Jeanine graduated from Bandera High School in 1965, and she so enjoyed the reunions with those classmates over the years. She was the pianist at First Baptist Church of Bandera during her high school years and enjoyed playing Christmas carols at family gatherings.
She graduated from Baylor University and always had a wandering spirit. She began work in Washington, D.C., and later moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Universal Studios. Returning home to Texas, she was a sales representative for clothing and accessories lines and later a vendor at the Dallas Apparel Mart. In 1986, she was a regional director for the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, traveling to large and small towns across South Texas.
In 1997, she opened her store, HIX Bandera, where she had fun selling western wear and Texas gifts to people from around the world.
Jeanine was always known for having a big heart. She lived her life helping those in need, whether they be people or animals. As best she could, she ministered to those who “are the least of these” in God’s kingdom. Jeanine had a special love for dogs and cats and rescued hundreds of them over her lifetime. She was on the board of directors at Living Love Animal Rescue in Marble Falls, a no-kill shelter.
Her nieces loved their “Aunt Nean,” and she was always overly generous to them. She loved her church, and her many friends there were such a support to her. Jeanine also enjoyed lunching with her many friends in the Marble Falls area, and these friends provided love and happiness to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carmen and Dick W. “Speedy” Hicks.
She is survived by her sister, Charmen Hicks Catlin and husband Larry of Bryan; brothers, Dick W. Hicks Jr. of Bandera and David C. Hicks and wife Robin of College Station; and five nieces, Amanda Catlin of Dallas, Laurel Catlin Blue and husband Jason of Austin, Cathleen Catlin Clough and husband Jon of Norman, Oklahoma, and Macy Hicks and Carly Hicks, both of College Station; and three great-nephews and one great-niece. She is also survived by her longtime friend and caregiver, James Hicks, who lovingly cared for her during the last years of her life.
A memorial service is 11 a.m. June 18 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 900 Industrial Blvd. in Kingsland, (325) 388-6767. The Rev. Julian Potts of Holy Communion Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Living Love Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1266, Marble Falls, TX 78654.