Jean Louise Herndon
1950 - 2021
September 8, 1950
April 22, 2021
Caldwell - It is with great sadness that the family announces that Jean passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Jean was 70 years young. Jean was born on September 8, 1950 in St. Ignatius, Montana to Camiel F. VanHaverbeke and Mable Jurgens VanHaverbeke. She spent her childhood growing up in Montana. Her family moved to Longview, Washington where Jean graduated from Mark Morris HS in 1968 and Eastern Washington University in 1972. Jean's first job in her career in education took her to Magdalena, NM and then to Idaho. Jean dedicated her life to help others to empower them through her career and as a special education teacher to fulfill her dream of teaching and supporting children and their families with special needs.

Jean met the love of her life, Mack in Twin Falls, Idaho. They spent 43 years together supporting each other and enjoying many adventures together. Jean was a warrior. She will be forever remembered every holiday, birthday, and special occasion with cards. Although our hearts are heavy, we celebrate her life and comfort that Jean is in heaven watching over us. When you think of Jean, celebrate the good memories. Remember life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; Arthur Cyril VanHaverbeke and John Michael VanHaverbeke. Jean is survived by her loving husband Mack Herndon of Caldwell, Idaho; sister Marie (David) Glenn of Madras, Oregon; brother, George Camiel VanHaverbeke of Madras, Oregon; step-children, Donna (Mike) Burkett and Travis (Shawndell) Barron; grandchildren; Erica (Charles) Hanshaw, Justin (Brittany) Cayless, Luke Burkett, Shay Burkett, Connor Barron, Sawer Barron, great-grandchildren; Emma, Elizabeth and Colton, sisters-in-law; Peggy (Bill) Stidham and Gayle (Billy) Hull, nieces and nephews; Kelly (Charles) Scibetta, Matthew (Michelle) Glenn, and Meagan (Cheyne) Brown and a host of relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank all of the healthcare professionals at West Valley Hospital for their compassionate care. We are sincerely grateful to the wonderful staff, volunteers, and hospice who comforted and cared for Jean in her last days. At a later date, Jean's ashes per her request, will be scattered at Flathead Lake in Montana, a favorite childhood destination.
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Published by Idaho Press Tribune from May 7 to May 8, 2021.
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