Jean Ann Worden

February 5, 1931January 15, 2021

Jean (Mago) Worden, of Canandaigua, NY, passed away peacefully with family on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Jean was born on February 5th, 1931 in Flushing, New York to Anthony and Elizabeth Guido and raised by Frank Seper and Elizabeth after the passing of Anthony. Jean spent much of her young life in College Point, New York attending St. Fidelas Grammar School and Flushing High School. She married Airforce Sergeant Robert (Bob) A. Worden on August 1, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Treasure Island, Florida who preceded her death in 2018. While Bob was enlisted, the couple were stationed in Puerto Rico for several years and after fulfilling their military duties, they moved several times throughout Connecticut and New York, finally settling in Cazenovia to raise five children.

Jean was an amazing person, loving wife, mother, care taker and friend who touched the hearts of everyone she met. Behind her sparkling green eyes was a soul that offered love and compassion to all. She often volunteered or worked part time with her favorite local shops and organizations providing critically needed creative input and services. She loved traveling with her husband Bob with their pop-up camper traversing the United States seeing sites and visiting family along the way. Jean had an amazing green thumb and always loved spending warm summers in her garden bringing it to life. During the winter months she enjoyed singing with the choir at church and knitting all sorts of beautiful gifts for friends and family. She had a passion to stay fit using day to day chores as her workout routine (e.g. shoveling her driveway at 6am after 12” of snowfall when she was 88 years old!) Jean had a tender heart for animals and loved every pet that ever set foot in or near her household. Her children especially remember her as beautiful, bright, loving, quirky, witty, humble, the animal whisperer, prolific photographer, crochet queen, singer, dancer and garden guru. Jean had the ability to make something out of nothing, truly a genius inventor. She was a straight talker with a mind like a steel trap, who was strong as a bull and never afraid to speak her mind if necessary. Although she ate like a bird, she always made sure everyone was taken care of and fed a wonderful home cooked meal. She enjoyed her occasional “brown booze” and ginger during visits from neighbors. Jean lived a life of passion, grit and integrity and will be dearly missed.

Jean is survived by her five children, Kathy Baumbach and her husband Dan of Candler, NC; Karen Liebman and her husband Larry of Danbury, CT; Gale McArdle and her husband Terry of Canandaigua, NY; Deanna Worden of Austin, TX; Michael Worden and his wife Kelley of Austin, TX; thirteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Elizabeth, step-father Frank, and sister Trudy Belinski.

A celebration of life service will be scheduled and announced at a later date due to COVID-19.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Crystal Beach Betterment Association at


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Elizabeth Mattison

January 30, 2021

Always enjoyed seeing Jean at Chorale enjoying herself.

Rita Deal

January 29, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. What a sweet lady she was! I will remember her as a cheerful soul. She will be missed.

Cathy Finley

January 27, 2021

So sorry about Jean. I will always remember being in the front row with her in Finger Lakes Chorale. Gale was such a good daughter to bring her to rehearsals. Sounds like she was an very interesting woman. Rest in peace.

Joanne Tayntor Cote

January 27, 2021

Growing up I spent a lot of time at the Warden house. That is when they lived on Eatonbrook Lake. Gale’s Mom always made me feel welcome and at home. When Gale and I would do something foolish, she never got upset with us. She made the best wilted lettuce salad. To this day I still have the recipe. Gale’s Mom was a gem. I’m so very happy she was in my life. Love and Peace to the family. 💛

Gale McArdle

January 27, 2021

You are one in a million, a heart of gold. Shine bright over the family with all your creative ideas and simple answers. “ I will carry you always in my heart” ❤️Gale

Lauren Fischer

January 26, 2021

Reading this,I just remembered shopping a thrift store with your Mom. She bought these tiny kids boots,to put a plant in! Talk about creative. I remember having lunch years ago, she gave me a beautiful necklace for my birthday. I will never forget this lady.

Annie Blatt

January 26, 2021

So many wonderful memories of Jean. Great times spent with Jean and Bob.
She will be missed by so many.

Ellie Waterman

January 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Jerry & I met Bob & Jean on Marco many years ago & had many good times to-gether on Marco & our visit with them in Vermont. Also they had several visits with us at our lakefront home in Bobcaygeon. I kept in touch with Jean by phone calls & notes over the past years. May she rest in peace to-gether again with Bob. Our deepest sympathies to all her family. Ellie & Jerry Waterman.

Daniel Baumbach

January 26, 2021

We will all miss Jean Worden....
She was the fair minded and resilient matriarch of our extended family.
She had an excellent sense of humor, accompanied with a sly grin,that made you always feel included and welcome....
I like to think that there is an awesome reunion going on in heaven today and always for our lost Loved Ones.....
We Love You Jean..,,,

Linda Wright-Winterfeld

January 19, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person and although I didn't know her, she will be missed. May she rest in peace.