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Jean Elizabeth Stanton

June 22, 1928 ~ January 30, 2018 (age 89)


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Mrs. Jean Elizabeth Stanton passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas, at the age of 89.

She is survived by all of her children:  Constance Stanton (husband, Richard Prim), Paul Stanton, Peter Stanton (wife, Margaret), and Susan Stanton; grandchildren, Jillian, Christopher, and Jean; great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Liam, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  She is preceded in death by: her parents, Stanley and Wilma Fitzsimmons; her sister, Mary Louise Thurman; and her husband of almost 60 years, Benjiman Stanton.

Mrs. Stanton was born and raised in northern California.  She matriculated at the University of California at Berkeley with the intention of becoming an aeronautical engineer.  But she met her future husband there, married shortly thereafter, and raised their family in the San Francisco Bay area.   Later the family moved to Houston, where in her mid-50s Mrs. Stanton returned to complete her college education at the University of St. Thomas, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Theology, awarded summa cum laude.  An outstanding student, she was invited on two occasions to travel to Israel to work at an archaeological dig.   Space exploration and archaeology remained interests of hers throughout her lifetime.   Although she was not usually employed outside the home, before her marriage, she worked briefly in a fish cannery, as a chemist for an ink manufacturer, and later in life, as a database software programmer.

Mrs. Stanton was very active in the Episcopal Church as a member of the Daughters of the King, altar guild, and choir, and as a lay reader.  She also taught Bible classes to inter-denominational groups. Later in life she attended the Church of Christ in Jersey Village with her son, Peter, and his family.  She was accomplished at needle arts including knitting, needlepoint, and sewing, creating tailored garments (for humans and dolls) and household items using professional sewing equipment in her home.   She enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper.  She was an avid reader, and loved watching movies based on the novels of Jane Austen.

A survivor of cancer in both breasts in her 60s and 70s, she recently developed malignant melanoma.  The family would like to thank M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for helping her achieve remission of the melanoma.  Despite a serious heart condition which proved fatal, she remained ambulatory to the end.

Her remains will be cremated and a private memorial service is planned. 


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