Jennie was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 17th, 1915 to Aghassi and Martha Mirza. She graduated from Waller High School in 1934 a semester early and was accepted to the University of Illinois. As the eldest of 7 children during the Great Depression, the family did not have adequate funds to allow her to enroll in college. Although she did not attend college, she was devoted to learning throughout her life and read everything she could get her hands on from biographies, history, the National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time, the daily newspaper (which she read the day she died) and her beloved Bible.
Jennie married Paul Eshoo on September 22, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. In October, 1936 the family purchased a farm on Walnut Road where they farmed wine grapes, walnuts, and chickens. Jennie lived on the farm until she moved into town in 1974.
Jennie was predominantly a homemaker but took a job at Stanislaus State when it first opened. Later she worked as a teacher’s aide at Crowell School.
In addition to being an avid reader, Jennie enjoyed traveling and was able to visit the Holy Land and Europe twice. She was extremely active in her church, St. John’s Presbyterian where she served as Elder, Clerk of the Session, and delegate to the Stockton Presbytery. She represented the Synod of the Pacific twice at the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States. Additionally, she also served on the Stockton Presbytery Ethnic Concerns Committee for many years.
Jennie was a charter member of the Assyrian American Civic Club and was honored in 2011 as the Club’s oldest charter member. Jennie was a volunteer until the age of 90 for the Emanuel Medical Center Auxiliary. Jennie was also a member of the Senior Citizens of Turlock.
Her life was devoted to Christ and she was a role model to all.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Eshoo and her sister Esther Aziz.
She is survived by her four children; Peter (Genny) Eshoo of Buffalo Grove, Ill, George Eshoo of Menlo Park, CA, Agnes (John) Williams of Livermore, CA, and Alice (Dale) Pollard of Turlock , eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters and two brothers.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the nuns and staff at St. Thomas Retirement Center who made her life so “wonderful” for the past eight years.
A visitation will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. at Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 11:00 am at Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home followed by a reception at St. Thomas Catholic Church Social Hall on Berkeley Avenue in Turlock.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 450 S. Palm, Turlock, 95380 or Ciara’s Circle of Hope Foundation, c/o Stanislaus Community Foundation, 1226 11th St. Suite B, Modesto, CA 95354