Mary “Jeanie” Lauderdale

Mary Lauderdale, “Jeanie” to all who knew her passed away peacefully at her care home in Amarillo on April 12, 2024, at the age of 74.  Just shy of turning 75.  For many years she had been dealing with multiple health issues, and finally succumbed.  She was loved, she made us laugh, and will be missed, but this was a blessing, and she was ready.

Jeanie was the 3rd child born to Ronald and Mary Castner. She was born in Groom, Texas., and grew up in Lelia Lake, Texas., where she lived most of her life.  She left only briefly to live in Memphis, and Abilene where she met the love of her life, Phil Lauderdale.  They were soon married and moved to Apopka, Florida for about a year where they had their one daughter Shauna Lauderdale-Boltz. Six weeks later they were back in Lelia Lake where her family still lived. Jeanie worked at the Lelia Lake Gin on the scales for many years, and later took over as Lelia Lake Postmaster from her mother.  After the death of her husband and retiring she moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Annapolis, Maryland for three years, then moved back with them to Canyon, Texas.    She lived in Canyon for 12 years, until her health took her to Amarillo, due to more care needs.  

Jeanie loved to travel and was always ready to go somewhere.  Frequently, she, her husband, and daughter would load up and go to New Mexico, or Colorado and camp.  She proudly had visited all the continental United States apart from Michigan and Wisconsin. The only time she left the states was to visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, almost causing an international incident with her and her baby sister Cathy. With her it was always an adventure. She also loved her family, animals, and wrestling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Lauderdale (1995); her father, Ronald Castner (1992), and her mother, Mary Castner (2022).  

She is survived by her daughter Shauna Lauderdale-Boltz and her son-in-law, JR Boltz of Canyon, Texas; her three sisters Carolyn Moffett, and her husband Lyndel of Hobbs, New Mexico, Judy Castner of Amarillo, Texas, and Cathy McDaniel, and her husband David of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins throughout the Castner, Henderson, and Lauderdale tribes, too many to list, or this would be six pages long.

Per her wishes there will not be a memorial service.  We would ask if you would like to share a memory or message online, please do so. Also, in lieu of flowers please donate to your local no kill shelter, or wildlife refuge.  Here in Amarillo, there are Panhandle Paws of Hope, Gracie’s Project, the SPCA, and Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation.  

She never met a stray or rescue she didn’t care for.  As another option, just do something nice for someone in need, as she tried to do also.

 A special “Thank you and Blessings” to Dale and Jessica Wilson for taking such great care of her this last year.

4 Comments

  1. Carolyn

    Jeanie could make an escapade out of anything. There are so many happy memories to remember. She will always be my little sister that I loved dearly.

  2. Leslie L Lauderdale

    I will remember you for your smile, sense of humor and your love of family. Rest in peace Aunt Jeanie.

  3. Charlotte Kennon

    As Jeanie’s older first cousin, I was not as close to her as my younger siblings. But in later years, I loved and appreciated all the love and care she gave to my mom, her aunt Opal Clayton. She had an infectious laugh joyful attitude. Thank you Jeanie, wish I had told you that more often, RIP, love you!

  4. Crystal Lauderdale

    Aunt Jeanie was oodles of joy. There’s a picture in my mind – and also on my hard drive – that I always think about when I think of Aunt Jeanie. It was taken during a Lauderdale family reunion in 2006. As was prone to happen at such events, a food fight broke out. Cream pies and water balloons were flying from all corners. Aunt Jeanie had managed to escape attack for most of the fight, but all of a sudden her sisters-in-law surrounded her with pastries and balloons ready in hand. The image I have is her, head tossed back laughing to the sky, ears and hair dripping with whipped cream, wrapped in a group hug by the others. Pure love, humor and joy. That was Aunt Jeanie.

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