Jeanine Rougier Nguyen left this world for eternal life at the age of 74 on Saturday, October 2nd, after a selfless and courageous battle with bulbar ALS. Jeanine was born on March 1, 1947, in Billom, France, and grew up in the town of Montbrison in central France. At a young age, she played a large part in caring for her younger brothers, while also helping her parents run their small épicerie (“grocery store”) below their home. All who knew her can imagine her chatting with and befriending the locals with her vibrant personality and natural charm. After graduating nursing school, she caught the eye of a young medical intern named Luat Nguyen, while she worked as a nurse at the hospital in St. Chamond. Upon completion of his internship, Luat convinced Jeanine to leave her beloved homeland to move to the United States for his residency. She would often tell how he tricked her into what was supposed to be a temporary séjour that turned into a lifelong journey west of the Atlantic. Jeanine and Luat married in El Paso, Texas, and ultimately made their permanent home in Arlington. Jeanine worked at Luat's dermatology practice as nurse and office manager while raising their two children, Christophe and Claire, and continued to enjoy working until her ALS worsened. Jeanine's passions and primary focuses in life though were her family and friends. She had a magnetic personality and made friends everywhere she went. Jeanine was one-of-a-kind, with an extraordinary joie de vivre. Through her love and talents for cooking, gardening, and entertaining, she effortlessly left a mark on so many, from her grandchildren to close friends to store employees. Jeanine's love and generosity towards others were boundless, especially the love for her four grandchildren. She is now at peace, and her heart and spirit will forever be with those whom she loved and who loved her. Jeanine is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Luat; her son, Christophe Nguyen; her daughter and son-in-law, Claire and Stephen Raggio; her grandchildren, André and Karine Nguyen, and William and Eloise Raggio; and her brother and sister-in-law, Yves and Pascaline Rougier. She will also be dearly remembered by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and her sisters- and brothers-in-law. Jeanine was predeceased by her parents, André and Rosa Rougier, and her brother, Claude Rougier. A memorial service and celebration of Jeanine's life is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, at the Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. A private cremation is planned, and Jeanine's request that her ashes be spread by her family in the lavender fields of Provence will be honored at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the ALS Association of Texas. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233

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  1. There will never be another Jeanine….kind, funny,
    compassionate, warm, beautiful, and unique. She never met a stranger and could charm the birds out of the trees! She cajoled (no insisted, ) I take up yoga …(I was quite the couch potato)…yep, I did! She then insisted I become a gardener ( I hated to get my hands dirty). and yes, I became a gardener and a yogi. Such was the power of her personality. She was a force of nature I certainly couldn’t say no to . She enriched my life beyond measure and I’ll never forget her! I know she had this affect on so many who knew her and just wanted to be with her and laugh. My favorite story was when she and Luat were traveling in Europe in a little Italian village and Luat (sorry Lu)
    drove down a wide flight of marble stairs into a small dead end with just enough room to turn his car around and drive back up! People in their apartments were eating and pointing in wonder out their windows, as Jeanine jumped out and ducked into a church while her man, maneuvered his way back up the stairs!
    Did I mention how much she loved her man, her children, and her beloved Grandchildren. Family was everything to Jeanine and her Grandchildren were her gift for a life well lived. Rest In Peace dear friend ,you will always be in my heart.

  2. I could almost write “ditto” to what jan has said about the wonderful Jeanine. . She was indeed a force of nature, and a positive influence for so many people. The story about the little Italian village is one of my favorites… but since Jan took that one, here’s another. Once, many years ago, Jeanine invited me for dinner. Both our husbands had meetings that night, and she was determined to try a frozen diet dinner, A brand we all know. She prepared a beautiful table and plated the meals with great care. After taking a few bites, she paused for a minute, raised one eyebrow, went to the kitchen, and came back with a fresh baguette and butter. After a few more bites, she excused herself again and came back with a bottle of wine! When we were finished, she sat back, thought for a minute, and said, “you know, these diet meals aren’t so bad!” Rest in peace, Jeanine. You’ll always be in my heart, and on the mat beside me in yoga class. 💕

  3. Kind, compassionate, fun…..there are just so many adjectives to describe my unique friend. I, too, loved the story of which Jan spoke. I honestly think the way in which she told the story with her beautiful accent was even funnier than the story itself!

    Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Jeanine knew of her excellent culinary skills. She had a dish for every delicious entree. When we were invited for dinner with Jeanine and Luat, our other plans immediately changed as it was such a pleasure to be seated at her dinner table. Not being an outstanding cook, I was always amazed at her creations which she did with such seemingly little effort!

    My husband, Joe, also loved Jeanine. They had lots of laughs as she was in his dental chair. And, he always loved the days when she would sneak up on him while he was working on a patient to give him a little kiss on the back of his neck.

    When we lost our daughter, Manda, she was such a comfort. While many people are hesitant to talk about a deceased loved one, Jeanine always talked about Manda. We shared stories, laughter and tears together. I will always be grateful for her compassion and support during such a difficult time in my life.

    While I am relieved that Jeanine is no longer in pain, I will miss her and all of her antics. Much love to Luat, Christophe, Claire and her beautiful grandchildren whom she adored. I will anxiously await visits from cardinals, Jeanine.

  4. Dr. Nguyen, Chris, Claire and family,
    I met Jeanine through junior golf at Shady Valley. Chris and Claire competed with my two, Matt and Meg. And my mother Zora Bontley wanted me to be sure to meet Jeanine. I enjoyed our times together at SVGC watching our junior golfers. I am so sorry she couldn’t be well. Wishing comfort and peace for you all.
    Cathy Bontley Brown

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