2011 East 31st Street, Lubbock, TX 79404
The family of Jean Forrest McNeely will celebrate her life of 80 years at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 16, 2022, at the City of Lubbock Cemetery. We invite you to sign her virtual guestbook on this page. We also ask you to consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.
Martha Jean Forrest McNeely, loving wife, and mother of five went to be with the Lord on May 10th, 2022 in Lubbock Texas.
Jean was born on June 9th, 1941 in Lamesa TX. She grew up with her parents, Edwin Lamar Forrest and Evelyn Lewis Forrest, on the Forrest Ranch in Slaton where she lived with her sister Celia and brother Lamar. Later she would graduate high school from Lubbock High School then go on to Greenbriar College for Women in West Virginia, Sul Ross State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from Texas Tech University.
She fell in love with Murray after meeting him in a Government class at Texas Tech and they married in December of 1962. They established the McNeely Family initially living in the “Pink House” on the Forrest Ranch in Slaton where they brought their first child, David Forrest McNeely, home in Oct 1963. Less than a year later, the Army transferred them to Jackson Mississippi where they grew the family to 5 by adding Kevin Murray McNeely, Russel Lamar McNeely, Jennifer Jean McNeely Hise and Christina Jean McNeely Truitt. They later moved back home to Lubbock Texas after David graduated high school.
Jean loved making beautiful things. She could always be found in front of a sewing machine, serger, or smocking machine where she embroidered dresses, made three beautiful wedding dresses, and created multiple horse show jackets. In 1991 she began her teaching career at All Saints Episcopal School where she was known for her creative and out-of-the-box teaching style teaching Texas and US history to elementary students. She went on to receive the National Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award in 2002 by the US House of Representatives.
Jean is survived by her sister Celia Forrest, her 5 children, and 11 grandkids.
- David & Tracey – 2 grandkids; Eian, Kiera
- Kevin & Tonya- 3 grandkids; Anna, Ashlyn, Kaden
- Jennifer & Tom – 2 grandkids; Robert, Kathryn
- Russell & Annie – 2 grandkids; Kara, Zachary
- Christina & Chris – 2 grandkids; Petra, Levi