Jean B. McAllister, 96, passed away on September 26, 2017 at the RiverStone Hospice house with her son and daughter by her side. She was born in 1921 in Queen’s Village, New York to Charles G. and Inez L. (Gordon) Brown. Her parents were teachers and the family was able to take summer vacation trips to cottages in Maine and (in 1936) to the great western national parks. At the time, only two heads were finished at Mt. Rushmore!
Jean graduated from Oberlin College and married Kenneth L. McAllister in 1942. From this union were born Lois J. Hatler, Carol M. Ward and Lawrence C. McAllister. After many years devoted to family, Jean enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and received her Masters of Social Work degree in 1970. She worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan for 16 years. She later worked at the Samaritan Counseling Center where the Jean B. McAllister Award was created to honor “staff members who exhibit distinctive skill, knowledge, helpfulness and excellence in their calling”.
Jean was a crusader for social justice throughout her life. She was an active member and elder of the Church of Our Savior (Presbyterian), and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and the Women’s Health Initiative. She received the Clyde Gregory Award for outstanding volunteer service from the Lighthouse of Oakland County, MI (provider of emergency food and housing) and the service award from the Detroit City Council for her volunteer work with COTS (Coalition for Temporary Shelter). Moving to Mission Ridge Retirement Community in 2006, she volunteered to work in the country store and to help with special events, as well as to minister to those in failing health.
Jean in preceded in death by her parents and her brother Hugh. She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, one great grand daughter and a great, great grandson.
Her family would like to thank the staff at the RiverStone Hospice House for their care for out mother in her final days.
A memorial service will be held at Mission Ridge on Tuesday, October 17 at 2 pm. Jean’s remains will be interred in the family cemetery plot in Patchogue, New York.