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Jeanne Samuels

December 26, 1923 — May 12, 2023

Jeanne Beulah Franklin Samuels’ family and friends said good-bye to their beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend on erev Shabbat, 22 Iyyar 5783, Friday, May 12, 2023. Jeanne’s sweetheart of 67 years, Joseph W. Samuels, preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2011.
For the past 50 years, Jeanne (editor) and Joe (publisher), owned the Jewish Herald-Voice and Herald Publishing Company.
Jeanne was born in Casper, Wy., on Dec. 26, 1923, to Louis and Edith (Wadi) Franklin. Before Jeanne was a year old, the little family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1933, her father, a geologist, and her mom, a religious school teacher, relocated their family of six – her siblings, Bob, Jack and Gay – to Houston.
Jeanne is survived by a loving family, all of whom she dearly cherished. Sister: Gay Vitemb Jacobs. Children: Marc (Maylee) Samuels, Maurene (Michael) Bencal and Vicki (Lawrence) Samuels Levy.
Grandchildren: Matthew (Kristy) Samuels; Benjamin (Hannah) Samuels; Caroline Samuels; Wendy Waterman; Daniel Waterman; Kimberly Bencal; Amy “Adina” Duke (Jesse Demartino); Michael (Colleen) Duke; David (Lan) Duke; Samuel Levy; Rebekah Levy.
Great-grandchildren: Cameron Samuels, Dylan Samuels; Marwa Boukraria, Claire Samuels; Noah Mark Waterman-Loil; Miles Bryant, Cole Bryant, Emmett Duke; Isabel Duke, Joseph Duke.
Jeanne also is survived by several generations of nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family and dear friends who often became like family.
Jeanne’s funeral will take place at Emanu El Memorial Park, Kagan-Rudy Chapel, 8341 Bissonnet St., Houston, Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 3 p.m., and will be live streamed. A reception will follow at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston.
The full obituary will appear in the May 18, 2023, edition of the Jewish Herald-Voice, in print and online at
In tribute to Jeanne’s lifelong commitment to family and community, contributions may be made to Jewish Children’s Regional Service, Morris and Tillie Samuels Fund (
), P.O. Box 7368, Metairie, LA 70010 or organization of your choice.
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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Kagan-Rudy Chapel in Emanu El Memorial Park

8341 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77074

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Oshman Multi-Purpose Room at Congregation. Emanu El

1500 Sunset Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

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