Jean Peters was born in Corvallis, Montana, on March 2, 1930, to George and Ruth Slocum. One of twelve children of varying ages, Jean was afforded many opportunities for travel from a young age, something she did with a great deal of affinity throughout her life. At the age of 15, Jean spent time in California with older sisters. During that time, her sister Dorothy brought her to Market Street in San Francisco where people were celebrating; this date she later found out was VJ Day, marking the end of WWII.
Jean met Jim Peters in 1947. They were married on June 6, 1948. Jean and Jim had five children: Casey, David, Reid, Gina, and Cristie. In 1974 they moved from Fremont, California, to Hamilton, Montana, where both Gina and Cristie would finish high school. Jean enjoyed a rewarding career as a business clerk at both the Hamilton and Victor school districts for over 20 years before retiring in the mid '90s.
The homestead, which boasted a breathtaking view of Blodgett Canyon, would act as a spectacular meeting point for the many visits over the years from their children and grandchildren. Many family meals included fresh produce from their garden. Jean and Jim spent several years traveling with their fifth wheel, in large part to visit their children and grandchildren, living primarily in Montana, Alaska, California, and Texas. Their last trip included a detour to Mexico in 1997, their most ambitious.
A couple years after Jim's passing in 1997, Jean moved to St. Regis, Montana, to be near family, with the support from daughter Gina and husband Wes Falk. During her time in St. Regis, Jean became reacquainted with Von Miller, an old friend from her past. Jean divided her time between St. Regis and the Seattle, Washington, area where Von lived. Following Gina's and Von's passing, Jean moved to Camp Wood, Texas, with daughter Cristie and her husband Casey Bolt. In late 2019, they moved to Kerrville, Texas.
Jean was an avid reader, history buff, and nature enthusiast. She loved all her grandchildren a great deal and would do anything for them. She even took some arduous hikes well into her 60s, when allowing a teenager to act as the guide. She loved to share the many skills she'd gained over the years, including crocheting and cooking. Her beautiful crochet pieces and huckleberry preserves were enjoyed by many. Most recently, she was enjoying life in Kerrville with her daughter Cristie.
Jean is survived by her sister Ruth Cleveland; son James (Peggy) Peters; grandchildren Daniel (Danielle) Peters, Aaron Peters, Joel Peters, Tommy (Tuni) Peters, Natalie (Jeremiah) Kelly, Marissa Peters, Ward (Nicole) Falk, Dotti (Ray) Tingle, and all of their many beautiful children.
A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Sunday, June 13, 2021 for Jean and Cristie at Kerrville Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830) 895-5111.
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