Jay Dean Motl Peters, age 96, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed peacefully in her sleep into the arms of her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on May 8, 2019. She was born Jan 7, 1923 in San Angelo, Texas on the family farm, 3rd oldest of 7 children, to Frank Motl Sr. and Emillie Batla Motl. In 1937 the family moved to Anton, Texas to expand family farm business. Jay Dean graduated Anton High School in 1941. During WWII Jay Dean worked on aircraft to support the war effort at the Lubbock Army Airfield and the Big Springs Army Airfield. In 1945 she moved to San Antonio, Texas, and began working for Joske’s of Texas as a unit control clerk where she met her future husband Grover Alexander Peters. They married in 1947, and while in San Antonio, Jay Dean gave birth to her first child, Cheryl DeAnn.
In 1948 Jay Dean, Grover, and their baby girl, Cheryl DeAnn, moved to Houston, Texas, where Grover opened a roofing company “Ever-tight Roofing Company”. In 1953 Jay Dean & Grover had their second child, William Cedric. In 1959 the family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, to expand the roofing business into a general contracting business. In Houston, and in Corpus Christi, Jay Dean was a “stay a home mom” raising her two children Cheryl & Cedric as Grover pursued a career as a general contractor. In 1975 after their children were raised, Jay Dean & Grover moved to Austin, Texas, where her beloved Grover passed away in 1978.
In 1978 Jay Dean returned to Corpus Christi began working at the Ancient Mariner Restaurant as a waitress, enjoying her regular customers and all the restaurant staff. She retired from the Ancient Mariner in 1990 and began babysitting for young moms that worked as servers in Corpus Christi restaurants. She was happy that she could offer affordable child care and adored the children she watched over. As the years moved on and the new millennial began, she watched her kids less, and became more devoted to her church, Lindale Baptist. She was dedicated to Jesus Christ and looked forward to going to his Heavenly Home. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and loved by all family and friends.
Jay Dean spent the last two and half years of her life living in Alameda Oaks Nursing Home where she was lovingly cared for. She had a special bond with nurse, Judy Fulton, who she absolutely adored, as Judy brought lots of joy to her heart.
Special thanks to New Century Hospice Care and all of their staff who also provided loving care to Jay Dean at home and at the nursing care facility.
Jay Dean is preceded in death by her husband, Grover Peters, her parents, her siblings, Frank Motl of Red River, New Mexico, Cecil Motl of Anton, Texas, Violet Pittman of Bakersville, California, Dorothy Hooper of Anton, Texas, and Richard Motl of Clovis New Mexico, and nephews Frank Pittman, Gary Motl and Stanley Hierholzer.
She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Childers of Port Arthur, Texas, son, Cedric Peters (Kathy), of Corpus Christi, Texas, her sister, Dott Byerley of Fort Worth, Texas, sister-in-law Vivian Stewart of San Antonio, Texas, her grandchildren Sidney Shetley (Debbie) of Port Arthur, Texas, Cassie McKee of Port Arthur, Texas, Jason Peters of Eloy, Arizona, and Jeremy Peters, of Corpus Christi, Texas, in addition to 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Seaside Memorial Park.
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