Jean Donnelly

Jean Donnelly was born Alice Jean Wilson in Oxford, MS to Lillian and Grover Wilson, a farming family.  The family moved to Sikeston, MO where Jean attended grade school.  Jean then went to live with her aunt, Mrs. Prentice Arnold of Memphis TN, where she graduated from Nicholas Blackwell High School in 1947.  She was a member of the school band, choral group and a cheerleader.  In 1947, while acting as a hostess at a YMCA dance, she met a young sailor from NY, who was attending school at the Naval Training Center.

John Joseph (Jack) and Jean were married in the Navy chapel on July 2, 1948.  As a Navy wife, she served her community many years as a Gray Lady and later participated in the Friend-to-Friend program at nursing homes and volunteered with the Arthritis Foundation.

After Jack retired from the Navy, the family made their permanent home in Kirkland, WA.  Jean is survived by her husband, Jack, of 64 years and her children: Michael (Donna), Cathie (Murphy), Marian (Philip), Jean (Skip) and Margaret (Dave); as well as nine grandchildren: Nicole (Preben), Sean (Morgan), Ian, Mairead, Michael, Luke, Peter, Corianna and Colin.  Jean was a beloved wife and precious mother.  If love alone could have kept her here, she would be with us still.  Funeral Mass at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Redmond, 10am, June 19th.  Reception to follow.  Remembrances may be made to the Arthritis Foundation in her name.

19 Responses to “ALICE JEAN DONNELLY”

  • jean saling says:

    I love you Mommy & miss you so much. Thank you for loving our Dad & us,& making ours a happy home. You helped me to be better wife & mother. Life will not be the same without you.

  • Cathie says:

    I’m going to miss you more than words can say. You were the heart of our family. We will all look after Daddy, so don’t worry about that anymore. We love you so very, very much. You gave your all to us, your family. Rest in Peace, dearest, most precious Mommy.

  • Marian says:

    I love you so much Mom and miss you terribly. Thank you for loving me. We will take care of Dad. You are gone too soon, too soon. Be at peace.

  • Margaret King says:

    Oh Mummy – I love you so much and miss you. Thank you for always being there for us. We will love and take care of each other, Dad and Fudgy until we see you again.

  • Sue Lind says:

    My beautiful godmother. My heart goes out to the family; you all will be in my prayers.

  • Dianne (Collene) Hogle says:

    Our families were so close for so many years. Jack and Jean were my sisters (Suellen Collene Lind)Godparents. I recall so many fun outings with the Donnelly’s. I especially and fondly recall keeping in touch with Jean the past 5-10 years as we discussed family and the aging woes. I will miss you Jean but am comforted that you are in heaven. To the Donnelly children, you had the best of the best parents. God bless you all, expecially, Jack.

  • Cathie says:

    Thank you, Suellen & Dianne. We were just looking at their wedding photos the other day with your Dad in them, as best man at their wedding. They were all so young and had their whole lives ahead of them. We will take care of Daddy, as he is devastated. They were just shy of 64 years together. The only time they were apart in all those years was when Dad was shipboard with the Navy. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayer; they are appreciated.

  • Lisa says:

    Lovely words for a lovely lady and a lovely life. Thank you for sharing this with us. We will light a candle for her on the 19th.

  • Jayne Annarino Luna says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. I and sending hugs from Virginia Beach to hold you tight and hopefully lessen some of your sorrow. Love to you and your entire family.

  • Marian says:

    Thanks Jayne.

  • Cathie says:

    Thank you, Lisa. The roses you brought are so nice and fragrant. I appreciate you.

  • Deborah Knetzger says:

    I was so glad to be able to know Jean, your mother and grandmother. She had a kind and welcoming aura and always was easy to talk to. She made me feel like one of the family at your gatherings for birthdays and holidays. Her warmth was for other people at all times.

  • Cathie says:

    Oh, Mommy. It’s been 4 weeks. My tears are still flowing freely.

  • Dennis and Rosemary Collene says:

    Sorry for the late response, my wife and I just moved to North Carolina. Please accept out condolences on Jean’s passing. As my sister Dianne said, we have mamy fond memories of all the Donnelllys. We always considered Jack and Jean sort of our second parents and their children as our best friends. Our prayers are with you.

  • Cathie says:

    Dennis: Thank you. It’s never too late for condolences. I have many memories of being at your house in Oak Harbor and with your family. Thanks again.

  • Diana (Wade) Rice says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Jean with fondness. I have good memories of our families getting together.

  • Diana (Wade) Rice says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have good memories of our families getting together.

  • Cathie says:

    We lost you a year ago this morning. It seems like yesterday. We got together for lunch today at the house with Daddy. We are all doing okay. I think of you every single day, Mom. I’m still missing you so very, very much. I don’t think it will ever get easier.

  • Cathie says:

    It is hard to believe you have been gone for 10 years. I still think of you every day and still cry about losing you when I am alone and feeling blue. We are all okay. Daddy is fine and we are still looking after him. Thankfully, he has your little dog, Fudgie. He has grown to love her very much and she has been good for him. There is so much I want to talk to you about, Mom. I love you. I miss you. Happy 93rd heavenly birthday.

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