Everson, Jean (Mainwaring)
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Jean was born on June 7, 1919 in Milwaukee, WI to Berniece and Theron Mainwaring and spent the majority of her childhood in Richland Center, WI. She was very athletic, playing forward and guard on the basketball team and third base woman on the softball team. When she wasn't playing sports, she was riding horses. Jean assisted her aunt Helen with her horse business and developed a great love for horses at an early age. She had the distinction of personally delivering a horse to Frank Lloyd Wright at his famed Taliesin estate in Spring Green.
In 1938, Jean married Milford Everson. Milford was a master cheese maker and together they managed several cheese factories in Wisconsin, Iowa and Utah before finally purchasing Shady Elm Cheese Factory in Isaar, WI. While Milford focused on the cheese making, Jean was responsible for the front office activities of accounting, payroll and human resources. They were a great team and well-respected their by patrons and neighbors. When they sold the cheese factory due to Milford's illness, Jean went to work at Moore Business Forms. She held positions in the print shop bindery and also worked with the maintenance staff. Jean has many great memories of her time there and made some very special friendships. After her retirement from Moore, she took a part-time position at Fox Valley Auto Auction as a car transport associate. She learned to navigate downtown Milwaukee like a pro.
Jean's free-time was always filled with activities with her horses. She bred and showed Quarter Horses for over 40 years. Initially she spent weekends hauling her daughters to horse shows to compete, until they persuaded her to enter the show ring. While she had a late start, she became very successful from the beginning. On her 76th birthday, Jean received a standing ovation after taking 1st place in a class of 28 competitors. Jean went on to continue her winning ways into her 80s by earning a state championship from the Wisconsin Paint Horse Club.
Jean is survived by her loving family, daughters Dhea LeMieux, and Ellen (John) Sommers; grandchildren, Stacy (Paul) Troutman and Dayna Mastalir; great-grandchildren, Nicole Vonholzen, Andrew Everson, Alexandra Lutgen, Veronica Lutgen and Peyton Koltz and sister-in-law Eileen Hundt. She has now been reunited with her parents, brother, Robert Mainiwaring, husband, Milford, children, Mary Hasterlik, Edward and John Everson and granddaughter, Andrea Lutgen. There will also be other relatives and great friends to celebrate her arrival home, especially her special friend, Chum Mattson. Her beloved dog, Rosie, will again be positioned on her lap.
Jean and her family would like to thank the parish of Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor Don Behrendt and Nurse, Marsha Mueller for their continued prayers and support over the years. St Mary's 5th floor nursing staff along with Drs. Sinclair, Huget and Tucker gave Jean their committed care and concern and provided comfort at this most difficult time. We cannot express enough how much you helped us all.
Visitation will take place Monday, December 3, 2012 at Peace Lutheran Church, Kunesh, from 3:00 p.m. until the Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Don Behrendt officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 29, 2012