Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 26, 2013

Jean Dale Haines

TRAVERSE CITY — Jean Dale Haines, 80, of Traverse City, peacefully entered eternal rest and joy with her Lord on Sept. 20, 2013, while in the care of Munson Hospice, surrounded by her beloved daughters, son-in-law, and the love of family and friends.

Born Oct. 17, 1932, in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Dwight C. and Alice M. (Peck) Dale, Jean was raised in Syracuse and graduated with a degree in education from Syracuse University. She returned to school later in life, and at the age of 62, earned a master’s degree in counseling, discovering great joy and fulfillment in her work as a grief and bereavement counselor.

It was during college that Jean met the love of her life and husband of 59 years, Robert Williams Haines, Jr., of Traverse City, who survives her. She is also survived by her daughters, Deborah Jean Haines (Mark) Hawkins of Traverse City, and Alison Ames Haines Whitacre of Annapolis, Md.; as well as grandchildren, Jamie (Kortney), Andrew (Kimberly) and Sam Hawkins; Kit, Haines, and Nash Whitacre; and great-granddaughters, Avery, Allie and Eleanor Jean Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Stephanie Dale Haines.

A memorial service in celebration of Jean Dale Haines will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, with Rev. William C. Myers officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service and all are invited to join the family for one of Jean’s favorite treats, an afternoon tea.

Jean’s family will be forever grateful for the kind and compassionate care she received from the GT Pavilions Cottages staff and those she met during her month at Munson Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Jean be remembered and honored through a memorial contribution to either Munson Hospice House, 210 Beaumont Pl., Traverse City, MI 49684; or Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilion Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684.

The family is being served by Life Story Funeral Home. Please visit to read more about Jean’s life, enjoy photographs and share memories.

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