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Iva Jean Hernandez January 19, 1950 - May 24, 2021

Iva Jean (Holdren) Hernandez, age 71, of Rogersville, Missouri walked on Monday, May 24, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born January 19, 1950 in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of Ivan and Virginia (Richardson) Holdren. She married her husband, John Hernandez September 20, 1980. She welcomed her daughter, Maria Chavela on May 5, 1982.

Jeanne was a registered nurse who dedicated most of her professional life to assisting children and youth with mental and emotional difficulties. Prior to that, she was a nurse at the Springfield Indian Center, where she helped many individuals and families in need, as well as writing professional grants to assist them. She always had room for everyone in her heart and she lived her life as an advocate for both justice and equity. Jeanne greatly valued her entire family and her biggest joy in life was having her daughter. She loved nature and she felt at peace sitting on the back deck of her house that her family built together.

Jeanne is survived by her parents Ivan and Virginia Holdren; sister Rhonda Holdren; daughter Maria Hernandez; nephews Christopher and Michael Smith; niece Rhiannon Smith;  two grandchildren Aria and Connor; four great-nieces and two great-nephews Jamie, Isabella, Elliot, Aurora, Elijah, and Felix. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband John Hernandez.

Friends and family are invited to the funeral service 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 27, 2021at Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Private viewing is by invitation only. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to PROMO Missouri. (promoonline.org). Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Jason highfill says

    Jean was a very sweet woman I loved taking care of from the moment I met her and she went out of her way always to help everyone around her.She was a favorite of alot of us that took care of her!She will be greatly missed!

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    Jill Martin says

    May the universe surround you and your family with peace and love. I will always treasure your memory.

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    Nattie says

    You always made me smile and look at the positive side of everything. You have a big heart and you would put others before yourself. I will miss your smile, you laugh, our FB chats and spontaneous attitude. I love you and will miss you dearly. RIP and hugs to John.