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After a long, happy and welllived life, Emma Jean Southerland entered heaven on May 7, 2017 at the age of 88. She was born in Cedar Springs, TX, April 30, 1929 to Oscar Roman and Octevene Boyd and graduated Marlin High School. Jean married Homer V. Southerland Jr. on June 25, 1950 in Marlin, TX. She was a homemaker and held various jobs involving sales and bookkeeping.

She is survived by her Sister Bernice Boyd of Marlin, TX ., children Connie Lynn Warchesiak (Archie) of Helena, MT; Robert Martin Southerland (Denise) of Farmington, NM; David Gene Southerland (Janice) of Oklahoma City, OK; Grandchildren Miranda Dawn Ludington (Chris) of Cortez, CO; Kellie Diane Vincent (Jonathan) of Edmond, OK; Amy Elaine Southerland of Oklahoma City, OK; Christopher Allen Warchesiak, of Helena, MT; and Bobby Ray Warchesiak of TX; Great-grandchildren Allyssa Addelle and Maddalyn Renee Ludington, of Cortez, CO., and Jaclyn Oliva Vincent of Oklahoma City, OK.

Jean was called with her husband Homer to the ministry of the Gospel, and served in ministry in these churches in Texas: Harris Creek, Mosheim, New Waverly, Conroe, Blooming Grove, Burkburnett, and Waco. They moved to New Mexico to work at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center from 1970 - 1990. During that time until recently, Jean served in the Christian Women’s Club, Women’s Missionary Union, served on several committees in the Santa Fe Baptist Association, and was active in local and foreign missions. To the delight of her friends and family, she enjoyed sewing, needlecraft, an avid collector, and genealogy.

A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, NM on May 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at Pendleton Cemetery in Pendleton, TX on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church, 1605 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM, 87505.


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