Joan Marie Teer
January 6, 1934 – August 30, 2020
Joan Marie Teer, 86, passed peacefully in the home of her daughter Sunday evening, August 30, 2020, in College Station, Texas. Joan was born January 6, 1934 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Myrtle Marie and Tillis Hubert Powell of Laurel, Mississippi who were public school educators and principal.
Joan attended high school in Laurel, and she played varsity tennis capturing state singles championships for two years, consecutively, before graduation. She was accepted to Mississippi State College for Women, affectionately known as the W located in Columbus, MS and was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority. Upon graduation, Joan received a Bachelor of Science with teaching certifications in Science and P.E. While attending college, she met her life partner, James Garth Teer, of Granger, TX. At that time, Jim was teaching at Mississippi State University. After a brief courtship, he proposed on Valentine’s Day, and Joan and Jim were married upon her graduation in Laurel on March 26, 1955.
Joan followed Jim to Llano, Texas for his work with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Their son, James Warren Teer was born in Burnett, Texas. Soon after, Joan began teaching chemistry and biology at Llano High School. There were several subsequent moves made to further Jim’s career in order to complete his doctoral studies in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin and to secure his career in same field. While in Madison, their daughter, Jill Marie Teer, was born. Next, Joan and Jim accepted a position at the Patuxent Research Station in Laurel, Maryland before returning to Texas when Jim was offered a teaching position with Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1962. They remained there until 1978.
From 1968-70, Joan and family followed Jim to Pretoria, South Africa while Jim went on university sabbatical from the wildlife department at A&M to work, study, and guide the University of Pretoria’s newly formed wildlife department. Joan and family took numerous safaris through countries such as Kenya, Botswana, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Zambia, and South Africa.
During the years in College Station, Joan taught school and coached tennis at Bryan High School in Bryan, TX. She also taught at College Hills Elementary School coaching P.E. and at A&M Consolidated High School coaching the girls’ volleyball team.
Joan was the first woman to take an elected seat on the A&M Consolidated Independent School District’s School Board serving from 1971 – 1974. In 1978, Joan and Jim moved to the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation near Corpus Christi, TX where Jim accepted the position as Director for 20 years. Joan returned to college to receive a Master of Arts degree from Corpus Christi State University. She became an accomplished and awarded artist for her oil and watercolor paintings as juried by the Art League of Corpus Christi. Many of her works include wildlife as seen and sketched in the wild on her travels with Jim internationally to Africa.
Joan was a member of the Women’s Club of Bryan/College Station. She and Jim attended First Baptist Church of College Station, and later became members of A&M United Methodist Church of College Station. She served as Regent for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and was successful leading many projects and responsible for awarding two NSDAR Conservation Medals to both her husband, Dr. James Teer, for his contributions to Wildlife Ecology and to Dr. Bill Welch for his contributions to the field of Horticulture and newly-invented, cross-over rose species.
Joan died peacefully Sunday evening surrounded by her son and daughter with complications stemming from Alzheimer’s Disease. She is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to be sure, as she was a wonderful Christian role-model, daughter, wife, mother, and friend. She is survived by her son, James Warren Teer and his wife Tamela Teer, and two grandsons, Lucas Powell Teer and Justin Cooper Teer. Also, by her daughter, Jill Marie Teer-Epstein, her son-in-law Kenneth Robert Epstein, and their daughter Ann Marie Epstein.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and brother, Jack Thomas Warren.
A Celebration of Joan’s life is to be announced later, through Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, TX., due to the Covid-pandemic. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you contribute to a hospice organization or any charity of your choice in Joan’s honor.
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- We ask that you contribute to a hospice organization or any charity of your choice in Joan’s honor.
Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date
Joan Marie Teer
September 5, 2020
I was in an Emmaus prayer & share group. All of the women were older than I but they were strong Christian mentors. I remember praying for the grandsons and family members. She was a great caring mom and grandparents. We have pine trees at our place and she asked if she could get some pine needles for her flowers and I remember house sitting once or twice for your Mom and Grandmom.
September 5, 2020
By Joan Teer circa 1994
September 3, 2020
This is just to begin some memories of my mother. Hopefully, friends and family will share some of theirs with us.