Jann Buttery Pullig was born September 21, 1934, in Mangum, Oklahoma, to Josephine Dixon and William Jefferson Wickersham. She attended grades one through nine in Mangum, and then moved to Killeen, TX, where she graduated from Killeen High School in 1952. She received a BS degree in home economics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX in 1956 and an MA degree in reading from Northern Arizona University in 1972.
Jann married Wilburn Buttery June 1, 1956, and moved to Midland where both were employed as teachers in the Midland Independent School District. She taught 28 years, the last 21 as a reading specialist at Robert E. Lee High School, before retiring in 1989.
After Wilburn's death in 1985, Jann married Jim E. Pullig in Midland, March 25, 1989.
Jann was a member of Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Classroom Teachers, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Midland Association of Retired School Employees, the Zeta Xi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and Delta Zeta Sorority. She was active in community endeavors and church activities. She was the local and area representative for Youth for Understanding for many years, placing exchange students in Midland area homes. She belonged to St. Paul's UMC and later to St. Luke's UMC, where she was a member of the Keystone Sunday School Class.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wilburn Oatman Buttery and husband Jim Pullig.
She is survived by her daughter, Maralee Vezie (husband Eric and their daughters Michelle, Claire and Karen) of London, England, son, Mark Buttery of Midland, Texas, stepdaughter, Susan Lipscomb (husband Ken and their children Nicholas and Amanda) of Austin, TX, and stepson Bruce Pullig (wife Lorelei and their children Nathanial and Sarah) of Richmond, TX. She is also survived by her stepmother, Eva Wickersham, her half-sisters, Judy Schauermann, Susie Hauslein, LaNeen Densley, Fran Breeden and Sandi Wickersham, and her half-brother Frank Wickersham.
Jann died at Midland Memorial Hospital, Sunday, April 27, 2014. A visitation will be held in Midland at Ellis Funeral Home Friday, May 2, from 6 to 8 pm and a graveside service in Llano, TX, Saturday, May 3, at 3:00. A memorial service will be held in Midland at St. Luke's United Methodist Church Sunday, May 4, at 3:00.
The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3011 Kansas Ave, Midland, TX 79701 or Midland Need to Read, 1709 W Wall St, Midland TX, 79701.
Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com