Jean Lindsay passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019. Grandma Jean was 90 years and 11 months of age. She was a wonderful lady, beloved by all – her grandchildren, family and friends. Maggie Jean, or just “Jean” as she preferred to be called, was born in Morton, Mississippi on January 20, 1929, the fourth of seven children. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Royce, her brothers James and DQ Denson, and her sisters Alma Bustin and Katherine Stringer. She is survived by her daughter Linda Burgess, her son-in-law Lester Burgess, her grandchildren Phillip (and wife Ho-ling), Theresa and Kristina, great-granddaughter Zoey Burgess, sisters Annie Andrews and Bonnie Calhoun, as well as many nephews and nieces.
Born on the family farm in Mississippi, Jean survived and was strengthened by the Great Depression. As a young woman she moved to Houston where, a few years later, she became a Navy wife. In this role, she lived all over the country, all of the time working and caring for her daughter. Jean was a library professional both in industry and academia. Her positions include work for University of RI, Rice University, University of Houston, Panhandle Transmission and Gulf Oil. During her working years she participated in Toastmaster, winning awards for her presentations. She also had more prestigious awards as follows: World’s Best Mother (birth of daughter in 1948, World’s Best and Happy Wife (marriage to Royce Lindsay in 1954), World’s Best Mother-in-Law (marriage of her daughter in 1968), World’s Best Grandmother (birth of grandchildren in 1972 and 1974) and World’s Best Great Grandmother (birth of her great-granddaughter in 2011). The focus of Jean’s life was her devotion to her faith. Jean was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1956 and continued faithfully right up to her death. She was never deterred by any of life’s obstacles including the death of Royce in 1997. When her advancing age made it impossible for her to participate in outdoor preaching activities, she wrote letters of encouragement to those in need. Those in her congregation dearly loved her and drew great encouragement from her faith. Grandma Jean was always there as a companion and mentor to her grandchildren and they dearly loved her also (as they did Royce). She will be terribly missed by all that knew her, but there is comfort in the knowledge that the record of her life is secure with the Almighty God, Jehovah.
A Memorial Service will be held January 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Steeplechase Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses
10135 Woodedge Drive
Houston TX 77070-6107
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