August 11, 1952 – May 22, 2021
After a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Jean Mary Wilson was finally raised to heaven by angels while surrounded by her family on May 22, 2021.
First and foremost, Jean was Terry’s wife, Andrew and Matthew’s mother, Lindsey’s stepmother, and Bryce, Ian and Wesley’s grandmother. She loved her family dearly, and the fact that everyone lived so close made it convenient that they all got together often. Jean has been surrounded all her life by her many friends from all walks of life.
Jean couldn’t wait to be a grandmother as she adored her three beautiful grandsons. She always suffocated them with hugs and kisses. She loved to crawl on the floor and play with them and their trucks and cars, or build a covered fort in the living room and crawl with them. When Matt and Lindsey needed a break, she was always available to watch them at their house.
Originally from Wisconsin, Jean and his family moved to California at the age of 11. They initially resided in San Mateo for a short time before moving to San Carlos. She attended local schools and eventually graduated from San Carlos High School in 1970.
It was in the summer of 1970 that she met Terry while taking a summer English course at Canada College. After a long court, they married in 1975.
After obtaining her Associate of Arts degree from Canada College, she began her professional career as a dental assistant before working at Sequoia Hospital where she remained 43 years before retiring in 2018. She has made this 1 mile trip to Sequoia and initially worked as a record technician where she has spent most of her career. She knew all of Sequoia’s doctors because she tracked them all over the hospital and cornered them to get them to sign their medical records.
Jean then moved to the sleep lab, presumably for Terry to be prescribed a C-pap mask so her snoring wouldn’t keep her awake most nights. She finished her Sequoia career in the breast lab.
From 2001, Jean and Terry, along with close friends, traveled the world. A woman of elegance, grace and style, she was in places like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Champs-Elysées in Paris and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome where her natural beauty matched their splendor.
But his favorite place in the world besides his own home in San Carlos was Lake Tahoe. Since Andy and Matt were just toddlers, the Wilson’s spent a week every summer in Squaw Valley, a place the family has been staying since 1988. Once the grandchildren were born and included in the trip, they soaked their babies. toes in the cold Lake Tahoe waters, or felt the current drifting off the Truckee River.
Jean was an avid customer of the finer things in life that she displayed throughout the house. She had a keen eye for good business, excellent product knowledge and was a keen negotiator. Whether it’s a glass-blown nude from the island of Murano in Italy, a child’s skull sculpted in bronze from the Legion of Honor of San Francisco, or an original by the Hungarian Csabas Markus, Jean immersed herself in the grace and the precious goods that life had to offer. . She taught her two sons Andy and Matt to be smart buyers.
It seems amazing with all the time Jean spent with her voracious appetite for shopping, she somehow found the time to fall in love with the San Francisco Giants. Spending a day in the sun staring at the orange and black was a great way to spend an afternoon. She actually took Bryce, 10, to her very first ball game at Oracle Park.
Jean was predeceased by his parents, Jay and Donna Zaun; and her stepfather Phil Wilson. She is survived by her stepmother Lois Wilson, her husband Terry; sons Andrew and Matthew (Lindsey with Bryce, Ian and Wesley); three sisters-in-law Susan Wilson, Carol Juilleret (Dan); and Cathy Wilson. Jean also survives: nephew Michael Sanders (Heather with her grandnephews Brady, Lucas, Riley and Jaxon.
Instead of flowers, John would prefer you donate on his behalf to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 468 Grand Street, Redwood City on Thursday, June 3 at 11 a.m. A private funeral service will be held at Skylawn Memorial Cemetery in San Mateo following the funeral service.