CHAPMAN, JEAN PERRY March 11, 1917 to Nov. 27, 2012 FOREVER YOUNG Jean's book, A Miracle a Mile Long, begins with her family's life in Tonopah, Nevada. It then chronicles her growing up in the Wilshire District of LA, meeting Ed Chapman during the Depression, and marrying during WWII. In 1947, Ed's aeronautical engineering talents landed the growing family in San Diego. After Ed's death in 1972, Jean moved from Point Loma to Mission Hills. There she established her legacy as a true artisan, her skills ranging from oils to stained glass, from stone sculpture to bookmaking. She was a member of the SD Sculptors Guild for many decades. Rarely traditional, she favored luminous, abstract themes that captured the unexpected beauty of everyday life. Throughout her 95 years, Jean converted setbacks into challenges to be conquered with resolve, and relished life's simple joys with love, humor, dignity and grace. Jean's spirit continues in her children, Tom Chapman, Billy Chapman, Teri Chapman, Kathy Shaw and Ed Chapman, daughters-in-law Barbra Rhoda, Edie Chapman and Mariko Matsutani, sons-in-law Steve Richman and Peter Shaw, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Memorial Mass: Monday, December 3, 10:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4080 Hawk St.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 2, 2012