Janell Westmoreland Hines passed away September 22, 2023 at her home in Katy, Texas surrounded by her family.
Janell was born in Normangee, Texas on August 1, 1938 to P. (Pink) A. and Cora Westmoreland. She was the second of three children; her older brother Charles and younger sister Rose Ann. As this was during the depression and work was hard to come by, the family moved to Houston for several years so that her father could work at the ship channel. Then, in 1945 when Janell was six-years old, the family moved to Bryan so her father could work for Texas A&M University. This is where they made their home.
Janell shared many wonderful stories of growing up in Bryan with her numerous cousins and relatives. She had wonderful memories of her uncle taking her to the Queen Theatre every weekend to watch the latest movies and of getting together with her sister and a group of friends that loved to dance.
Janell had many talents and enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting, baking, reading, shopping, and making porcelain dolls. Her love of sweets lead her to perfecting the family favorite German Chocolate cake that was required at all holidays. She was active in the community and was a member of the Retired Officer’s Wife’s Club, The Gourmet Club, and the Republican Women Club.
In 1977, Janell met Col. Thomas Hines and they married on December 15, 1978. Our family grew with the addition of his six children; Bob, Laura, Ross, Chris, Scott and Matt. Janell and Tom had a very happy marriage. They spent a lot of time traveling, entertaining friends and family and enjoyed many great Aggie football weekends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Col. Thomas F. Hines; parents, P. A. and Cora Westmoreland; brother, Charles Westmoreland; cousins, Hazel and Tommy Smith; and nephew, Keith Heine.
Janell is survived by her three children, daughter Pam Johnson, daughter Janet Smith and husband Dale, and son Cliff Hager and wife Chris; four grandchildren, Ashley Smith, Colt Smith, Kayla Hager Long and husband Jason, and Collin Hager; one great-granddaughter, Layla Winter; sister Rose Ann Heine and husband Fred; and many nieces and nephews.