Jeanne Louise "Jeannie" Crockford was born in Gloversville, New York, on January 25th, 1944, to Alice Allard Terry and Shuril Clark Terry. She died at her home in Dallas, Texas, at 79 years old, on April 23rd, 2023. Jeanne graduated from Ursuline Academy in Dallas in 1962. She then attended Marillac Seminary in St. Louis to become a nun, a Daughter of Charity. After graduation from Marillac in 1966, Jeanne went on to earn her Registered Nurse credentials, and later got her Master's degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, one of the highest levels a nurse can attain. As a nun and a nurse, for 10 years Jeanne served in several American cities and towns, but especially in depressed areas like London, Kentucky, and rural Mississippi, or wherever she was needed.
Deciding not to renew her vows in 1972, Jeanne left her religious order and moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where her parents then lived and where, still a nurse, she worked in a hospital. There she met her future husband, John Crockford, an Englishman who swept her off her feet. They had three children: Susan, James (“Jamie”), who died young, and Anne. The Crockfords lived in Windsor, Connecticut, just north of Hartford, for many years. After John Crockford retired from his engineering/trouble-shooting job, the whole family moved to Amory, Mississippi, where Jeanne continued her nursing duties. After Jeanne and John divorced, Jeanne returned to Connecticut, where she met and later married Robert Jordan, a retired war veteran. The family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Jeanne worked in family health care until she too retired. Eventually, Jeanne and Robert divorced.
Jeanne’s last years were filled with serious health problems: back pain, intestinal illness, and oncoming dementia. In 2018 the extended family moved Jeanne to a retirement and memory-care home in Dallas, Texas, Monticello West. There Jeanne was peaceful and content for several years, but then visibly declined. She entered the hospice program, grew progressively unresponsive, and then passed away at Monticello West. However, after a previous serious decline in late 2021, Holding Hands Hospice helped to give Jeannie an additional 16 months of life.
Jeanne is predeceased by her parents, beloved husband, John Crockford, son, James Crockford, and sister, Carolyn (Richard) Hughes.
Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Susan Crockford and Anne (John) Keeton; stepchildren, Lorraine and Richard Crockford; brother, Clark (Marion) Terry; sister, Susan (John) McGuire; ex-husband, Robert Jordan; nieces, Christian Murray, Theresa (Todd) Hopwood, Michele Williams, Rebecca (Jason) Wint, Carolyn (Roger) Wilmot, Annie (Eric) Normington, and Jeanne Mouser; nephews, David Abernathy and Michael McGuire; several grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand-nephews, a great-grand-niece, and a great-great-grand-niece; and countless cousins and friends.
The family of Jeanne would like to express their appreciation for the care and love given by the staff at Monticello West Senior Living facility in Dallas, Texas and by the staff of Holding Hands Hospice of Dallas.
A Funeral Mass will be held on May 8, 2023, at 10:00AM, Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75225.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Jeanne’s name to the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of your choice.
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