Jennifer Hughes Whatton, 68, of Houston, TX, passed away on May 9, 2015 in Houston, TX. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose kindness, compassion, warmth and laughter will be missed by all those who knew her.
She was born in December 1946 in Sugarland, TX to Joe Hughes and Dorothy Elskes. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX in 1965 and subsequently enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1969. In the summer following graduation, she married the love of her life and best friend, Charles “Charlie” Whatton, and they have enjoyed life, side by side, over the past 46 years. She moved throughout the United States to Germany and back with Charlie while he was on active duty in the Army, and eventually settled in Houston, TX where the two built a successful dental practice in Clear Lake until their retirement in 2011. It was there that Jennifer and Charlie welcomed their two children and four grandchildren into the world, and showed each of them every day what it meant to be a loving family and strong role models.
Jennifer is survived by her husband, Charles Whatton; children, Amy Whatton Throm, Jeff Throm, William Whatton and Lauren Powell Whatton; grandchildren, Sydney Throm, Ellie Throm, Audrey Throm and Jeffrey “J.J.” Throm; and beloved dog Bella as well as many extended family and friends.
Jennifer will be remembered for her love and dedication to her family and friends, whose happiness and well-being was always first priority. She had a passion for cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, sculpting, drawing and painting, and enjoyed sharing those gifts and passions with her family and friends whenever possible. Throughout the years, she could always be found on the sidelines or in the audience cheering on her children, grandchildren and their friends during any activity, large or small, with infectious enthusiasm and spirit. Most of all, she enjoyed travelling the world with Charlie and did so every chance they had. Their last trip together was a spiritual pilgrimage to Assisi, Rome and the Holy Land in April of 2015 where she continued to grow in her faith in Christ and love of her church.
A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held with a visitation on Thursday May 14, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, TX at 6:00 pm with a Vigil at 7:00 pm and Rosary to follow. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday May 15, 2015 at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Houston, TX at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jennifer’s memory may do so to MD Anderson Cancer Center.