Obit for Jeanne
posted by Janet Laubhan Flickinger
May 26, 1923 - May 13, 2014
Jeanne O. Cullen, 90, of Norman, Oklahoma died Tuesday, May13, 2014 in Webster, Texas.
She had recently moved to Texas to be closer to her daughter and was surrounded by family when she died. Mrs. Cullen was born May 26, 1923 in Ishpeming, Michigan to Jean Alfred and Mary Belle Brazil Beaudin. She attended school in Ishpeming, graduating as Salutatorian of Ishpeming High School in 1940. She attended Northern Michigan University, graduating with her B.A. in Education in 1944. After beginning her teaching career in Menominee, Michigan as a Kindergarten teacher, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan after WWII. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan in 1948 and continued her teaching career. On December 29, 1951 Jeanne married Robert E. Cullen, a Research Professor at the University of Michigan. The Cullen’s lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Seattle, Washington before moving to Norman, Oklahoma in 1969. After raising her two children, Jeanne returned to her teaching career, retiring from the Norman Public Schools in 1987 after a 25-year career. Mrs. Cullen spent many years enjoying her family. Bob and Jeanne were lifetime members of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and enjoyed watching Michigan and Oklahoma football. They traveled to Ireland in 1985 and spent many trips visiting Jeanne’s sisters; Mary Belle McKeown of Loveland, Colorado and Elizabeth Stringer in Dallas and Ann Arbor. Jeanne has been a member of St. Thomas More Parish for 45 years, actively participating in many activities including preparing the Church for Mass and assisting with classes and activities.
Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert E. Cullen; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Stringer; her brother-in-law, Deacon John McKeown; and a great-nephew, J. Bart Betow.
Mrs. Cullen is survived by her son, Michael J. Cullen of Norman, Oklahoma; one daughter, Maureen Cullen and husband Chris Grout of Seabrook, Texas; one sister, Mary Belle McKeown of Loveland, Colorado; two grandchildren, Tiffany Rivers and Meghan Grout; one great-grandson, Elijah Rivers; four nieces, Kathy McKeown, Pat Lovato, Margaret McKeown Kelly, and Mary Katherine Stringer; one nephew, Timothy McKeown; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Jeanne and her family would like to thank the staff at Rivermont-The Gardens Assisted Living in Norman, Oklahoma and Autumn Leaves Memory Care in Houston, Texas for the compassionate care given to her during the last two years of her life. Special appreciation is offered to Mr. Sims Beeler and others who took Jeanne to St. Thomas More for Mass or brought her Communion when she was not able to attend Mass. Their ministry is appreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jeanne O. Cullen to St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 E. Stinson, Norman, Oklahoma 73069.
condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
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