Delores "Jean" Mast, 81, of Norwalk, Iowa, passed away at 2:14 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2018, at her son's home surrounded by her loving family. Graveside services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, September 14, at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Hunnewell, Mo. The Rev. Olivia Earlywine will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the Fiddlestiks Restaurant in Hannibal, Mo., starting at 4:30 p.m. The family is being served by the James O'Donnell Life Celebration Home in Monroe City, Mo.
Jean Mast was born May 14, 1937, in Hunnewell, Mo., to Everette Earl and Merle Evelyn (McCrorey) Porter. Jean lived on a family farm with her three brothers and two sisters. She attended Hunnewell school system for most of her education and graduated from Monroe City High School after the systems merged in 1955. Until she started her family, Jean worked as a dental assistant in Monroe City.
Jean devoted her life to caring for her family with love and attention. She was a mother to six, grandmother to nine, and great-grandmother to 14. She was a caregiver for over 43 years to her son with special needs. She found joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean had an uncanny ability to make each member of her family feel important and valued. She gave us strength, love, and constant support.
Survivors include two sisters, two brothers, six children, nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jean was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother.
She treasured gardening and her gardens were even on city tours. Jean volunteered for the Special Olympics and countless school functions. Her love of reading has been passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed embroidery, walks with her grand-dogs, and watching the birds in her back yard. Jean taught her family what love truly is, along with patience, kindness, courage, strength, diligence, and integrity.
Jean suffered from Parkinson’s disease and wished to continue the research on the affliction by donating her body to the University of Iowa Medical School. This was her true character, always thinking of others and what she could do to help them.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association.
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