|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1941|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2014|
Jean Jacqueline Mackenzie Alder; April 21, 1941 ~ March 23, 2014.
Jean passed away March 23, 2014. Jean Alder loved her family, her horses, and serving her community to better the lives of people and families.
Although Jean Jacqueline Mackenzie was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 21, 1941 and raised on Long Island, she was never a city girl at heart. At 18, Jean moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, because it was as far, both physically and culturally, as she could get from NYC. She graduated from the University of Alaska with degrees in Home Economics and Elementary Education in 1964.
She followed a friend to Utah and then moved to Logan to further her education. She graduated from Utah State University in 1967 with an MSc in Clothing and Textiles.
She married local farmer Alan Alder on March 13, 1968, and they had two children together. Their mutual love of horses and the farm brought them and kept them together.
This strong independent woman adeptly balanced the roles of motherhood and professional career. Jean taught for one year each at the Intermountain Indian School and Ogden School District. She then taught Clothing and Textiles at Utah State University for ten years. In 1980, she became Cache County's Extension Home Economist. Many women called Jean for canning and other homemaking advice. She helped found the Refugee Community Center and later a program to teach ESL and computer literacy to Hispanics. She was instrumental in developing gardening and homemaking programs for USU students.
The 4-H youth program in Cache County thrived under her leadership. Jean introduced 4-H horse camp to Utah and helped the English Equitation program in the county and state. She strived to make the 4-H about youth development not competition. In addition, she was a volunteer 4-H leader for over 30 years. Her work positively influenced the lives of many people.
Horses were Jean's primary hobby. Although she loved to ride, she actually spent more time teaching equitation than riding herself. In addition to teaching her own children, she ran the Logan 4-H horse club for many years.
Jean received many away awards for her service to the community including the USU Diversity Award (2000) and the Utah Woman of Achievement Award (2001).
Jean retired at 60 to spend time with her family and her horses. Unfortunately, she only had a few years to enjoy her retirement because early-onset Alzheimer's set in and eventually took her life.
Interment will be at the Providence Cemetery.
excerpt from: Nelson Funeral Home
Alan Johnson Alder (1932 - 2015)*
Providence City Cemetery
Created by: DL Bronson
Record added: Mar 28, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 127048037
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