ForeverMissed

 Texas Belle Jurena, 87 years old, was born on July 23, 1931 to Frances and A. John and passed away on January 14, 2019. We will remember her forever in our hearts.

Born Texas Belle John in Abilene, TX, she had many successes but was not one to discuss them. As a teen she raised livestock for profit and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris one Summer. Her career included administrative work while she earned her degree in economics and supported her husband while he earned his degree. She also was a teacher, controller and a manager. Later she earned a Master's degree in Human Resource and any one who had deep conversations with her knows how helpful she was by listening and offering gentle guidance. Belle found her calling and is best known for aiding so, so many as a counselor/therapist and friend.  As an avid reader Belle wrote book reviews for the newspaper in Humble , TX. 

Belle was a devoted mother and raised two children who survive her, James L. Jurena and F. JoAnn Van Hoozen (and her husband, Jim Van Hoozen). Belle set an amazing example of how to be grateful, kind, respectful, friendly, honest, and provided a great work ethic.   She quickly made friends everywhere she went. Her ability to make people feel special was exceptional. The number of greeting cards she sent is only exceeded by the number of people who love her. 

Mom's best friend was her younger sister, Jo Ann Dennis, who resides in Abilene,TX.  Belle is also survived by her grandchildren Courtney Watson(and two children), Leonard Jurena, Aaron Jurena (wife Lulu and two children), Chelsea Jurena, and Cameron Jurena; as well as nieces and nephew, Deborah Drawdy, Denise Huertas, Jonda Robison, Charles Dennis, Donna Haney, Rebecca Field, their spouses and their children. 

I hope those of us who were touched by her can pass on what she taught us.

"Love doesn't die. The love you have is powerful. The love and light can be with you always and you can tap into it any time." Texas Belle Jurena

Mom was very philanthropic. Please choose a charity and make a donation if you desire.

Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on December 23, 2020
Merry Christmas Mom! Miss you.
Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on July 23, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday mom. This has been an odd year, so far. Thank you for all your support and confidence, it has ALWAYS kept me persuing new goals and giving glory to God for all talents and successes. YOU were the wind beneath my wings. I love you.
Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on January 11, 2020
Hi Mom. Thinking of you now as this is a year of missing you. I am grateful that you prepared me for such a journey and introduced me to people to help me through this time. I am pleased that you are at peace and enjoyed a nice life. We are well and have good thoughts and wishes for 2020. You are a blessing. Love, JoAnn Van Hoozen
Posted by Jed Cecil on May 23, 2019
My mother, Alberta Mayfield Cecil, and Texas Belle were first cousins and close their entire lives. Texas was 17 when I was born. And she was a vibrant, precious part of my life until she passed. There wasn’t a birthday or holiday or Christmas that I didn’t receive a card. When I would call her phone over the many decades, she always answered with a warmth that let me know instantly how loved I was. The two of us must have bonded very early in my life, because there was always a closeness that was so uplifting and deep. Our special friendship continued right up until she left us. I have her little collection of bells and ring them often, remembering all the laughs and fun we always had on the phone or enjoying the many shared meals and good times. She touched me so positively and purely, and I miss her every day! ❤️
Love always dearest Texas, from Jed.
Posted by John Attia on May 17, 2019
I have known Belle Jurena for the past twenty years as a member of the Theosophical Society in America.  I had the opportunity to work with her on various projects over the years. She was always willing to help those in need. All those who came in contact with her were touched by her calmness, unselfishness, and immense love. I will characterize her life as one devoted to unselfish service to all, dedication to duty and earnest search for the Truth. The Houston Branch of the Theosophical Society will be eternally grateful to Belle Jurena for her exemplary life and her unselfish service to the Theosophical Society.  We will miss her.
Posted by Jonda Robison on March 6, 2019
Aunt Belle was a caring person, genuinely interested in whoever she was talking to and wanting to help with advice.  She was an encourager in many ways. She never missed sending a birthday card to me and my family. Her laugh was a delightful one to hear. She is missed.
Posted by Jo Dennis on February 20, 2019
Belle was my sister, also my friend.  We were five years apart, and in my childhood I always looked up to her for protection and advice and comfort. 
She was always there for me and willing to show me the ropes as I trailed along behind her.  As adults, we continued to be close and shared our lives with each other--both of us loving the family members of the other one. 
   She was sharp as a tack and I could always depend on her to correct my manners or my grammar or any mispronunciation, but she did it quietly and with kindness and for my good. I learned a lot because of her thoughtfulness and patience through the years. She was always willing to help.
    I cherish the connection we had together--not always agreeing, but always caring and loving. There was never any thought of a "falling out" because we were sisters, and we felt blessed to have each other. 
   I miss her.
Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on January 27, 2019
Cousin, Debbie Drawdy, writes comforting words all the time. But as Mom's faithful pen pal, I was moved by this last letter and she allowed me to share it here. I believe some of us can relate and benefit.
"You have enriched my life with encouragement, kindness and caring in word and deed. Your perseverance in adversity inspires me to do better and you have made so many good memories for me and so many others.           I'm enclosing a paraphrase of a poem by Lori Eberhardy; it reminds me of our relationship, so I tweaked it a bit, for you, dearest of aunts.
                         Fortunate
Life is filled with many gifts and you have been one of my dearest treasures.  You add value to every part of my life, giving me a love that is worth more    than gold.
You've shown me how to live deeply in the little moments of my life and
I celebrate our journey, for you've taught me that when my heart is open, happiness will find me.
You have contributed to the joy in my heart and the solace of my soul; and as time keeps moving it brings me closer to you, the kindred spirit I know.
Each day I celebrate you being a part of my world. As I blow a kiss your way, I know that in THIS life, I will forever be the Lucky One."
I will always love and remember you, dear heart.  Debbie
Posted by Danette Jackson on January 26, 2019
I met Belle around 1990 when I volunteered at Family Outreach. I knew immediately God had given me a gift in our friendship. Belle showed me unconditional love and support as I worked to get through college, married/divorced, and parented my two daughters. Belle never missed sending a card for each of our birthdays. I was so happy my daughters got to know her and when my oldest started a college program in Beaumont, I visited her each time I went that direction. It was selfish though because I was not there to just brighten her day but because she somehow healed my soul when I was with her or spoke to her! She was truly one of the most humble yet remarkable persons I have ever met in my life. I was so blessed to know her!!
Posted by CHRIS ROBERTS on January 22, 2019
We met Belle about exactly a year ago. We would always tell her it was by divine appointment . The Lord put us at the same place on the same day. We normally do our taxes at our local library closest to our home but this last year it changed due to the hurricane we had that flooded many areas so we were told to go to a different location and we did. Well that was where we met our precious Belle!  She was quiet and Ruth noticed her, she was alone and so she began speaking to her. Then I joined in and that began our wonderful friendship. We helped her and stayed with her until her ride picked her up and we kept in touch with her since. She spoke of happy times and about her family she loved. We laughed, reminisced and even cried together. We will never forget her, she sure was an inspirational to everyone who knew her and was loved by ALL. Now, she is our angel. Goodbye is NOT forever, goodbye is NOT the end. It simply means we'll miss you, until we meet again! 
Posted by Greg Willis on January 20, 2019
Having worked with Belle in Miami in about 1975, she was one of the nicest persons, I have ever known. She was a very hard worker. When she was caught up in her work, she would find something productive to do. She was someone that I deeply respected and admired.
Posted by Fali Engineer on January 20, 2019
Whenever Belle attended our Houston Theosophical Lodge meetings, her presence created an ambience without her saying a word.
I learned virtues of kindness and humility by coming in contact with her.
Posted by RACHEL JOHNS on January 18, 2019
Belle always appreciated my few efforts to keep in touch. I'm sorry I didn't tell her how much that meant to me.
Posted by Camella Gibson on January 18, 2019
Belle was one of the kindest people I've met in this life. She was a great lady who made the world a better place for being in it.

