Born Dorothy Jean Logan, May 8, 1913 in Spokane WA to Eugene and Wilhemina “Billie” Logan, whose Farmington WA wheat farm has been in the family since 1877.
“Jean” was a woman admired and loved by all, especially her beloved husband William Stuart “Stu” Henderson who died in 1996.
They met and married in Oakland on August 11, 1939 but shortly settled in Orinda CA where they lived until they “followed their bliss” and retired to the golf community of Oakmont up in Santa Rosa CA.
Graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Jean graduated from Mills College in Oakland CA in 1934.
Jean carried on her love of theater and acting talents throughout her life, becoming first a drama teacher at Oakland High School, then helping to start up local theatricals and performing regularly in community theatre groups in Orinda and Lafayette CA.
Jean was an Original who paved the way for women in many venues.
She was named as Orinda’s first Man of the Year 1955 for outstanding service to the community-an award whose name changed to Citizen of the Year thereafter.
Jean is survived by her two daughters, Judith Jean Knauss Whitehead in Kennewick WA, and Julia Anne Jacobsen of Petaluma CA; four grandchildren: Derek Knauss of Albany OR, Jennifer Knauss Foley of Bend,Oregon, Jacob Jacobsen of Noosa Australia, Kirsten Cash of Pleasanton CA, and Anna Jacobsen of Santa Rosa CA; along with nine great-grandchildren: Xavier, Rafael, Giselle & Sailor Jacobsen; Jackson, Colton & Presley Jean Cash, and Logan &Jack Foley.
A devout cradle Episcopalian, Jean’s memorial service will be held on May 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Kenwood, CA 95452.
Donations in her memory, at her request, can be made to Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation, PO Box 11671, Santa Rosa CA 11671 or St Patrick’s Outreach Committee, PO Box 247, Kenwood, CA 95452.
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