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May 25, 2017

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January 23, 2014
What a lovely and wonderful life she had!
January 23, 2014
Your mother was a Seattle treasure. God Bless you!
January 23, 2014
Jean was a special friend to me. We were both members of Elizabeth Bixby chapter of DAR. She was active in the chapter and we shared some great times together. Onetime you--Jan- came to the meeting and as I remember-played the flute. Jean had many friends--I moved to Ellensburg four years ago and regret not seeing her since then. May God give you peace and comfort.
Gloria
January 23, 2014
I am deeply saddened by Jean's passing, although I can still smile at the thought of her taking part in a national hula competition in Hawaii or sharing a good laugh with gusto with me, over the years. Although I knew Jean for nearly fifty years, I wish I had known her longer, at least dating back to the time of her popular radio show on KOMO-AM, which I would have loved to have heard, her own fifteen minutes of fame, every week. I would have loved to have been present when she won a jitterbug contest, too.

In my entire lifetime I have never personally known a finer pianist or musician. Her ability to toss off a Rachmaninoff sonata which she had not seen in awhile, the page absolutely black with notes, is a testament to her practiced agility and the human brain's ability to process information with lightening speed. Her uncanny talent for perfectly sight-reading a difficult piece for the first time with such apparent ease, totally in command of the keyboard, was simply breathtaking. She remains to this day the standard against whom I might compare any other pianist.

Jean always encouraged me in music and in my professional career too. I first met her as a student in the Senior Choir at Nathan Eckstein Junior High when she returned to teaching in the 1960s, and she very much broadened my interest in contemporary composers and my dedication to be all I could be, whether at the piano or in life.

She set extremely high standards for herself, whether it was her own performance or traveling to San Francisco to purchase her 1922 Steinway "B" grand piano, or learning how to use a computer for the first time years ago as a senior citizen in order to pursue with vigor and delight her interest in genealogy. True to form, she was generous with others who were interested in genealogy, too.

And then of course there was her large library, which included much on genealogy, but that's not all. Jean was a voracious reader on a wide-ranging variety of subjects and I suppose I will always think of her in her living room on a warm evening of summer vacation, book in hand, with a stack of books by her side.

One of Jean's lasting legacies to me is my 45-year friendship with her daughter, Jan, for which I will always be grateful.

Jean, I already miss you so much.

--A former student and subsequently a lifelong friend
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