Martha Jean Spigener

Martha Spigener

Martha Jean Woodward Spigener, 80, of The Woodlands, Texas, went to be with the Lord on August 24, 2017, in The Woodlands, Texas. Mrs. Spigener died of natural causes.

Jean was born on November 17, 1936, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Theodore Leon Woodward and Minnie Alice Metcalf Woodward. She was the second of three siblings - Philip Jack Woodward and Elizabeth Ann Woodward Martin. She was married for 59 years to Tommy Ray Spigener, formerly of The Woodlands, Texas.

Jean attended Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana; Louisiana College, in Pineville, Louisiana (Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Majoring in Speech and Minoring in English); and Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, Louisiana (Master of Arts in Education).

Mrs. Spigener taught numerous elementary grades in towns in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, with her most lengthy tenures being in Clinton, Mississippi (1973-1983) and Conroe, Texas, where she retired (1985-2003).

Jean was a faithful follower of Christ and was characterized by living a life by example which lived out Christ’s teachings of serving God, serving others, sacrificial giving, and peacemaking as well as many others. While in college she served as a summer missionary and served as music director for small churches in the Pineville, Louisiana area. She sang in church choirs in each church she attended until she was physically unable to continue. She was admired and well-loved by her family, her friends, her professional peers, her students, and her students’ parents.

She lived in Shreveport, Louisiana; Arlington, Texas; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Sweetwater, Texas; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Clinton, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; and The Woodlands, Texas.

Mrs. Spigener is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Alissa and Harold Atkinson, Jr. of La Grange, Texas; Aimee and Chris Holmes of Mabank, Texas; Allyson and Torrey Bingham, of Conroe, Texas. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Kendall Ferguson of Katy, Texas, Hannah Ferguson and Mitchell Ferguson of La Grange, Texas; Seaman Christopher Holmes of The United States Navy, Rebekah Holmes, Mikaela Holmes, Andrew Holmes, and Benjamin Holmes of Mabank, Texas; Daniel and Rosie Bingham, Jr. and their children, Ashlyn and Caleb Bingham, of New Waverly, Texas; and Rachel Bingham, David Bingham, and Lydia Bingham of Conroe, Texas, and her sister, Elizabeth Ann Woodward Martin, of Shreveport, Louisiana, and two sisters-in-law, Betty Spigener Martin formerly of Blanchard, Louisiana, but now of Fort Worth, Texas, and Faye Chandler Spigener of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceasing her were her husband, Tommy Ray Spigener, her parents, and her brother.

Jean was a faithful member of The Woodlands First Baptist Church where she was an active participant in The Celebration Class and several ladies’ Bible study groups throughout the years. Her daughters would like to publicly thank this class for their unending concern and prayer cover while walking down this unexpected and difficult road with them.

The Lord Jesus Christ was the most important thing in this life to Mrs. Spigener. Her entire life was a testament to decisions made long ago to live for Christ.

The Memorial Service celebrating the life of Mrs. Jean Spigener will be Tuesday, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. in the Worship Center at The Woodlands, First Baptist Church, 11801 Grogans Mill Road, The Woodlands, Texas 77380.