After attending elementary school in Weatherford, where she was a proud classmate and friend of the future “Peter Pan,” Mary Martin, the family moved to Denton where she graduated from high school, going to North Texas Teacher’s College where she graduated as an honor student in business administration.
Mrs. Durrett briefly taught in the public schools and it was while teaching in Beaumont that she met and married Randall Durrett. They retired to Tyler in the 1970s where Mrs. Durrett and her sister, Jack, became active in the Tyler Republican Women’s Club, Newcomers, Glenwood Church of Christ and in 1985, joined with the Founder’s group to organize the Holt House Inc., a resource center for “growing older, better.”
She served on the board of directors, and was bookkeeper and Bridge teacher for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Durward and Alice Brannon Frost; husband, Randall Durrett; two sisters, Nellie Hamilton and Zilla Mae (Jack Ross); two brothers, Teddy Frost and Ervin Frost; and one nephew, Robert Hamilton.
Mrs. Durrett was loved by many who always acknowledged her generosity, lovely attire and matching hats, her care for others and her thoughtfulness. She was gracious and thankful for each expression of her kindness toward her. She especially praised the kind assistance and lovingness of the staff at Atria Willow Park, the many new friends she made there and The Hospice of East Texas, saying, “They are all such beautiful people.”
A graveside service will be under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. in North Santo Cemetery in Santo. Timothy Johnson will lead the service. Directions to the cemetery are: I-20 beyond Fort Worth and Weatherford, take Exit 380 toward Palo Pinto/Santo; take a light left turn toward Farm-to-Market Road 4 North; go through Santo; cemetery is first right on FM 4 North.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. a celebration of Jeanette’s life will be held at Holt House, 709 S. Bois d’Arc Ave., with memories shared and “a little glass of wine.” Friends are invited.
Mrs. Durrett requested that memorials be made to the Benevolent Fund of Holt House, which assures that those ill or at the time of their death receive acknowledgement of their worth and value.
“Oh me! Oh my!”