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Jean B. Lemon

September 9, 1920 January 22, 2018
Jean B. Lemon
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Jean B. Lemon, 97, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2018 after a courageous 10 month battle with metastatic breast cancer. With the loving care of her children, Mid-Michigan Hospice, and the help of Charlie Neelis, she was able to remain at home as she wished.
Mrs. Lemon was born on September 9, 1920 in Goodrich, Michigan to Frank R. Berry and Lois Albertine (Church) Berry, the eldest of three daughters. Her husband of 46 years, Leonard D. Lemon, predeceased her on February 21, 1992. Her sister, Margot Peet, also predeceased her. She is survived by her five children: Linda (Chester) Cowen, Betsy (Bill) Reum, Lyle (Kim Relick) Lemon, Laura (Jerry Gabier) Lemon, and Bonnie (Garold) Klein; 9 grandchildren: Steve, Tim, Adam Reum; Mike, Katie Long; Nicole, Zachary, Olivia Klein; Hannah Lemon; 8 greatgrandchildren, her sister, Audrey Shooltz of Gladwin and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband’s 26-year military career took them around the United States and overseas, living in 7 states, Germany and Ethiopia. They settled in Gladwin in 1968. Traveling continued to bring her joy, driving herself across the country, following blue highways to see what is out there, and visiting family. A curious mind and adventuresome spirit.
The First Presbyterian Church of Beaverton became their church home shortly after arriving in the area. For the remainder of her life it was her spiritual center. She served faithfully as deacon, elder, clerk of session, and as an organizer and historian for the congregation. She led the shoe and boot ministry for Beaverton school children and volunteered at the Beaverton Baby Pantry.
For many years she worked for Dorothy Hubbs at the Frank E. Ward Co. becoming a lifelong friend. Gardening and landscaping the Gladwin property was a perpetual pursuit, even riding her lawn mower routinely until just last year. Children’s activities, interests and events were always an important focus with her own children and later with her grandchildren.
Following her lifelong interest in art, Jean pursued many media but focused recently on adult coloring books with great enthusiasm and impressive eye for color. Quilting and many needlecrafts were also expressions of her creativity and flair. Reading, board games, crossword and jigsaw puzzles kept her sharp mind active.
A beautiful life, lived to the fullest…she will be sorely missed.
The family is being served by Sisson Funeral Home, Gladwin, MI with visitation on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 7-9pm. Funeral service will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Beaverton at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Beaverton (PO Box 424, Beaverton, MI 48612) or CAN Council/Baby Pantry (PO Box 426, Beaverton, MI 48612)
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