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Jeaneane Booth Duncan

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Jeaneane Booth Duncan Obituary
Jeaneane Booth
After living a life of grace, style, kindness and beauty, Jeaneane Booth Duncan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, the 21st of December 2015. The epitome of a true Texas beauty, Jeaneane lit up every room she entered with her lovely smile and twinkling eyes. She exuded joy and delight in all things and inspired the same in the people around her. Those who knew and adored Jeaneane will miss her gentle, sweet spirit, generosity and love of life.
Jeaneane was born in Cisco, Texas, on the 1st of November 1929, to Minniebelle and Peter Garrett Booth. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1947 and received an Associates in Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1949. She then attended the University of Texas where she graduated with a Fine Arts Degree and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. In 1950, Jeaneane was honored as a UT Bluebonnet Belle and was named one of the "Ten Most Beautiful Girls" at the University of Texas in Austin. She was also a duchess in the Tyler Rose Festival in 1948.
Jeaneane was a long-time member of the River Oaks Garden Club and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She was also a member of the River Oaks Country Club and the Houston Country Club. She loved hosting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for many happy family celebrations.
Jeaneane held a life-long interest in art and was an accomplished artist, entering many shows and occasionally took on commissioned work. She was able to be present and visualize natural beauty from a perspective that was always appreciative of God's creation. Her artistic nature was passed on to both her children and grandchildren and lives in them today.
Jeaneane loved being part of Houston society and was the consummate hostess. Her elegant home with its splendid gardens was featured on the River Oaks Garden Club's Azalea Trail many times.
The parties thrown by Jeaneane were like fairytales and set new standards in the day for Southern entertaining. Jeaneane was able to direct and bring to life her inspirations with exceptional style, vision and determination. These lavish affairs were a reflection of her artistry, heartfelt generosity and infectious sense of fun. Her elegant taste and sense of style were also reflected in her everyday choice of wardrobe. She was a fashion inspiration and always impeccably dressed.
Jeaneane and her beloved friend, John Fichter, were fond of traveling and literally traveled the world together by both land and sea. They shared a love of the arts, movies and theatre and just being the best of friends.
She is survived by her two children, John House Duncan, Jr. and his wife Eliza Katherine and Nena Duncan Marsh and her husband David Erskine Marsh; six grandchildren, Kate Duncan Oshins and her husband Justin Jay Oshins, Emily Carter Duncan, Lillian Anne Duncan, Duncan Wolf Marsh, David Garrett Marsh and Graham Cruser Marsh; and two great grandchildren, John Harrison Oshins and Parker Jay Oshins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The Duncan and Marsh families would like to express their gratitude to Chris Tanner, her constant friend and personal assistant for more than 25 years of caring and service, along with Anne Vachon; her dedicated housekeepers, Nolvia Cruz and Digna Maldonado; and her cherished caregivers, who were completely devoted to Jeaneane's health and well-being in her final years, Cathy Lewis, Diane Williams, Dione Williams, Ebony Moore, Roshanda Moore, Kimberle Jones, Patresia Hutson, Lee Ann Hines, Shayla Moore and Delores Manuel.
A memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 28th of December, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Mary. E. Wilson, Senior Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.
At a later date the family will gather for a private interment at Honey Creek Family Cemetery in Hunt, Texas.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Mrs. Duncan's name be directed to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; P.O. Box 6826, Houston, TX, 77265-6826; the River Oaks Garden Club, 2503 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, 77098; or to St. Martin's Episcopal Church for the Wayside Chapel; 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX, 77056.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 24 to Dec. 27, 2015
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