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Mrs. Jerry Nell (Douglas) Redden, 74 of Van Alstyne, passed away on May 22, 2008 at Autumn Leaves of McKinney.
Services took place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church of Van Alstyne under the direction of Flesher Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Van Alstyne Cemetery. Family visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25.
Jerry Nell was born Sept. 17, 1933 in Van Alstyne to Lloyd Barrett Douglas and Grace Pauline (Smith) Douglas. She is survived by her daughter, Roxanne Carney of Van Alstyne; son, Rex Redden and daughter-n-law Donna of McKinney; grandchildren Hayle Tucker, Lauren Redden, Jason Redden and Fallon Redden; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bob.
Jerry was a 1951 graduate of Van Alstyne High School and went on to receive her master’s degree in education from North Texas State University in Denton in 1956. She began teaching at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School in Dallas in 1955. She married Charles Robert “Bob” Redden on Aug. 17, 1963, in Denton. She taught physical education, math, and science for 36 years until her retirement in 1991. She continued her love for education by servicing as a trustee on the Van Alstyne ISD school board beginning in 1989 by finishing her husband Bob’s term upon his passing. She continued to serve until 2001, for a total of 48 years dedicated to the education of children.
Jerry Nell was an active member of the First Christian Church of Van Alstyne. She was a member of the Leah Elliott chapter of the Eastern Star and of the Mantua Book Club. When younger she loved to go camping, ride motorcycles, square dance, and being outdoors.
In Lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the First Christian Church (Elevator Fund) P.O. Box 626 Van Alstyne, TX 75495.
We, her children, want to thank God for bringing these special parents to us. They always let us know how special we made their lives. The family would also like to thank the staff at Autumn Leaves of McKinney, Hospice Plus, Samaritan Hospice, and our family and friends who helped and prayed for us through the past few years.