Jeanne Holiman Florence
July 28, 1931 – March 22, 2020
Horseshoe Bay, Texas — Jeanne Holiman Florence passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 22, 2020, at home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Jeanne was born in Greenville, Mississippi on July 28, 1931, to Vallie Jones and James Dunn Holiman. She attended elementary school in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School. She earned a degree in 1951 from Ward Belmont College in Nashville and a bachelor’s degree in 1953 from the University of Alabama where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.
In 1953 she married the love of her life Irvin Jolly Florence whose business took them to many cities including Salt Lake City, Monroe, Mexico City and Houston. After her husband’s retirement, the couple moved to Natchez, Mississippi where they lived for over 38 years. In Natchez, Mrs. Florence was active in the Chi Omega Alumni, Pilgrimage Garden Club, Garden Club of America, and William Dunbar Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In April 2017 I. J. and Jeanne moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas to be near family.
Jeanne was truly loved by everyone she met and leaves dear friends too numerous to name. She will be remembered for the love and loyalty she gave to friends and family (including cats, dogs and birds – in that order), her incredible memory, and her love of reading, English history and University of Alabama football.
Jeanne is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Annette Holiman, and is survived by her husband of 67 years, I. J.; two sons, John D. and wife Beth of Houston and James I. of Lafayette, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Allison Florence Mathews and husband Jason of Houston; Sarah Florence Miser and husband Wes of Dripping Springs, Texas; Caroline Florence Anderson and husband Cory of Rowlett, Texas; William Gardner Florence and wife Bridget of Houston; John Thomas Florence of Fort Worth; five great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law Susan Gibbons Florence.
Special thanks are given to the incredible staff of HCM Hospice, Anne, Amelia, Mina and many others; to Dr. Andrew Shaw of Texas Oncology; and to the outstanding 24-hour care provided by Michelle Jackson and Iris Ruiz. Special thanks are also given to Barbara Schrader and Marsha Barnard who provided friendship, advice and so much more.
An online guest registry may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
Jeanne’s care entrusted to Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639, 325-388-0008.