November 16, 1934 – December 20, 2013
Services for S. Jeanette Hennigan, 79, will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Jim Adams and Malcolm Bane will officiate. Burial will be at the College Station Cemetery. Mrs. Hennigan died at her second home in Tyler, under Hospice care, from advanced stages of metastatic breast cancer. Jeanette Langston was born in Palestine, Texas to O.B. and Evie Langston and attended high school in Carthage, TX and graduated from Orangefield High School in 1954. She moved to Tyler where she graduated from the Federal Business Institute and attended Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M. She worked for the General Electric Company in Tyler where she married James K. Hennigan on September 27, 1958. GE transferred them to the Cincinnati Evandale plant for two years before returning to Tyler in 1960 with their son. Their daughter was born in 1961. In order to be “her kid’s mom”, they set up a darkroom in their home where she printed photographs for high school annuals. In 1966 the family moved to College Station, where, as an “Aggie Wife” she proudly wore her Aggie Sweetheart ring given to her by her husband, Class of ’54. Jeanette worked at Farm Services, and later part time in the Office of the President for Presidents Rudder, Leudeke, Williams, Miller, Sampson, and VanDiver. She also served TAMU as Assistant to the Editors of the Texas Aggie magazine, where she first sketched her original design for the candlelight portion of the Aggie Muster ceremony. Her sketch has been featured on Aggie Muster programs in past years. Mrs. Hennigan was assigned many temporary jobs all over the campus from helping set up the Aggieland Press, to Aircraft Scheduling, and was a seasonal helper at Biomedical Science registration and in the Library as dissertation clerk, as well as many other offices. As a member of the Industrial Engineering Wives Club, she was a finalist in the “Mrs. Texas A&M” pageant. She was a member of the National Secretaries Assoc., a charter member of the American Business Women Assoc., and a certified visitor for the Mended Hearts Assoc. with the American Heart Assoc. She is listed in Who’s Who in Professional Photographers of America, and Texas Professional Photographers. She was the owner of J&J Photography where she was a wedding consultant and photographer for over 30 years. During her school days, Jeanette sang in her family quartet, and in the Carthage High School choir where she made “All State Choir” and sang in the school trio. After coming to A&M she loved working with the Singing Cadets and was chosen “Honorary Singing Cadet” in 1972. She helped organize the Assn. of Former Singing Cadets and in 1980 was chosen Honorary Member of that association. She published a collection of her poems Rose Petals. Having several poems published; her “Silver Taps at A&M” was used at A&M musters around the world. Other favorites were: “Shadow of a Century”, “Heaven’s Roses”, and “My Box of Christmas Cards”. Mrs. Hennigan is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jon K. and Karen of Port Aransas, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Joni J. and Douglas Lora of Redmond, WA; five grandchildren, Mitchell and Lauren “Niki” Hennigan, and Kaleb, Kindsi, and Kyli Lora. She is also survived by her brothers and sister-in law, Delbert and Jan Langston of Bay City and Tim Langston of Tyler, TX and her sisters and brother-in-law, Vanoy and Floyd Moseley of Carroll, TX, Elaine McManness of Tyler and Linda McKinnie of Tyler. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Katherine Hennigan Baker of Conroe, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Dr. James K. Hennigan; her parents O.B. and Evie Langston of Palestine; her parents-in-law, Jesse and Helen Hennigan of Pasadena, TX;brothers-in-law, George Baker, Ed McManness of Tyler and Robert McKinnie of Tyler, TX. Mrs. Hennigan was a member of the First Baptist Church of College Station, TX.
- Visitation Friday, December 27, 2013
- Visitation Saturday, December 28, 2013
- Funeral Service Saturday, December 28, 2013
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January 21, 2015
A year has come and gone since you left us, Jeanette, but your light still glows in our hearts and minds. I miss you so much, dear sister, and will love you forever.
July 16, 2014
She was a good trooper and a great photographer. I had her take my senior photo in my Corps of Cadets uniform the summer after I graduated when I had grown a beard. She thought it was funny!
January 8, 2014
The Hennigan's were very special to my family. Jim built a wood cart for my son, Mario, that I still have at home. Jeanette loved my family. She took pictures of me and my wife at the 2012 Christmas party. I still remember her beauty and charm. I will miss her. God Bless the Hennigan family.
December 28, 2013
My oldest sister, Sarah Jeanette Langston Hennigan, inspired me all my life. She was my mentor and hero as I grew up and I tried to imitate her in so many ways, as she was one of the most talented people I've ever known. She had a voice like an angel and loved to sing, likewise she had a wonderful artistic talent in drawing, painting, and photography. She also excelled in her writing ability, especially in the many poems she created through the years. Besides her many God-given talents, my sister was a true beauty in every possible way. The fact that Jeanette was beautiful in face and figure was evident, but more importantly you had only to be in her presence for a few moments to realize that her beauty went to her very core. Her sweet,loving spirit guided her in everything she did and is what drew people to her, filling her life with so many life-long friends. She loved her husband, Jim, and their children, Jon and Joni so very much and adored her five grandchildren. Likewise, that same deep love was extended to our parents, to me and our four siblings, and our extended family members through the years in whatever way she could. She loved God and His Son, Jesus, and she loved this Country - God, family, Country, in that order and next would be friends and Texas A&M. She had a heart as big as Texas and we will miss her gentleness, her devotion to all of us, and will simply miss her presence. We will miss her sweet spirit until we meet again in our Father's House. I will always love you, my beloved sister, and will see you again at Heaven's Gate some day. Elaine
December 27, 2013
Texas A&M has lost a dear, dear friend, but now God has someone to help organize things in Heaven.
Jeanette was always there with a ready smile and occasionally that look of reproach when it was warranted. When I was needing a hand in The Texas Aggie office, she returned to the job she had held with my predecessor and stayed until the position was filled.
Her poems about Texas A&M spoke volumes on A&M traditions, Aggie comradery, patriotism, and love of school. I wish I had space here to show them.
Her love, dedication and selfless service will live on in her children and grandchildren.
Goodbye, Jeanette. Look forward to seeing you before too long.
Jerry Cooper '63