Jean Pagel Wier
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ODESSA Jean Pagel Wier, 82, former Permian teacher, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Odessa Hospice House.
Jean was born September 21, 1928 in Cotulla, Texas to the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Albert Pagel. Jean grew up in Cotulla Texas, a place she loved and felt a connection to her entire life, returning as often as possible and maintaining lifelong friendships from her childhood. After skipping several grades and graduating from high school at 16, she attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in physical education. She started her teaching career in Crystal City, Texas and later moved on to teach P.E. at William Adams High School in Alice, Texas. While teaching in Alice, she met and later married her husband, John Philip "Buddy" Wier on June 6, 1953. In 1961 Jean began teaching P.E. at Permian High School and later taught Health. In 1979 she earned her Master of Arts Degree from UTPB and counseled students at Ector, Odessa High, Bonham, and finally returning to Permian.
She was selected as a member of the Teacher Hall of Fame in 1961, Permian Favorite Teacher of the Year in 1971, and in 2010 was the second person to receive an honorary "black shirt," a recognition bestowed to a select few teachers who have provided significant service to Permian. For many who knew her, Jean embodied the spirit of Mojo. She was head of the Health and PE departments, senior class sponsor, senior assembly sponsor, student council sponsor, band sponsor, intramural coach and band booster. One of her favorite memories was co-sponsoring the Permian Pepettes with her friends Alice Jeffers and M'Liss Schneider in the 1970's. Together they travelled many miles supporting the Mojo football team and impacted the lives of many PHS girls. She considered many of her Permian faculty friends her closest and dearest.
After retiring in 1993, Jean remained active in the schools as a volunteer and part-time counselor. She was also active as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, a member of the Odessa Contemporary Garden Club, serving as its president, the Odessa Women's Forum, serving as its president, a member of St. Barnabas Women's Book Study, and active in Ector County Retired Teachers Association. She was inducted into the Daughters of King of the Episcopal Church, and was proud of her profound commitment to serve God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy; her mother and father, Jen and Louis Pagel; and her beloved sister Virginia Ann Pagel. Jean is survived by her sons Jim Dave Wier of Odessa and John Philip Wier, Jr. of Dallas. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews, many great and great-great nieces and nephews and an extended family of close friends who looked to her as a surrogate mother and grandmother.
Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm Friday, June 3 at Frank Wilson Funeral Home in Odessa.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, June 4 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Odessa, with Father David Mossbarger presiding. An interment ceremony will be held at 2pm on Monday, June 6 in Cotulla, Texas.
Honorary pall bearers include Myron Schneider, Steve Brown, John Wilkins, Leldon Hensley, Gene McCanlies, Jay Cox, Paul Brown, Jim Pritchard, Gil Bartosh, Richard Dobie and Bobby Byars.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Odessa Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas 79761 or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

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Published in Odessa American from Jun. 2 to Jun. 3, 2011.
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June 18, 2011
I am saddened at the loss of such a wonderful friend. Jean and I met at Odeessa Physical Therapy where she was a wonderful part of my class. She helped my daughter collect suitcases for her Girl Scout Gold Award. I keep you all in my prayers and thoughts for your loss. May God give you comfort and many memories to help you through this difficult time.
Corrine Garrison
June 6, 2011
Mrs. Weir was one of my favorites! She served us well in the days of the pepettes, I remember how fun her and Mrs. Jeffers were, and she set such a wonderful example for us. My prayers go out to your family.

Becky Hicks Lucas (Class of 1981)
Becky Lucas
June 5, 2011
I can still hear her wonderful laugh! I can't recall ever seeing Mrs. Weir when she wasn't smiling and/or laughing. It seemed to be the duty of some of the boys in Health to crack her up and she would oblige them. Hers was the only class I never minded getting homework in; she made class such a joy for me, so homework wasn't a chore. I will surely miss her. Thanks to her family for sharing her with us.
Robbi Morris
June 5, 2011
I loved Mrs Wier. What a special lady. I didn't have her classes, but she was a powerful presence at Permian. She was loving, but tough & strong. What a smile! And that look she could give you! Heaven received a great one Thursday. Mojo '75
John George
June 4, 2011
I too have great memories of Mrs. Wier and the Permian Pepette days! I remember the girls of '76 drove her crazy but she still loved and cared for us. She was truly a great sponsor, fan and example for all of us. She will be missed and always fondly remembered by many. Thank you for sharing your mom.
Jana Beaird Mayfield
June 4, 2011
Mrs. Wier was one of the kindest, most lovable teachers at Permian. She made me feel special at a time in my life when I felt anything BUT special. I will never forget her humor, her kindness, and her love for all of us. John, I'm thinking about you.
Mignon Mabry
June 4, 2011
What a great lady with such a positive impact on so many lives! As my health teacher and pepette sponsor, she was encouraging and fun. I enjoyed seeing her again at water aerobics with my mom in recent years. I'm sure you are not surprised that she was the life of the party with everyone encircled around her captivated by whatever she said. She was so kind to attend my father's memorial service this past November. May God fill the places where you miss her and bring you comfort knowing her life continues to bear fruit through the investment she made in others.
My love and prayers,
Carla Cooper McGinley
PHS Class of '77
Carla McGinley
June 4, 2011
In remembering and in celebration of her life, the teachers we are exposed to growing up are many; however, few have left their legacy on so many. Mrs. Wier is one of those special people who have touched so many lives. You can't help but smile when you think back on her and Mrs. Jeffers and the energy, love and support that they reflected to all of us every day. As a Peppette, these ladies made it fun and demanded discipline in what was being represented. You were truly proud to be a part of it and walk the line that was expected by these two and had a blast all along the way! These were the best years, the best memories! A Great Teacher, Leader, and Mentor too so many! What a wonderful, blessed life and will be remembered by so many. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

