|Birth: ||May 12, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 2008|
JEAN A. HEMSTREET, age 94, of Canton, Wayne County, Michigan, formerly of Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, passed away January 31, 2008, at Heartland Nursing Home in Plymouth, Michigan, where she has resided for the past couple of years.
She was married to Edward Hemstreet, who preceded her in 1970. She was survived by her children, Judy Miller of Canton, MI and Bob Hemstreet (wife, Cindy) of Rhode Island. She was a devoted grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother to many grandchildren.
Funeral services: Southfield Presbyterian Church in Southfield, Michigan
Arrangements: Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield. Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorials to the Southfield Presbyterian Church, Southfield Goodfellows, or the Alzheimers Association
Family Reflections of a Wonderful Woman
Jean A. Hemstreet (Grandma/Nana)
Our mother, grandmother, great grandmother (age 94), who most recently lived in Canton with Judy, and formally lived in Southfield for the majority of her adult life, passed away peacefully Thursday January 31, 2008 at Plymouth Court where she lived the last couple of years.
Grandma Jean was the oldest child of Rueben and Della Browning. She was born May 12, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan; she grew up in Detroit surrounded by a large extended family. She attended school in Detroit and graduated from Detroit Central High School. Grandma Jean only had one sibling Ruth Browning; unfortunately Ruth became seriously ill and passed away in her late teens. In a period of less than two years Grandma lost both her sister and her mother. In her early adult years Grandma Jean worked for SS Kresge as a receptionist. During her time at Kresge she was introduced to the love of her life Edward Hemstreet (Grandpa) who in a few short years became her husband. She left Kresge after getting married and then took on the job of raising and nurturing her family.
Grandpa Ed, Grandma Jean, Judy, Bob, and Great Grandpa Rueben moved to Southfield from Detroit in the early 50's. The house was designed and paid for by Grandpa Ed, and a lot of the construction was either under the watchful eyes or in the hands of great grandpa Rueben. Our family very much liked living in the country setting of our home in Southfield. Grandma Jean joined the congregation of Southfield Presbyterian Church soon after moving to Southfield. For many years she taught Sunday school and was very proud of their involvement
In addition to being a devoted member of her church Grandma Jean was extremely active in the community. She worked with the Southfield Goodfellows organization for many years. Her contribution to the organization was purchasing the Christmas toys for the children and organizing the packing of the boxes. The goal every year was to make certain that no one in Southfield and no child in Southfield went without food and gifts for Christmas,
Both Grandpa Ed and Grandma Jean were also very active in the Optimist / Optimum Club. This is where they met a lot of their lifelong friends. Both of them very much enjoyed their time together with there friends and working on projects to better the community
What we will remember most about our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, is her love for life and family. Grandma Jean was always ready with hat in hand when there was an opportunity to go for a ride or to take a trip. She also very much liked to go out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner. A simple outing with her would always turn into some sort of adventure. She would do anything for her family, and if she had a fault at all it was that she worried too much about all of us. Anyone that knew her also appreciated her sense of humor, she always liked to tell a joke and get a laugh. I know it would be easy for anyone to remember a funny story to tell about this wonderful woman.
Created by: Twist
Record added: May 20, 2008
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