Thelma "Jean" Love Eagon passed from this earthly life to her eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ on January 13, 2023. She very much enjoyed her life and lived it to the fullest. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Woodward at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Graveside will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 at the Billings Funeral Home.
Thelma Jean (Love) Eagon was born on January 9, 1931, the last of five children to Homer R. and Lella Mae (Callaway) Love. She grew up the baby sister of Neva, Lee, Beulah, and Opal. She was fortunate to have many nieces and nephews that she was very close to. Jean was born in the old Woodward Hospital that later became the triage site for the 1947 tornado. She was a survivor having been in the theater at the time. This was just one of her many adventures which included riding her horse to school to be taught by her sister, Neva, in a one room school house. She later attended school at Fargo through her junior year where she played basketball going to state playoffs several years. She then transferred to Shattuck to finish her Senior year, while also attending Newman Memorial Hospital LPN Program, graduating at the top of her class. Jean worked at the same hospital as a LPN working under Dr. Smith, OBGYN. She was his personal nurse, delivering over seventy five babies including two sets of twins and one set of triplets.
It was during this time she met and fell in love with Herschel Eagon, marrying on March 25, 1951. They were blessed with three children: Douglas Noland, Lynette Kim, and Clay Don. Jean and Herschel moved to Midland, Texas where he was pursuing a career as a Mud Engineer. After three years they moved back to Oklahoma to a farm and ranch site three miles west of Sharon. Jean worked as a private nurse and LPN at the Woodward Memorial Hospital. In 1963, Jean became the Administrator of the Vici Nursing Home where she saw the expansion from ten beds to seventy before retiring in 2000.
Jean was very proud that she was in the first class of Nursing Home Administrators, receiving an Associates Degree from the University of Oklahoma. After Herschel's death in 1984, Jean married Howard Harper in 1989. Jean had lived on the farm for forty eight years, then Howard and Jean moved to Woodward. They had twenty two wonderful years together.
Jean lived fourteen years in Woodward before spending her last three years at Quail Ridge Assisted Living in Oklahoma City. Jean served on many boards including the founding board of the Woodward EMT and several years on the OEDA board for the panhandle and northwest region of Oklahoma.
Jean is survived by her son's, Douglas Noland Eagon and wife Teresa, Clay Don Eagon; step-daughter Linda Horner and husband Danny; grandchildren: Chandra Roush and husband Rusty, Calvin White and wife Robin, Devan Twyman and husband Matt, Crystal Duperron and husband Tyson, Clint White and wife Lexi, Cayla Don Eagon, Creston White and wife Nikki, Meagon Eagon, Amanda Carter and husband Mark, Terri Henson and husband Carlton; seventeen great-grandchildren and a host of friends and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband's, daughter, and great-grandchild Crew.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Jean Eagon Memorial Fund Quail Ridge Assisted Living with the Billings Funeral Home as custodian.
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