Billie Jo Jennings
PORT LAVACA — Billie Jo Jennings, 91, of Port Lavaca, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
She was born in Wharton to the late Aubrey Lee and Willie McLendon Clark on March 19, 1930.
She was married to Glen “Smiley” Jennings for 52 years, until he passed.
Billie Jo assisted her husband with their family’s farm and ranch business, and she also taught school for 34 years. After retiring from Calhoun County ISD, she continued to advocate for public education as an active member and leader of the Calhoun County Retired School Personnel Organization and Delta Kappa Gamma. Billie Jo provided leadership and support into the organizations she volunteered with. She was an active member and leader of the First Christian Church of Port Lavaca, and later, the First United Methodist Church of Seadrift. She joyfully served in a variety of roles for her churches over the years, including Lay Minister, Pianist, Treasurer, and Sunday School Teacher. Additionally, she gave her time and talents to her school’s PTO, Calhoun County 4-H and the Calhoun County Fair. Beyond her community activities, Billie Jo loved shopping for seasonal attire, planning the details of family and social gatherings, and having her hair and nails done each week at Luannes.
Billie Jo was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by three children, Lynn Pfeifer (Michael), Kay Ohendalski (Richard), and Glen, Jr. “Butch” Jennings; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; stepmother, Genevieve Shedyak; cousin and best friend, Rosa Lee Smith; her many friends; and her loyal caretakers.
Billie Jo is preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Bobbye McCarn.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1pm with a Chapel Service to follow at 2pm at Grace Funeral Chapel 1604 West Austin St. Port Lavaca, Texas 77979 with Pastor, Cody Logan of First United Methodist - Seadrift officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery 1517 Farm to Market Rd 1679 Port Lavaca, Texas 77979.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 103 West Baltimore Avenue Seadrift, Texas 77983.
Services under the direction of Grace Funeral Chapel Port Lavaca, Texas 77979, 361-552-1721.

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Susan Riley

I am so saddened to hear about Ms.Jennings. She was a very special lady. I have fond memories of watching parades from her lawn, and her hosting dinners for our office parties. She was always very gracious and kind.

I know she’s at peace, and reunited with her beloved Smiley. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

I’ll always remember her calling me her “favorite secretary. “

Susan Riley

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