Jeannine Lucille Young Fearing
Jeannine Lucille Young Fearing, age 57, passed away Thursday, Dec. 30 in Eagle Lake, Texas, where she had been a resident for more than 22 years, with her daughters and a few family and friends by her side.
Born Dec. 23, 1947 in La Marque, Texas she was one of five children born to Leo and Shirley Young. She graduated from La Marque High School and continued her educat
ion at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree focusing in Medical Technology.
She met John Fearing while she was working at Memorial Southwest in Houston. They were later married in Minnesota where they resided for almost two years. They moved to Lockhart, Texas to purchase an interest in the Lockhart Post-Register. On Oct. 6, 1981, a new addition to the family, Amelia Janel “Amy” Fearing was born.
After only a few months they decided to move to Eagle Lake because they purchased the Eagle Lake Headlight from Eunice and Fred Frnka.
About two years later, Sarah Catherine “Cathy” Fearing joined the family on Feb. 15, 1984.
Jeannine and John Fearing later divorced and Jeannine Fearing continued to run the Eagle Lake Headlight as owner/editor.
Jeannine became very supportive of the Rice High School football team and took pictures every week, no matter how far the game was. She supported her two daughters in everything that they did and even if she wasn”t able to make a specific function, due to work, they knew she loved them and could be there if the situation was different. She worked constantly and even if you happened to catch her complaining, she still got up and went to work.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2001. She began treatment and went into remission for about six months. Her doctor then discovered that the cancer had metastasized to bone cancer; for which she went on treatment immediately. In the summer of 2004, while at the doctor with her daughter Cathy, she was told that she also had a small brain tumor. She went on radiation for that right away.
Unfortunately the treatments were not enough and the cancer continued to win the battle over her body. She never missed an issue of the Eagle Lake Headlight, because as she said, “they will miss their news.” She was stronger than her body would allow her to be. Even in the end she fought and strove to live on. Unfortunately on Dec. 30, her body failed her, but her soul lives on in the hearts and minds of her two daughters, sisters, brother and extended family and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Shirley Young, she is survived by her two daughters, Amy and Cathy Fearing; her four siblings and their spouses, Gerre and Joe Hodges of Kingsland, Texas; Janet and Donald Lancon of Cortez, Colo.; Joyce and Les Boelsche of Richardson, Texas; and Leo and Susan Young of Arlington, Texas; many nieces and nephews and their spouses, Adriene Lancon Tanamachi of Beaumont; Donald Lancon of Austin; Troy and Loren Hodges of Manila, Philippines; Chris and Eva Hodges of Dallas; Ellen (Boelsche) and John Rees of Austin; Linda Boelsche of Richardson; Megan and Leo Clifford III “Trey” Young of Arlington; and numerous cousins and extended family including two of her cousins, Judy Sheridan of Columbus and Philip Cunningham of Colorado.
A loving sister, mother and friend, she was always there when you truly needed her and took control of any situation that needed to be handled. She was a proud woman, proud of her family, daughters and friends; to whom she loved and cared for, showing that in her own way. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, with Reverend Chris Thacker officiating. A small graveside service followed at Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are her brothers-in-law, Joe, Don and Les; nephews Troy, Donald, Chris and Trey; and long time friend Doug Schwemm. Arrangements are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to the El Campo Hospice (a branch of Houston Hospice).