Jean Cook Boyette passed away December 24, 2022, at her home in Shreveport. She grew up with two brothers– Gerald and Tommy– and three sisters – Betty, Madge and Melba– in Woodberry, Arkansas.
Funeral services honoring the life of Jean will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2022 located at Rose-Neath Funeral Home-1815 Marshall St, Shreveport, LA 71101. Officiating the service will be Rev. John Korlaske. Interment will be held at Means Cemetery in Hampton, Arkansas.
She married Howell Wallace Boyette in August, 1951. Their first born, Nicky Howell Boyette, was born the following year, and their daughter, Tamala Dawn Boyette, was born six years later.
After moving to Ruston, Jean made many friends working for Drs. Jerry Johnston and Harold Burford, before she began working at Lincoln Bank in Ruston, LA. She started as a teller but soon found her calling becoming the Public Relations person who organized events such as Punt, Pass and Kick for kids and her ever popular Bingo and Senior Bus Trips.
She moved to Shreveport to help with her grandkids in the 90s and enjoyed her jobs providing customer service in local gift shops. She was a faithful volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe.
Jean was always active in her church by helping prepare fundraising events or teaching at Vacation Bible School. She volunteered at polling sites on election day for years and made regular visits to her senior friends in nursing homes. Her strong faith moved her to donate food and clothing to those less fortunate.
She loved to cook and bake much to the delight of her family and many friends. Residents in her North Highlands neighborhood remember her for bringing cookies and pastries to the Neighborhood Watch meetings, and attendance dwindled when she moved across town. Her new neighbors also enjoyed the baked goods she would deliver on her daily walks around the neighborhood. She truly had a heart for helping others.
Jean devoted many hours to babysitting her grandkids and great-grandkids, and they adored her for it. She was just as devoted to her out of state grandkids and visited when she could. She was the best Gran.
Because of her time in Ruston, Jean was a strong supporter of Louisiana Tech, and she enjoyed watching sports, including the Arkansas Razorbacks, on television with her family. She was quick to make jokes and laugh when others did.
She was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Nick Cook; her husband, Wallace; and her five siblings. Besides her son, Nicky, and daughter, Tammy, she is survived by her six grandchildren, Adam Boyette, Daniel Miers, Jeffrey Boyette, Anna Miers Cotton, Laura Miers, Meagan Miers Oakes, and nine great-grandchildren, McKinley Miers, Jack Miers, Preston Schurman, Olivia Oakes, Luke Miers, Delphine Boyette, Alder Boyette, Simon Van Engel, and Sonja Van Engel.