85, of Hudson, WI and Marco Island, FL lived until November 7, 2012 Born on July 13, 1927, Jean was the daughter of Harold and Pearl Elliott, and grew up in La Grange, Illinois. She graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, receiving her B.A in Music, in 1949 where she met her future husband, Dean Erickson. Jean Alice Elliott and Dean M. Erickson were married on November 12, 1949 in La Grange, Illinois. They made their home in Hudson, Wisconsin where they raised three sons: Greg, Steve and Stew. While Dean ran the family grocery business, Jean was an avid volunteer in the Hudson community. She was named Outstanding Conservationist in 1967 by the Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs and served as President of the Hudson area P.T.A as well as many other volunteer community positions. Jean was a passionate supporter of Carleton College and an active member of her Class of 1949. Jean tirelessly volunteered at the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson over the years and continued to participate at the Tuesday Sewing Circle. As an accomplished pianist, she played at her church and gave piano lessons in Hudson for many years. Jean traveled the entire globe with great adventure. She filmed Dean's safari in its entirety, as he hunted in the depths of Africa. Jean learned to hunt and fish and was a very good shot. She learned to fly and successfully completed her solo flight, was a good golfer and played a mean game of bridge. In later years, Jean and Dean built their home in Marco Island, Florida where they spent their winters. They summered in Brainerd and Hudson until Dean's passing in 1996. In 2002, Jean married Robert Lyon. They lived on Marco Island, enjoyed art, music and world traveling. They later moved to Hudson. Throughout her life, Jean lived every day to the fullest, with love, kindness, generosity and enthusiasm. Jean cherished her family, friends and noble causes. She enjoyed music, playing the piano, art, drawing and painting. Her Grandchildren knew she was always up for a game of cards, a good practical joke, a sing-a-long at the piano, or reading a good story together. They will remember her wisdom, playful and positive attitude and sense of humor. Jean is preceded by her parents, Harold M. Elliott and Pearl E. Elliott; husband, Dean M. Erickson; and brother, Thomas Elliott. Survived by her Husband, Robert Lyon; Children, Greg (Jamie McNaughton), Steve (Sharon Olson), Stew (Vicky), Grandchildren: Jon, Chris, Logan, Luke, Hunter, Christina; Brother, Jim (Kay) Elliott; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. A time of Reflection is scheduled for Sunday 2pm-5pm at O'Connell Family Funeral Home. A celebration of Life and Remembrance will be held at The First Presbyterian Church of Hudson on Monday, November 12th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, The Phipps Center for the Arts, YMCA Camp St. Croix. Hudson Chapel - (715) 386-3725

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O'Connell Family Funeral Homes
520 11th Street South Hudson, WI 54016-2149
(715) 386-3725

Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2012