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Jeanne Groesbeck

Obituary for Jeanne Groesbeck

May 15, 1931 - July 11, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 86

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Billie "Jeanne" Groesbeck, 86, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 15, 1931, to Rufus and Elizabeth Craddock, both descendants of early Texas pioneers. She is survived by her four children, Kate Groesbeck Mathis, Jeanne Groesbeck Phillips and husband, Bob, James Douglas Groesbeck, Jr. and wife, Stephanie, and Linda Groesbeck Hoffpauir and husband, Mike, along with 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and her sister, Delois Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 59 years, James Douglas Groesbeck, and by her infant son, John David Groesbeck.

Jeanne was a lifelong teacher and learner, teaching special education and working as a speech therapist and counselor in the Austin ISD and several other surrounding school districts. She was especially fond of working with deaf and hearing-impaired children. Jeanne received her B.A. in 1952, in Speech and Theater at SMU, where she also enjoyed being a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She went on to earn her Master's of Education from the University of Hawaii in 1963, and her Master's of Education Leadership from UT Austin in 1998. Not only was she learned and kind, she was also very talented. Growing up in San Antonio as the daughter of a voice teacher, she became an accomplished soprano and performed in various operettas including leading roles in "The Waltz Dream" and "The Mikado".

Jeanne and her husband Jim enjoyed Navy life and the travel it afforded them for the first 10 years of their marriage. After retirement from the Navy, they returned to Austin to raise their family and establish their careers as educators. They both loved the ocean and enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii, their favorite duty station. They instilled in their children, a lifelong love of learning and compassion for others.

Her family would like to express grateful appreciation to the staff of the Plaza at Querencia for the compassionate care they gave her for the final years of her life.

Jeanne was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all those who knew her, and the many lives she touched.

She is now at long last, reunited in spirit, with her beloved husband, Jim, and will be laid to rest with him at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio on Thursday, July 20, at 1 pm. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 21, at 11 am in the chapel at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Cave Road, Austin.

"Together forever, ever together"

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