Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 3, 2014

A. Jean Waddell

TRAVERSE CITY — A. “Jean” Waddell, 90, of Traverse City, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Boardman Lake Glens – Brigadoon. Jean was born on Feb. 15, 1924, in Oil City, Pa., to the late Elmer and Madelene (Bates) Olson.

She married her best friend, John C. “Jack” Waddell, on July 1, 1950, in McKeesport, Pa., and their love remained strong through 54 years of marriage until his death on June 5, 2005. Jean was also preceded in death by her brothers, John “Jack” Olson, of Royal Oak, and Paul Olson, of Lexington, Ky.

Jean is survived by her three daughters, Elaine (Warren Lawrence) Waddell, of Eagle, Colo., Suzan (Michael) Vogel, of Sandy, Utah, and Andrea (Philip) Koski, of Edwards, Colo. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Jack and Jean lived in Grand Rapids for over 35 years, where she worked as an executive secretary before becoming a homemaker.

Upon retiring the couple split their time between Traverse City and Tucson, Ariz. After Jack’s death Jean divided her time amongst Traverse City, Utah and Colorado.

She was an active member of the Christian Scientist Church and the League of Women Voters.

Jean truly loved traveling and jazz music. She and Jack had many years of pleasure attending jazz festivals and dancing to the big band era tunes. Above all, spending time with her family is what gave Jean the most joy.

In accordance with Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Bay East Village.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to First Church of Christ, Scientist, Traverse City.

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