Jean Ann Bartosh
Jean Ann Bartosh
March 24, 1936 - April 4, 2020
Jean Ann Bartosh, daughter of Opal Graham and George Bartosh, brother of George Allen, wife of Gerald, mother of Kristy, mother-in-law of Danny, Grandmother of Jessica & Jadey, Grandmother-in-law of Jacob and Stephan, Great Grandmother of Allie & Maddie.
A visitation will be held at Allendale Baptist Church Wednesday, April 8, from 5-7.
Jean was born March 24, 1936 and grew up in Wichita Falls. She helped her parents on the family farm and with the family owned grocery and gas station. Her family went to Allendale Baptist church where she played the piano. She spent most of her summers in Red River, New Mexico with the Madden family. She graduated from WFHS in 1954. She was crazy about Roy Rogers and Elvis Presley!
Jean got adventurous in her 20's and headed to the big city of Dallas to become a flight attendant with Braniff International Airways. During her time there she flew all over the world and met lots of interesting & famous people! Jean got to see Rome and South America; she even took her parents places they would have never dreamed such as Egypt. She then left after 6 years when she married Gerald Stewart and became a pastor’s wife in March of 1965. Over the next few years they pastored several small churches in Texas & Oklahoma. During this time, Kristy was born! They moved back to the DFW area where Jean became involved in Braniff airlines "Clipped B" program where she would work various jobs for travel passes. This gave her family the chance to visit places all over the U.S., Canada, England, and Switzerland. She was broken hearted when Braniff closed their doors. After that she worked miscellaneous jobs making friends everywhere she went...
Around 1990 Jean & Kristy came back to Wichita Falls. Jean worked for a while as a companion to Dr. James Lee and then as a teacher's aide at Holiday Middle School. Before and during retirement she spent her time; at Allendale Baptist church, eating out with her "besties"- Beth and JoEllen, and helping her daughter manage Jessica and Jadey growing up. (As well as traveling with her crazy family on their many adventures) ;) Jean and her Aunt Lavern also spent many hours watching the Texas Rangers baseball team on tv. Jean even got to go to Rangers Stadium to watch her favorite player, Josh Hamilton. She literally cried with happiness!
Jean was so thankful to see Jessica & Jadey grow up. She was also thrilled when we added Jacob and Stephan to our family as grandson-in-laws. And then to see the next generation start with Allie and Maddie.
Jean loved the color Green, yet her favorite nail polish color was Coral. Bluebonnets were her favorite flower. Peppy was her favorite granddog. She was always pulling for the Texas Rangers to win, even during their losing streaks. Josh Hamilton was her favorite Texas Ranger player, and of course, her 2nd favorite was Elvis Andrus. Did we mention she was also a huge life-long Elvis Presley fan? She definitely had the travel bug. Hong Kong was her all-time favorite travel destination though. Her favorite saying on a card or letter: Smile B4 opening- Open B4 writing- read B4 writing- Write B4 long.
The Graham/Bartosh family had a love for music. First her grandfather was an avid violinist, second was her mother on piano who taught herself to play "Don't Fence Me In" by ear. Then, her brother that she fondly called 'Georgie Porgie' would play his signature song "Boogie Woogie" on the piano. Jean's go-to song on the piano was "Swing Low Sweet Chariot".
Jean loved; her family, friends, all her girls, Peak Sweet Tea, and especially the Lord Jesus Christ. We found the name 'Jean' is of Scottish origins and means "God's gracious gift". (Something that she was to all of us.)
Please visit her Facebook page “Jean Ann Bartosh- Remembrance”