Enid E. Tidwell
Enid Eugenia “Jean” Tidwell was born July 13, 1926, to James and Enid (Cantrell) Sprott in Del Rio, Texas. She was the fourth of six children. Her siblings were Quinn, Mattie, Paul, George and Irene.
She graduated from Brackettville High School and went on to receive a Registered Nurse degree and license from Incarnate Word School of Nursing in San Antonio in 1946. She moved to Uvalde in April 1948, and married Floyd “Pete” Tidwell on July 21, 1948, in Uvalde, Texas.
She worked in many different capacities as a nurse throughout her career. She was director of nursing at Uvalde Memorial Hospital; she helped establish and taught LVN Nursing at Southwest Texas Junior College; and was a surgical nurse, but also worked in the Office of Dr. Dean P. Dimmitt. Toward the end of her career, she was an industrial nurse for Gensco Pipe and Steel here in Uvalde until they were sold. She told everyone that she and Florence Nightingale nursed together before plastic was invented.
She was given the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2013 by the Order of the Sons of Hermann in Rowena, Texas for the “acts of kindness and benevolence shown within her community” when she lived in Ballinger.
The greatest joys in her life were her three children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She loved the times family would get together, whether immediate or extended family. All the in-laws and nieces and nephews knew that if they stopped by to visit Uncle Pete and Aunt Jean, something to drink and a meal of some sort was offered to them. Mom would come home from work and may have 10 or more ‘extras’ for supper that night, but she always planned ahead and managed to share a meal with anyone that stopped by.
If any of Dad’s siblings or their spouses were in the hospital, they always stayed at their house and Mom took the “night duty,” staying with the patient at the hospital, then slept a few hours and went to her day job, nursing wherever she worked at the time.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, canning, baking and loved to take care of her grandchildren when she could.
She was much like the woman described in Proverbs 31, known as the “virtuous woman” of the Bible. Proverbs 31:27, 28 and 31 says, “She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. … Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Jean left this earthly life to be with God on Feb. 21, 2018. A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Feb. 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the chapel at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. She is being buried next to her husband of 57 years in Hillcrest Cemetery.
The preceding is a paid obituary.