Jan B. Scarborough
January 12, 1938 – June 29, 2018
Jan Brown Scarborough, 80, passed away peacefully at Kingwood Medical Center in the company of her loving family on Friday June 29th, 2018.
Jan is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Lee and Beth Ward of Benton, Louisiana; Mark and Debbie Ward of Kingwood, Texas; and Kyle and Leesa Ward of Benton, Louisiana. Jan also was blessed with eight loving grandchildren: Abby Howell and her husband Michael of Benton, Louisiana; Carlee Gilley and her husband Jamie of Dallas; Hanna Darensbourg and her husband Jarred of Katy; Hope Ward of Houston; Hayden Ward of Houston; Taylor Ward of Baton Rouge; Annalee Ward of Benton; and Luke Ward of Benton.
Jan grew up in Monroe, Louisiana, and graduated from Neville High School in 1956. She attended college at Louisiana State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in 1960. Jan later earned her Master’s degree in Education from Stephen F Austin State University in 1983.
Jan taught Junior English at Corsicana High School (CHS) for 25 years before retiring in 2000. She loved reading and writing and was responsible for the students writing their senior theme papers which she thoroughly enjoyed. While at CHS she altered countless lives instilling confidence in her students that they were bright enough to attend college and pursue the dreams that they had expressed while working with them on their senior theme papers. She was known for high heeled shoes, big earrings and multiple bracelets on her wrists and as she walked the halls of CHS referring to every student as either ‘baby’ or ‘darling’. In 1981 she was voted Teacher of the Year by the student body.
After retirement Jan managed an antique and craft mall on Beaton Street in Corsicana, Texas until 2004. The mall was known for Jan’s unique jewelry selections and decorating nick-knacks that she would accumulate for the customers.
In 2008 Jan moved to Kingwood, Texas to be close to her family. She lived at Cypress Woods Retirement Center until her passing. She loved playing bridge, bingo and bean bag baseball where she regularly tossed home runs!
Jan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corsicana for over 40 years and after moving to Kingwood joined Kingwood United Methodist Church.
Services will be held on Sunday, July 8th at 2 pm at Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, Texas.
In lieu of flowers consider donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital which was always Jan’s favorite charity.
- St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Memorial Service Sunday, July 8, 2018
Jan B. Scarborough
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Kathleen Matous Legrand
July 3, 2018
Whenever I think of High School English, Ms. Scarborough is the one that jumps right to the top. Her energy, enthusiasm, and absolute love for her students was only outshined by the love she has for her boys. Her "Baby" still rings in my mind whether it was to praise, correct, guide, or simply make you laugh at yourself. The Scarlet Letter re-enactments will always be a memory that puts a smile on my face. Ms. Scarborough made going to school an adventure. What a joy she was to know and how lucky we all were to have been in her orbit. Thank you to all of you for sharing her with so many for so long. You all remain in our prayers for peace and strength during this moment of loss. In my Catholic tradition...May God grant her eternal rest and let the perpetual light shine upon her.