As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Yvette & family: I just found Jeanne's notice in the Seattle paper. I don't make a habit of reading who has passed out of this life due to it making me a "sad sack". After you told me, Yvette, I finally looked and have read all of these wonderful tributes. I feel so blessed that "our" parents chose to buy new homes next door to each other (1949). That allowed us to meet and share our lives since we were 3 y/o. Even tho Jeanne was much older (it seemed to little ol' me) I have lots of fun and fond memories of her. I think my favorite is the fact that she instigated having a neighborhood carnival. I remember all the fun games and costumes. (wish I knew how to put the photo here) If memory serves, I think she was the Fortune Teller. Isn't that just the best visual? She was perfect in the part. Another crazy memory that for some reason has stuck in my head, is her wedding to Lloyd, her dress and the fact that someone put Limburger cheese in the heater of their car. (I doubt she was smiling w/those dimples @ that moment)
She was awesome fun and I was so happy to be able to spend more time w/her many years later when we came down and visited you & Ken in Ajijic in 09. She & Libby showed us a good time every chance we were together. She was "one of a kind" and she will certainly be missed by all who knew her. I hope she is back w/Donna Stulgis and they are planning a new, fun "Carnival in the Sky"!
Love and fond memories to you and the girls.
I was very sad to hear about losing my cousin, Jeanne.
I moved away from Seattle when I was 18, so I didn't see Jeanne for a long time, but I do remember going out to Uncle Wil's with my Mom and Dad and having homemade apple cider and spending time with Jeanne and Yvette.
The next time I saw Jeanne was at the family reunion in Idaho. She still had her great smile, laughter, loving personality and those big dimples. I loved reading about her in the Mexico newspaper. What a beautiful write-up.
My heart goes out to her daughters and sister Yvette.
Love, Dee Hutchinson, Colorado Springs
Monty, I was on that excursion. She was a hoot and we always had fun when she was involved.
I have always believed that Jeanne marched to a different drummer. Most of us measure and are careful about what we do through our whole life; not Jeanne. She has always been "Damn the torpedoes, and full speed ahead."
I think the theme song for Jeanne's life should be the Frank Sinatra's song, "I Did It My Way." Whenever we hear that song let's think of Jeanne. We all loved you just the way you were!
She was my favorite cousin and two episodes standout with Jeanne. During my senior year in high school her family came to see us during Labor Day weekend. I had football practice on Saturday and Jeanne went with me. Everybody wanted me to introduce them to her. Some of the guys threw the football around her and purposely did not catch it so it would land next to Jeanne. Then they would introduce themselves and ask for a date.
Also midway through that same year, she and some friends skipped class from Bothell High and drove over to see me in Wenatchee. There was Jean sitting in my history class waiting for me to come back from lunch with a big dimpled grin on her face. The teacher waved for me to go and have fun for the rest of the day. Monty
Grandma Jeanne was a very loving and complicated woman. I am going to miss her, and all of her crazy stories. I will have fond memories of her.
When I was in the 4th grade, a new family moved into the house next door to mine in Snohomish. Jeanne was the mom of the bunch.
Her eldest daughter and I became great friends, just as my mom did with Jeanne. Consequently, there are many, MANY memories from which to choose, but one in particular stands out in my mind and makes me laugh to this day. And how better to remember Jeanne than through laughter, for her laugh was not just infectious, but seemed to grab you, ready or not, often by surprise, which is this particular instance is how we caught Jeanne.
Allison and I decided to pull a prank. Right before Jeanne headed out to the grocery store, we sneaked out into the car and hid down on the floor behind the back seat. When Jeanne returned, and went to back out of her parking space, the minute she turned her head around, up we popped and yelled "Boo!" Jeanne screamed with such blood-curdling intensity that everyone in the Safeway parking lot paused to look as if expecting to see a murder scene. We erupted with laughter, but then noticed Jeanne wasn't quite so amused. "You little -----! That wasn't a nice thing to do at all." She recovered quickly from the shock and then her own laughter quickly dwarfed ours, as it routinely did everyones.
Just as her laugh was full, far-reaching, and impacted everyone who came in contact with it, so did her very life.
