Nov. 16, 1934 ~ Dec. 20, 2013
Services for Sarah Jeanette Langston Hennigan, 79, will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. Dr. Jim Adams and Malcolm Bane will officiate. Burial will be at the College Station Cemetery.
Mrs. Hennigan died at her second home in Tyler, under Hospice care, from advanced stages of metastatic breast cancer
. Jeanette Langston was born in Palestine, to O.B. and Evie Langston and attended high school in Carthage, and graduated from Orangefield High School in 1954. She moved to Tyler where she graduated from the Federal Business Institute and attended Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M. She worked for the General Electric Co. in Tyler where she married James K. Hennigan on Sept. 27, 1958. GE transferred them to the Cincinnati Evandale plant for two years before returning to Tyler in 1960 with their son. Their daughter was born in 1961.
In order to be "her kid's mom," they set up a darkroom in their home where she printed photographs for high school annuals. In 1966 the family moved to College Station, where, as an "Aggie Wife" she proudly wore her Aggie Sweetheart ring given to her by her husband, Class of '54.
Jeanette worked at Farm Services and later part time in the Office of the President for Presidents Rudder, Leudeke, Williams, Miller, Sampson, and VanDiver. She also served TAMU as assistant to the editors of the Texas Aggie magazine, where she first sketched her original design for the candlelight portion of the Aggie Muster ceremony. Her sketch has been featured on Aggie Muster programs in past years.
Mrs. Hennigan was assigned many temporary jobs all over the campus from helping set up the Aggieland Press, to Aircraft Scheduling and was a seasonal helper at Biomedical Science registration and in the library as dissertation clerk, as well as many other offices.
As a member of the Industrial Engineering Wives Club, she was a finalist in the "Mrs. Texas A&M" pageant. She was a member of the National Secretaries Association, a charter member of the American Business Women Association, and a certified visitor for the Mended Hearts Association with the American Heart Association.
She is listed in Who's Who in Professional Photographers of America and Texas Professional Photographers. She was the owner of J&J Photography where she was a wedding consultant and photographer for more than 30 years.
During her school days, Jeanette sang in her family quartet, and in the Carthage High School choir where she made All State Choir and sang in the school trio. After coming to A&M she loved working with the Singing Cadets and was chosen Honorary Singing Cadet in 1972. She helped organize the Association of Former Singing Cadets and in 1980 was chosen Honorary Member of that association.
She published a collection of her poems, "Rose Petals." Having several poems published, her "Silver Taps at A&M" was used at A&M musters around the world. Other favorites were: "Shadow of a Century," "Heaven's Roses" and "My Box of Christmas Cards."
Mrs. Hennigan is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jon K. and Karen, of Port Aransas; and a daughter and son-in-law, Joni J. and Douglas Lora, of Redmond, Wash.; and five grandchildren, Mitchell and Lauren "Niki" Hennigan and Kaleb, Kindsi and Kyli Lora. She is also survived by her brothers and sister-in law, Delbert and Jan Langston, of Bay City, Tim Langston, of Tyler; her sisters and brother-in-law, Vanoy and Floyd Moseley, of Carroll, Elaine McManness, of Tyler, and Linda McKinnie, of Tyler. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Katherine Hennigan Baker, of Conroe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Dr. James K. Hennigan; her parents, O.B. and Evie Langston, of Palestine; her parents-in-law, Jesse and Helen Hennigan, of Pasadena; brothers-in-law, George Baker, Ed McManness, of Tyler, and Robert McKinnie, of Tyler.
Mrs. Hennigan was a member of the First Baptist Church of College Station.