Joan Grace Tenner
May 29, 1929 - April 18, 2017
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Joan Grace Tenner died in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Covenant Hospital. Born May 29, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was raised there one of seven children by her parents Elizabeth and Clement Schneider who both preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Betty Jane Hauck and brother Edward Schneider.

Shortly after graduating from Mount Alvernia HS she married beloved husband of 68 years, Thomas E. Tenner, July 3, 1948. Tom survives Joan along with their five children, Thomas Tenner, Jr. and wife Linda, Andrea Tenner and husband Tom Poulos, Mary Tenner, Carol Augustine and husband Webster, Cliff Tenner and wife Arlene; 14 beautiful grandchildren (Andrea, Laura, Natalie, Nicole, Jason, Tom, Ashley, Kristin, Michael, Lauren, Angela, Thomas, Aaron and Teresa) and two precious great granddaughters (Clare and Calista). She was the "adopted" mother of the St. Anthony's HS Class of 1967; her sons, one and all.

Some may simply categorize Joan as an ordinary house wife and mother but there was nothing ordinary about Joan Tenner. May Queen at Mt. Alvernia her senior high school year, she was editor of the school newspaper, poet and actress in school plays. A fun practical joker and self-acclaimed "frustrated actress" her famous portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West delighted her children, grandchildren and neighbors. This inspired her unpublished Halloween stories written for grandchildren featuring Grandma and her "delicate secret". Joan was a "humbler poet" publishing two volumes of poetry, Consider the Humbler Poet, 1979 and Journey Through Thistles and Time, 1984. Joan volunteered for years at Barnes and Noble as seasonal characters for their monthly "children's hours". She dabbled in canvas and paints but mainly on bedroom walls and outside house trimmings. An avid master bridge player, she taught her children when they became old enough to hold thirteen cards and many friends and neighbors. Her life was an inspiration of strength and determination, of love and care, of stability and consistency, of richness without wealth, of fun with dignity, wisdom with common sense and respect and acceptance.

Memorial mass is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Christ the King Cathedral.

The "Humbler Poet"

Today, a golden acorn fell
From the royal oak of life.
As mortal life did terminate,
This precious seed did germinate,
And Immortality emerged,
Amid angelic chorus, surged
Into the aura of forever.
The tree of life, this royal oak,
Has countless acorns in its boughs.
Not all are golden, just a few.
You were golden,
through and through,
The most radiant fruit
that a tree could bear!
A privilege mine,
your bough to share.
I shall miss the gleam
of your mettle.
Written by Joan Grace Tenner

Joan Grace Tenner
Service Schedule
Memorial Mass
Christ the King Cathedral
4011 54th St.
Lubbock, TX  79413
Saturday, May 20, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Map to Service Location




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