Jeane Barrett

Elizabeth Jeane Hill Barrett, 86, of Jefferson, passed away Jan. 30 at the Greene County Medical Center Long Term Care.

Jeane was born March 24, 1927 in Shelbyville, Illinois to Howard William Hill and Ina Lucille Phegley Hill and grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from Jones Community High School.  While in high school she stayed busy working at Grant’s Department Store.  After graduation, she went to work at Harvey Metal where she worked in the payroll department.

On February 4, 1950, Jeane was united in marriage to Walter “Wally” Barrett.  They were the parents of two children, Judith and John.  They made their home in LaGrange, IL, Canton, IL and then later moved to Galesburg, IL.  This is where Jeane learned to play Bridge, her second passion.  Jeane and Wally later moved to West Des Moines where she worked at Brown Jewelry.  They then moved to Jefferson where she became the bookkeeper for Barrett Motor Supply. She worked there until her retirement.

Jeane had a love for playing Bridge and was very active in a Bridge Club in Jefferson.  She was also a Girl Scout Leader, held an office position with the Eastern Star, was a mother advisor for the Rainbows, and was the treasurer for the Greene County Medical Center Auxiliary.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.  Jeane loved to play Bridge, however, her family was her life and nothing made her happier than spending time with them.

Jeane is survived by her daughter Judith A. Jacobsen of Jefferson; her son John E. Barrett (Susan) of West Des Moines; her sister-in-law Cher Hill of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren:  Kathryn Milbrandt, Erik Jacobsen (Michelle), Sandra Groves (Jim), and Emily Barrett; four great-grandchildren:  Delaney Gibson, Riley Milbrandt, Conner Groves and Natasha Groves; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter; a grandson Alex John Barrett; sisters Janet Phelps and Patricia Moore; and her brother Howard Hill.  

A service of remembrance was at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at Slininger Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson. Words of comfort were by Rev. Julie Poulsen of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Eulogy was by Sandra Groves. Musical selections were On Eagle’s Wings and How Great Thou Art. Honorary casket bearers were her bridge buddies. Casket bearers were Erik Jacobsen, Jim Groves, Matt Roberts, Dennis Hendricks, David Sayre and Mark Wedemeyer. Interment was in the Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson.

Memorials are suggested to P.A.W.S. or the Jefferson Public Library.

Slininger Rossow Funeral Home of Jefferson was in charge of arrangements, 515-386-2171,

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