|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1997|
Jean had served as a nurse during World War II. She was a good neighbor and friend to my mother in Portland, Oregon. They shared many common interests & would sit in the morning, over tea, watching the hummingbirds & the squirrels that lived in their apartment complex, discussing ancient history, genealogy, the beauty of Oregon & the Arts among other things. They went to visit many of Portland's many lovely parks together, as my mother's health permitted, because they loved the trees & flowers and my mother had always planted gardens in every home she had ever lived in, and she missed having a garden. Jean brought my mother potted flower gardens for her back patio behind her apartment, which gave my mother great joy and eventually almost filled up the entire patio.
Jean's life came to a sudden end on April 10th, 1997, when she had a massive stroke. There was nothing that could be done and Jean passed from this world on that sad day in 1997. Because she had served her country during World War II, she was eligible for interment at Willamette National Cemetery, where her ashes are buried, and where my mother and I went to visit her, one last time, following her burial. We went, coincidentally, on Memorial Day, when all of the American Flags were flying and people were everywhere, paying their respects to those who had gone before. I went into the cemetery's office and was given a map, then drove my mother and parked as close as possible to Jean's final resting place. My mother was almost overwhelmed as she walked to Jean's grave, so I held her arm, although I was crying, too. We stood together, for a few moments, and then I left her to have a private moment with her best friend who had left this world all too soon. Neither of us spoke on the way back to my mother's all too quiet apartment until I had parked the car and gone around to help her out. I stood and held her for as long as she wanted me to, and then waited while she walked alone to her door.
My mother died in Dec 2002 and I know that she & Jean are walking around all of Heaven's beautiful gardens together, drinking their tea and watching the birds and enjoying each other's friendship. Jean was a very sweet and gentle woman who was very giving of her friendship and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone, be they 2 legged or 4 legged. I am a better person for having known her.
Kathie L.Webb Blair, Portland, Oregon
Note: ***A Special Thank You to SSBJ for Sponsoring Jean's Memorial. What a Special Gift!***
PFC, US ARMY
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: 2, 0, 2183
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 26, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 1348446