Jeanne Courtney Pickering
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(née Elizabeth Jeanne Courtney) Passed away Thursday, May 2nd, at Water's Edge Extended Care at Sandhill Cove in Palm City, Florida. She was 93. She was attended by her daughters Patricia Benton of Friday Harbor, Washington, and Pamela Pickering of Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Pickering was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota where she met and married Hayden M. Pickering Jr. in
1941. Throughout her husband's long career with the E.I. DuPont De Nemours Corporation Mrs. Pickering was a dedicated housewife and mother, as well as an active member of the communities in which they lived. She always volunteered at local charitable organizations, and was happiest when she was able to volunteer at hospitals and Hospice Care workers' centers.
In 1966, Mr. Pickering became Managing Director of the Textile Fibers division of DuPont International, which was headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Pickerings moved to Geneva, where they lived for twenty-six years. During their time in Switzerland, Mrs. Pickering was active in the American Women's Club. She learned to speak French, became skilled in the art of French cuisine, and enjoyed skiing and winters with her husband and family at their Crans-Montana chalet in the Swiss Alps. The Pickerings moved back to the United States after Mr. Pickering's retirement. In 1995, they moved to Sandhill Cove, a retirement community where Mrs. Pickering remained after her husband's death in1996.
Mrs.Pickering is survived by daughters Pamela Pickering and Patricia Benton; son-in-law Robert Benton and son-in-law Robert Friedlander; her grandchildren Courtney Doyle and husband Martin, Cameron Friedlander and wife Jennifer, and Caitlin Pickering; and her great-grandchildren Hayden, Declan, Cormac and Cerie. Her eldest daughter, Pennie L. Friedlander, predeceased her in 2008. To surviving family members she will always be a model of strength, grace and compassion. She is already deeply missed.
Published in The News Journal on May 9, 2013