Eschliman Jean Ellen (Clemence) Eschliman of Columbus, passed to her Creator, Monday night at home, October 7, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was loved by all and will be missed by many. Jean was born November 9, 1927 in Canton, Ohio to Achille and Helen Clemence. Meme, Mom, and Grandma left us after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brother Edmund, and his wife Kay. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard "Dick" Eschliman; son, David (Karen) Eschliman; daughter, Lynn (Patrick) Cahill; son, Dean (Pat) Eschliman; daughter, Susan (Duke) Dahlen; six grandchildren, Sean and Carley Cahill, Keely and Kristen Dahlen, Eric and Emily Eschliman; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Jean grew up in Canton, Ohio and attended Timken Vocational High School class of 1945; she played cornet in the band and was a majorette. Dick and Jean were married September 4, 1949 at St. Paul's United Brethren Church. The couple then moved to Columbus so he could return to The Ohio State University Architectural School. She sacrificed to work his way through school when his GI Bill expired and even after their son was born. They eventually settled in Upper Arlington where they raised their family and made long lasting friendships. It didn't take long for Jean to become the life of the party, from decorating floats for the 4th of July, cheering on the Bears and the Buckeyes, or throwing one of their large Christmas Eve gatherings. Jean was known by all for her contagious smile, love for life, and vivacious personality. Whether it was late night slumber parties with her daughters and their friends, basketball games at the high school, or fishing off the docks, Jean had the whole family in her hands. She served as secretary and receptionist to Dick's initial Architectural practice. Jean and Dick were privileged to spend winters in Sarasota, FL. and traveled extensively in the U.S.A including Alaska, Hawaii, and many countries in Europe. She was a member of the OSU Women's Club, Stardusters Dance Club, Alum Creek Sailing Club, the couple's dinner bridge at the OSU faculty club, member of the Gyro International and last but not least Dick and Jean were the oldest married members of The Sawmill Athletic Club where they socialized in the water aerobics class. She was a past member of First Community Church and Couples Circle 23, and TWIG. "Jean, Jean, the garage sale queen" skimmed the paper every week looking for her next big bargain. Her family was her life and she was always our biggest cheerleader. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at O.R. WOODYARD CO. CHAPEL, 2990 Bethel Rd. We invite family and friends to join us for A Celebration of Jean's life with a luncheon at the Ohio State Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. immediately following visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's name can be made to the James Cancer Research Society, The James - Office of Development, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112 and the
, 471 E. Broad St., Ste 1630, Columbus, OH 43215. Send condolences and share memories at www.orwoodyard.com.
O.R. Woodyard Funeral Home - Northwest Chapel
2990 Bethel Road Columbus, OH 43220
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013