Jean Cronenberg Obituary

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Jean Juanita Helton Cronenberg

April 11, 1921 - November 11, 2012
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On November 11, 2012, Jean Juanita Helton Cronenberg, surrounded by loving family, slipped into the arms of Jesus. She was ninety-one. She departed this life the same way she lived it - with dignity and grace. She was born in Selma, Alabama, but moved to Mobile at a very young age. Raised by a single mother in hard times, she escaped the impoverished life of the Great Depression through reading, and her love of books became a defining passion. She graduated from Murphy High School, worked for the phone company and met and married our father, Bud. She then spent the rest of her life doing what she was called to do, being Mom to her...
On November 11, 2012, Jean Juanita Helton Cronenberg, surrounded by loving family, slipped into the arms of Jesus. She was ninety-one. She departed this life the same way she lived it - with dignity and grace.
She was born in Selma, Alabama, but moved to Mobile at a very young age. Raised by a single mother in hard times, she escaped the impoverished life of the Great Depression through reading, and her love of books became a defining passion. She graduated from Murphy High School, worked for the phone company and met and married our father, Bud. She then spent the rest of her life doing what she was called to do, being Mom to her four children, Grandmommy to her seven grandchildren, Great Grandmommy to her four great grandchildren, and good friend to almost everyone she knew. She was a caregiver without equal, a role that began when she had four small children and an elderly mother-in-law who needed constant care. As her children grew, she was subsequently called on to become caregiver for her first cousin, her husband and her mother. She did it all with great love, personal sacrifice, and never a complaint. She was the model for the verse Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11 "Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content." (KJV) In later years, through broken hip, assisted living and nursing home she carried herself with grace and cheerfulness, right up until the last day of her life.
She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Mobile. Among many duties, she served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Training Union Director and a coordinator of the Experiences in Enrichment program. Her greatest contribution, however, was as founding director of the First Baptist Archives, in which capacity she recruited and trained a team of church members to organize and preserve the extensive archives of the church, a significant and lasting achievement and a true labor of love.
Words cannot express the impact of her life, both on family and on those who knew her as friend. She brought joy, humor and love to every relationship. Despite the void she leaves in the lives of all who loved her, we will be comforted by memories of her great sense of adventure, her funny stories, her wisdom and her unfailing generosity. She lived her life for others, as Christ would have us live.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Arthur M. "Bud" Cronenberg, Sr. Mrs. Cronenberg is survived by her children, Arthur M. Cronenberg, Jr. (Beverly), Lee C. Van Orsdel (Darrell), Anne C. Middleton (Owen), John M. Cronenberg (Dona); grandchildren, Lee Anne Ketcham, Joseph D. Kennedy, Jr., Arthur M. Cronenberg, III, Carleton Putnam Ketcham, III, Ashley C. McKenzie (Scott), Lauren C. Self (Adam), and Whitney C. Hunter (Kevin); and great-grandchildren, Sarah McKenzie, Landon McKenzie, John Greyson Self, and Henry Fielder Self.
Finally, we are grateful for the wonderful care Mom received when she resided in Atria assisted living, with special appreciation to Deborah Lambert and Tereatha Wilson, who became her friends as well as caregivers. Our family is particularly indebted to the nursing, ministerial and administrative staff at Allen Memorial Home for their loving care in meeting our mother's physical, medical and spiritual needs. We cannot mention herein all those we want to thank, but in particular, we would like to single out and express our deepest thanks and love to Carolyn (Amanda) Banks for all she did for Mom.
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Mobile on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 12 noon with Rev. Howell Easterling officiating. A reception will follow at the church. Private graveside services will be held with her grandsons and grandsons-in-law serving as pallbearers and George Bauer, Chuck Holtz, Joe Kennedy, Sr., and Frank Daugherty serving as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mobile or Allen Memorial Home. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com. Arrangements by Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36606.

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