Jean L. Harman Kooker of Denton died Jan. 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan North in Denton.
A memorial service was held Jan. 19 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton with the Rev. Craig Hunter officiating. Mrs. Kooker had willed her body to Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 29, 1924 in Lampasas to Frank Lynch Harman and Jessie (Moss) Harman. Jean lived on her grandparents’ (William Newton and Arbelle McAninch Moss) farm with her parents in the Harman Community in Coryell County.
She attended grammar school in Lampasas and graduated from Lampasas High School. In 1947, she graduated from North Texas State Teacher’s College.
While teaching in Pharr, she met her future husband, Earl Kooker, who was teaching in San Juan, Texas. They were married on May 28, 1947.
Jean was active in Girl Scouts, the Presbyterian Church, NTSU Faculty Wives Club (now renamed University Women’s Club), Woman’s Interracial Group of Denton, Denton Christian Preschool, Denton Democratic Headquarters, Denton Community Food Center, Denton ISD and Opening Doors International Services, as well as being a temporary foster parent for CPS.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 31, 2002; by an infant brother, Lynn Harman; and by a daughter, Lynn Kooker Fassnacht.
Survivors include daughters, Chery Kooker Brainerd of Denton, and Candy Kooker Luedde and husband Mike of Clear Lake; son, Kirk Earl Kooker of Plano; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donations in her memory may be made to VNA Ann’s Haven Hospice in Denton, Kooker/Fassnacht UNT Scholarship, Denton Community Food Center, Bread for the World, Heifer, Southern Poverty Law Center, United Way, Denton Christian Preschool or to the charity of one’s choice.