Rockport - Jean transitioned onto her new journey Tuesday morning, December 10, 2019 surrounded by family and prayer.
Born in Waltham, Jean grew up in Lincoln, MA and graduated from Concord High School. She continued her education at The Chandler School for Women in Boston, where her career in sales began. Wearing many hats Jean was a dedicated employee with a strong work ethic. In every job she held she always demonstrated integrity, strength and wit and was well known for being a valued asset. These qualities were embedded in her heart and soul and were the core of who she was.
In her twenties, Jean discovered Rockport and fell in love with the natural beauty surrounding the small quaint island. Jean made Rockport her home for the past 45 years, a home that she was incredibly grateful for. Jean was a long time parishioner of St. Mary's, a regular fixture at the Rockport Library, was known for putting her chairs out first for the 4th of July parade and walking the town endlessly, all the while enjoying each sight as if it was the first time she saw it. She would say she was blessed to be in such a beautiful place with such an extraordinary community. Jean was an avid reader and enjoyed her book club. She was curious and loved a good conversation, be it town politics, the latest book, or her beliefs in her faith. She was always ready to share and learn. Jean's beloved prayer group was such an important part of who she was and she loved each member deeply. She would be excited over unusual bird sightings and call with excitement to share the news. There was much to enjoy and love about her community, family and friends and Jean took it all in with grace and gratitude.
The curious and adventurous side of Jean allowed her to explore life in many ways. She had wonderful travel experiences with her son Matthew and daughter-in-law, Meredith. They explored Seattle, WA and its surroundings and many different parts of Europe. Their common love of Art, Music, Museums, Architecture and the natural beauty of different parts of the world sparked Jean's interest. She was grateful for those trips and when it became challenging to travel Jean found great satisfaction in her Great Books Library. These took her many places sparking that curiosity and wonder that satisfied Jean's love of learning.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, Roland Wells and Geraldine (Prior) Robbins; her brother, Richard Robbins and her sister, Bonita Robbins.
Jean leaves behind her two children, Pamela Lynn (Perry) wife of John Arnold of Beverly and Matthew Van Dyke husband of Meredith (Easton) Brown of Seattle; her two grandchildren that she adored Alyssa Wells (Arnold) wife of Ryan Michael Crimmins of Beverly and Derek John husband of Loni Marie Arnold of Salem; the twinkle in her eye came from her four great- grandchildren, Reese and Quinn Crimmins and Ella and Johnny Arnold. Jean would often sit on the floor to play with them or read them their favorite books. In addition, Jean leaves a sister-in-law, Helen Robbins of Billerica. There are so many treasured friends that Jean leaves behind that were deeply important to her and those friendships meant the world to her.
A Glorious Celebration of Life for Jean will be held in her honor Saturday, March 21, 2020 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway, Rockport, MA at 11 am.
Donations may be made in Jean's memory to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, PO Box 299, Rockport, MA 01966 or Friends of The Rockport Library, PO Box 31, Rockport, MA 01966.
Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA.
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Published on December 20, 2019