Mary Jeannine Thomas
March 20, 2006
Mary Jeannine (Stout) Thomas passed away Dec. 31, 2005. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Mansfield, Mo., to Russell and Pansy Stout, a few minutes after her twin sister, Janice.
The family moved to Orange County, Calif., in 1940, to Keene, Calif., in 1944, then to the Clear Creek B Ranch at Hart Flat, Calif. Jeannine was born into a Godly home and at 14 came to know Christ as her Savior. She attended Keene Elementary School and graduated with honors from Tehachapi High School in 1954. She earned her AA degree at Bakersfield Junior College before transferring to University of California, Berkeley.
Married in 1960, she and her husband lived in Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from San Francisco State in 1961, before moving to Santa Barbara, Calif., where their daughters, Carole and Annette, were born. After her divorce, Jeannine and her daughters lived briefly with her twin sister and children in Richmond, Calif., before moving to Bakersfield where she was employed as a substitute teacher. In 1972 she accepted a position with the South Lake Tahoe Social Services Department and worked there for 20 years in both child and adult protective services.
She was well liked by co-workers, and her clients responded to the gentleness, patience and respect with which she treated them with kind words and tokens of appreciation. Jeannine had a great love of family. She also enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, camping, and South Lake Tahoe’s ever-changing seasons. She taught her daughters the value of hard work, education and self-reliance. She also stressed the importance of knowing God, and felt that having a close relationship with the Lord was necessary for true success in life.
In the early 1990s, with failing health, Jeannine retired on medical disability and moved to Napa, Calif., to help her twin sister deal with her health limitations. When Janice died in 1999, Jeannine moved to Bakersfield where she and her mother mourned their loss.
A year later she moved to Pollock Pines, Calif., to be near her sister, Faye Lucas of Camino, Calif. She died after a long struggle with crippling diabetes and congestive heart failure and was laid to rest in Napa.
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She will be greatly missed by loved ones and remembered for her devotion to family, her wonderful sense of humor, and her great kindness and unselfish generosity to others.
Jeannine is survived by her mother, Pansy Stout of Bakersfield; sisters, Faye Lucas of Camino and Evelyn Childress of Bakersfield; daughters, Carole Zundel of Kuna, Idaho, and Annette Cottman of Fairfield, Calif.; grandchildren Kyle Zundel, Andrew and Holly Cottman; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Stout; and her twin sister, Janice (Stout) Moore.