My Great Grandma Jean passed away on Halloween morning, after a tough struggle with cancer over the past few months. Losing her was not unexpected, as she chose to forgo chemo treatments this time around (she’s had cancer before) but it was a sad loss for my family nonetheless. My Grandma Jean was a wonderfully sweet and caring person, today I would like to share with you one of my favorite stories about her life.
My Grandma Jean grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, she was truly a cowgirl at heart. When we celebrated her 80th Birthday a few Summers ago on the Oregon coast she wanted the theme of the party to be Western. I obviously tried really hard to fit the Western theme as you can tell from this photo…the sad part is I actually thought that was a Western looking outfit. I’m dumb.
During her senior year of high school my Grandma decided she wanted to go to college at the University of Wyoming, her principal (obviously a super encouraging and caring guy) said to her “Jean, you’re too stupid to go to college. You can’t even read“. Can you imagine graduating high school without ever learning how to read? This guy was obviously not doing his job correctly as the principal, I can tell you that! The point is, Grandma Jean (not a grandma at that point) didn’t let his negativity discourage her! She went on to college and joined Delta Delta Delta (the same sorority I am apart of) and her sorority sisters actually taught her how to read! Then, to make it all a little bit cuter, she became an elementary school teacher because (she told me) she was inspired to teach others how to read! If that isn’t your daily dose of cute inspiration I don’t know what is!
She was a passionate teacher, a competitive card player, a piano player, painter, and probably so much more! My family will certainly miss her sweet and loving spirit!