Jean Lawrence Thorpe
1934 - 2022
Jean Lawrence Thorpe
Nov. 17, 1934 - Jan. 9, 2022
Jean Lawrence Thorpe died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 after two days of hospice care. She went out on her own terms.
Jean was born and raised in Portland. She attended Catlin School, where she made wonderful, lifelong friends. Jean went to Stephens College in Missouri. She became an x-ray technician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland where she met her future husband of 58 years, John. She was a long-time volunteer for the Northwest Pilot Project, Meals on Wheels, and the Washington Park Rose Garden. Jean was known for her genuine kindness and her sweet mix of humor and common sense. Three of her favorite places: her grandparents' summer home in Bridal Veil, Ore.; the family cabin on Mt. Hood, where she became a great skier; and Arch Cape, Ore., where she enjoyed taking long walks on the sand. Jean was always up for an adventure. If you asked her to join you on a trip -- Ireland, Israel, Spain, China, Poland, wherever -- the answer was, "Yes, sign me up!"
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by her brother, Bill Lawrence; son, Steven (Lori); and daughter, Ericka Staley (Ernie); grandchildren, Alex Staley, Allison Staley (Daniel Sheridan), McKenzie Staley, Mellissa Thorpe; and many, many cousins. She was lucky enough to have two beautiful great-grandsons, Andrew and little Ernie. Her family loved her to pieces and will miss her greatly.
A private get together at a future date will be arranged. Remembrances to Meals on Wheels People.
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Published by The Oregonian from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2022.
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I was sad to learn of the passing of Great Aunt to me Jean. My experiences are limited of her but this I know, she was very conscientious, kind, smart and dedicated. Even given our limited contacts, I know she was a gracious and just a beautiful being as I described to my husband once after he reviewed our wedding photos. A wedding she was roped into attending by virtue of being a Thorpe. Thereafter when I was visiting from Utah, she showed me the Japanese and Rose gardens in Oregon. The experience was amazing and unforgettable. My husband and I were able to briefly visit her and Uncle Don (tho not why we call him this) at home. She was gracious as ever. I understand she took great care of him. All of our love and sincerest sympathy. Felise Thorpe Moll and Jeff Moll
Felise Thorpe Moll
January 25, 2022
My thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with my Aunt Jean's family. I have many fond memories of family times together from early childhood through recent lunches at Tewilliger. Time never seems to be our friend in that we always think there is another day. She was a kind soul with a ready laugh, always made me feel welcome and was glad to hear from me. Jean will be missed.
Melissa Thorpe MccClellan
January 17, 2022
My Deepest Condolences to The entire Thorpe and Lawrence Families, including brother Bill!
Dick Fettig
January 14, 2022
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