Doris Jean Lester, 87, of Gainesville, Texas was called home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Jean was born on February 14, 1934 in Woodbine, Texas to Alford Ralph and Mary Bell (Thompson) Hite. She was a member or the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Jean loved to travel, she enjoyed seeing new places. She especially liked going on cruises and going to casinos. She was an excellent cook and loved to share her cooking skills with her family and friends, her specialty was her pies and cakes, everyone raved about them. Jean was also an avid gardener and loved working in her flower garden, especially her roses.
She is survived by her son, Mike Allen Lester and wife, Marie Elise of Baytown, grandchildren, Charles Garner Lester, Joel Marcel Lester, John Garner Lester III, and Kristina Togia and her four great-grandchildren, Luna ‘ava Kay Aulelei, Ocean Tanoa, Talmane Rain and Siva Ali’i.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, John Garner Lester Sr., son, John Garner Lester Jr., and siblings, Clarence Hite, Betty Lou King, Alice McLaughlin, Patsy Ulmer, and Ralph Hite, Jr.
Graveside services honoring Jean will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Collinsville Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Tony Norman. A time of visitation will be held at Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro from 6:00 PM To 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
Ive called her my sister for over 4 years as she was a very kind generous person to me i live in a nuursing home but Doris would bring me food when she came to see Lewis Cox .
Oh sweet Aunt Jean. Thank you for opening your heart and home to me for visits. The visits were never long enough. I’m sure you and Grandma Estelle are having quite a reunion. Give her a hug for me. Love you Traci
Aunt Jean was always ready to hand me a bunt cake but mostly will miss her beautiful smile and how instantly we became like family at their family reunion where we met, Mom Libby & me Noah met our instant Aunt Jean. from Altus Oklahoma we send condolences
Libby Guajardo and Maria Ozbun express condolences to the family for the loss of Doris Jean Lester. May God grant you peace.
We are so sorry for the loss of Doris Jean, she was one of a kind. There are MANY wonderful things that could be said about her but those that knew & loved her know the kind of woman she was. I told her OFTEN that she was an angel left on this earth. We will truly miss this sweet soul. You are all in my prayers.
Pam & Tom Cox
I love my grandma so much and I am absolutely heartbroken to lose her. My dad always said I was just like her and as I have grown up I understand more and more what he meant. I love to travel and definitely got that from her. I am strong willed and independent and lord knows I got that from her. I use to spend summers with my grandma in Texas and those memories are the sweetest memories of my childhood. We would always go to Six Flags and the water parks. We would visit my great grandparents on their farm and catch fire flies and bake. We all love you so much and you are already missed beyond words. My heart is heavy but I do have joy knowing she is reunited with the lord and my dad and my grandpa Jack that she missed for so long. Grandma, you taught me to live life to it’s fullest and to be strong. We all love you so much.
Your great grandkids love you so much. Ava, Ocean, Taimane and Siva are sending love and light.
This beautiful Lady was loved by so many and will be missed always. She was a person of great generosity and caring, always thinking of other people and how she could help.
Be blessed with the memories you have of her love.
We will miss her.
Mike & Rese McLaughlin
The loss of Aunt Jean leaves such a hole, there will never be anyone like you. So kind, loving, energetic, and vivacious. Words cannot express how much you are already missed. I pray Gods angels are encamped around our family now, as I already know they are around you. She has always been a tie that binds for our family. I know we will never forget all the memories. But my favorite will always be how Grandpa Clarence told you mom wouldn’t stay at your house long; if you took her to spend the night. And he had to call 2 weeks later and demand his daughter back. That always said everything to me about you. Such a special and loved person.
You are so missed already Doris you will always hold a special place in our hearts. I loved seeing you and Melba together I can only hope to have a best friend like you one day. You are so loved and meant so much to so many. We am going to miss your beautiful smile and amazing stories.
Sharon and Tammy
Dr. Brown’s office
You will be greatly missed by our family in California. My remembrances of you and your family run deep. Your early visits to our home when were were children will always be in our hearts. Your easy smile and gracious nature were infectious.
We love you Aunt Jean.
Gramms, I’m gonna miss you forever. You had such a beautiful smile and a big heart. I remember in college at North Texas how all my dorm buddies couldn’t wait to go to grandmas for dinner every Sunday… especially NY Paul ( your cooking was so good he would cry if we didn’t go ) !! You took such good care of people around you!! I loved going with you to Whitesboro to see great grandma bell and help around the house with Junior. Our summers where never complete without a good month of reunions , eating biscuits and chocolate gravy, and all the parks!! I will always miss your laughs and giggles too when you would tell stories of the good old days and family funnies . Gramms please give Grandpa Jack , my pops and my baby girl poca a big hug for me in heaven !!! To my family that is devastated right now I send you all my love and prayers and I hope we can see each other soon ! I love you all and God bless ….