Jeanne Pritchard1928 - 2016
Jeanne Mudge Oliver Pritchard died peacefully
at The Brook, her second home in Cheboygan, Michigan,
on November 29, 2016.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert O. Pritchard Jr.,
sons, Ken (Kathey) Pritchard and Mark (Karen) Pritchard,
Ken’s family includes son Kevin (Lindsey) Pritchard, daughter
Kristyn (Brian) Biondo and their children Chloe and Sloan.
Mark’s family includes son Alex (Hannah) Pritchard and
daughter Mary Sheila Pritchard,
She also is survived by her brother in-law Neil E. Pritchard of
Bonita Springs, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
Jeanne was born on March 26, 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter
of William C. Mudge Jr. and Blanche R.Charron, At the age of 3, upon her
mother’s remarriage, she was adopted into the loving family of
Bernard J. Oliver, which included Miriam C, Oliver Hart,
Philip M. Oliver, Bernard J, Oliver Jr. and Richard M. Oliver of Seattle,
Washington, who survives. After attending high school in Chicago in
1947, she went to live with her parents in Japan and worked in an office
of the U.S. occupation forces, where she met her future husband. Love
soon bloomed and they became engaged. They returned to the U.S. and
married on October 16, 1948 in Detroit Michigan, As the family grew,
Jeanne set aside her plans for college and became active in volunteer
work, and was President of her local PTA. She was actively involved in
two long campaigns which established both the Ypsilanti and Cheboygan
district libraries and served as President of the Friends of the Cheboygan
Public Library. Additionally, she was a volunteer for the Cheboygan
Opera house in the box office.
Jeanne was a charter member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregations
of both the Lake County, Florida and Petoskey, Michigan, where she also
served as historian,
Jeanne returned to college, and at age 50 received her bachelor’s degree
summa cum laude in social work at Eastern Michigan University, She
worked there for many years, retiring in 1990 as coordinator for the
International Conference of Foster Parent Trainers.
Jeanne was honored for her lifetime volunteer activity and named a
Paul Harris fellow of Rotary International by the Cheboygan Rotary Club.
Cremation has taken place.
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