A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Jeanne was a blessing on earth and will be greatly missed by all. Heaven gained a true angel.
OBITUARY

Jeanne Ann White

April 15, 1931October 27, 2018

Jeanne Ann White was called to the Lord on October 27, 2018. She was 87 years old.

Jeanne was born on April 15, 1931 to John and Frances Malone in Vermillion, South Dakota. She moved with her family to Venice, Ca in 1936 and shortly after moved to Van Nuys, Ca. She met the most amazing man, Lee White, and they married May 12, 1950.

In 1956, Jeanne and Lee purchased a home in Tulare, Ca where she was a homemaker. Lee was on the road a lot, so she was on her own the majority of the time to raise all 5 children. This was a struggle for her sometimes, especially with 4 boys. She was the most loving, caring, and calm person, but if you messed with her children, not far behind there she was to make sure that it never happened again. In 1973 she moved with her family to Merced, Ca. She was very involved in the church, First Assembly of God. She went back to school and got her degree in early childhood development in 1984. She taught preschool and a couple different Christian schools before opening up her own. She turned her home into Top O’ the Mountain (A climb to the top of the mountain for each individual child). She valued teaching in a Christian atmosphere more than anything and was loved by all of her students that attended. She taught the two L’s, love and learning. She loved everything about teaching and her school. Sadly, Lee passed away in 1992. Soon after she closed the school. She moved to be with her sister, Joyce in Lancaster, Ca in 1994. She lived there with Joyce and Joyce’s husband, Paul for 16 years. In 2010, she decided to be closer to family in Visalia, Ca. She moved into her own little apartment. She was never a pet person, but she ended up with a stray and named her Baby. She was her companion. She loved her dog. Every single day, she would take her for a walk and get the mail for all of her neighbors. Everyone in her little community that she met, loved her.

Jeanne took pride in her family. She was always there to talk to and had the best advice. She never judged, she never had a bad thing to say about anyone. She gave the best hugs and when she did you knew everything was going to be ok.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Lee White; her son, Andrew White; her parents, John and Frances Malone; her brother, Jack Malone; and her sister, Shirley Monroe.

She is survived by: her sisters, Joyce Taylor and Jill Malone; her daughter, Kathleen White; her sons, Bradley White, Mitchell White, and James White and daughter in-law Diane White; her grandchildren, Stephen White, Erika Singleterry, Jennifer White, Stacey Fantom, Rebecka White, Kandis Van Gelder, and Bruce White, along with 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Jeanne was a blessing on earth and will be greatly missed by all. Heaven gained a true angel.

A memorial service will be held at Stratford Evans Funeral Home in Merced, Ca on Friday November 9, 2018 @ 1pm. Graveside to follow at Merced Cemetery District. There will not be a reception held afterwards.

  • FAMILY

  • Lee White, Husband
  • Andrew White, Son
  • John Malone, Father
  • Frances Malone, Mother
  • Jack Malone, Brother
  • Shirley Monroe, Sister
  • Joyce Taylor, Sister
  • Jill Malone, Sister
  • Kathleen White, Daughter
  • Bradley White, Son
  • Mitchell White, Son
  • James White, Son
  • Diane White, Daughter-in-law
  • Stephen White, Grandchild
  • Erika Singleterry, Grandchild
  • Jennifer White, Grandchild
  • Stacey Fantom, Grandchild
  • Rebecka White, Grandchild
  • Kandis Van Gelder, Grandchild
  • Bruce White, Grandchild
  • Also leaves behind 15 grandchildern, 2 great great grandchildern

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jeanne Ann White

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Katie Monroe

November 8, 2018

I would just like to say that Aunt Jeanie was a beautiful person! I will always remember her hugs and her laugh would light up the entire room. When she lived with Aunt Joyce I was able to stop by with the kids and she loved seeing them and engaged in a conversation with them the second we would walk in the kids just thought she was so special. I thank her for always being so welcoming and loving to all of us!! I send my love to everyone! ❤️

Beth Grant

November 8, 2018

Such a beautiful soul. My Nana’s sister, part of her whole world! Aunt Jeanne instantly drew my son Grant to her when he met her! We all loved her so dearly. She will be sorely missed!! Love you Aunt Jeanne... until we meet again ❤️

