Jean “Mama Jean” Ferree, age 86, completed her earthly journey on Dec. 2, 2017. Her strong faith in God and devotion of family sustained her during her illness this past year.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Alice Overman; her husband, Rex Ferree; and daughter-in-law, Karen Ferree.
She is survived by her brother, Jim Overman, and his wife, Pam, of Fredericksburg, Texas; four sons, Jim and wife Sherrie, John and wife Diane, Chuck, Alan and wife Lisa; twelve grandchildren, Jessica, Melissa, Brandon, Nicole, Jamie, Matthew, Kristin, Michelle, Lisa, Daniel, Johnathan, Caroline; and nine great-grandchildren, Easton, Gage, Cora, Cohen, Everly, Caitlyn, Madison, Kara, and Anna.
Jean was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Wilmington, N.C., to fun-loving parents, Francis B. Overman (Frandad) and Alice Taylor Overman (Mama Alice). She moved at a young age to Freeport, Texas, graduating from Brazosport High School in 1949, and maintained lifelong friendships in the Freeport area. Shortly after graduating, she met the love of her life, Rex Ferree. Jean and Rex moved to several towns in Colorado and Wyoming developing a love of the Rockies. During that time, all four sons were born, each in a different town. In 1961, the family settled in Ponca City, where the boys graduated from Ponca City High School. While they were in junior and senior high school, Jean completed an Associate degree at Northern Oklahoma College, and taught grade school.
Jean and Rex lived for two years in Singapore, and then four years in Jakarta Indonesia. They then moved to Katy, Texas, and retired in West Columbia, Texas, where both Jean and Rex enjoyed playing tennis well into their 70s. During the 1960’s, the family camped several times at Spruce Campground on Cebolla Creek. Their love for the area eventually led them to buy a cabin in Lake City, and spend 20 summers in their second home. They enjoyed making memories fishing, hiking, sharing family dinners, playing poker, board games, and laughing around the campfire.
Jean was a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church and sang in church choirs and taught Sunday school at the many locations she lived. She was an active member of the Order of Daughters of the King, an order for Episcopal and Anglican church women. She often shared her closeness to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that saw her through times of trial.
Jean was a very caring and loving person that will long be remembered for her easy smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and all her many friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2:30 p.m., at Church of the Apostles, 322 S. Mac Arthur Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019. She will be inurned with her husband of 63 years at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City. Those wishing to send their condolences or sign the online guestbook may visit www.teddickeywestfuneral.com.