Billie Jean Redwine Handorf passed away in Rockport, Texas on April 9, 2014, following a recent decline in health. Viewing will be at noon and funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel, 207 S. Magnolia in Palestine. Burial will follow at Fort Houston Cemetery.
Jean was born, the eldest of four children, on Oct. 13, 1928 in Albany, Texas to Henry Cody Redwine and Hazel Collier Redwine.The family eventually joined other relatives in Palestine, Texas, where Jean acquired many friendships and happy memories. She married her high school sweetheart, John Henry Handorf Jr., on Sept. 28, 1945, and she was welcomed to the Handorf family by Henry’s mother, Dora Morton Handorf, and other family members.
The couple moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1954. Ever dedicated to family and friends, Jean filled the next few decades with the joys and responsibilities of marriage and motherhood. Jean did not hesitate to take on the occasional part-time job or to become involved with the many demands and activities of family and community. A talented seamstress, she sewed many of her own and her daughters’ garments, doll wardrobes, dance costumes, choir robes, even prom and wedding gowns. She was a ready assistant for crafting projects with her eldest daughter Linda, helping to produce numerous personalized dolls, gifts and fundraising items. She was invaluable as a team mother, scout leader, camp counselor, caterer and chauffeur. Her endeavor eventually encompassed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always providing loving support and guidance, and receiving endless love, appreciation, and hugs and kisses in return.
A longtime member of Pasadena Boulevard Methodist Church in Pasadena, she was active in the United Methodist Women’s Association and enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School for over 10 years. She then transferred her membership to Westwood Methodist Church, formerly Holmes Chapel. She played a major supporting role to Henry’s part-time business endeavors, especially his electronic repair services. Later in life, Henry and Jean transformed a part-time woodworking hobby into another very successful home business; where he designed and produced customized wood products and accessories, and she put on the finishing touches, whether it was stain and varnish or novelty painting.