Jean Beattie
1934 - 2020
Doherty Funeral Homes, Inc. - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE
Jean Beattie

Wilmington - Jean Beattie, 85 years old, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2020 with family by her side. Jean was loved as a mother to 6 children (the "Beattie Bunch"), grandmother, sister, friend, confidant, writer, traveler/adventurer, and devoted Catholic. Although her body finally allowed her to join her daughter Kathy in heaven, her mind, quick wit and deep and loyal love remained strong until her last breath.

Jean was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and was a loyal Delaware resident her entire life. As an Alexis I Dupont High School graduate, she was chosen as the "Harvest Queen" her senior year, and began her adventures as a wife and mother, as well as being quite prominent on the local stage in a variety of plays. After raising her six children - 3 boys and 3 girls, she began her career outside the home, working at Continental Life and then later at the Ashland Nature Center in Yorklyn.

An avid writer, Jean was published in the News Journal and other papers on topics ranging from high school proms to mailbox vandalism, to "Cows without the Moo". In addition to taking formal creative writing classes, she demonstrated her creative side through community theater. Loving to be called "Jeannie", "Grammy" or "Mom", she maintained a strongly competitive spirit when it came to playing Scrabble, and remained a merciless foe when it came to family play. Her focus on experiences for her six children, ranging from museum visits to science expositions, instilled a sense of creativity and curiosity in the next generation. Jean also enjoyed traveling the world with her sister, at times worrying her children with stories of missing trains in Paris to return to home base in Belgium, due to having lost track of time and having fun.

Jean is predeceased by her eldest daughter, Kathy, and survived by her five children and their spouses: Mike and Peggy, Mary (Luca) and John, Steve and Kim, Chris and Sherri, and Carolyn (Phinney) and Jimmy; as well as her twelve grandchildren; and her two beloved sisters: Betty Newell and Susan Seward.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 10:00am - 11:00am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30am at Resurrection Parish, 3000 Videre Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. Interment will be held privately with Jean's family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's memory can be made to the Ashland Nature Center, PO Box 700, Hockessin, DE 19707.

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a loved one
September 14, 2020
Having been close friends with Mrs.Beattie’s youngest child Carolyn,I spent numerous days and nights in her home. Mrs.Beattie was witty,warm,and welcoming. I remember always feeling at home in her company yet respecting her role as CEO of the “Beattie Bunch”. Mrs. Beattie’s strong commitment to both her family and her faith will remain alive in future generations. For me, I was lucky to have known Mrs.Beattie as a young adult and will cherish many memories of her.
Julia Melone
September 13, 2020
Carolyn, Jimmy and family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. In sympathy,
John & Mari Samluk and family
John Samluk
September 13, 2020
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