PHS Grad '78
Vicki (Johnson) Holliday
June 4, 2011
What a lovely lady with a servant heart. Heaven is rejoicing, as is Buddy!
Nita and Carlton Roy
June 4, 2011
Jean was a teacher, mentor, and friend to me. She had a wonderful smile, infectious laugh, and kind word each time I visited with her. She was one in a million and I will truly miss her.
Karen Breithaupt Stewart
June 4, 2011
Philip & James
Van Ragsdale
June 4, 2011
Jim and Philip. Your mom was a remarkable lady and an inspiration to me and many. I have fond memories of her throughout my years at Hood, Permian, and afterwards.

Deepest sympathies.
DB Hunt
June 3, 2011
Dear Jim and Philip, My prayers and thoughts are with you on your great loss.
Your Mom was the greatest of everything she ever visioned. Teacher, sponsor, mentor, and most of all an example for others. She was our Peppette sponsor for the Class of '69, she always remembered me! I loved and looked up to her from Hood Jr High thru yrs at PHS.
She will be missed and never forgotten.
Sherry Hood Robison
Class of '69
June 3, 2011
Jim&Phillip,Your mom was loved by so many.In a way she was our mom to.Spent many hrs with your mom as a 75 pepette.Her smile and laughter would light up the room.She was always there for us no matter what we did or how silly we were being.There aren't many like her.I believe she taught us all something special.May you both find comfort and peace and know she is still watching over you both in a very special way.Thank you for sharing your mom with all of us for so many years.

Brenda Standefer Wilson
Brenda Wilson
June 3, 2011
I have only fond memories of Ms. Wier when I was a Peppette at Permian - way back in 1975! She was a kind a giving person and my prayers are with your family.

Norma (Smith) Schulze
Brenham, Texas
June 3, 2011
JIm & Philip Your Mom touched so many lives and is blessed for that. You must know that God has both your parents in His hands and they will be looking down on ya'll. In the coming days your hearts will ache but you will be fine when you keep their memories fresh. God Bless you and your families.
Debbie Langham
June 3, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What a wonderful woman and role model for young men and women going through their High School years. Jean Wier and Alice Jeffers did more for developing young people and promoting school spirit than anywhere in the country.
Larry Morris
June 3, 2011
My condolences. She was a great lady; a fine example for all the girls in high school! She looked after us like we were her own children! I moved away from Odessa in 1973 and never returned, but I never forgot Mrs. Weir and her kindnesses.
Marcy Nelson
June 3, 2011
God has added another heavenly angel. While on earth, she was also a mentor and role model. She made my health class fun! It was so nice to see her at the band reunion. Smiling and looking beautiful as ever. I will truly miss her. My condolences to the family. I pray for strength during this time of grief and sorrow. God bless.
Debi G (Thomas) Grigsby, PHS '77
June 3, 2011
Jim & Philip, From our days at Hood, Permian and beyond, Jean always had a smile and kind words to share. She always spoke so highly of her sons and loves you both so very much. The world is a much better place because of the life of this good women. It is my privilege to have known her. Praying for your comfort and her peace. She will be missed here and our best MOJO fan in heaven!
June 3, 2011
Some of my best memories are of your mom and Mrs Jeffers when I was a pepette! She was much loved and I know she made an impact on all of us! My heart goes out to you.
Kelly Newman Yarter
June 3, 2011
I am so blessed to have known Jean. She was such an important part of my high school days. I feel quite sure she is wearing "black and white" angel wings.
Prayers to her to sons. Your mother was the greatest and loved everyone and everyone loved her.
Thank you Jean for being such a devoted teacher of life.
With love,
Monica Mabry King
Monica Mabry King
June 3, 2011
I was a student of Jean's many years ago. I so admired her. I was blessed to see her again at the "beauty shop" last year. She remembered me. So sorry for your loss.
Pam Tullos
June 3, 2011

I am sorry for your loss. You have many memories to help comfort you through this time. Keep them close. You mom was a wonderful person! I still remember walking the halls of Permian, and she yelling out to me "Hey Ducky". She was a wonderful teacher and friend to everyone. I know she had fun at the football games, in fact I think she just had fun at life and that is what it is all about!

Class of 78
Michelle Hayes
June 3, 2011
I was privileged to not only be a student of Jean's, but to also know her after I was grown and had a family of my own. The Lord has called a Special Angel home. My deepest condolences to her family and many friends.

Barbara Blanchard
Barbara Blanchard
June 2, 2011
Dear Jim & Philip: My prayers are with you. I loved your Mom as a friend, as a teacher and as "another Mother". She was the sweetest.
Much Love, Terry Tittle Holman
Terry Holman
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