Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Jean Oviatt Draper

18 November, 192222 February, 2020

Jean Oviatt Draper died February 22, 2019. She was born to Clarence and Vera G. Oviatt on November 18, 1922 in Bay City. She moved with her family to East Lansing in 1951 and spent the rest of her life there. She graduated from ELHS and MSU where she was a member of the Tower Guard and Mortar Board honoraria and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Jean worked in advertising at J.W. Knapp Co., as a representative at Michigan Bell Telephone and as an academic advisor in MSU's University Division for 23 years. Jean married her high school sweetheart, Jack R. Draper, on June 10, 1945. She was a long-time member of The Peoples Church and the East Lansing Woman's Club.

She is survived by Jack; her daughter, Carolyn (John) Johnson; son, John A. (Linda) Draper; grandchildren, Johnna (Nicholas) Hetrick, Neil Johnson and Jenna Michieli; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Hetrick and Vera Michieli.

There will be a private family service for both Jack and Jean on Friday, August 7 at 11 a.m.

Recorded video of service at https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/3500883896590532/

Her family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Peoples Church Foundation, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.greastlansing.com


  • The People's Church Foundation


  • Private Family Service

    Friday, 7 August , 2020


Jean Oviatt Draper

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Gorsline Runciman

8 August 2020

The services for Jack and Jean are now available online for streaming. For the best viewing experience, please ensure that both the video volume and your computer or device volume are turned on and at a comfortable level.


Gorsline Runciman

7 August 2020

Recorded video of service at https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/3500883896590532/

Bruce Gruner

7 August 2020

Jean was a fond part of our lives. From the Christmases in the 50's to the visits to catch up on the happenings of her branch of the family tree right up to last year, she was always a joy to be around. Very interested in our family also, of course. What a wonderful cousin. She will really be missed.

Mary Hansen

4 March 2020

I remember Jean, Jack and also Jean’s mother Vera. I go back a long way at Peoples Church. All good memories of those fine people.
Mary Hansen

Lee Griffin

1 March 2020

Jean was one of the most gracious human beings I have ever known. She was a model of kindness, civility, making the best of every situation, and helping others. She was also sharp as a tack well into the age when we expect decline. If we could all pattern our lives after Jean, this would be heavenly planet!


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