Jean Anne Hadley Dec. 31, 1947 – Aug. 1, 2018

September 2018 Posted in Obituary

Jean Anne Hadley of Silverton left this world for her heavenly home on Aug. 1 when her loving heart unexpectedly stopped beating.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dennis Hadley, her children Troy (Kathy) Hadley of Rickreall, Gary Hadley of Silverton, and Becky (Tim) Schuette of Baker City, grandchildren Grant and Cody Hadley and Riley and Ainsley Schuette; brothers Jerry (Gladys) O’Neil and Jack (Lorraine) O’Neil and sister-in-law Sandra (George) Hadley-White and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean’s family from far and near were always welcome in her home. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earlyn and Adelyn O’Neil.

Jean was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1947. She lived and attended schools there graduating from University of Toledo. One of the joys of Jean’s life was her college sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. While working for Zeta, Jean came to visit the University of Oregon and Oregon State University for Zeta activities. She liked Oregon and came back to OSU for her Master’s in Education. She met Dennis there, found out that Sandra (one of the U of O Zetas) was his sister and the bond was established. Jean often said that Zeta brought them together. Jean participated in sorority activities whenever she could and received her 50 year pin recently.

Jean and Dennis married on Aug. 4, 1973 in Silverton. They made their home on the Hadley farm in the Silverton Hills. Raising her three children on their grass seed, pig, and beef farm brought her great joy and pride. While the Silverton Hills were a long ways from her family in Ohio, Silverton quickly became her home and people loved her smile and willingness to help.

Jean will be remembered for her unflagging support of Silver Crest School, Business and Professional Women, Silverton Hospital Auxiliary, First Christian Church, Silverton Senior Center, Chemeketa Community College Adult Education, Wednesday Night Community Dinners, and singing in the Silvertones. She always had a song in her heart and loved to sing. She also loved making people feel welcome and believed in either having something positive to say or not saying anything. Those  who knew her will remember a sweet, loving woman who would do anything she could for you. She will be missed.

A memorial service for Jean took place on Aug. 9 at Silverton First Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Silverton First Christian Church College Scholarship Fund.

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