Jean D. Buckwalter died at her home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by the love of her family and many friends. Jean was born in Black Hawk County, Iowa, to Eugene R. and Elsie Hersch Davis, who named her Cleora Mae. She graduated from East Waterloo High School, attended Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana, then moved to California and married Martin Foster Dunlap. While living in Mill Valley (Marin County), she worked in advertising and marketing. The couple later moved to Chicago, where her two children were born. After she was divorced, she returned to Iowa and graduated from University of Northern Iowa. In 1957, she moved to Iowa City to take a job as secretary to the Chairman of the University of Iowa Department of Surgery. There she met and married her second husband, Dr. Joseph Addison Buckwalter III, and became stepmother to four children. In 1970 Dr. Buckwalter took a job at UNC Medical School and the family moved to Raleigh. The family moved to Chapel Hill in 1974.
During her years in Chapel Hill, Jean did volunteer work with various non-profits, including Chapel Hill-Carrboro United Way, Presbyterian Women, Inter Faith Council and Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of University Woman's club, Presbyterian Women, Chapel Hill Tennis Club, and Prospectors Investment Club. She was a strong, intelligent, curious woman whose other interests included bridge, travel, reading, and public policy.
Jean moved to The Cedars of Chapel Hill when it first opened.
Jean was predeceased by both husbands. She was also predeceased by her son, John Eugene Dunlap, a brother Dean E. Davis, and her dear companion Dr. Colin G. (“Tim”) Thomas. She is survived by two sisters, Jane Seidler and Shirlee (Mrs. Lee) Monty, both of Wisconsin; her daughter Catherine Dunlap (Mrs. Randall L.) Mayes of Hume, Virginia; her step-daughter Judith Ann Buckwalter (Mrs. Anthony) Russo of Washington, Maryland; and three step-sons, Dr. Joseph Addison Buckwalter IV (Kathleen Coen), of Iowa City, Dr. Jeffery Allen Buckwalter (Mary Jo Maxwell) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Dr. John David Buckwalter (Dr. Esther Poza) of Durham; a sister-in-law Barbara Davis of Minneapolis; and a daughter-in-law Maureen Krumm Dunlap, also of Durham. Jean is the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren: Dr. Joseph Addison Buckwalter V (Allison Hart) of Iowa City; Dr. Andrea Elizabeth Shea Buckwalter (Mrs. Marty) Potash of Louisville, Colorado; Jaclyn Kelly Garrett (Mrs. Giuseppe) Palmeri of Horsham, Pennsylvania; Abigail Coen Buckwalter of Lausanne, Switzerland; Shelby Marie Buckwalter (Mrs. Patrick) Coyne of San Francisco, California; Jeffrey Allen Buckwalter, Jr., of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Trevor James Krumm of Raleigh, April Nicole Russo (Mrs. Yaro) Hetman of Dearborn, Michigan; Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter-Poza of Washington, D.C.; Colleen Louise Krumm of Charleston, South Carolina; Laura Alexandra Russo of Ithaca, New York; Roxanne Marie Krumm of New York, New York; and Natalie Rose Buckwalter of Durham. She is also survived by nine beautiful great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled. Contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to Inter Faith Council for Social Service, 110 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510.