship and greet there with her, attend that service, then drive to the "Little Church", Christ's Way, so that she could attend her 2nd service of the day.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Steve, and her beloved grandson, Stephen Robert Cage. She is survived by her two adoring daughters: Martha Barco Johnson of Spring, and Melanie Barco Cage and husband, J.C., of Conroe, TX; three grandchildren: Jennifer Leigh Gordon of Spring, Andrew Micah Gordon and wife, Shari of Magnolia, and Brittany Marie Cage of Conroe; three great-grandchildren: Noah David and Trinity Jean Gordon of Spring, and Addison Joi Gordon of Magnolia.

Jean would want to acknowledge specifically a number of affiliations and individuals which have been particularly special to her: The Agape Sunday School Class at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in El Paso; and the men and families of the 5th Special Naval Construction Battalion who she considered "family" and who have continued to meet for over 60 years. Jean and her family would like to extend a very sincere "thank you" to Dr. Carlos Araujo and staff, whom she adored; home health nurse, Sherry Harris who went above and beyond the call of duty; her physical therapist, James Abalos, who pushed her to stay strong; the dedicated and loving staff at St. Luke's Hospital-The Woodlands; Odyssey House Hospice and nurse Charlene Vivlamore.

A Memorial Visitation will be held in the Chapel of Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, on Saturday the 3rd of November from 1 to 2 in the afternoon. Her Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Jean C. Barco to Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065,; Cal Farley Boys Ranch and Girlstown, U.S.A.; P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174;; Odyssey House Hospice; 100 I-45 North, Suite 300, Conroe, TX 77301; Fellowship of The Woodlands Church; Christ's Way Bible Church; or .

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Published on from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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