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Born Anita Jeanne Joyce in upstate New York during the Great Depression, Jeanne grew up close to her many cousins, and later married her high school sweetheart Gale Corson in California. She worked as a commercial artist in Chicago while he completed his degree at Aurora College, and then they returned to Southern California, where their three children were born. In 1965, the family moved to Illinois, where Jeanne later graduated from Aurora College. She became an elementary school teacher, teaching in Aurora; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and, finally, Central Oregon, where she earned her Master's in Education. Jeanne's boundless creativity blossomed in many ways, including Community Theater in Oregon and Northern California, performing in more than 15 stage roles and contributing to scenic design and stage production. Her artistic talents were likewise expressed in her painting, art collection, and flair for fashion and décor. Jeanne and Gale eventually retired in Santa Rosa, while continuing to treasure their life together, and there they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary shortly before her death on August 15, 2013. Jeanne will be immeasurably missed by her husband Gale; children Don, Glen, and Diana; grandchildren Atira, Ledah, Sawyer, and Linden; great-grandchildren Leo and Porter; by her life-long friend Sally Lobb and her family; and by many other family members and friends whose lives she touched with her remarkable creativity, kindness, inclusiveness, and open-heartedness. Memorial service in celebration of her life: September 15 at 2:00 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2000 Humboldt, St, Santa Rosa. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to ( ).
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013
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