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Jean Joan Zelaya Thompson

jean  zelaya thompson

July 5, 1937 ~ November 25, 2023

Born in: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Jean Joan Chessman was born in San Pedro Sula Honduras, Central America, on July 5, 1937 to Ruby T. Watler and Ronald S. Chessman. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend, who departed this life to her heavenly eternal home in glory on November 25, 2023. Both parents and her grandson, Galen, precede her in death.

She grew up and was educated in the school system of Honduras and migrated to America in 1956. She accepted and professed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and ensured that her children and grandchildren were taught the gospel, importance of tithing and church attendance. One of her favorite scriptures she read daily was Psalm 37.

She united with the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in November
1962 under the pastorship of the late Rev. Rueben Archield Sr.
She transferred her membership to the World of Pentecost Church under the leadership of Pastor Sides where she was active in the Children’s ministry and the Choir until her health failed.

She received her citizenship in May 1967 after perfecting the English language. She was employed at Luby’s Cafeteria for many years as the Lead cook; her final place of employment was at the Laurel Heights Methodist Church prior to her retirement.

She was joined in matrimony to the late Earl Zelaya and to this union the Lord blessed Joan with her daughters and her only son. She later met and married Stafford Lee Thompson and her youngest daughter was added to the family.

Her memory and legacy will be cherished by her daughters: Barbara Zelaya Randle (Lawrence, Jr), Glenda Zelaya, Sandra Zelaya Dallas (Jodie) ATL, Elaine Zelaya Jackson, Cynthia Thompson Green, and son, Bruce Zelaya (Cheryl); grandchildren, Tyshia (Gerard), Darrell Jr, Galen (deceased), Angela (Dominique), Lawrence 3rd (Ashley), Lauren (Joseph), Leah, Whitney (Charles), Bruce, Jeremy, Austen; ten great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, her loving adopted family that she adored, the Pennington’s: Mark, Angela, Steven, Candice, Kieyen, very special friend, Mrs. Ruth Butler, and a host of relatives and friends.

Broadcast Date:

Meadowlawn Funeral Home Broadcast


Visitation: December 8, 2023 9:00 am

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Memorial Service: December 8, 2023 10:00 am

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageBruce, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. May God grant you peace during this time of transitioning to life without her. Blessings, Sharon Bennett

  2. CandleImageTo our family members, we share our condolences. We will always treasure our special times spend with tia Joan playing card games together. Love ya Floyd & Angela Blunt, Midlothian, VA.

  3. CandleImageBruce, my condolences to you and the family. Praying for God’s comfort and peace to you all during this time knowing she is now in the presence of the Lord. Amen!
    Blessings to you and the family,
    Cheryl Dulin-Zelaya

  4. CandleImageBarbara and family, you have our deepest condolences. We are lifting you and your family in Prayer.

  5. I know your grief must seem insurmountable. Please know that I’m thinking of you guys and praying for you…. She amazing person… it was an honor to get to know her. May God give you all the strength that you need.

  6. CandleImageWishing the family, peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. Wishing you all the best and know you have my full support and know that every moment I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this. Love, Margaret

  7. CandleImageWe send our heartfelt prayers, love, and condolences unto you and your family, my Sister Cynthia.
    Michael, Renee,’ and Maiya McCrary

  8. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to family, May God grant you all peace, strength, and understanding.
    Temico and Stephen Hodges

  9. Cynthia and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I pray God gives you peace and wonderful memories. God Bless.

  10. CandleImageSending my condolences to the family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. Prayers for you all. Love always Apryl

  11. CandleImagePlease accept our heart felt condolence in the passing of your mother. Your mother’s legacy of kindness and love will continue to inspire you all. May your family find comfort in the cherished moments you all shared together, and may her sprite forever shine through you all. Her love peace, love and blessing we continue to guide your path.

    The Randle’s

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