Jean Ann Soderberg

jean soderberg

Jean Ann (Giddiens) Soderberg, 75, of New Braunfels, Texas was called home to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 19, 2024. She was a beloved wife, mother and MiMi.

Jean was born on July 25, 1948, to the late Columbus “C.D.” and Blanche (Caddell) Giddiens in Vernon, Texas. Jean graduated from Grapevine High School, a proud Mustang, class of 1966. She excelled in her activities in Pep Club, choir, and Future Homemakers of America. During her junior year she received the State Homemaker Degree of Achievement in Dallas, which is the “highest degree of achievement that a girl may attain, and few members ever attain it.” She also received honorary titles in high school, such as “Best All Around” and “Most Beautiful”. After graduation she went on to earn an associate degree from Paris Junior College.

Jean met her husband, Mel, in Austin. Mel’s work took them to north Texas, Montana, Oregon, and California. They then settled in New Braunfels to raise their three daughters. Jean worked as a receptionist in different fields. She was a big supporter for her girls and their many recitals, performances, concerts, and sports. Jean enjoyed making her mother’s banana bread to share with her family. On hot summer days she would make homemade ice cream. Jean enjoyed listening to old country and gospel music. She sang alto beautifully, and played the piano just as beautifully, until arthritis wouldn’t allow it. She liked to watch westerns, action movies, cooking shows, and comedies. Jean, MiMi, truly loved watching her grandchildren succeed in their sports, hobbies, and school, and talked about how proud she was of each of them. Though the last few years of her life brought multiple medical challenges, Jean fought bravely and without complaint. She will always be remembered by her beautiful smile and contagious laugh.

She is preceded in death by her father C.D. Giddiens and mother Blanche (Caddell) Giddiens. Jean’s family finds peace in the fact that she is now reunited with them in heaven. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Melvin Soderberg; daughter Melissa Soderberg, daughter Julie (Soderberg) Dohoney and husband Eddie, and daughter Sara (Soderberg) Staton and husband Donald; 9 beautiful grandchildren – Emma Schuetz, Lincoln Schuetz, Amity Dohoney, Nathan Harlos, Evelyn Dohoney, Emerson Dohoney, Brady Staton, Megan Staton, and Gunnar Staton – as well as her sister Virginia Thomas, sister Patsy Crabtree, brother-in-law Roger Crabtree, and sister Judy Williams; and four loving nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 3, at Lux Funeral Home, 1254 N Business Interstate Hwy 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130, followed by a private family burial.


Memorial Service: Saturday, February 3, 2024 11:00 am

Lux Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1254 Business 35 N.
New Braunfels, TX 78130


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  1. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you all! I have so many fond memories of Jean and Mel through the years. I am grateful for the times and memories I have of her. Always a smile on her face and grace in her actions. Love and hugs for the family.

  2. My prayers, thought and condolences to the family. I was y’all’s neighbor when y’all live on Ridgewood and Holly.

  3. Mimi, I love you so much and miss you already. I’m so glad I got to have you in my 28 years. Loved laughing with you, watching movies/shows, listening to music, going to places, teaching me some recipes. I’m so glad I spent so much time with you throughout the years. Thank you so much for supporting me and being there for me. <3 Amity, your first grandchild (and most favorite).

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