OBITUARY

Juan Edwards Hodges

July 30, 1924March 20, 2021

Juan Constanchio Edwards Hodges, daughter of Annie Mary and Day Edwards, crossed over on March 20, 2021 after a long and fulfilled life. A celebration of life service will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Bryan, Texas at 2 pm on April 6, 2021 with visitation at 1 pm at the same location.

Juan was born July 30, 1924 in Sweetwater, Texas and fondly remembered swimming in the tanks at her Aunt Bess’s farm. Her dad was with the Santa Fe Railroad, so she spent many days around trains and always loved them. Her dad was transferred to Somerville, Texas, where Juan grew up and graduated from Somerville High School in 1941. She was the first drum majorette, duchesse of the senior class, and on the tennis team. She then attended Southwestern Business College in Houston, where she became an extraordinary administrative assistant and began her career. She was a proficient typist, took shorthand, and used the Dictaphone. She typed many a thesis for an Aggie graduating from Texas A&M, before the age of computers!

She met and married Charles Hodges in 1946 in Bryan, Texas and traveled around Texas with his career for several years. They then settled in Bryan with family and had daughter, Robin. After divorcing in 1960, Juan moved to College Station and continued to be a very independent and strong woman. Juan’s career of over 34 years at Texas A&M Petroleum Research Committee led to her retirement in 1986. She then pursued other interests in arts and crafts, resale shop collectibles and her passion for poetry. She also loved gardening, searching for shells at the seashore, and had many a good day of fishing on the river or at the coast with family. Juan was an avid Aggie Football fan, always watching the games. She befriended many Aggie students over the years with bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches, spaghetti dinners, or just as a local mom.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Annie Mary Edwards Standard and Day Edwards; her brother, Granville Edwards; and her former husband Charles Hodges Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin Hodges Starnes and her husband Robert Starnes; her grandson, John Starnes and his wife Kim Starnes; her great-grandson Ben Starnes; nephews Mike Edwards and Pat Edwards; and niece Marybeth Horn.

She treasured her friendship with caregivers Megan Harrison and Brenda Etheridge. Special thank you from the family to Traditions Hospice nurse, Tara Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mothers’ Milk Bank, Austin, Texas or Aggieland Humane Society, Bryan, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • Robin & Robert Starnes, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • John & Kim Starnes, Grandson & Granddaughter-in-law
  • Benjamin Starnes, Great-Grandson
  • Marybeth Horn, Niece
  • Mike Edwards, Nephew
  • Pat Edwards, Nephew
  • Day Kage Edwards, Father (deceased)
  • Annie Mary Edwards Standard, Mother (deceased)
  • Granville Day Edwards, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Elmo Hodges, Jr., Former Husband (deceased)

Services

  • MEMORIAL SERVICE

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Memories

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Mike and Kim Edwards

April 6, 2021

I am thankful for a lifetime of memories Aunt Juan left us. Visiting her office on campus between classes, playing with her puppy JoJo and all of the wandering cat visitors, family holiday gatherings, and lots of sports talk. Aunt Juan helped us so much after our parents passed, took care of me when I got sick in college, let me buy her car when mine went belly up, and in hundreds of other ways cared for family. She will live forever in my thoughts.

Patrick and Mary Edwards

April 4, 2021

We have many fond memories of the lunches and tours of Juan’s gardens over the years. Whenever we came by to visit, whether to bring lunch or see one of her projects, we would walk through her garden which was always blooming and verdant. We always came away with a fun story, whether about the stray kittens she sometimes took in, her favorite football teams, or the unusual seed she’d just planted.

Paula Nordt

March 24, 2021

Robin and Robert,

We were so sad to hear about Juan. Richard and I were very fond of her. We always looked forward to visiting with her when family got together, especially at Christmas. Our hearts are with you.

Paula and Richard

stuart Stewart

March 24, 2021

Juan was an excellent neighbor to and friend of my Mom, Billie Stewart, who lived across the street. For many years she shared her delicious cooking with my Mom, who was very grateful. I had a number of visits with Juan myself, always finding her stories entertaining. She will be missed.

Megan Harrison

March 24, 2021

To My Best Friend, I will miss you dearly. The Love and Friendship we shared is Undescribable. I will Forever cherish the laughs, lunch dates, doctors appointments. We sure spent a lot of time together ❤️ Thank you for choosing Me to care for you. For Trusting me with your everything. You left me with a great deal of knowledge, and did so much For my children and myself. We are grateful to have been part of your life...Til we meet again, I love you Ms.Hodges 💐

Pat Cammack

March 24, 2021

Started work on campus on the same floor Juan worked. She and I would have daily conversations. She was kind and a good friend

Sallie Ann Fisher

March 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of Aunt Juan’s passing. Bless Her!

Pam and Bill Maddox

March 23, 2021

Robin, we were saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. Both of us enjoyed visiting with your Mom at various gatherings, she will be missed. Sweet memories

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY