Emma Eugenia "Jean" Howes Tanner (August 16, 1926 -
October 12, 2011)
services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at the EvergreenUnitedMethodistChurch in Evergreen, Louisiana
at for Mrs. Jean Tanner,
wife of Marvin Tanner, who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 after a brief illness. There will be a one hour
visitation at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow in BayouRougeCemetery, Evergreen under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Mrs. Tanner was born in August of 1926 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana to Louis and Della Howes where she was
raised until her graduation from PonchatoulaHigh School in 1943. Following high school she
attended and graduated from SoutheasternUniversity in 1946 with a B.A in Home Economics and
upon completing her degree from Southeastern, Mrs. Tanner taught High School in
Evergreen for two years. In December of 1948 she married her beloved husband,
Marvin Tanner of Evergreen. Mrs. Tanner was active in the Evergreen Civic
league for many years where she served as an officer for several years. Later
in life, she learned to play the piano and became the pianist for the EvergreenUnitedMethodistChurch. Mrs. Tanner was known for her
horticultural skills and her yard, as well as many of those in the community,
was a testament to her talents.
was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Della Howes, one brother Louis,
and one sister Helen Howes Heitman.
include her devoted husband of 62 years, Marvin, 5 daughters, Susan and husband
Jim Hawthorne; Sara and husband Roger Cyr; Sally and husband Rick Namie; Sandra
and husband Dale Ballew; Sherrie and husband Randy Smith; one son, Marvin and
wife Kathleen; fourteen grandchildren, Sara, Will, Ben and Luke, children of
Susan and Jim; Roger and Rachel, children of Sara and Roger; Josiah, son of
Sally and Rick; Chesley daughter of Sandra; Steven and Heather, children of
Sherrie and Randy; Daniel, Matthew, Sam, and Joe Willie, children of Marvin and
was a wonderful wife, a wonderful mother, a wonderful mother-in-law, and a
special grandmother. All who knew her were richly blessed. Heartfelt
appreciation is expressed to the staff and many employees of the Lexington
Court Nursing Home and Med Central Hospice for their compassionate care.