Jean Buchanan Hartley, 92, died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
A Nettleton, MS native, she was born November 7, 1921, to Gillie Medford and Lottie Parks Buchanan. She attended MSCW (currently MUW) for three years, before graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. After graduating she worked as the Executive Secretary at the Experiment Station at Mississippi State University.
Jean married longtime Mississippi State University Sports Information Director, Bob Hartley on August 15, 1952, and was blessed with 45 years of marriage before Bob’s death in August, 1997.
She was a loyal MSU Bulldog supporter. She enjoyed watching Mississippi State sports, especially football and basketball. She was a competitive and skilled Bridge player. Other hobbies included gardening, traveling and reading. She was also a life long member of First Presbyterian Church of Starkville. When asked recently what her greatest accomplishment was, Jean’s response was, “Raising my three daughters.”
In 2006 Jean moved to Ridgeland, MS to be near her family. She lived at the Waterford on Highland Colony Parkway where she made many new friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Michael “Bob” Hartley; and her parents.
She is survived by brother, Charles Medford “Buck” Buchanan of Meridian, MS; her daughters, Pamela Hartley Strange and husband, Dr. Clark Strange of Madison, MS, Patti Jean Hartley Flowers and husband, Dr. Craig Flowers of Jackson, MS, and Peggy Maladye Hartley North of Brandon, MS; her grandchildren, Robert Craig Flowers, Jonathan Grey Flowers, Anne Elizabeth Flowers of Jackson, MS, John Hartley North of Brandon, MS, and Mary Clark Strange of Madison, MS.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Starkville, MS, with services at 2:00 p.m. Pallbearers are Charles Weatherly, John Correro, Larry Templeton, Craig Flowers, Jonathan Flowers, and John Hartley North.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to be sent to either French Camp Academy or Palmer Home for Children or First Presbyterian Church in Starkville, MS.
The family would also like to express their heartfelt thanks to Jean’s doctors (Dr. Sam Peeples, Dr. Joyce Wade, and Dr. Earl Fyke) for their compassionate and loving care.
You may go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com .