Carey, Jean Northrop 88, of Minneapolis -- whose passions included art, sewing, tennis, gardening, kids, dogs, and financial empowerment for women -- died Jan. 8 at Walker Methodist Health Center, her home of the past eight years. She was born Aug. 11, 1924, the middle child of Marvin A. and Elsie (Waldron) Northrop. The family lived in Minneapolis, except for a couple of years in the Depression when Elsie and daughters Nancy, Jean and Sally stayed with relatives in St. Louis. Jean was a graduate of Kenwood School and Minneapolis West High School. At the University of Minnesota she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors on her fine arts degree and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. After college she worked as an illustrator for fashion magazines and on such jobs as department store clothing advertisements. She married James Bain Carey Jr. in 1947. After the death of her father in 1950, she handled selling off the assets of his airplane equipment company. The family grew to four with daughters Dana and Ellen. Jim, a doctor and medical researcher at the U, died in 1970, shortly after the marriage ended. Jean returned to the workplace in the '70s as a market researcher for Investors Diversified Services (IDS). She also started teaching continuing education classes at the U after concluding that many women needed to know more about investing. Survived by daughters Dana (Gerald) McKenna, of Richmond, Va., and Ellen Carey (John Paulson), of Minneapolis; grandsons Christopher McKenna, of Richmond, and Lee and Brent Paulson, of Minneapolis; nieces Susan Wolkerstorfer of St. Paul and Sally Michaels of Riverwoods, Ill.; two grandnieces and two grandnephews. Preceded in death by a newborn daughter, Laura; and sisters Nancy (Herbert Jr.) Loth and Sally B. Northrop. At Jean's request, no public service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to the Walker Methodist Foundation, 3737 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls, MN 55409.
Published in Star Tribune from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2013