Verdajean “Jeannie” Stark



Verdajean Quinette (Jeannie) Stark, 91, of Kilgore, passed away December 8, 2017, in Longview after an acute illness. Memorial services will be held at a later time.

Mrs. Stark was born November 11, 1926, in Cheswick, Penn. After graduation from high school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Texas in her twenties when she married and settled in the Kilgore area. Married to Leo Stark at that time, she worked in various jobs. She lived in Kilgore, Jacksonville, San Antonio and Albuquerque, N.M., coming back to Texas to raise the family and help run what was known as Blue Top Foods as part of the family business.

In the mid-1970s she worked for Smith Industries and Griggs Construction as an office manager for the oilfield pump and supply industry which she retired from in 1989. She spent the latter years in service and volunteer work in the community. She loved being a homemaker, seamstress, painting, ceramics, arts, music and computer technology. She attended Kilgore College and took business classes and later web development classes.

She was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church where she served in the numerous roles of Elder, Deacon, committee members, Presbyterian Women, Saturday Bread, Sunday School teacher, Choir and Youth Sponsor. She loved the church and was called to serve in many aspects over the years. An avid and devoted student of the Bible, she also was well experienced in Yoga, Tai-Chi and Qui-Jong.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Franklin R. Quinette and Dorothy Whitman Quinette; a sister, Geraldine Korch, and her brother, Alfred R. Quinette; sister-in law Ruth Quinette, and brother-in-law, Ted Korch; niece, Tracy Quinette, and nephew, Robert Korch.

She is survived by her son, Leroy E. Stark (Jodi) of Kilgore; her daughter, Lejean Stark Mitchell (Michael) of Cody, Wyo.; her sister, Wilburta Lindh (Devere) of Federal Way, Wash; two step-grandchildren, Jonathan Harper and Melissa Harper of Grand Haven, Mich. She has several nieces and nephews in Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

In lieu of cards or flowers, please send memorials to First Presbyterian Church Saturday Bread or the American Lung Society.