Jeannette Tarry

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Tarry, Jeannette (Jean) Cooper

Jeannette (Jean) Cooper Tarry passed away December 30, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. A resident of New Mexico for the past 28 years, she was born on May 25, 1922 in Kansas City, KS. At age 19, she married Charles Tarry on December 5, 1941. Two days later was Pearl Harbor and her husband spent the next four years in the U.S. Navy. After the war, they had two children, settling in Mulvane, KS to raise their family and develop life-long friendships. Jean later went on to have a career in real estate and in advertising sales for small-town newspapers. After her husband died suddenly of a heart attack in 1982, Jean migrated to New Mexico where her daughter lived.

Once in Albuquerque, she fell in love with her newly adopted state and thrived with activities at the city's senior citizen centers, especially ballroom dancing. She met George Hobart of Roswell in 1992 and they remained dance partners and world travelers until George's death this past May. She moved to Encino Gardens in the early 1990s and met many dear friends and fellow pinochle card players there. For over 20 years, she volunteered her services organizing books donated to Central United Methodist Church's Thriftshop. She was also a member of the Elks' Ladies Auxiliary group.

Jean was a true extrovert and loved interacting with others. With her outgoing ways, her wonderful sense of humor, and a deep love of reading, she could mingle with almost any group she encountered. She had a flair for fashion and design, even wearing her beloved high heels into her 80s. Her pop culture credibility rose greatly with the family when she appeared in a large group shot of a Bingo game in the series "Better Call Saul."

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Tarry of Lee's Summit, MO. She is survived by her brother, Jack Cooper and his wife, Phyllis of Kansas City; daughter, Patricia Tarry-Stevens and son-in-law, Hal Stevens of Albuquerque; daughter-in-law, Darlene Tarry of Missouri; grandchildren, Kristen Monroe of Kansas, Casey and Gizem Stevens of Providence, RI, and Kenna Stevens of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren, Austin, Ethan, Addison, and Azel; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration Memorial will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the small chapel of Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE. Cremation has occurred and at her request, her cremated remains will be taken home to Kansas City, KS in May. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Walkin' N Circles Ranch, Inc., a horse rescue facility at or P.O. Box 626, Edgewood, NM 87015.

Great appreciation and thanks go to the caregivers at Carefree Living assisted care facility, the Presbyterian Hospice team and the Home Healthcare workers.

Please visit our online guestbook for Jean at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2017