Jean Kavanaugh Parker
Jean Kavanaugh Parker Jean Kavanaugh Parker, 64, died April 15, 2010, at her home in Shell Point. She is the daughter of Elwin Clinch Kavanaugh, Jr., deceased, and Mary Celeste Hardee Kavanaugh of Fernandina Beach. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of thirty-nine years, Robert C. Parker, Jr.; brothers E. Clinch Kavanaugh, III and William H. Kavanaugh of Fernandina Beach; a sister, Nan Kavanaugh Gibson of Fort Myers; six nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews. Jean spent her childhood in Bradenton and was a graduate of Manatee High School. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, and The Florida State University College of Law cum laude. During her professional career she lived in Tallahassee, where she was a law clerk for the late Justice Richard W. Ervin of the Florida Supreme Court, served as Associate Counsel for The Florida State University, was a member of the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, and was in the private practice of law with her husband. She was the first President of the Tallahassee Junior League who was also engaged in full-time employment. She served on the boards of The Tallahassee Symphony and the Tallahassee Civic Ballet. Her interests included the performing and visual arts (especially opera and ballet), history (especially visiting historic sites), and sailing. She was a crossword puzzle enthusiast. After retirement she and her husband sailed their thirty-nine foot sailboat "Patient Lady" across the Atlantic Ocean, an adventure of which she was particularly proud. They then spent over ten years visiting countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea while living aboard their boat. Celebrations of her life will be held later. Contributions in her memory may be made to Big Bend Hospice or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 20, 2010.
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To Robert & Jeanne's Family:
She and I were in FSU Law School together and she was such a dear and good friend. I think about her often, especially since our graduation and swearing in to the Bar has hit the 50 year mark. She was a very special person and I pray you all are well and are comforted by the fact she meant so much to so many.
Judge Mark Purdy (ret.)
mark purdy
April 14, 2021
It is hard to believe she has been gone this long. I still think of her often and remember what a good friend she was to me in law school. Mark Purdy
April 14, 2019
I just learned of Jean's passing and am deeply saddened. She was a wonderful lady and we were close friends in law school. Mark Purdy.
August 12, 2010
I was Jean's Neighbor across the street on Riverview Boulevard in Bradenton. Jean's Mother was the loveliest woman. She was the pall bearer in my Mother's funeral. What a special family. My deepest sympathy. Libby Manson Bigham
Libby Bigham
April 20, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful and talented wife. I hope you find comfort and hope through the many prayers in your behalf. Please remember that God has a loving concern for those who lose their loved ones in death (Psalms 146:9).
a loving neighbor
April 20, 2010
I worked with Jean at the PERC many years ago, and remember her as a very kind and gracious person. The same may be said of her husband Robert, to whom I extend my sincere sympathy.
Charles McClamma
April 20, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a lovely lady and she will be missed.

Judy Mimms Lange
April 20, 2010
Although I did not know Jean well, you and I as long-time friends, I cannot imagine the tremendous grief you are going through. Please try to remember that as you go through this devastating time to remember your and Jean's wonderful times together and let that help you each day. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
Carol Nunn Midler
April 20, 2010
Bob: We were very sorry to hear of Jean's passing. We fondly recall getting our "sea legs" and nautical training with the two of you at the old Shell Point. "Thelma Lee" is still part of our vocabulary! We lost track of you when you seriouslt went to sea. Jean was a great lady. You have our prayers and best wishes. McFerrin and Rosemary
McFerrin Smith
April 20, 2010
I am so sorry to learn of Jean's passing. She was a wonderful person and my prayers and sympathy are with you.
Bill Roland
April 20, 2010
A beautiful, awesome lady. God rest her soul
Kathy McCord
April 20, 2010
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