Martha Jean Bright Gresham
August 19, 1946 – November 3, 2018
Martha Jean Gresham, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed into the Loving Arms of her Lord and Savior Saturday morning. Her passing marked the end of a 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and the beginning of her new life in the Kingdom of God.
Jean was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and was raised in Reidville, South Carolina. She graduated from James F. Byrnes High School and Spartanburg Methodist College, both in upstate South Carolina.
After college, she married her high school sweetheart, Larry Gresham and they lived in Lyman, South Carolina, with their daughter Tracy from 1967-1981. Jean served as full-time mother, and worked as a secretary to allow her husband to complete his graduate studies.
The family moved to Bryan, Texas, in 1981. Both Jean and Larry were employed at Texas A&M University, he in the Department of Marketing and she as Assistant to the Editor of The Academy of Management Journal. When the Editor of the Journal’s term expired, Jean continued in several administrative positions at the university until finding what she called her “dream career” in 1983 as a Program Director in the Center for Executive Development in what is now the Mays Business School. She earned several performance awards and developed lasting friendships with the visiting executives she served. She played a key role in launching the Center for Executive Development as one of the premier centers in America for career development programs. She retired from the center in 2006.
The love and support received from fellow members of the A&M United Methodist Church and her “Lost & Found” Sunday school class were among Jean’s favorite memories.
Jean is survived by her husband Dr. Larry Gresham, daughter and son-in-law Tracy and Dale Vanadore, and grandchildren Trent and Katey Vanadore – all of Bryan/College Station; brother and sister-in-law Ed and Kay Bright and sister and brother-in-law Penny and Allen Ray – from South Carolina.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Hillier Funeral Home of BRYAN. A funeral service will begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 also at Hillier with graveside services to follow at the College Station Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to A&M United Methodist Church@ 417 University Dr, College Station, TX 77840.