Jeannette Townsend

Jeannette Harbin Townsend, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

Mrs. Townsend was born Aug. 23, 1951, in Good Hope to Thomas Jackson and Dorothy Louise Harbin. She was married to John Townsend for 47 years

She was in the first graduating class of Good Hope High School. She then followed her calling and graduated St Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1973. She met the love her life and they started their life together in 1974 and were married on her 23rd birthday.

The epitome of a family first lady, she was a loving wife and mother. For most of her life she was a bedside nurse, showing all her patients the servant’s heart that she was so gifted with. After a lengthy nursing career, she retired to be the family caretaker. She spent years fully devoted to her family, caring for her husband and her daughters. As a young lady, she was called to become a nurse.

With lots of patience and love she raised four daughters. She spent many days juggling sport schedules, homework, and making sure her family was well cared for and was joyful through it all.

She worked as a registered nurse for 30 years and cared for many of those in the community. She was known as “JT” or the “energizer bunny” among her colleagues and friends.

She was an avid and passionate sports fan. Many days she would sit and listen to sports radio. She also loved Southern gospel music and spent most of her Sunday mornings praising Jesus. She was faithful until the very end.

She is survived by her husband: John Townsend; daughters and sons-in-law: Kelly and Cody Wheeler, Kerry Townsend, Joni Townsend and Jackie and Clint Shumate; brother and sister-in-law: Doug and Randi Harbin; sister: Jackie Gentry; grandchildren: Harper Shumate, Nathan Shumate, Samuel Wheeler and Noah Wheeler; and beloved extended family.

The service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Gilliam Springs Baptist Church with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Sean Harbin, Seth Harbin, Luke Townsend, David Townsend, Charles Richard and Cody Hansen. Honorary pallbearer was Nick Morris

Memorials may be made to the Big Oak Ranch at https://bigoak.org/one-time-donation.

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