Jean Lemming Chaney

February 18, 1944July 13, 2019

Jean Chaney, 75, of Huntsville, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2019. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe. Burial will follow in the Riverside Pioneer Cemetery, Riverside, Texas, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, July 19th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home.

Jean was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Jean was born on February 18, 1944, in Hollywood, California, to C.W. and Ruth (Rucker) Lemming. She moved to Texas as a young child and spent most of her youth in Wharton, Texas. Jean graduated from Wharton High school in 1962. After high school Jean went on to attend Wharton County Junior College, receiving an Associate’s degree in 1964 and The University of Texas, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1966. Jean was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation Institute which she utilized to earn her Master’s degree in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1972.

Jean was a dedicated teacher for over 38 years. Jean began her teaching career in Port Arthur at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1966. She also taught at Travis High School, in Austin, in 1967. Jean then taught at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena for 20 years. Jean completed her teaching career at Spring High School, in Spring, where she taught math and computer science courses, from 1988 until she retired in 2004.

In her retirement, Jean enjoyed reading, playing and watching golf, gardening, and loving on her cats. She enjoyed playing Candy Crush, challenging her husband to Sudoku puzzles, dabbling in Fantasy Football, attending her grandchildren’s activities, and volunteering at the Thomas Lake Road Community Center. She loved being “Momma” to her daughter and cherished their daily phone conversations. She took joy in being “Granny” to her grandchildren, having them over for weekend visits and taking them for rides on her golf cart.

Her parents preceded her in death. Jean is survived by her husband of 36 years Jerry Chaney, daughter Jennifer Williamson and husband Chris, stepson Charles Demaret and wife Tonja, grandchildren Rylee Jean, Amberlynn Rae, and Colton Guy, step-grandchildren Alicia and Christian Demaret.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in Jean’s memory at


  • Jerry Chaney, Loving husband of 36 years
  • Jennifer Williamson and husband Chris, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Charles Demaret and wife Tonja, Stepson and Daughter-in-law
  • Clarence Willette and wife Ruth Rucker Lemming, Parents (deceased)
  • Grandchildren Rylee Jean, Amberlynn Rae, and Colton Guy, step-grandchildren Alicia and Christian Demaret. Numerous other relatives and a host of friends.


  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 20, 2019


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Pam Churchwell

July 18, 2019

Thank you for this lovely obituary for Jean. I always knew she was extremely smart and actually laughed out loud at a couple of the instances in the obituary. I taught with Jean at Spring high school for many years and always truly enjoyed her company.

Gena Walker

July 16, 2019

Jean would always stop to visit when she was riding in her golf cart. We had some great conversations. She was one of the few that always volunteered for any of our TLRCA benefits for the fire dept. you could always count on her

Debbie Galloway Scarcella

July 16, 2019

I remember Jean as a young woman (I was not quite a teenager yet) just starting to teach and hearing her talk about teaching at Christmas time over the many gatherings we’ve had. My children loved her fruit salad dish she always brought. Peace be with her and her family now and God bless her beautiful grandchildren. She will be missed.

phyllis kennedy

July 15, 2019

I never saw Jean when she didn't have a beautiful smile on her face. She was always there to help out any way she could at our Fire Department fundraisers. And, it was always wonderful to run into her while we were rooting on our granddaughters at the softball field. Oh, how she loved her grandchildren! We will miss you, Jean, and will cherish the times we got to spend with you. Praying for Jerry and all the family.

Phyllis & Bob Kennedy

Haley Strickland

July 15, 2019

This was such a beautiful memorial for your Sweet Momma. I just wanted to let you know your entire family is in our Thoughts and Prayers. I know my words of comfort are useless right now but I hope in your precious heart you know she is finally at peace. If you need anything at all please let us know.
Continued Love, Thoughts and Prayers,
Joe, Haley, Avary and Skye

Alene Whitesides

July 15, 2019

Jean loved her family and adored her grandkids. She loved to celebrate family! She will be missed! Alene and Tom Whitesides

Cathy Corolla

July 15, 2019

I remember Aunt Ruth and Jean coming to the Galloway Christmas parties. So glad to have known her.