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Obituary: Jean Dummer Feb. 1, 1931 – Nov. 3, 2017

on November 6, 2017 - 3:59pm

JEAN DUMMER Feb. 1, 1931 – Nov. 3, 2017

Jean Dummer died on Friday November 3, 2017. She was 86 years old. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family after an unexpected devastating stroke.

Betty Jean Roberts Dummer was born February 1, 1931 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She married Jerry on June 1, 1952, and after a year in Nashville (Jerry’s grad. school) and two years in Maryland (U.S. Army), they settled permanently in Los Alamos, NM in November of 1953.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sons Gregory Jerome and John Roberts.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 65 years; her daughter Sarah and husband Corby of White Rock; her daughter Martha and husband Spencer of Santa Fe; daughter in law Sue of Los Alamos, and two grandsons Seth Daly and wife Ashley of Albuquerque and Dylan Daly and his partner Sheena of San Diego. She also leaves behind her loving dog Pete and a long line of hairy dogs and cats that shared her bed and her affection.

Jean was always friendly and engaging.  She loved cooking, reading, taking care of her family, and always made time for a good laugh over coffee or lunch with her dear friends the bluebirds. She was always sacrificing her needs for those of others. She had a quiet strength and as her girls would attest, a feared right index finger. Jean will be remembered as a selfless, altruistic wife and mother who always had a smile with her big blue eyes.

Jean spent many years working tirelessly in the alter guild at the Episcopal Church in Los Alamos and loved her service.

Jean also loved Halloween. She was the famous witch of 99 Beryl and dressed up to visit elementary schools at the horror (but secret joy) of her children, and of course to hand out candy to the multitudes of trick or treaters that came to her door.

After retirement, Jean and Jerry travelled all over the world. They loved New Zealand and Australia, Europe and China. She savored a love of adventure and cuisine. A favorite story was their driving to the Albuquerque airport on 9/11/01 to find a very empty airport. Oh well they said, let’s just drive around the U.S.

Recently Jean became a TV star on Antiques Roadshow. She showed a beautiful chair carved by Jerry’s great grandfather. It had exhibited at the 1893 World’s Fair. What an experience.

A memorial/celebration of life is being planned for the future.

Her family would like to say a special thank you to Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and Hospice for guiding them with grace through a difficult process. Another special thank you to Coming Home Connection and their wonderful caregivers.  

Jean had a quote she liked and fits her so well:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”

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