Jean Ann (Gray) MARTIN (02/28/1934 - 06/01/2014)

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MARTIN, Jean Ann (Gray) February 28, 1934- June 1, 2014 Jean Ann (Gray) Martin was born February 28, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana to Paul E. and Ida M. Gray. She was raised in Fowler, IN and graduated from Fowler High School in 1952. After graduation she attended Perdue University and earned a degree in Home Economics Education, graduating in 1956. She also earned her 'Mrs.' when she married her college sweet heart, Dean Martin, on June 5, 1955. They have four children Robert (Judy), Richard (Doreen), Stephen (Melissa) and Sue Rees. She spent her early married life moving from Japan to Illinois, to Colorado to Urbana, IL. In 1970, the family moved to Cheney, WA. Jean and Dean have visited many countries including Australia, American Samoa, Fiji, all through Europe, Russia and China. For the last 25 years, Dean and Jean have been traditional Jazz groupies. They have attended jazz festivals from San Diego to Virginia to Vancouver, B.C. They danced and enjoyed the company of many jazzers. Dean and Jean were the co-directors of the Spokane Dixieland Jazz Festival for nine years. Jean was an avid quilter. She taught quilting, made quilts for all the family and many clothes for herself and her husband. She entered many of her projects in shows in Washington and was awarded many ribbons. Jean is survived by her husband, Dean, four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Although Jean has finally found peace after a seven year battle with dementia, she will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8th, at CHENEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1632 W. First St., Cheney, WA. Interment will be at the Washington State Veteran's Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the , 910 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 256, Spokane, WA 99204. Online guestbook at

Funeral Home
Cheney Funeral Chapel
1632 W First Street Cheney, WA 99004
(509) 235-2992
Funeral Home Details
Published in Spokesman-Review from June 4 to June 8, 2014
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