A celebration of life service for Jean Marie DeSalle, 87, of Killeen, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.
Ms. DeSalle died on July 1, 2021 in Georgetown, Texas, at Tiffin House.
Ms. DeSalle was born on December 10, 1933 in Raton, New Mexico, to Lena and Joe DeSalle.
She graduated from Raton High School in 1951 and attended the University of Northern Colorado University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology. Jean Marie’s first job in his career was at Scotts Bluff, Nebraska. She then moved to El Paso, Texas, where she continued her career as a speech therapist. Jean Marie received his master’s degree in Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico before settling in Killeen.
Jean Marie worked and resided in Killeen until she moved to Tiffin House in the spring of 2021.
Jean Marie was a frequent visitor to Farmington, New Mexico, to visit her many family members. She considered Farmington to be her second home where her nieces and nephews were delighted to gather around their beloved aunt to listen to her many life experiences and colorful stories. During Jean Marie’s 87 years, she raised many kittens that grew up
be his furry companions. She even had a puma named Power Cat until the feline moved to an animal shelter!
Jean Marie has been a devout Catholic all her life. She volunteered for many charities, was an avid reader, and was a member of many book clubs. Jean Marie’s most expensive organization was “The Wednesday Review Club”. WRC is a women’s federation club that provides community services such as food bank donations, a free community clinic, student scholarships and works for the KISD school closet, which provides clothing for children and adults.
Ms. DeSalle was predeceased by her parents, Lena and Joe DeSalle; sister Patricia Erickson; former husband Alvin Howse; nephew Gary J. Golden; and his dear longtime friend, Carlton Wainscott.
Survivors include her two sisters, JoAnn Vincent of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Noreen Sellmeyer (Cuff) of Farmington, New Mexico. She is survived by her nephews, Jamie Erickson (Galina) and Brian Patterson (Tammy), her nieces, Kathy Jo Golden Myers (Jeffrey), Janet Whittemore (Bob), Judy Williams (Gary), Sherrie Barton (Derrick) and Vallarie Erickson Smith (Brian). Each was loved and considered his own! Nine great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nieces and nephews will be sadly missed by Jean Marie.
Mass and interment will take place at a later date at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Farmington.