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Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on December 23, 2020
Merry Christmas Mom! Miss you.
Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on July 23, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday mom. This has been an odd year, so far. Thank you for all your support and confidence, it has ALWAYS kept me persuing new goals and giving glory to God for all talents and successes. YOU were the wind beneath my wings. I love you.
Posted by JoAnn Van Hoozen on January 11, 2020
Hi Mom. Thinking of you now as this is a year of missing you. I am grateful that you prepared me for such a journey and introduced me to people to help me through this time. I am pleased that you are at peace and enjoyed a nice life. We are well and have good thoughts and wishes for 2020. You are a blessing. Love, JoAnn Van Hoozen
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Happy Birthday Mom

No party to prepare this year, but you are celebrated in my heart. Thank you for making MY birthday happen and always being so interested in my adventures. They continue; guess you can see Lisa and I on our mountain bike challenge in Maine!  Your sweet and thoughtful soul is missed. Thanks for being a good exmple.  Love you very much, JoAnn V

JOY is a choice

Houston had beautiful, sunny weather the week before mom passed. The following two days were gray; maybe the world was mourning...but her joyful spirit lives on!

MOM brought joy to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. No matter the situation, choose joy!  Her loving spirit has been an inspiration.

...smiling, cheerful, always interested in every one...she was a devoted mom and her family was always first in her life, even above herself. 

I thank some of moms' angels here on earth (and mine) for great care of Mom; Donya, Paulette, Noura, Tricia, Vivianne, Karen, Aunt Jody,  Debbie; Jed, Eusebia and the Atria Staff.

"I think I can"

One of my earliest remembrances of Moms devotion, was to reading. And, one of those books was The Little Train Who Could…Mom was always an encourager, to study, to read, to be polite.

 She never gave up on anyone and always wanted us to do our best. She loved me and everyone else she met. This last year I watched her with a bent spine, working as hard as she could to get stronger. It encouraged her physical therapists. The nurses loved her too. Texas Belle is who she was. We shall miss her, but her encouragements will be cherished.

Love from a grateful son,
James L. Jurena
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How Texas came about her name

Shared by JoAnn Van Hoozen on January 19, 2019

A. John, her father, was born in1898 in the Territory of Oklahoma where the family was homesteading a farm.  When A. John was a baby, several Indians, including their chief, came to their home while the father was away and snatched him away from his mother.  She immediately rode horseback to tell the sheriff, and together they went to see the Chief.  His defense was that she had many children and his wife had none.  After she and the sheriff reasoned with the Chief, the baby was returned to his mother.

When A. John was five or six, his parents move to New Mexico and homestead a farm near the small town of Moriarty.   Times were hard and for a season the family survived on pinto beans for breakfast, lunch and supper.  As a teenager A. John joined his older brother Milan in working for the Santa Fe Railway.  When WWI began in 1917 his older brothers left to serve in the war, but A. John was not allowed to enlist because he was needed to help farm.  When his brothers returned from the war, local work was hard to find, so A. John left with a friend to find jobs in Texas due to the oil boom around Wichita Falls.  Awhile later he followed the boom to find work in Breckenridge, TX, where he became acquainted with Judge Caldwell who urged him to get a college education.  First, he had to finish a few more classes in high school, graduating at age 22. 

Judge Caldwell urged him to go to Simmons College (later named Hardin-Simmons University) in Abilene.  With sheer determination, hard work, and thrifty living, A. John put himself through college, married a co-ed, Frances Hicks, and had a successful career.  When they were  expecting their first child, it was decided that Frances would list 10 girls names and 10 boys names, and A. John would select a favorite from each list.  After seeing the name “Texas” on the boys list, he declared whether it was a boy or girl, the name would be "Texas"; because life was better in Texas!

Some of Mom's favorite quotes

Shared by JoAnn Van Hoozen on January 15, 2019

"As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death."  Leonardo da Vinci

"In all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths" Proverbs 3:6

"A strong, positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."   Patricia Neal

"Giving people a hand up...is the way forward"  Hugh Jackman

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self."  Aldous Huxley

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."  Saint Augustine

"What will survive of us is love."  Robert MacFarlane

"Respect for oneself and for others eliminates hate."  Tony Bennett