Jean Redman, a long-time resident of Del Mar, died peacefully at her home in Encinitas. She was the beloved mother of Jeanie Donelson, Mary Jo Redman, Ben Redman III, and Mike Redman; and grandmother to Nicole Donelson.|
Jean was born in the farming community of Dana, Indiana, and attended Indiana University. After the end of WWII, she worked in her brother's private airport, where she met Ben Redman Jr., the flight instructor who became her devoted husband for nearly 50 years.
Upon his return to active service in the Navy, they lived in several locations, eventually deciding, in 1964, to settle in Del Mar to raise their family.
Jean owned a small clothing shop in Solana Beach, The Better Mousetrap, during the 1970s. Most of her life's work, however, was service to others. In addition to raising four children, often by herself when Ben was on long cruises, she opened her home to young relatives or others in need.
Jean's services to the community included volunteering as: an officer of the Del Mar PTA for many years, a counselor for Navy Relief, a Rolling Readers reading tutor at Del Mar Heights Elementary School, and a "Five Gallon Club" blood donor. She was a Coordinator for La Jolla Meals on Wheels for some years, as well as a meal deliverer.
One of her passions was gardening. She faithfully tended the Post Office garden with other members of the Del Mar Garden Club. She was an honorary member of the Pine Valley Garden Club and helped plant a daffodil bed in front of the library there.
Until the very end of her life, she was a graceful, generous person with a positive spirit. She will be remembered for her nurturing manner, devotion to Del Mar, and love of flowers.
Published in the Carmel Valley News on Feb. 9, 2012