Jean Willard passed away Monday, January 3rd at her home in Mount Vernon. Jean was born in Spencer, Nebraska, in 1936, and graduated from Burlington Edison High School in 1954.
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Jean had a full and interesting life: She graduated from nursing school in Bellingham, and worked as an LPN for 12 years; She owned and operated a fabric store, Woman's World, after the death of her husband, Clint Freeman; She married Rex Willard and moved to Canada, where Rex owned and operated a marina and was a counselor at Salmon Arm High School.
Jean and Rex moved back to Washington after Rex's retirement and were employed by the Skagit Valley Herald for many years. The two enjoyed fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.
Jean was known for her great sense of humor and her readiness to tell jokes and laugh. She spent her life helping people, and will be missed by many who were fortunate to have benefited from her generous nature.
Jean she was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Bert Gross, and her husband Rex Willard.
She is survived by her sisters Shirley Miles and Ann Lindberg, and many nieces, nephews, and stepchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the fellowship room at the Allen Methodist Church at 16775 Allen West Road, Friday, January 7 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may made to The Breast Cancer Society, PMB 316 Gift Processing Center, 6021 S.W. 29th Street, Suite A, Topeka, Kansas 66614-6201.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Jan. 6, 2011