Jean Ann Tillman devoted her life to husband, Raymond R. Tillman, who passed away on January 3, 2014. In keeping with their beautiful love story, God answered her prayers to be reunited with him when she went peacefully to her eternal home on January 7, 2014.
Jean was born in Saipan on November 21, 1930. As a teenager during WWII, she lost several family members. She learned to speak English and worked as an interpreter in the US Air Force Base hospital in Tokyo. While working at the Base Exchange, she met Ray. They fell in love, married, and returned to the states to start a family. They were blessed with five daughters, and moved throughout the U.S. and Germany as Ray was stationed at different bases.
In 1975, Jean and Ray suffered the tragic loss of their daughter, June Tillman. Years later, Raymond was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In the early stages of the disease, Jean cared for him at home. As the disease progressed, she continued to faithfully care for him, often going to the nursing home twice a day.
Jean and Ray were married 59 years and leave behind four daughters: Patricia Downing (Rockwall, TX); Linda O’Neal and son-in-law Mitch (Haughton, LA); Kathy Miller and son-in-law, Fred (Plano, TX); and Betsy Alegnani (Dallas, TX). They are also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ray and Jean will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM, with visitation from 9:00 – 11:00 AM prior to the service.
Her life journey is complete; she is reunited with Ray and they will remain together for eternity.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Love Chapel United Methodist Church, 2001 Forest Hills Blvd., Haughton, LA, 71037.