Jean Celia McIntyre
October 7, 1930 – May 9, 2020
Jean Celia McIntyre, 89, passed away Saturday morning May 9, 2020 in DeLand, Florida. Jean was born October 7, 1930 in Sanford, Florida to Karl and Hazel McIntyre and was one of eleven children. Jean is survived by her sister Peggy Wallis and brother Robert McIntyre. Her parents, sisters Muriel and Betsey and brothers Jack, Donald, Karl Jr., Charles, Stuart, and Scott preceded her in death.
Jean was educated in Sanford schools until age fifteen when the family moved to Orlando where she graduated high school there in 1948 and then attended colleges in St. Augustine, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Jean felt called by God to be a missionary and from 1953 to 1957 served in an orphanage in Kotagiri, India when she returned to the United States for health reasons.
Upon her return, Jean worked at the Orange County Courthouse and completed her education ultimately earning a Masters Degree in Music Education from Florida Technological University. For twenty-six years she taught music in Orange County public elementary and middle schools retiring in 1993 and moving to DeLand, Florida.
Jean started playing the piano at age seven and music became her life’s work. She studied music theory as child and even performed on Orlando radio station WBDO on her ninth birthday. By age twelve she was serving as a church pianist, a role she continued into her eighties faithfully playing at many churches. Jean was fourteen when her first private student started studying piano with her and for the next sixty-three years she gave private piano lessons sharing her love of music with her many students.
A Memorial Service will be held in the future at the Alliance Chapel in DeLand, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jean McIntyre’s name to the Alliance Chapel Benevolence Fund, 600 S. Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720.
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Jean Celia McIntyre
May 16, 2020
A wonderful woman with terrific musical talent. Always upbeat, full of energy and faith. A light in a sometimes dark world.
May 14, 2020
thank you miss jean for being in my life; what a treasure! our first introduction came with the piano when i was 12. i know you tried to make me a pianist but there were other things along the way that i needed to learn. for one thing poise in public. your social graces not only played out in recitals but in life with others. you emphasized practicing. practicing, practicing. sure, you allowed mistakes but the corrections were made for improving sound, mastering timing-- because others are counting (on us)-- and then developing the expressions of the heart. you were an artist and an excellent one. you did not allow an "anything goes" attitude or sloppy work. and third, it is about the performance, isn't it? to this day my children remember your white pantsuit; its legendary and i thank you for all of it...the frustration, the work, the smiles, the chance to prove myself and to help me have the courage to accompany my son when he performed with his violin 40 years later. you played at my wedding and we were all captivated--taking center stage and i gladly gave it. i love you.