Jean Audrey Freeman Prewitt was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Audrey and Arthur C. Freeman. Following her parents divorce, her mother married Al Bert Prewitt, Sr. All of her parents predeceased her in death.
Jean Audrey was raised in Langston, Oklahoma by her mother and Al Bert where she accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church. She attended elementary school at the Langston University Laboratory School and received her diploma from Langston City High School. Jean went on to attend Langston University in the tradition of her mother, father and maternal grandmother. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a minor in education. While attending Lu she was a member of the concert choir under the direction of Dr. H. Edison Anderson. She participated in music department productions as well as lending her vocal talent to Sunday Chapel, often singing in a trio with her childhood friends, Donita and Josephine Coleman.
Jean was an elementary school music teacher for one year. She decided to seek other areas if interest. Following a brief stay in Oklahoma City, she moved to Seattle Washington to be near her birth father, Daddy Art. While in Seattle she worked in the Library at the University of Washington where she later was to receive her Masters Degree in early childhood education. Jean operated two day care centers with her son Robert until 1996, when her health required that she close her facilities.
Involvement in the community was also very important to Jean. She was a member of the Eastern Star, serving as pianist for the Washing state conferences for many years. She became a foster parent after her son continued to bring children home who were in need of a safe place to stay. Her experience in the fostering of children lead her to become on of the first Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers. She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta in Seattle Washington.
She is survived by her son Robert Fitzgerald Ballard, her grandsons Robert Jr, and Romeo Wheeler and Roberts' sister, Gabrille Holman, all of Seattle; her two sisters, Mary Ann Davis and her husband Alfred and Gloria Dell Cooke, all of Dallas; three brothers, Al Bert, Jr., and Juan Monroe Prewitt of Langston, Oklahoma, Jesse Daniel Prewitt, II and his wife Jacqueline of Oklahoma City; her aunt, Jessie McClintok of Inglewood, Calif.; many nieces and nephews and her loving friends Vanessa Gladden and Theresa Brown.
Celebration of Jean's life was held in Seattle Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at Dayspring & Fitch Funeral Home Rev. Dana McLendon Officiating.
Oklahoma Final Arrangement entrusted to: Rolfe Funeral Home. Celebration of Jean' life was held Saturday November 1, 2008, 11:00 A.M. at New Hope Baptist Church in Langston, Oklahoma Rev. Everett E. Mack, Pastor Officiating. Interment at Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma.