News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 12, 2013

Wilma Jean Brown Tennis ‘Jean’


TERRE HAUTE — Wilma Jean Brown Tennis “Jean”, 85, of Terre Haute, passed away on May 10, 2013, at 4 a.m. She was born Dec. 18, 1927, to William Brown and Lena Rodgers Brown.  Jean was a lifetime member of Centenary United Methodist Church. She retired after 20 years as the head of nurses of the Vigo County School Corporation. She and her husband served two years in the Peace Corps, in Africa, after their retirement.  Together, they also volunteered for 12 years with Meals on Wheels.

Jean is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jerome Tennis; sons, Jerome Tennis Jr. and wife Loretta, David Tennis, William “Bill” Tennis and wife Marci, Ned Tennis, and wife Lisa; daughter, Jane Tennis; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Brown and wife Bernice. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Tom Brown and Bill Brown; and sisters, Louise Tryon and Joan McDowell.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Centenary United Methodist Church, 301 N. 7th St. Family and friends are invited to come to the church at 2 p.m. on the day of service to visit and share stories and memories about Jean. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation can be made to Meals on Wheels, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Goodwill Industries, or Hospice of the Wabash Valley. The family has entrusted DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive, with making arrangements. Online condolences can be made at: