Jean Ann Greathouse
April 7, 1952 – August 19, 2019
Devoted mother and wife Jean Ann Greathouse (nee Herbrand) died unexpectedly at Seton Medical Center on August 19, 2019 in Austin, Texas at the age of 67. She courageously fought Lupus and related heart issues for many years.
Jean is survived by her husband, Cecil Greathouse; her only daughter Elizabeth Ann (Barron) Moody of Schenectady, New York; her sisters Lynn Woelke of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Janice (Dennis) Jadwin of Universal City, Texas and Mary Pat (Guy) Smith of Pomona, California; and her brother Jim (Kim) Herbrand of Aurora, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother Teresa Herbrand, of Denver, Colorado, and her father James Herbrand, of Tucson, AZ.
Jean was born on April 7, 1952 in Denver, Colorado to Teresa and James Herbrand. She graduated from Azusa High School and moved to Denver Colorado. She married Cecil Greathouse, a college student, in 1972. After Cecil graduated, they moved to Austin Texas. Jean began working for Texas Instruments as an assembler and stayed in that position for several years. Six years after they moved to Austin, the couple welcomed one child into their home and Jean became a full time homemaker and mother.
Elizabeth remembers her as a kind, loving, patient mother who encouraged her to pursue her goals and to fulfill her dreams. Jean could always be found helping at events Elizabeth was involved in, including the Westwood Warrior Marching Band, Girl Scouts, school activities and dance.
Jean was accomplished at miniature building, quilting and sewing. She was a generous and loyal individual who loved building miniatures and who was passionate about being a wonderful a mom. Jean was an active and dedicated member, as well an elected official, of several of the Austin miniature groups, She often volunteered to assist or lead the clubs in hosting events and house parties.
A viewing is scheduled for August 27, 2019 at 12 PM and the funeral will follow at 1 PM at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home at 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin Texas 78750. All who knew Jean are welcome to attend and celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Seton Hospital, directed to the: SMCA Heart Transplant Ventricular Assist program, at https://supportseton.org/donate/under the Seton Fund selection. Or to: The Wild Animal Sanctuary https://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/donate
The family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Seton doctors, nurses, caregivers and hospital staff for their efforts, care and dedication.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthe hills.com.
- Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Jean Ann Greathouse
August 27, 2019
Jean and Vee, dear friends and “mini’s” forever and always.
Jean’s enormous smile and bold joyous laugh was a gift to us all. I am grateful for her love and friendship to my Mom and me. Especially the times she gave me a sympathetic ear and support.
The “girls” came to Houston for a mini event and that evening we all sat on the bed at the hotel sharing secrets and stories of our youth like we were 16 and at a slumber party. Jean gave me valuable advice that night which serves me daily.
I cherish memories of our last Christmas all together at the lake and many mini workshops together between Austin, Houston and Salado.
Liz, your Mom adores you and reveled in your accomplishments. Cecil her good heated ribbing of you was always with deep warmth and love. I hope your memories will give you and your family much comfort in the hard days ahead.
Visions of Jean and Vee playing, creating and plotting the next grand mini event or project makes me smile.
May they play on!
In sorrow and cherished memories
Terri Patterson, Vee’s daughter
August 26, 2019
I have only known Jean for a short time. I have enjoyed the few times we have spent together. I think she was a great mom and wife. Liz and Cecil are lucky to have had her in their lives and I am lucky to have known her the short time I did. She will live on in our thoughts and hearts.
August 25, 2019
Jean will be missed at our miniature convention. She always had a smile on her face and eager to share her knowledge of how to do some miniature making.
August 24, 2019
I have known Jean for 40 years. I still have this vivid memory of a wonderful day with her and her daughter Liz. Once when Liz and my children were small, we piled into the car and Jean drove us to Brenham to the miniature horses at St Claire convent. Jean and I chatted the whole way there. She was a very funny and lively friend. We joked about all things miniature. Once we were there we took the tour and the children played on the horse cart. Jean was a natural with children and a wonderful mom for Elizabeth. She loved, protected, and nurtured Liz. We finished the day with ice cream at the Blue Bell Creamery; a great way to end a great day.
Thanks Jean for some wonderful memories.
August 24, 2019
Jean was the first friendly face to welcome me to the miniatures club, Lone Star Miniaturists when I moved to Austin in the early 2000s. She was "mother hen", keeping us going as our president for so many years. She remembered everything. Her laugh was infectious. She brought levity to our meetings while keeping us on track! She will be dearly missed and it will be very hard to attend the next event without her there.
August 23, 2019
My husband, David, and I met Jean and Cecil approximately 8 years ago, prior to our son, Barron, marrying their daughter, Elizabeth. We will always be grateful to Jean for giving birth to such a wonderful young woman as Liz and for her and Cecil welcoming us into their family.
Jean was so genuine, without airs or pretenses. She made everyone comfortable and I just loved her. Besides being a fellow animal-lover, she was great at being herself and accepting of everyone else.
Jean, your infectious laughter and wicked-good sense of humor will be sorely missed. I thought of you and your essence as a massive fireball captured within the confines of a little bitty body. Your spirit was just tremendous and I can't help but think the lights all dimmed with your passing.
August 23, 2019
We exchanged cat-sitting duties with the Greathouses. Their thank you gifts are still treasured on my knickknack shelves. Our times together were filled with stories of silly cats but we shared sympathies at the passing of our furry friends and rejoiced when new kitties joined our families.
Jean was quick with a smile and a laugh. I remember her looking over the top of her glasses at Cecil, making sure to give him a dig when one was due. Jean was very proud of her daughter, Elizabeth, and rightfully so. It was fun to watch Elizabeth grow up and an honor to celebrate her graduation.
Jean filled their home with love.
August 23, 2019
Today and always, may loving memories of the kind and patient woman we all knew was Jean, bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Words cannot express my sadness. Let the comfort of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Hugs
August 23, 2019
Liz and Cecil,
Words seem inadequate to express my sadness for you at your loss. Even though I was only fortunate to meet your mom/wife once, she was so funny, sweet and it was apparent she had a real zest for life. Liz, from the person you are, obviously she was a wonderful mother and worshipped you. Please know I'm thinking of all of you and know she is still watching over you!
August 22, 2019
I knew Jean through working with Cecil for fifteen years. We were able to share many celebrations together. One of my favorite memories was going to San Antonio for Elizabeth's college graduation. What a proud moment for both her parents as well as their friends. Jean was a patient, loving wife and mother, and her talents were so amazing. God bless all of you as you learn the very difficult process of grief.
August 21, 2019
Jean and I meet in Cardiac Rehab last year and again this year,we said we need to start meeting somewhere else each year. Jean was so friendly and smiling
talking with each other made or exercise go by easier.I will truly miss Jean
My prayers are with you all