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Jean Hines Caldwell, mother of Houston Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, dies at 83

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Jean Hines Caldwell was a native Houstonian and mother of Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. She died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at age 83.

Jean Hines Caldwell was a native Houstonian and mother of Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. She died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at age 83. (Courtesy photo)

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A veteran Houston educator and mother of a prominent local pastor died Sunday at age 83 after a long illness.

Jean Hines Caldwell was a native Houstonian and mother of Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

Caldwell began her career as an audiologist with the Houston Independent School District. She also spent 38 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Phillis Wheatley High School, her alma mater.

Even after retirement, Caldwell spent years mentoring young women around Houston and at Windsor Village.

In 2005, HISD named an elementary school in her honor. The Jean Hines Caldwell Elementary School is located at 5015 W. Orem Drive in southwest Houston.

Caldwell was married to well-known business owner and entrepreneur Booker T. Caldwell for 59 years. He preceded her in death in July 2011.

Caldwell is survived by her son, daughter Dorothea Pickens, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 7pm at the Kingdom Builders' Center, 6011 W. Orem Drive.

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