A veteran Houston educator and mother of a prominent local pastor died Sunday at age 83 after a long illness.

Jean Hines Caldwell was a native Houstonian and mother of Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

Caldwell began her career as an audiologist with the Houston Independent School District. She also spent 38 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Phillis Wheatley High School, her alma mater.

Even after retirement, Caldwell spent years mentoring young women around Houston and at Windsor Village.

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