Jeanie Fichte

Jeanie Fichte

Friday, January 26th, 1951 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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Jeanie M. Fichte, 69, wife, nurse, business partner, gourmet cook, and cross stitcher, died March 6, 2020 at her home in Arlington, Texas. She died among friends, family, and hospice caregivers after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Jeanie was born in Dallas and moved to Arlington a year later. She lived in the Arlington area for most of her life except for the time she and her husband and partner of 38 years, Bud Fichte, raised cattle in Wise County (Bridgeport) and Parker County (Weatherford) Texas. They also lived in Olney, Texas for a short time.
Jeanie was a licensed nurse and spent almost 30 years in the medical profession.

She was well known and respected for her creativity and handwork in cross stitching as well as other forms of needlework. Jeanie was the voice and advocate for lost, homeless and abused animals. She often faced verbal abuse and threats of physical assault from negligent or cruel animal owners. That never slowed her down.
Jeanie was a partner with her husband in Rosebud Communications, an advertising agency that also provided photography and creative copy writing. This took her to many parts of the world with Alaska, Ireland and The Outer Banks of North Carolina among her favorite places. She also enjoyed visiting with the Amish in Pennsylvania where she made numerous friends and exchanged quilting and needlework experiences.

Her love for animals extended to their Beefmaster cattle herd where the city girl quickly became a highly capable cowgirl. Jeanie handled all the records and office work and got down and dirty in rounding up, penning and sorting cattle, working them through the chutes, trimming, vaccinations and embryo transfer.
She wouldn’t allow the use of hot shots, whips, yelling or other loud noises when working cattle. “Quiet and easy” she’d say makes for gentle cattle, something she absolutely insisted on. Nor would she tolerate any fighters or any other crazies in the herd.

She had an uncanny eye for spotting sickness or impending problems with animals- perhaps due to her nurses’ training and experience. She headed off trouble before it became trouble.

To top it off, she was a terrific cook. Gourmet level, some would say, including her husband.

This special lady is missed. But not lost. We know exactly where she is and one day we’ll be together again.

She is survived by her husband, Bud, a brother, Morrie, a sister, Susie, a son, Michael and two step-children, Gene Fichte, and Jana Terrasi.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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Dalene Mattison Wilkinson

Posted at 10:26am
Rest in peace, Jeanie. We met through Facebook and I've been praying for her daily. She was a brave courageous lady. She will be missed by many.

Ronda Watkins

Posted at 11:21pm
In 1994, I met Jeanie and helped her decorate her new home in Weatherford. Then the two homes in Arlington. Over 26 years, we became friends. I was friends with the Shepards too. We always had a great time. Jeanie showed me on every visit her latest stitching projects. She was so gifted with this art. She also introduced me to Chai Tea! Over the years, I grew to love Jeanie as a dear friend. She was a precious person. I got to spend time with her over the past few months.... taking homemade soup to her and her favorite pie. I as blessed to have spent time with her less than two weeks ago when I took her some lunch from her favorite restaurant. I knew then, while we were having lunch that she would not be here much longer. I am heart broken and will miss her so much

TL Rice

Posted at 10:03pm
I knew Jeanie through our shared love of stitching and dogs - we both loved german shepherd dogs. She was courageous beyond compare. She taught so many of us how to be gracious, full of grace and determination, how to love fiercely, stand up for what you believe and who you love, to love without judgement, to be compassionate, to fight for yourself, and to accept God. I'm heartbroken that some of her family members never reconciled with her, even in the end. I don't believe anyone should be ostracized, especially by loved ones. I'm thankful for all the friends she had in her life, and I'm honored to call her my friend. Godspeed, sweet Jeanie. You are dearly loved and will be sorely missed.💕💕🙏🙏🙏🙏

Kelli Ruthruff

Posted at 06:47pm
Jeanie and I met online through our love of cross stitching. Even though we never met in person, we quickly became friends. We both were cancer warriors and fought with every ounce of our being. We also shared a love for our furkids. Jeanie had a heart of gold and I'm honored to have met her & I will never forget her.

Linda Bainbridge

Posted at 06:44pm
I met Jeanie 15+ years ago through my 2nd Mom, who was Jeanie's interior designer. Our relationship began as client/hairstylist but it didn't take any time at all for us to become friends. Anyone that really knew Jeanie knew what a kind, giving heart she had and such a precious spirit. I moved from Texas years ago but kept in touch with Jeanie and what I missed most was seeing that wonderful smile and our talks about what crazy dog ladies we are! I am grateful to have called her my friend and will miss her greatly. RIP, sweet lady! I know you're with your Daddy and Elsa again and you are happy and at peace.❤❤❤

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