Jeanne was my older sister that I odored. I followed her everywhere as a child and tried to copy everything she did. Of course, she was always trying to ditch me, because I was the pesty little sister. I am so lucky that I was able to really get to know her better in recent years when we spent a considerable amount of time in her village. Jeanne was always so much fun and so full of life. Never a dull moment. I will miss her terribly. I see that her passing has brought a few of us in contact with old friends again, and am grateful for that. If anyone wishes to contact me personally, I am at; Kenclevish@yahoo.com
I'm a classmate of Libby's and an American School of Guadalajara student since 1st grade onwards. High School was the best years of my life and they were great in part of the teachers who were there with us to inspire us, challenge us, make us think, schoolwork of course and influences to what we are, what we have accomplished, and how we treat others today. Where was I when she was doing theatre stuff? My nose was either in the middle of a book, in biology or science classes, a computer or in the middle of the school library. My experience with Ms. Chausee is as a social science and a homeroom teacher. Her sense of fun in learning is instant, it was never work. Ah the field trips we took of downtown Guadalajara, church architecture, the museos, all the things that arts and culturally relevant or important were such a blast. They don't call good ol Guadalajara La Perla Tapatia for nothing. My senior year was 1985. Her unique personality, zest for life and wonderful sense of humor is what I'll miss the most. I am truly blessed to call her one of my favorite teachers.
Ms. Chausee was my teacher at the American School in Guadalajara in the early 1980s, a true breath of fresh air. She was vibrant, clear-eyed, and called things as they were. I was lucky enough to have my own children visit her in Ajijic during the past few summers (they will always remember watching the World Cup finals at her house). Our thoughts are with Libby and all the family.
The photo in the gallery with Jeanne and several girls, was taken at my birthday when I was about 10 or 11, so Jeanne would have been about 8 or 9. She's the one on the right in the back. The one with the dimples, which were always there. She was always smiling.
Her family were neighbors of ours on Greenwood Avenue North, across from the Highlands Golf Course. The golf course was public then, so we had some good times sledding.
I don't know when the Chaussee family moved from Greenwood. The picture was taken about 1950. Obviously we lost contact through the years, but I was still sorry to hear this. Looking at the picture of Jeanne as a child, and as an adult, I would have known her anywhere.
Rest in peace
Jan King Butler
I knew Jeanne in High School and kept somewhat in touch throughout the years. My planned excursion to visit her on our vacation in Mexico this January fell through, and like so many things in life, I have now lost the chance to ever visit with Jeanne again. Jeanne was always unique and we all loved her for that.
I was attending the American School when Jeanne arrived. She was always fun, and spoke her mind, encouraged me more than once about just being me, and doing what I wanted to do! She was amazing!
My natural father arrived unexpectedly and unannounced for my graduation. This caused a problem with my mother and stepfather, but Jeanne graciously extended the invitation for my father to join her, Pablo and Gene during the ceremony, and afterward invited him again to join them in their own celebration. He had a blast, and also remembers her fondly. I am so grateful to her for that!
Indeed the world would be a most wonderful place if there were more people like her! I am so glad to have reconnected with Libby and Jeanne and am so sorry to hear of her passing, grateful to our Lord that she was a part of my life, even for a short time!
I was touched by Jeanne and her hospitality many years ago as her daughter Libby's friend. She was warm, caring, and generous with her time and advice. My prayers, thoughts and sincere love reach out the family in this time.
I grew up being best friends with Yvette and always thought Jeanne was such a hoot of an older sister . . . Haven't seen any of the family in a long, long time but remember them well ....
Jeanne was a great role model for me within the approved familial context of how a woman was supposed to be, a context that was rather restrictive. My experience of Jeanne is that she lived life on her own terms,in her own way, and bedamned what anyone else thought about it. That is a kind of freedom too few of us ever achieve. If I have any regret it is that I never told her now much I admired her for that, and how beautiful I thought she was. I will miss her presence in this life.
Denise Ellen Chaussee Wilhelm
I remember Jeanne! She with the incredible intelligence, wit and laugh. The world is a sadder place without her presence.
I have been a long time friend of Jeanne, her sister Yvette and her Dad, Wil. They are a wonderful family and have done so much for all of us.
Thank you so much for taking time to leave a message for us and to tell us some of your favorite Jeanne Chaussee stories or share how she impacted your life. Your words mean so much to us and are really helpful during this difficult time.
Libby is busy planning a big, splashy, exuberant (just like our mother!) send-off in Mexico on June 22, and the three of are planning a celebration of life for her in Washington on her birthday weekend, Aug 17 or 18.
If you would like to join us later in August to celebrate our exuberant, funny, irreverent mother, feel free to contact any of us and we'll send you the details as we figure them out: