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Jeannine DeLaney

Jeannine DeLaney
March 3, 1930 - November 30, 2017

Jeannine Delaney, 87

It was a beautiful afternoon, the sun was shining through her window, and children were flocking from school across the lane as Jeannine Delaney ended her earthly journey on Thursday, November 30. Her loving daughters, Debbie Cunningham and Diane Doughty were at her side.

Jeannine was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Delaney, sister Ernie Eskew, niece Nancy Courtright, and parents Otis and Marion Hout. In addition to daughters Debbie and Diane, Jeannine is survived by their respective spouses, Jim Cunningham and Jim Doughty, granddaughters Caitlin Boer and Adrienne Sprague, grandsons Joel Cunningham and Steven Doughty, and six great-grandchildren. Jeannine is also survived by siblings Darrell Hout and Peggy Kuder.

Jeannine led a rich, faith filled life, beginning on March 3, 1930, in Edgewood, Illinois. She spent her formative years in Flora, Illinois where she met and married Loren Delaney on December 27, 1950; in her final days Jeannine reflected, “This was the best decision I ever made.”

Jeannine was lovingly devoted to her family and her home of worship, Floral Heights United Methodist Church. There she served in the flower ministry, sang in the choir, and for many years, photographed for display new members of the congregation. Despite illness in her final year, she attended courageously and joyfully. Perhaps most of all, Jeannine enjoyed performing in the Women's Choir, "Encore,” and singing in "Generations," a trio comprised of Jeannine, her daughter Debbie, and granddaughter, Caitlin.

Jeannine had a successful career in real estate and publishing, retiring as owner of Prevue Magazine. As well as her professional endeavors, for many years, Jeannine served as the Executive Director of the March of Dimes. She was a former Mrs. Wichita Falls and past Queen of the Daughters of the Nile. Jeannine was also a supporter of the arts through Backdoor Theater and Summer Youth Musicals.

Jeannine is now in silent, unseen passage with loved ones who ended their voyage before her. The children who streamed by her window in her final moments are safe and at play. Jeannine would take great delight in this--she loved life and children and taught her own songs of joy. Her legacy is in their voices.

Memorial Services to be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 9 at Floral Heights United Methodist Church. The family requests donations to be made in memory of Jeannine to the Floral Heights Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box, 1962, Wichita Falls, TX, 76301. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.