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Norma Jean Broaddus

12 November, 193814 September, 2020
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Norma Jean Broaddus went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Monday, September 14 at the age of 81. She passed away peacefully in her home near Garden Ridge, Texas while surrounded by family.

Jean was an adventurous and loving woman her whole life. She was born on November 12, 1938 in Damon, Texas to Walter and Marion Maxwell. Jean attended and graduated school in West Columbia, Texas. Her careers were vast and many. After high school graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Virginia, where she served as a hospital foreman, worked in pediatrics, and helped in the business and chaplain’s offices. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Jean became an airline attendant for TWA where she was based from New York to California. She then returned to Texas and went back to school to become certified as a Licensed Vocational Nurse II. She used these credentials to work at the Texas Children’s Hospital and various nursing homes. Of all of the adventurous jobs she had, her favorite was working with children in pediatrics. Jean married Patrick Foley Broaddus on April 29, 1972. Their adventures led them to travel to every state within the United States to include many National Parks. Her most memorable trips with Pat were when they traveled to Canada, Alaska, Costa Rica, and Ireland. However, their biggest adventure was to come in 1978 when God blessed Pat and Jean with a son, Michael Patrick Broaddus (Mike). She spent most of her time raising and loving her family. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting, reading novels, gardening and growing flowers, completing puzzles, and going to watch Mike play in a variety of athletic competitions.

Jean was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother (more fondly called “Bean”), sister, daughter, and dear friend to many in her community. She will remain in the hearts of her son Michael Broaddus and wife Ranessa. She will never be forgotten by her grandsons Tate, Jake, and Holden Broaddus. Jean’s surviving sibling is Lawrence Maxwell as well as her in-laws Edie Weems, Vicki Shackleford, Kirk Broaddus, and Julie Hester. Jean was loved by all and will be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Broaddus, her parents, Walter and Marion Maxwell, her brother Brian, her sister Patricia Bennett, and her sister-in-law Patricia Smethers. The family will receive guests for a visitation on Thursday, September 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas. You are invited to sign her guest book at: www. zoellerfuneralhm.com.

A special thank you to Christus Hospice, Home Care Assistance, and Kathy Herbert for their dedicated and loving care for Jean and the family in this time of need. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 17 September , 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 19 September , 2020

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Karen Weems

September 18, 2020

I'll never forget Jean's kindness in coming to stay with me and newborn Anthony when my own mom had to return to work. And Jean's love and hospitality was always evident at her Thanksgiving celebrations. Rest in peace, Jean, and wishing peace for Mike and Ranessa.
Karen Weems

Nephew Foley

September 17, 2020

Thanksgiving at Aunt Jean and Uncle Pat's :)
Gobble Gobble.
🦃🦃

Brenda Krause

September 17, 2020

As my mom was only a year and a half older than Jean, and I being the first born, I and my brothers were the only niece and nephews for a long time. Jean was always doting on us and especially me i think because I was a girl. She so loved buying and making things for little girls. She would send me her old uniform hats when she was in the Navy to play with and later when she was a stewardess she would send me souvenirs from her travels. I remember a few times taking her to the airport in Houston and watching her fly off to California and about the time we got back to the house, she was calling from California. When I was 12, she had a daycare in West Columbia and let me work there. She pierced my ears that summer as well. She always was the "hip" aunt. A couple years later, I got to be bridesmaid in her wedding. When I turned 18, I moved to live at Jean and Pat's house while they were off on one of their trips while preparing to start college. She then helped me find a job and an apartment near campus. Later, she filled our my application to the Air Force while I was taking the test. She rejoiced in the birth of each of my babies. My oldest daughter carries her middle name. She loved the little boys but oh how much fun when I would have a girl. All the little dresses and frilly things. My oldest kids and her son were all about the same age with Mike right in between them.. living only an hour away at that time, we would see her often She always had a listening ear even when I would call her at 3 am crying. She took such loving care of her parents. Her home was always a welcome retreat from many hurricanes the last one just 3 years ago. She will forever live in my heart and soul.

Rest in peace my beautiful, wonderful aunt and friend. I will always love you.

Love always,
Brenda, Russell and family

Edie Weems

September 17, 2020

My brother Pat set me up with a blind date with Mase Weems from West Columbia , Jeans home town.. And then my husband Mase set My brother Pat up with Jean.
The rest is a history between two families brought together by love.

With love and gratitude to Jean and her son Mike and his family

From Edie, Mason and our sons
Mason, Foley, Cayce and Logan and their families.

Edie Weems

September 17, 2020

When Jean married my brother Pat, we got a true treasure. She welcomed all---especially when Thanksgiving came to call. She helped others feel right at home in her company. Jean loved her family so, and strong in ways that reach down to each soul. When we gathered in her lair, we felt her laughter, love and care. Threads of family all around. Oh, what a joyful sound! We'll forever hear, Jean's joyful cheer. Edie B.Weems

Vicki Shackelford

September 16, 2020

Jean was my go to second mom, when my mom passed, The fun aunt to my kids and advisor on all things important in life.
Like the importance of family and being true to ones self.

My daughter Julia loved the card game hearts with Jean late into the night at Thanksgiving. so many Thanksgivings and so many pies. Traci was younger and loved the pies and wanted a piece of every single one.
Jean loaded her plate with all the pies flavors. I usually ended up eating most of them.
She was good at never taking herself to seriously thus keeping a realistic perspective on the drama of family life.
I always went home thinking “ Now why did I even fret about what ever it was.
She always told me her truth.

She love turtles and flowers and cactus and all things from nature. When I walk on Lady Bird Lake every morning I usually count the turtles, the turtle will now take on new significant for me. What a rich symbol of enduring, patient, strong home and life. Today when I walked there were 5 babies on their turtle moms back

That’s Jean, a beautiful lady with a solid sure calm and loving kindness, for all children, especially her son Mike. She raised him along with her devoted husband my brother Pat with fun love and joy and it shows. Mike Is a devoted son, father and family partner . She told me when I saw her on Friday that she is so fortunate to have such a loving devoted family.

We love and miss her way of being in the world. But most of all her smile and Sound of her laughter.

Jean was and will always be my go to for all things real. Thank you Jean . I plan to still call on you for sage wisdom.

We love you
Vicki and her girls, Julia and Traci

Hattie Ewart

September 16, 2020

I haven't seen her in years but remember when she worked for TWA. She will be missed.

Patricia Tissie Schwebel

September 16, 2020

Norma Jean Maxwell Broaddus was a member of the Class of 1957 at West Columbia High School. She will be missed from our group as one of the sweetest friends you could ask for. We sincerely send our condolences and love to her family and friends. Tissie and Class of 1957

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