(Aug. 28, 2009)
Jean Anne (Wilke) Stevens died Friday, Aug. 28 in Longmont, Colo. after a short illness.
She was born May 22, 1924 to John and Gail Wilkie in Phoenix, Ariz. Just weeks after her birth, they moved to Powell. Jean married Glenn Watters in 1942, and they divorced in 1960. She then married George Elmer “Stub” Stevens of Byron in 1963. He preceded her in death in May 1990. She was a Powell resident for 39 years, she lived in Littleton, Colo. for 40 years and she spent the last six years of her life in Erie, Colo.
Jean was an avid reader, and every room in her house was filled with books. She was an accomplished painter and traveled to study and paint. She loved rich, vibrant colors, especially red. She was hesitant to sell her paintings because she fell in love with each one. Caligraphy was another of her passions. In her last days she talked about the joy it gave her. She also enjoyed knitting, needlepoint and sewing. In the 70s and 80s, she owned a drapery-making business, the Drapery Boutique, with two close friends. She and her husband were frequent travelers, and, in the 1980s they bought a winter vacation home in Palm Springs, Calif., where they were were members of Thunderbird Country Club. She was a Denver Broncos fan, and she held season tickets until she was physically unable to attend games.
Jean was the mother of two children: Craig Noel Watters (Cathy) of Erie, Colo. and Jana Lynn Ruland, who preceded her in death in April 2000. She is survived by four grandchildren, Noel Watters, Michelle Ruland Horton (Roy), Melissa Ruland and Marci Watters Miller (Tim); and seven great-grandchildren.
Her younger brother, Dr. Noel Wilkie, preceded her in death in 2005.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Louisville in Louisville, Colo. There will also be an informal time of remembrance on Friday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.