2017-12-06 / Obituaries

Emma Jean Blohm Halliburton


Emma Jean Blohm Halliburton entered this world on Thursday, March 28, 1946, to Willie and Dorothy Blohm.

She was fortunate to meet her soulmate and love of her life, Steven Halliburton, and was happily married for 54 short years, parenting two children. Jean and Steve married on Feb. 29, 1964, a leap year. She always joked her real wedding anniversary only occurred every four years. Jean and Steve’s love shined brightly for all the days of their time together. Many a story was told of the day Dad met Mom and how he instantly fell in love when Mom barged through the gym doors of Floresville High School with eyes bright after playing basketball. Dad always said she was and continued to be the most beautiful girl he ever laid eyes on. Jean was a seamstress by trade, but more importantly, she was an excellent mother and homemaker. She could cook a meal that brought you back for seconds and thirds. Her potato salad was always requested at family gatherings. Her mother taught her the skills of cooking, sewing, and growing, at which Jean excelled and added her own flair of originality.

Jean was a true artist born with an exceptional talent and an artistic eye. She could draw by hand images that were so lifelike they jumped off the page because they looked so real. Later in life, Jean’s passion was in creating original pieces of jewelry custom-fit for her daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter’s individual personalities.

Jean’s green thumb was well-known. She was a lover of plants and gained great pleasure in growing flowers. Her knowledge of every tree, shrub, or bloom was a wonder. She knew just what a plant needed for sustenance to achieve the biggest and brightest of flowers in the garden. Her love of beauty extended to nature’s vibrant displays of color and contrast. Nature’s fruits became delicious jams and jellies in her kitchen. Savory soups were made with fresh vegetables from the garden in her back yard. Campbell Soup did not compare to Jean’s soup!

Her love of art took many forms, from crafting to lovingly sewing clothes for her daughter, to doll making and finally jewelry designing; however, Jean’s ultimate passion was caring for her family. Her strength, wisdom, and zest for life were evident throughout her family. Jean was the strong one, the person you could always count on for love and support. She lovingly and compassionately cared for her parents in their twilight years. She was a staunch supporter of her husband during their 54 years of marriage, and the lifeline to her children for guidance through life’s many trials and tribulations. Somehow Jean always knew what to do in times of joy, stress, or sorrow. She was the one to call when you needed the answer to any problem, in need of any advice, or simply to brighten your day. Jean’s grandchildren were her shining gems. She witnessed Collin’s birth and was overjoyed with each new addition to the family. She always enjoyed hearing tales of their antics as children, their scholastic accomplishments, and enjoyed attending ballet recitals, sporting events, and high school graduations. She was the absolute most reliable babysitter! Most notably, Jean was an awesome and cool Grandma! She greatly enjoyed games of any kind. She played computer games, taught and played dominoes to win, and wasn’t opposed to the lengthy game of Monopoly. As long as you didn’t cheat, Grandma was ready to game!

Jean faced many adverse health challenges toward the end of her life. With each physical challenge she faced it head-on, learned all she could about her ailment, and never ever complained. In the end, Jean did not give up, but her body did, as it was simply too tired to deal with so many health conditions.

The family would like to impart to everyone how much Jean meant to them. She was their greatest champion, pillar of wisdom, teacher of skills, loving wife, devoted mother, doting granny, and mentor, but most importantly, how much they love her as she will be missed by every single person in the family every single day. They take comfort knowing she is now with her mom and dad in heaven. They know all of her family members were there to greet and welcome her into the gates of the eternal ever after. Emma Jean Blohm Halliburton exited this life on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Jeanette Blohm; her husband, Steven Clark Halliburton Sr.; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Halliburton and husband Christopher Alan Riddick Sr.; her son, Steven Clark Halliburton Jr. and wife Amy McClure Halliburton; and her grandchildren, Nicholas Steven Halliburton, Maegan Jean Baillio, Ethan Clark Halliburton, Hayley Kathleen Halliburton, Collin Thomas Neal, and Christopher Alan Riddick Jr.

Visitation was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville, Texas.

A graveside funeral service was held on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Floresville City Cemetery in Floresville, officiated by Pastor Charlotte Pierce.

Serving as pallbearers were Ethan Halliburton, Collin Neal, Nick Halliburton, Alan Riddick, Ryan Halliburton, and Richard Halliburton Jr.

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