HANCOCK - Jean Bruce Davidson Clark-Graney, 92, of Hancock, died on June 18, 2014 at Summer Hill Assisted Living in Peterborough. She was born in Ottawa, Ill. on Jan. 7, 1922, the daughter of Bruce Davidson and Marion Gapen Davidson.
Jean moved to New York City at the age of seven. She attended the Professional Children's School and The School of American Ballet. She was a professional Ballet dancer, having performed with American Ballet Theatre in New York during the early 1940's. She married her first husband, John Clark, in 1943. As the family grew, they moved from New York City to Waldwick, N.J. where they lived for 10 years.
In 1961 Jean married her second husband, John Graney. They moved to Hollis and spent the next 19 years their raising their family before John's passing. Jean owned and operated Pine Brook Studio of Ballet in Hollis during the 1970's and 80's.
She enjoyed everything about the outdoors. She loved gardening, astronomy, science and nature studies, and hiking. She also enjoyed nature photography.
She was a member of the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis and volunteered for the Peterborough Players and Monadnock Music.
Jean is survived by her five sons; Richard Clark and his wife, Karen of Bellingham, Wash.; David Clark of Oroville, Calif.; Douglas Clark and his wife, Emilia of London, England; Kenneth Clark and his wife, Sheila of Mansfield, Ct.; and James Graney and his wife, Heidi of Etna, N.Y.; her five grandchildren, Helen Clark, Adam Clark, Rebecca Clark, Evan Graney, and Peter Graney; and her former daughter in law, Deborah Duffy Clark. She will also be missed by her lifelong friend, Gunther Schuller and many good friends and neighbors in Hancock and beyond.
Visiting hours were on Sunday June 22, 2014 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Jellison Funeral Home, 25 Concord Street, Peterborough. Visiting hours continued on Monday June 23 at the Hancock Town Library, Main Street, Hancock, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m., also at the Library.
Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence for the family please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com
. Please send donations in lieu of flowers to the Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, N.H. 03049; or to the Hancock Town Library, 25 Main Street, Hancock, N.H. 03449.