Jean B. Shoemaker, 85, passed away on Friday, October 18, in Grass Valley, CA.
“Barbara Jean Wiley” was born on January 4, 1928, to Earl and Gladys Wiley of Seneca, Illinois. At the age of two, the family moved west to Roseburg, Oregon, where Jean spent her childhood. As a young girl, Jean was a tomboy--preferring to be out of doors with her brothers, playing
Cowboys and Indians, riding horses, and playing baseball or touch football rather than staying indoors and playing with dolls.
In 1948 she married, had four children and became a full-time stay at home mom while her husband, Bob, traveled the world on business. The adventurous spirit, endless energy, and vivid imagination that Jean had as a child served her well in her new roles as wife, mother and household manager.
No matter where Bob’s work took the family--from Oregon, to Wisconsin, to New York, to California-- Jean immediately became active in both her church and community. When thekids were young, she was not only a Cub Scout and 4-H leader, but also found time to pursue several hobbies including sewing, Swedish embroidery, and ceramics. As the kids grew older, and Jean had a little more “spare” time, she volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at Peninsula Hospital, led arts and crafts classes at a convalescent home, and became an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (W.A.A.I.M.E.’s) in which she held several leadership positions over the years.
In 1994, she was recognized by the W.A.A.I.M.E.’s for her many years of service to the organization on a regional as well as national level.
After moving to Grass Valley in 1984, Jean pursued several new hobbies including stained glass making, knitting, and reading, A member of the Sierra Presbyterian Church since 1994, she participated in the women’s auxiliary, Bible Study classes, and Holy Folders group. In 2006,
Jean and Bob moved to Eskaton where Jean’s favorite activities were Bingo and Kings in the Corner. Jean entered Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care Center in early August where she continued to enjoy visits from family and friends until she passed away. Jean will
always be remembered by those who knew her for her easy going nature, her beautiful smile, and penchant for mischief and fun!
Jean is survived by her husband, Robert S. Shoemaker, to whom she was married 65 years; sons, Steven J. Shoemaker and R. Scott Shoemaker; and daughter, Jan Shoemaker, all of Grass Valley, CA; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Molly Jean Shoemaker Schaechtele; by her siblings Earl W. Wiley, Jr., Evelyn Wiley Le Grande, and Lawrence Wiley; and her parents.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 8, at 4 p.m. at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Rd., Nevada City, with reception following.
Memorial gifts may be made to UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center,Sacramento, or Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley, CA.