Jeanne (Jean) Abraham Totah | obituary

Jeanne (Jean) Abraham Totah was born on July 12, 1929 to Joe and Dora Abraham in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Merici (Ursuline) High School as a salutator and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa sorority. She attended Springfield Junior College, where she was elected May Queen of Springfield. She returned to Dallas and worked at Catholic Art and Gifts, her parents’ retail store. While working there, she met the love of her life, Robert Totah, on a blind date at the Cotton Bowl. After marriage, they lived in Palestine, TX and began their journey together. Later in life she worked in the family business Jay Shop for more than 20 years.
The church was a big part of her life. Growing up in a strict Catholic family, she always made sure her children attended Sunday Mass and Sunday school. She volunteered her services by being a member of the Altar Society, working in the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, cleaning the church, cooking for church functions, and serving on the ward council.
Jean was a very generous person and delivered Meals on Wheels with her husband for several years. They would add brownies and cookies for each recipient. She was also very charitable in a quiet way, never expecting thanks or recognition for her good deeds.
Jean never hesitated to help those in need. If you talk to someone in town, they can tell you a story about how kind she was to them and how she touched their lives in some way. She had a calming effect on everyone she met and she treated everyone with respect. Many said she was the sweetest and kindest person they knew.
She has been a member of the Pionette Garden Club, the Harvey Women’s Club, and several other organizations, giving her time and love. She enjoyed collecting Hummels, shopping and gardening.
She is survived by her daughter Marie Totah; son and daughter-in-law Andy and Angi Totah; son Rick Totah and girlfriend Anna King; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Robyn Totah; grandchildren Julie Bice and husband Johnathan; Joseph Totah and girlfriend Aaron Wahlberg; Joy Rodriguez and husband Drew; Josh Totah and girlfriend Stephanie Lucia; Travis and Audrey King; and great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Jordyn, Sadie, Adi, and Krishna.
Special thanks to her longtime supervisors Shelia Gray and Vickey McCracken.
Memorials may be addressed to St. Vincent de Paul, 503 North Queen, Palestine, Tx 75801 or any other St. Vincent de Paul Society. Memorials can also be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
A funeral Mass will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where Father Christopher Plant will officiate. A rosary will be prayed at 2:30 p.m. in the church.
The arrangements were entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
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Published on July 12, 2022

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