Oct. 28, 1924 — Sept. 4, 2018
Jean was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Aviston, lll., to George and Florence Holtkamp (Rule). She grew up in the neighboring town of Trenton, graduating from Trenton High School. ln June of 1954 she met Ebby Williams, who was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in lllinois, at a softball game. They married in August of that year, and soon moved to Longview.
Jean was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and later a great-grandmother. She spent many hours following her grandchildren’s activities, including dance recitals and sporting events. She frequently travelled with Ebby to attend events of grandchildren who didn’t live locally. She enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles in her spare time.
Jean attended First Christian Church for nearly 60 years, helping with various church activities. She was a member of the YMCA where she provided and received love and much laughter from her exercise classmates.
Jean kept her family and many friends laughing. Her grandchildren especially appreciated her quick wit and funny sayings. As they became adults, they kept in close touch with their grandmother.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charlie Holtkamp; and a sister-in-law, Doris Williams. She is survived by Ebby, her husband of 64 years; her daughter Jodi (Art), and granddaughter Courtney; her son Kurt (Brenda) and grandsons Nathan (Mihloti) and Jordan (Amy), great-grandsons Joseph and Henry, and granddaughter Kaitlyn; and her daughter Debbie (Larry), and grandson Lindsay (Emily), great grandson Leo, and grandson Erik (Karla).
Jean passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 4, 2018 after a short illness.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 2000 E Kessler Blvd., Longview, WA 98632; the Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632; or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the First Christian Church.