Dorothy Jean Moncrief Trevathan
January 28, 1931 – January 13, 2020
"Nana" "Nanners" "Nina"
From Jeannie and Susan,
We are here today to celebrate the life of Dorothy Jean Moncrief Trevathan who was welcomed by her Heavenly Father and her family who went before her, on Monday, January 13, 2020, just 15 days shy of her 89th birthday.
This intimate chapel we are in today has double meaning in this celebration. It originally was a Marriage Chapel in the center of a park, before the park became a cemetery. Mimmy brought us to this place that, from the very youngest age, was not a place of sadness, but a place of joy -- feeding the ducks and swans, playing on the steps and amongst the headstones, and on the church pews in this very chapel. It was also a place of beauty where, on September 28, 1951, Dorothy Jean Moncrief married Jim Trevathan. It holds a special place in our hearts.
She was born and raised in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, January 28, 1931 to parents Judson Dick Moncrief and Mary Ethel Parker Moncrief -- "Paw" and "Mimmy" to the grandkids. She was the baby of three children, sister to Jud and Ruth. She attended Austin High School where she played the Bagpipes in the Scottish Brigade. She was wife of Jim Trevathan, Sr. for 37 years until his passing in 1988. She is mother to Jeannie Ryan and her "Hunka" Larry, Susan Arons (Rex), and Jim Trevathan, Jr. (Renee); Grandmother to Beau Ryan (Lara), Brad Ryan (Danielle), Josh Arons, Ty Trevathan, Hunter Trevathan, and Cade Trevathan; and Great-Grandmother to Sarah Ryan, Hannah Ryan, Aiden Ryan, Kate Ryan, Avery Arons, and Jake Ryan; Aunt to Marilyn Simmons (Bob), Bob Trevathan (Sandie), and Rick Trevathan (Cindy); her cousin and best friend, Peggie Sinders (Ed), and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews -- and all were always centered in her heart.
She was blessed with a beautiful voice and throughout her entire life she shared that gift with others. She was raised in the Baptist Church by a father who was a Deacon in the church and the Choir Director -- and also was in a men's quartet which sang on KPRC radio and a mother who was the lead soprano and soloist in the church choir -- who was also in a ladies trio which sang in many local community functions. From Youth Choir as a young girl at Eastwood Baptist Church to the Sanctuary Choirs at First Baptist Church in Selmer, Tennessee and back in Houston at Eastwood Baptist Church, Park Place Baptist Church, Sharpstown Baptist Church, Alief Baptist Church and a Charter Member of Grand Parkway Baptist Church, she sang countless solos through the years. She was directed by her husband, Jim, who was the choir director for the Youth and Sanctuary Choirs in Selmer and Eastwood Baptist Church in Houston.
She was an artist and a creative, skilled writer and poet and is noted for writing the lyrics for the school songs and fight songs for two Houston area high schools where her husband was band and orchestra director (and History teacher) as well as developing the overall themes for both schools, including school colors, mascots, names for the yearbooks, school newspapers and drill teams. She loved working in her beautiful yard year-round.
She was an avid sports fan - just like Mimmy - keeping up with the Houston Buffs and also a member of the "Knot-Hole Gang" as a kid, which Paw created; the Colt 45's; the Astros; the Oilers; the Texans and the Rockets.
She shared a life-long love for horses with her daughters and she was her son's biggest sports cheerleader.
She was the epitome of what a mother should be, delighting in all accomplishments and milestones of her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. She would brag often on those she loved to any and all who would listen, because she felt her greatest accomplishment was her family. Finding joy in so many things, she was quick to let go with an infectious laugh - and she had a smile that lit up her face.
Having accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 9, she was a steadfast and faithful Christian and prayer-warrior who loved the Lord and prayed to Him daily for all.
Today... we know she is singing in God's Heavenly Choir.
In lieu of flowers, please see the links below to make a donation to the American Cancer Society and/or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
- Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
- Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
- Graveside Service Friday, January 17, 2020
Dorothy Jean Moncrief Trevathan
January 22, 2020
Rest In Peace and prayers of comfort for the family. Jim Trevathan was a wonderful band director and a good friend to my father Charles Ribble who played with him for many years with Ed Gerlach. She sounds like such a lovely Christian woman and I am certain she left you with many fond memories.
January 15, 2020
Dear SuSu, Jeanie, Jim, and families: I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. T was one of a kind. She was absolutely beautiful inside and out. I loved when she would come visit in Huntsville back in the old days on Robinson Road. She was a lovely, lovely woman and I know she is once again holding the hand of Mr. T. Love to you all.