Jean Porthouse Hunt
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Jean Porthouse Hunt, known as Jeani to friends and family, passed away at her home in Reno in late September. Jeani was born to Roberta and Cyril Porthouse in Kent, Ohio in 1946. Her life was characterized by her love of history, geography, books, art and travel. After attending college at Michigan State University, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and teaching art in Cincinnati, Jeani became a flight attendant with Pan American airlines, a job she loved and which took her all over the world during air travel's most glamorous era. Eventually promoted to purser with Pan Am, Jeani stopped flying to begin a family in 1974. She married Pan American pilot James Hunt and a year later gave birth to her daughter, Paris. In 1987 Jeani moved with her family to Berlin, Germany, where her passion for the history of Europe came in very handy. She became a tour guide of the city, specifically historical landmarks of Berlin and World War II, impressing many with the depth of her knowledge and the natural, friendly manner in which she was able to share this. After returning to the United States, Jeani lived with her husband for a time in Manhattan where she became passionate about ballroom dancing. Throughout her later life, Jeani remained active in charitable pursuits through the Lake Tahoe chapter of World Wings International and in various endeavors geared toward serving veterans, most notably the Veterans Guest House in Reno.
Jeani is survived by her daughter Paris Hunt, her beloved granddaughters Chloe and Gwendolyn Maddox, all of Portland, Oregon, her sister Roban Benich of Mount Pleasant, SC and her brother David Porthouse of St. Louis, MO. Jeani's daughter Paris will host a private celebration of her mother's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jeani Hunt's name to the Veterans Guest House of Reno.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on October 28, 2012