Jean Lee Beatty, 85, was welcomed into the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, March 22, 2014, after being weakened by her second bout of cancer of the neck.
Born in Michigan, Nov. 21, 1928, Jean Burden was adopted at the age of 6, by Floyd and Nellie Stinton and moved to Three River, Mich., where she grew up in the usual, though somewhat Victorian, depression-era manner.
She dated Ed “Butch” Beatty throughout high school, being voted cutest couple and best dancers their senior year.
Jean attended one semester at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo before Ed (whose family had moved to Florida after high school graduation) made the 24-hour drive from Florida to propose. The couple was married July, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Three Rivers, Mich.
Jean worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone (now Verizon) in Three Rivers most of her life.
Ed and Jean had two children, Edward William, Jr., (Bill) and Barbara Lynn. The couple divorced in 1963. Jean and the children lived in Montclair, Calif., for one year before returning to Michigan and living in the Kalamazoo area for three years at which time Ed and Jean remarried, October, 1967. This time their children attended the wedding at St. John’s as well as the honeymoon to Montreal Expo (Canada) by way of Niagra Falls.
It was August, 2003, that Jean’s daughter flew to Michigan for her 30th high school reunion, packed up her mother and her precious kitty cat, “Casey,” and drove them 2,000 miles out to Cottonwood, Idaho, arriving the day of St. Gertrude’s Raspberry Festival. Jean had been out to visit a number of times prior to this move and had already established friendships and a church family. She had accepted Jesus as Lord of her life in 1988 and realized that it doesn’t matter where you live, as long as Christ is in your heart, you can be “at home.” And she was at home for 10-1/2 years in Cottonwood, finally getting to be a big part of three of her grandchildren’s lives. The unconditional love between them all was obvious and sweet as life itself. Grandma was our family treasure, sweet, encouraging and prayerful.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her former husband, Ed. She is survived by her two children, Bill and wife, Vicki of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Barbara and husband, Dr. Andy Jones of Cottonwood; five grandchildren, Keri and Matt and Nick, Brandon and Allison. Gigi, as we called great-grandma had six great-grandchildren, Jacob and Adrian Heiser and Zach Daniels of Michigan, Aspen and Banyan Sisson of Hawaii and River Jones of Hayden Lake, Idaho.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cottonwood, followed by lunch at the church. Come celebrate Jean’s life. She said, “It was good.”
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