Jean Brantly Willis was born September 1, 1928 at 188 West Main Street in Orange, Virginia to Margaret Clore and Brantly Turpin Willis. She would tell you she had a delightful childhood loaded with good friends and neighbors. Her early education included Miss Louise Holladay’s School, Orange Elementary, and St. Margaret’s at “Tappy on the Rappy”. Her grandmother, Rachel Woodville, taught her to sew: a skill she creatively employed for most of her life. Jean loved a PROJECT and spent many happy hours with her mother and daughter Ann working on various items such as dresses, wrap- around skirts, aprons, curtains, smocked dresses and quilted jackets. She knitted ski sweaters and enjoyed the art of decoupage.
While studying to be a dress designer at Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri, Jean met Richard August Andreaus who was in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Jean and Andy married in December of 1948 and together raised four children. They knew how to jitterbug and loved dancing and singing in harmony. On trips from Mississippi to Illinois or Virginia to the delight of their children they often sang together “Shortnin’ Bread”, “Cockles and Mussels” and “The Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
While living in Columbus, Mississippi, Jean was featured as “Cook of the Week” in the Commercial Dispatch. She was a Brownie Scout leader and a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, she shared her talents in the choir, on the Altar Guild and with the ECW. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, cryptoquotes, crossword puzzles, tennis and all types of games including Pictionary, bridge, Kings in the Corner, and Spite and Malice. Every Christmas she made sure the family had a new game to play. Jean loved the ocean and sunshine. Many good memories were made up and down the Atlantic Coast-including Nantucket, Rehoboth Beach, Duck, NC and for the last twenty years at the Bunnie’s Hutch in Surf City, NC.
Jean had her opinions and made them known. She had fun and was usually fun to be with. Her family will miss her and hope to remember her laugh, her smile, her sweet way with young children and her remarkable resemblance to Maxine.
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A celebration of life service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, Saturday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. A light reception will follow in Lawrence Hall.
Family survivors include her daughters Margaret Scovil (John) and Ann Collier (Bryan) of Smithfield and her sons: Richard August Andreaus Jr. (Vickie Baker) of Suwanee, Georgia and Dr. Steven Brantly Andreaus(Kimberly Hale) of Raleigh, NC. Grandchildren: David Brantly Davenport; Virginia Davenport Young (Arno); Rachel Willis Andreaus, Hunter Turpin Andreaus and Larkin Hale Andreaus. Nieces: Ramona B. Bass and Lisa B. Griffin. Great nephew: Tucker Andreaus Bass
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Friends of the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (FNCLBPH at 1841 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, NC 27635) or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 214 South Second Street in Smithfield, NC 27577.
Condolences may be sent to the family at parrishfh.com.