Jean Carol STEVENS
September 28, 1943 – November 21, 2018
Jean Carol Stevens left this world to join the Lord in His Heavenly Kingdom on November 21, 2018. In 1943, she was born in Yakima, WA to Olive & Clyde, & lived on a farm with her grandparents & sister, Joann (deceased in 2018), where she cultivated her love of horses. She worked from the age of 13 to put herself through school, & graduated from Yakima H.S. in 1961. After some time in Seattle, she moved to Sacramento around 1965, & gave birth to a daughter, Sharon, but had to give her up for adoption...They were reunited & shared a loving relationship since 1985! She married Bill Shaughnessy (dec. 2009) in 1965, & their first child, Barbara, died at birth in 1966. Then their 2 children, Patricia & William, were born in 1968 & 1970. They were married for 13 years, & Jean was a homemaker who provided a solid foundation for her family & was one of the caring moms to a block full of kids. They enrolled their children in St. Robert School & Parish, as they lived in Hollywood Park. Jean was very active in the church & brought her beautiful, powerful alto voice to sing in the music ministry there. Her devotion to God carried over into Bible study & prayer meetings that were instrumental in getting through the difficult times in hers & loved ones' lives. She juggled many jobs to make ends meet, remarried with Skip Stevens (dec.) for several years in the 80's, & found her career at the State of California DMV, where she worked diligently for almost 30 years. Jean found love again with Bill Cogswell in the 90's, & stayed with him until his death. Her health deteriorated a few years after retirement, with complications from diabetes afflicting her mind, & eventually, her kidneys. She was cared for by her daughter, Trish, her brother-in-law, Jim, & an angel named Althea, for many years, to all of whom Jean was most grateful. Jean loved Jesus, music & singing, horses, gardening, doodling, watching movies, going on long, scenic drives, & doing things with her friends & the Red Hat Society. She ALWAYS generously gave her love & support to her family, & her unconditional love was what made her the best Mother & friend a person could have. She's a truly beautiful spirit who exuded joy, had a witty sense of humor & was always positive in her struggle to overcome the challenges in her life. Jean is survived by her 3 children- Sharon (Solsberry, IN), Trish, & Bill (Tulsa, OK), a niece & nephew from her sister, several grandchildren & step-grandchildren, & her first husband's family- Jim, & sister-in-law, Cathy, & her family. She had many friendships she cherished, especially with Gwen, who was also like a sister to her through the years. She touched many lives, & is loved by those who knew her. Jean was cremated by Harry A. Nauman & Son, in Sacramento, CA, & will be buried near her mom in Yakima, WA, per her wishes, on her birthday next year. Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held on Mother's Day, 2019, in Sacramento, at a location TBD. Please email contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org, for those wishing to attend... May her soul rest in peace with her Maker, as Jeanie Weenie Chili Beenie will be missed, but never forgotten!!!
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Jean Carol STEVENS
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