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MONTEREY, CA – Jean was born Etta Jean Johnston in Poland, Ohio to James Julian and Helen Richards Johnston. She died in Monterey at age 95, surrounded by her family and friends.
Jean graduated from Kent State University in 1940 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a teaching credential. She continued her education at Oklahoma College for Women, University of the Pacific, San Jose State University, and University of California at Berkeley. She taught primary, pre-school and kindergarten in Ohio, and kindergarten through 5th grade in California for 36 years. She was a much loved teacher, ally, and friend to her students.
She married Norris Littlepage at the Poland Presbyterian Church in Ohio in 1942. After living in Oklahoma where Norris was stationed at Fort Sill, they traveled to California in 1945, and settled first in Pacific Grove, then lived happily until his passing in 2009 in the home that Norris designed for the family in Monterey.
Jean leaves their two daughters, Layne Littlepage and Janni Littlepage, who loved her very much and were loved by her in return. She is also survived by nieces, Janice Sewell, Kelly Johnston Roach; nephew, James Johnston; many cousins including the Smiths, Barrons, Johnstons and Littlepages; step-grandchildren, Jonathan Milne and Wyatt Milne; step-niece, Lila Rose Milne; honorary granddaughter, Donna Shlaimon; and many beloved friends and neighbors.
Jean will be lovingly remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and for her keen wit and inquisitive mind, which continued to be active at age 95. She was a voracious reader who kept up with world events with subscriptions to numerous magazines and journals. She enjoyed dining in the fine restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, and loved holiday dinners with family and friends in her house in Monterey.
She belonged to numerous educational organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma International Reading Association and the California Young Reader Medal Council. During her many years of teaching, she read or told stories daily from world literature/folklore to encourage children to experience the richness of world cultures and the joys of reading. She was instrumental in helping to establish a library and reading room at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School in Seaside, California, where she taught for the last 15 years of her career.
Donations in her name are welcome to be made to the Monterey County Library.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Oct. 6, 2013
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