Jean Royse  Thibodeau
Jean Royse Thibodeau

January 25, 1963 - May 29, 2019
Born in Columbia, Kentucky
Resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky


Carol Jean (Royse) Thibodeau, age 56, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was born to James and Zona Royse of Columbia, Kentucky, on January 25, 1963.

She was a 1981 graduate of Adair County High School, where she was salutatorian of her graduating class and solo trumpet for the ACHS Band. She received her bachelor’s (’85) and master’s (’88) degrees in music education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Jean had a heart of gold and was a person of many talents. She was artistic as well as an accomplished singer and trumpeter. She was an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the praise band for many years. She was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. Professionally, she served as a band, choir, and elementary/general music teacher in Kentucky, California, and Tennessee for 33 years. She will especially be remembered for her passion of children’s musical theatre and the performing arts, and how she brought the joy of music to young people, most recently at Lost River Elementary School and Jennings Creek Elementary School in Bowling Green, where she taught for the past 12 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her father, James Royse, of Columbia, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Glenn Thibodeau, two daughters, Claire and Mallory Thibodeau; mother, Zona Royse, of Columbia, Kentucky; one sister, Linda (Royse) McGrew, of Athens, Alabama; two brothers, David Royse of Knoxville, Tennessee, and John Royse of Simpsonville, Kentucky. Cremation was chosen by the family.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Chapels and Crematory, 820 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 7, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with the funeral held immediately afterwards at 10 a.m., Reverend Louis Tagliaboschi presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support musical theatre at Jennings Creek Elementary School (2617 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101). Donations may be sent to Jennings Creek Elementary School PTO at the school address.




J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel
820 Lovers Lane
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
Friday, June 7, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Celebration of Life
J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel
820 Lovers Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 AM


Jennings Creek Elementary School Musical Theatre Program c/o PTO
2617 Russellville Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101