The Mercury News Weekend
Jul. 12, 1926 - Dec. 14, 2020 Resident of Portland, OR
Jean was born in Palo Alto, California to Chester and Katherine Barker. She had one sister, Margery Blockley. Jean graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1944 and Whitman College in 1948 with a B.A in Sociology. Jean graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 with a Masters of Social Work, then became a social worker, focusing on the frail elderly. She took drawing and painting classes for many years. Travels included the Panama Canal and Caribbean, Denali National Park, various locations in New Mexico and Arizona, and the Sierra Nevadas, as well as many spiritual retreats. Jean was passionate about nature and preservation, and often wrote poetry. As a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Jean’s faith remained strong, even when she could no longer attend services. Jean resided at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino, CA from 2004-2019, where she volunteered in their library. She moved to Cherry Blossom Cottage in Portland in 2019. She is survived by her daughters Kathy Evans, Carol Maresh, and son Bruce Drummond. Due to the pandemic, no services are planned. If so moved, donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto https://www.fprespa. org/ or Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/ in Jean’s memory would be welcomed.