Jeanette Gay Stone Box, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 23, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sept. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Crystal City. She was born Sept. 2, 1931, the daughter of Emma Maude Harkey Stone and James J. Stone. After her father’s death her mother married Evans C. Rutledge, who became her beloved father. She attended Crystal City schools and went on to San Marcos for her first years of college. She married Ward L. Box of Carrizo Springs on May 10, 1952, while he was serving in the Air Force. Upon the end of military service they moved back to Crystal City with their oldest son, Ron. They settled into a life of ranching in Zavala County and had three more sons, Jon, Von and Don. Jeanette was a wife and mother first and foremost, but in later years she completed her college education through Southwest Texas Junior College at Uvalde and received a master’s degree in education through Sul Ross State University – Rio Grande College at Uvalde. She taught fourth grade for a number of years in Carrizo Springs. She was a caregiver to all, but especially her grandmother Harkey; father and mother (Evans and Emma Rutledge); and finally her late husband, Ward. Her last two years were an active whirl. She remained on the ranch north of Crystal City, where she and Ward had resided. She was blessed with good health and a witty mind and brought a smile to all who saw her. Her last years were enriched by many friends and activities. Besides lifelong friends she cherished her relationship with numerous winter Texans, friends they had made while Ward was in the Air Force, and with classmates in the group known as the 49ers. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was involved to the end. She is survived by her loving sons who miss her dearly and considered her the rock of the family. Her sons and their families include Ron and Nita Box of Gunter and daughters, Jennifer, Julie, Jalissa and Jerrica; Jon and Marla Box of Carrizo Springs; Von Box of Crystal City and Fort Worth; and Don and Tracye Box of Pflugerville and children, Lexi, Bryce and Blake. She is also survived by her sister, Sandra Rutledge Drescher of Allen, her son Wesley and his wife, Brooke, and children, Will and Anna; sisters in-law, Faydelle Allen and Opal Burns; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family also expresses special thanks to Cayo Silos, whose presence brightened both Ward and Jeanette’s lives in their last years. Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested to the First United Methodist Church Crystal City, P.O. Box 328, Crystal City, TX 78839; or Methodist Children’s Home of Waco. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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