Helen Jean Cheek

January 10, 1927July 26, 2018

Helen Jean Cheek, 91, passed away in Houston on Thursday, the 26th of July 2018, surrounded by her family.

Jean was born in Eldorado, Illinois, on the 10th of January 1927, to Dr. Lee J. Pearce and Irma Johnson Pearce.

An enthusiastic conversationalist and storyteller, she loved talking about politics and entertaining in her home. Elegant and caring, she loved getting to know people, taking a personal interest in everyone she met. She was happiest spending time with her grandchildren. Jean was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Jean is survived by her son, William Lee Cheek and his wife, Lori Ann Cheek; daughter, Laura Cheek Cutter and her husband, Scott William Cutter; grandchildren, Alison Lee Cheek, William Harrison Cheek and Scott Patrick Cutter; daughter-in-law, Christine Dunn Cheek; other family and friends.

The family is extremely grateful to Felipa Uribe, who was her caregiver, friend, and constant companion for many years.

A memorial service and celebration of life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 31st of July, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent pavilion.

In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be directed to Jean’s favorite charities: The American Heart Association, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, or the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Helen Jean Cheek

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Evans Attwell

July 29, 2018

Bill and Laura, I was very sorry to read about your Mom’s passing in The Chronicle this morning. I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to both of you. I have many fond childhood memories of spending the night at the Cheeks’ house when Bill and I were middle school classmates. Your Mom was always so welcoming and kind to me during these sleepovers and put up with Bill and me staying up late and listening to loud rock music. I recall that she also had a great breakfast ready for the morning after as well. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to see both of you soon.

All my best,

Evans Attwell

Randal Reid

July 28, 2018

Such a fine, smart, fun, classy lady. We can hear your humor and special laugh. We all loved Jean, especially Jack E. Reid. Although their history together had a long interruption, their love for each other was an inspiration to all. They both lived such full lives. Jean, we didn't see you as much as we wanted, but we are so fortunate to have had you as part of our lives. You left the world and the people you touched in a better place. Thank you for that legacy.
We love you.
Randal, Kate, Ryan, Jack, and Rebecca Reid.

Pala Hammond

July 27, 2018

The second love of my sweet Daddy Jack. Fiesty. Classy. A great talker. And super crossword puzzle solver. So glad to have had you in our lives. Love you Jean.