The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


January 16, 2014

M. Jean Alyea

COVINGTON, Ind. — M. Jean Alyea, 97, of Covington, Ind., passed away at 1:39 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 25, 1916, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of the late Fredrick and Grace Stowers Hartson.

She married Harold B. Alyea on June 29, 1941, in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat (Jim) Keller of Columbus, Ind., and Karen (Rusty) Peevler of Mellott, Ind.; two sons, Jim (Judy) Alyea of Houston, Texas, and Jon (Michelle) Alyea of Covington, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by one brother, Fredrick Ray Hartson.

Jean formerly worked as a bookkeeper in Clinton, Iowa, and later worked at the former Ben Franklin store in Covington, Ind. She was a member of Covington United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women’s. Jean was active in the church choir and many other church events.

She was a 1935 graduate of Lyons High School in Clinton, Iowa. Jean enjoyed square dancing, reading, playing the piano and all sports. She was a big Purdue University fan. Most of all, Jean enjoyed spending time with her family.

Visitation: 2-4 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 19, at Covington United Methodist Church, Covington, Ind. A celebration of life service will immediately follow visitation, with the Rev. David Anderson and Pastor Andy Martin officiating. Private graveside services and burial of cremains will be held at Danville National Cemetery in Danville at a later date.

The family would like to thank Jean’s caregivers, Tonia and Emily of Serenity Hospice for the special care they gave their mother. The family requests contributions to Serenity Hospice, 5 N. Tenth St., Lafayette, IN 47901, or to Covington United Methodist Church Choir, 419 Washington St., Covington, IN 47932.

DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, Ind., is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences:

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