Barbara Jean Spoonemore Stout, age 83, passed away on February 19, 2021. Barbara Jean was born on December 27, 1937 to Cleo and Geneva Gage Spoonemore in Vidor, TX.
When envisioning her life, one would imagine a dancefloor, with the intricate twists, turns, and spins that creates the beauty of the dance. And a dancer she was. Life gave her many challenges, it molded her into a woman of strength, yet beneath that strength lay a tender, caring soul that was faithful no matter the circumstances. She took care of people, helped when help was needed, and gave when the need arose. Growing up in Vidor, she lived on the street named for her paternal family, Spoonemore Rd. From her youth, she learned the importance of caring for her family, with her sister being unable to walk until age 16; there was a need and working to help Loretta was her devoted sister, Barbara Jean. When blessed with children, she poured herself into them wholeheartedly, teaching them to respect themselves and others, this sprouting from the deep respect and reverence they rendered to her. She was tough at times, rougher more times, but Barbara held her family to a higher standard, preparing them for the life and its many tribulations. Her life and example were the perfect melding of a class and strength. Country music was always so special to her, giving her an outlet for her dancing spirit and an opportunity to meet many friends. She dated Willie Nelson's drummer for awhile, no doubt inspiring a song or two. After marrying John, whom she loved and her children admired, they owned together in Louisiana a nice bar, Barbara’s Lounge, and just as with her children, she dismissed any overly rowdy conduct or disrespect from her patrons. As she began to take on the moniker that many would bestow upon her, “MawMaw”, she found another home for her care and love. Each of her grandchildren knew that she loved them, and though often on the receiving end of a collective string of passionate words and occasionally regular use of her other two God-given weapons, her hands, she imbued in them the same standards as her children. Her home was a home for many, a place to stay, and she welcomed many, though non-sense found no home past the threshold of her door. Using her creative and stern hands, she tired of finding out about fights and not being there to stop them, and so condoned a makeshift boxing ring in her back yard. She was the referee; she was in charge. And though she did not sanction such behavior, she would quietly sit in her lawn chair until she figured they had knocked the non-sense out of each other enough, and when “MawMaw” stood up, it was over and time to go home. Her compassion extended beyond physical limits when her beloved granddaughter Candy suffered a life-altering car wreck. For nearly seven years, when others would have faltered, she tirelessly cared for Candy in her reduced state. When Candy died, it took a piece of Barbara’s heart. As her own health deteriorated, her spirit did not, even attempting to escape the nursing home to be with her family. She loved the Lord, and no doubt, He looked down upon her life’s dance, with its highs and lows, and saw the beauty that she created. A life as Barbara’s is hard to emulate, but her passion, love, and devotion lives on through all those that she gave so much of herself.
Left to honor her memory are her daughters, Barbara Jean “B.J.” Jones and husband, Bobby Salazar, of Port Neches, TX and Letricia Jones of Vidor, TX; step-sons, Shane Jones and wife, Sherri, and Shaun Jones, who lovingly called her “MawMaw”; grandchildren, Kerri Smith, Reggie Allred, Brad Jones and wife, Carol, Brandy Kingston and husband, Curtis, and Lil’ Bobby Vincent; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Jones, Robert Droddy and wife, Taylor, Porsha Smith, Karissa Allred, Brelynn Daquilla, Ashtin Jones, Tristan Jones, Brenton Jones, Kirsten Burke, Courtney LeBlanc, Dustin Burke, Candace Vincent, Lindsey Kingston, and Nicholas Kingston; great-great-grandchildren, Kylie, Ray Ray, Raven, Tiana, Timothy, Jesse, Isabelle, Benjamin, Alicia, Leon, Ivory and Makenzie; best-friend among many, Trish Kelly; and a host of extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Preceding Barbara in death is her husband, John Stout; her parents; son, Michael Fogarty; daughter, Sherlyn Fogarty; sister, Loretta Bigglar; brother, Leon Spoonemore; granddaughters, Candy Vincent and Katelyn Bodine; and dear friend, Mary Jo Sterling.
Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Turning Point Church, 3600 N Main St, Vidor, TX 77662. Barbara’s life honoring funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., also at the church, with Bro. Brandon Burns, and burial to follow at Del Rose Cemetery, Vidor, TX, where she will be buried near her precious granddaughter, Candy.
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