Jean Dewey, born Beverly Jean Crowell, passed away peacefully, at home, in the care of her family, on July 29, 2018, at the age of 91, after a short battle with cancer.
Jean was born Jan. 9, 1927 to Harold M. and Beatrice (Greenwood) Crowell, in Everett, Wash. Her father worked for the railroad there and later for the Army Corp of Engineers, so Jean’s younger years were spent in Las Vegas, Nev., watching Boulder Dam constructed, and later during the building of Shasta Dam, her grade school and high school years were spent in Redding, Calif.
Jean went on to graduate with honors from Cal Berkeley in 1947, and met her husband, Charles A. Dewey, while working in administration at Garden City Pottery. Jean was “the pretty gal in the window who he waved to every morning on his way to work.” They married June 21, 1949, settling in Saratoga, Calif., a few years later to raise their three children.
In 1999, after Charles’ death in 1997, Jean moved to Mariposa to be with her daughter, and soon became a part of the “Mariposa downtown community.” She could be seen almost daily caring for her flowers out front of her home at Wisteria Arbors, or caring for the gardens around Mariposa United Methodist Church and making sure the doors to the church were open and the heat/AC was on every Sunday morning. Church members fondly have expressed that Jean’s contributions to her church family are greatly missed. “We never realized how much Jean did, until she wasn’t there,” is the sentiment shared by many.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; daughter, Jan Elaine Hooshiar; and granddaughter, Juliana Iudice. She is survived by her daughter, Carol E. Dewey; son, Craig H. Dewey and wife Lynn; grandchildren, Elizabeth Hooshiar-Malanche, Andriana Iudice, Jennifer Dewey, Bryan Dewey and Kavon Hooshiar; two great-grandchildren; and her beloved cat Miss Kitty.
Jean was a friend to all, accepting, understanding and compassionate. She is loved and missed by many.
As per Jean’s request, a memorial dinner for immediate family was held Aug. 8 in San Jose. Donations made in Jean’s memory may be kindly given to your local Hospice or the Peace Garden Fund of Mariposa United Methodist Church.