Jennifer Elaine Doornbos

April 2, 1957 - August 8, 2021

Jennifer Elaine Doornbos, 64, of Nederland, died Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born April 2, 1957, in DeRidder, Louisiana, to Peggy Lou Durham Doornbos and Richard E. Doornbos.

Jennifer moved to Southeast Texas with her family in 1971 and graduated from Nederland High School in 1975. She had a passion for life and many causes are better today because of her time and efforts. She is best described by her friends as a strong, intelligent woman that never backed down.

A devoted Texas A&M forever Aggie, Jennifer harbored a constant thirst for knowledge. She went back to school and studied geology; business; environmental science; counseling; trade relations; and equine science at different times in her life receiving multiple degrees.

Jennifer began her life riding in the truck with her dad to check cattle, horses, and attend livestock sales, shows, and she learned the hard work of ranching and farming in her young life. It was here she developed her love for animals.

Born with a passion for animals and a competitive spirit, she was drawn to the show ring with her animals. In the 1980’s she created Lazy P Quarter Horses and took it to the next level showing champion American Quarter Horses. A stallion named Eazy Jet was purchased to show and begin a breeding program. The stallion won many championships, including the Houston Livestock Show Reining Champion trophy. Many great Doornbos show horses were bred, raised, and shown by legendary trainers, Matlock Rose and Robbie Schroeder.

She loved the rodeo and built a lifetime of friendships, enjoying the adventure of the road with many local professional cowboys and cowgirls, coast to coast. Like so many others, they were her second family.

In 2009, Jennifer created Seeds of Hope, a community service organization aimed at improving the lives of others in various ways. She worked with the court systems as a court-appointed advocate. She immersed herself in community activities and relations, attending monthly political meets, dedications, and local town meetings. She considered herself a philanthropist and conservationist, working tirelessly with many organizations including the Different Rhythm Foundation.

Her love for cocker spaniels led her to the American Kennel Club show ring where her two champion dogs, Gypsy and Tinkerbell, competed at major shows including the 2020 and 2021 Westminster dog show where Tinkerbell won high honors.

Of all her passions, her friends were always at the top. Jennifer was never too busy to go to lunch and listen. She was the first one to take your car to get the tires checked if you were working and she showered people and their children with unexpected gifts, shared comp tickets to shows at the casino, and always took time to send flowers and attend family and friends’ funerals. Nobody’s funeral was too far for her to go to pay her respects.

She leaves behind many, many friends and family members who will miss her fiery spirit dearly.

Survivors include Barbara D. Walters; Peggy D. Thomas; Carolyn R. Barnett; Billy W. Doornbos; H. Donald Barnett; Cornelus Doornbos III; and David Durham; a host of many more cousins and friends; and her fur babies, Tinker Bell and Gypsy.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Peggy and Richard Doornbos; and sister, Lisa Doornbos Eubanks.

A gathering of Ms. Doornbos’ family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jennifer’s memory to the American Spaniel Club Foundation for Spaniel Cataract Research, c/o Linda Moore, 6627 Robin Road, Dallas, Texas 75209, or to First Methodist Church Nederland, P.O. Box 905, Nederland, Texas 77627.

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Oak Bluff Memorial Park

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Funeral Service

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  • 08/17/2021
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A Gathering of Ms. Doornbos' Family and Friends

A Gathering of Ms. Doornbos' Family and Friends
  • 505 n 12th street nederland tx 77627
  • 08/17/2021
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Comments (2)

    Patricia Winters Krueger says:

    Jennifer was a dynamic lady who was involved in so many things. I know she will be missed by all who loved her. I’m praying she, her sister, Lisa, and their parents, Richard and Peggy, are basking in God’s love in Heaven, and He will give peace and comfort to all the Doornbos family.

    Patricia Krueger says:

    Jennifer was a dynamic lady who was involved in so many things. I know she will be missed by all who loved her. I’m praying she, her sister, Lisa, and their parents, Richard and Peggy, are basking in God’s love in Heaven, and He will give peace and comfort to all the Doornbos family.

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Betty Teel

Jennifer was always a sweet kind person to me.

Marty Doornbos Masiak

Prayers for the family and angels to surround you all. Haven't seen most of you in years, but I do think of you often and have fond memories of the family reunions in Montana,

Donna Green

I will miss my straight shooting friend you were brash and sassy but, the best friend anyone could have. I will miss our long long talks and, you will forever be in my heart LOVE YA JENN JENN

doreen maurer

Jennifer you were so kind to me when you gave me a ticket the westminster dog show in NYC - you made me laugh that day and i so enjoyed being there - we became friends on facebook and we shared our babies - your beautiful girls will miss you - rest in peace my friend

Remi Bryan

So sorry for your loss,Gina, Dell Ann, Ms. Barbara and family. She was a colorful personality.

Elva/Jim Schaper

As we’ miss more and more of our family members -mayJesus grant comfort and the hope He gives in eternity. I remember visiting at their ranch when Karen and I came to Texas. All were very gracious to our visit in Texas. Good memories and a belated thank you. Elva Dean May Jesus comfort knowing of the hope we have in eternity.

Mark Jefferson

My dear friend rest now in peace, I will miss you forever, your friendship meant the world to me! Love always, Mark

Ruth unkel

So sorry I couldn’t be there I’m have a few health issues lately and don’t get out of town that much. Will make donation to a charity here. Please send me the address to send the acknowledgement

Randy Trahan

May she Rest In Peace

Carolyn Waddell

Jennifer prayers for your peace. You fought the toughest fight of your life. We got to know each other because of our love of animals. Watch over all our fur babies and keep them safe., Til we meet again..

Judith Webb

Sending our love and thoughts to Jennifer’s family, Jennifer you will be missed by your cocker family. I I know I will miss hearing from you, you always made me laugh . Till we meet again , Judith and Eric Webb

Brenda Arisco

Jennifer was the first to be a friend to anybody who needed one. I was just remembering the hours she and I would spend “catching up” She always treated me like family. ever ready to go to a movie,, or just sit and talk for hours over lunch.. My heartfelt condolences are with her family.. I pray they will find comfort knowing her many friends are missing her too. Sincerely, Brenda Arisco

Tammy HIckman-Dines

Jennifer is a "one of a kind" gem." She never knew a stranger and would do anything for you. Her humor, extensive knowledge, outstanding stories and love of animals was amazing! She was a confidant, mentor and motherly figured to me and will be by far..... be greatly missed. XO - love and miss you already.