Jeanne Suzanne Marks

August 10, 1920 - November 24, 2011
Role: Rancher, Ranch Family Member
Maiden name: Houghton

Jeanne was born into a ranching family from Benson, Minnesota. Her family moved to the outskirts of Houston when she was five years old. She spent much of her childhood riding horses. Her father thought bicycles were too dangerous, so he bought her a horse. “I had dolls and all those girl things, but my horse was my true love.” Jeanne married into a ranching family at eighteen. Her husband, Travis Marks, raised registered Brahmas, and her father-in-law raised Longhorns so they often caused quite a commotion on the ranch. “I’ve always loved ranch life and now I have my own herd of registered Longhorns. “This is it – the best place in the world. I’m part of it, it’s part of me. We’re gonna stick it out together.” Jeanne was a rancher in her bones, but nonetheless, always elegantly dressed in her jewelry and her fur vest. The happiest of souls, she always cheered any group with her fun-loving ways and stories. She knew her business and was a dedicated hunter with a great knowledge of the land and animals.

Introduction to Jeanne Marks

Louise S. O'Connor
Voice of Jeanne Marks
Jeanne Marks – The land…its part of me and I'm part of it. We're just gonna stick it out together. Well, you know, every day that dawns is a different…you see something different everyday. You've got new calves or else like you find…every day you ride out you find something wrong. Last week, went out in the Longhorn Pasture and there was a Longhorn cow dead. And I said, "What is going on around here? What is this?" "We don't know." It was too late to post her. One thing with Longhorn cattle, they're all different and you kind of know each one of them. And there is no mistaking which one… Have you ever notice the different breeds of bulls…sounds of their voices? You know, a Longhorn bull sounds different than a Brahma bull. A Brahma bull sounds different than a Hereford bull. And an Angus bull sounds different, too. I always notice that. Of course, I listen to all kinds of sounds if I'm sleeping at night, you know, at night on the ranch. Of course, you hear so many things; owls and strange noises in the night. That's the fun of it. That's the mystery of it.


“This is it — the best place in the world. I’m part of it, its part of me. We’re gonna stick it out together.”

Cryin' For Daylight: Ranching Culture in the Texas Coastal Bend