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Joy Jean

Friday, March 3, 2006

Joy Marie Jean passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at Heritage Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. She was born on June 5, 1915, to Jeannetta Kiersey McIntosh and John Duncan McIntosh of Braggadocio, Mo. She graduated from Deering High School, and received her Bachelors Degree from Southeast Missouri State University. During World War II, she moved to Washington DC where she served her country as a civilian in the Navy Department, working on personnel matters. Following her service in Washington, she returned to Southeast Missouri where she taught school in Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties, dedicating 33 years to the education of children in the Kennett Public Schools. She began her career as an English teacher, but over the years she taught everything from music to girl's basketball before settling into early childhood education as a sixth grade teacher at North School and later as a third grade teacher at West School.

Mrs. Jean was very active in her church, serving as Sunday school teacher, Church Historian, in Women of the Church and prayer circles, and as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Kennett. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and served for years in the Order of the Rainbow for Girls as Mother Advisor, where she was fondly known to many Rainbow Girls as "Mama Jean".

As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Mrs. Jean helped select young women from Kennett High School to attend Missouri Girl's State, as well as choosing a student each year to attend the Sophomore Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Progress Club, of which Mrs. Jean was president. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary sorority for educators, as well as a member of the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812.

Mrs. Jean's greatest loves were her family, her church, and her numerous former students for whom her door was always open. She touched the lives of many as she lived her philosophy, which was "To touch a child's mind, one must first touch his or her heart."

Mrs. Jean is survived by her daughters and their families, who are Colonel and Mrs. William R. Jones (Carol) of South Riding, Virginia, and Doctor and Mrs. David B. Dodson (Christie) of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Her grandchildren are Mr. and Mrs. Jefferey T. Jones (Kate) of Leesburg, Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Kimbrell (Beth) of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Andrew B. Dodson of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Tillman (Missy) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jeffrey Dodson of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Her great-grandchildren are Carson and Caroline Jones of Leesburg, Virginia, and Ansley Jean Tillman of Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Carson D. Jean of Kennett with whom she shared over 51 years of marriage, and her grandson, William Richard Jones of Virginia.

Services for Mrs. Jean will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Kennett, followed by graveside services at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mrs. Jean's memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Kennett, the Chattanooga Christian School, 3354 Charger Drive, Chattanooga, TN. 37409, or Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church (organ fund), 316 N. Bragg Ave, P.O. Box 57, Lookout Mountain, TN. 37350.