JEAN M. ROOD (1922-2016) Jean Merrilyn (Sarvis) Rood, 93, passed away in Sedro-Woolley, WA, on May 17, 2016, surrounded by family. Jean will be remembered as a beautiful woman (inside and out), accomplished singer, dancer and pianist, feisty card player, family historian, creative writer and, most of all, as a generous, committed, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born on June 12, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. She was the eldest child of her doctor father, Ewart, and her piano teacher mother, Dorothy (Souch). She grew up in Sumas, WA, attended Seattle Pacific University, moved to Bellingham and married Al Lee. She later married Al Rood of Seattle. As a working mother, Jean held positions in Bellingham at KVOS-TV, KGMI-AM and International Good Music. She was also a Girl Scout leader, and long-time member of Bellingham Sweet Adelines. Among her happiest memories were summers spent at Buffalo Lake, Alberta and visiting her parents in Hawaii. In her later years, Jean lived in retirement homes in Everett, Marysville and Sedro-Woolley. Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Al, her parents and her brother Robert. She is survived by daughter Sheryl (Don) Bunney, son Jim (Shelley) Lee and son Wayne (Alice) Lee. She is also survived by grandson Daniel Lee, granddaughters Jennifer Bleakly and Molly Lee Malcolm, great-grandsons Sebastian Lee and Sean Bleakly, her brother Bradley (Lil) Sarvis and sister Carol (Jim) Kok and sister-in-law Betty Sarvis, plus many nieces and nephews. Jean's great sense of humor, sweet disposition, loving heart and eternal optimism touched everyone she met. She truly lived up to one of her favorite little poems: I set out to find a friend... But there weren't any. I set out to be a friend And I found many. Jean's long, rich life will be celebrated at the Fairway Estates Clubhouse in Everett on Saturday, June 11 from 1-4 p.m. Please sign an on-line memorial at "washelli.com."
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 28, 2016