Lacey Rose

November 8, 2018

She's got a way about her
I don't know what it is
But I know that I can't live without her
She's got a way of pleasin'
I don't know what it is
But there doesn't have to be a reason
Anyway
She's got a smile that heals me
I don't know why it is
But I have to laugh when she reveals me
She's got a way of talkin'
I don't know what it is
But it lifts me up when we are walkin'
Anywhere
She comes to me when I'm feelin' down
Inspires me without a sound
She touches me and I get turned around
She's got a way of showin'
How I make her feel
And I find the strength to keep on goin'
She's got a light around her
And everywhere she goes
A million dreams of love surround her
Everywhere.

Jim White

November 7, 2018

I would never be able to describe everything Mom did in one paragraph but here is just a little bit of everything she was to us ..Mom was the best Mom in the World I’m going to miss her more then words can say .. she would do anything for anyone that needed help , she would say , let me write you a check ,, but mostly her hugs and kisses is what I will miss the most Mom was a very talented person ,, Music and literature and poetry were her favorites but mostly a caring and loving Wife to our father Lee and Mother to her kids , grandkids and great grandkids I know we will meet again someday .. we love and miss you Mom more then words can say..

Shannon Metcalf

November 6, 2018

My memory is of an Aunt who was ALWAYS laughing, always asking about your life & listening intently to your answer, always hugging you so tight it could break a rib, always beaming with pride when talking about her life, Uncle Lee, her kids, grandkids, great grandkids, nieces, nephews, students & friends, always caring, always loving .....Aunt Jeannie... you will be missed by ALL of us!!! ALWAYS!!!!

Your niece, Theresa Sanders

November 6, 2018

Our Aunt Jeanne was the one who always told us that we were the best, the most precious, and the most loved. She found the best in each of us. She and I shared a love for teaching and children. We discussed ideas about that on the phone and in her wonderful, long letters. I know she’s with our family up there, and I know they’re glad to see you. But we’ll miss your bright smile and sweet face.

Mo Malone

November 6, 2018

Jeanne White was a very special lady and I was given the privilege of sharing 9 years by her side that will be cherished memories of a lifetime! She was such an inspiration and her love never failed! In 1985 she introduced me and my daughter to church and the bible which has been an anchor for my soul since. She also encouraged me to go back to school at Merced Jr College to continue my education. She helped establish our credit and was the one who co-signed for my wedding ring that Jack was finally able to get me 5 years into our marriage. That ring is so special to me and it is because of her that it exists! But the highlight was sharing her dream come true at Top O' the Mountain where we worked side by side. It is where my daughter spent her childhood and to this day she says it was the best any child could have wished for. She opened her doors to my family when we were at our lowest and she helped us climb back up, climb that mountain back up always in love and encouragement. I shall never forget these moments shared, and I look forward to seeing her again for the bible tells me she is in my future and my heart rejoices in knowing I will see her again. Until then sweet precious angel 💕

Ashlee Smith

November 6, 2018

I went to Top o’ the mountain for several years and the memories I have from that time are some of the best I can remember. Miss White was so creative and loving. I remember when kids would act up, instead of getting mad, she would hold you on her lap and sing and rock. I also met some of the most special people in my life through Miss White; Mr. jack, Miss Mo, and Lacey.
Miss White and Top o’ the mountain will always hold a place in my heart.

Judy Madrid

November 5, 2018

I met Jeanne when I was 15 years old. I am so thankful she was a part of my life, and so fortunate that she was my girls Nana. From the time I met her, each time I would walk up to her door on Nottingham she would greet me by saying “here comes my Breck girl”. She said this to me for 17 plus years. The last time I saw her, I sat with her and had the best talk. She laid her head on my shoulder and said “you will always me my Breck girl”. I have many wonderful memories of Jeanne, but this one I will cherish forever. Thank you for your love, your friendship, your hugs and being the best Nana any grand child could ask for. Love, Judy

Diane White

November 5, 2018

Jeanne was the most caring person.

She was willing to help you with anything and so grateful when you helped her. Her laughter was contagious and her hugs could cure everything! I will miss our talks. I know you are an angel in Heaven and we will see each other again. I find comfort knowing you are among your loved ones that went before you.🙏🏻💜🎹❤️