Jessie Mae Hart

March 17, 1931 - August 15, 2012 

Jessie Mae Hart

March 17, 1931 - August 15, 2012 

Obituary for Jessie Mae Hart

Jessie Mae Hart, 81, of Grand Prairie died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at an area hospital.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Martin United Methodist Church, 2621 Bedford Road, Bedford. Burial: 2:15 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to www.cancer.org, 800-ACS-2345.
Born in Alva, Okla., on March 17, 1931, Jessie married Wayne Leroy Hart in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Jan. 7, 1950.
A 1979 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center with a degree in rehabilitation science, Jessie was an internationally known esophageal speech teacher and a 1997 recipient of the American Cancer Society's Courage Award. She taught thousands of students during her 39-year stint as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Laryngectomees for more than 30 years. She was the first chairman of the Texas Laryngectomee Association, established in 1990.
A two-time survivor of cancer, her 1997 Courage Award read in-part, "Jessie Hart is truly an inspiration to all--a symbol of courage and hope. She possesses all of the wonderful traits that exemplify the Courage Award Winner: Understanding, patience, compassion, sincerity, humility, perseverance, loyalty and commitment."
Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne L. Hart.
Survivors: She is survived by her sons, Robert W. Hart and Wesley E. Hart; daughters-in-law, Mary Ann Hart and Vanessa L. Hart; four grandchildren, Felisia Byrd, Hunter S. Hart, Jesse M. Hart and Michael W. Hart; and great-grandchild, Alexandra M. Byrd.

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