jean morrow

Jean Elizabeth Pate Morrow died on July 10th, 2021 in her home after a long, courageous fight against cancer.

A memorial will be held at the Nolan-Divide Community Center on Wednesday, July 14th at 11:00am, officiated by Brother Vic Meyer and arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.

The family invites anyone who was lucky enough to know Jean to attend this celebration.

Jean was born on April 16, 1963, in Voss, Tx, to the late Sammy and Lois Pate. She graduated from Mozzelle High School in 1981 as the Valedictorian and her reputation for being the smartest woman in the room followed her through graduation of Tarleton State University in 1985. Perhaps it was her brain, her sharp wit, or most likely her beautiful blonde curls that caught the eye of the love of her life, Mark, but it was most certainly her strength, resilience, grace, kindness, and world class bullshit detector that has sustained their marriage for the last 35 years. Jean taught English and Drama at Blackwell CISD and Sweetwater High School until her retirement in 2017. It was one of the joys of her life to teach the students of Nolan County. She was an active member of Nolan Baptist Church, Preceptor Eta Phi Sorority, and the DST’s of Tarleton, in addition to the never-ending task of shuttling her children between baseball tournaments, academic competitions, stock shows, and theatre festivals. Jean raised 3 children, the pride of her life, and countless head of cattle on Morrow Farm & Ranch.

Jean is survived by her husband and three children; Samantha Morrow and husband KC Peebles of Sweetwater, Jessica Morrow of New York City, and Sean Morrow of Nolan and her brother, Stephen Pate of Sweetwater. And more family, friends, “sisters”, and mentees than could fit in the pages of this newspaper.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Leona Pate. They say the impact of someone’s life is measured by what they leave behind, and by that measure Jean Morrow lived an unbelievable life. She will be remembered always by the students she impacted, the ground she tirelessly tended, the home she built, and the love she freely and unconditionally gave.

In a final gift to the land she loved so well, Jean will be cremated and laid to rest amongst the roots of a pecan tree at the Morrow Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to Nolan Baptist Church, Nurture Nolan, or the Jean Morrow Memorial Scholarship c/o Samantha Morrow in the Nolan County Attorney’s office. Online condolences may be expressed at