Beatrice Jean Pendleton

Monday, March 23, 2015

Funeral services for Beatrice Jean Pendleton are set for Monday March 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville with Dr. Bennie Slack officiating with burial to follow in the Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday March 22, 2015 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. at the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home. Jean passed away on March 18, 2015 in Bonham Tx.

Jean was born on January 4, 1928 in Gainesville to Sidney and Ora Mae Mann Holley. Jean was born and raised in Gainesville, Texas where her family had settled since the 1800s, and on July 14, 1946 she married James Lee Pendleton in their home town. They lived all over the southern Midwest and raised 5 children, starting several highly successfully businesses and were married for 50 years before James passed away.Jean was one of the first three employees of Tom Maupin who founded the first company to lead tours of American Citizens to Russia after the the end of WWII.Jean was a founding member and broker for J. Pendleton Realty and was a active member of the Berryville Arkansas Chamber of Commerce. She was also involved in the Red Hat Society, Eastern Star and the Gainesville Genealogy Society and longtime active member of the Baptist Church in every community she lived in. Jean was a census taker for the 1940, 50, 60 70 and 80 census and worked for the census bureau throughout this time period.She was an avid painter and stained glass artist. She enjoyed outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family. Jean traveled the world with her husband before his passing. She painstakingly researched and documented the family tree.

Jean is survived by her son, John Pendleton and his wife Vivian, son Joe Pendleton and wife Silvia, daughter, Janet Murray and her husband Tim Murray, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney Holley and Ora Mae and Hugh Helfenstine, her daughter Judy Morgan, and son James Pendelton. Family will be pallbearers. You may sign the on line registry at