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Jean Bryan Waldrep passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones, on Nov. 8, 2017. She was 96.
A mother and grandmother, a former teacher's aide and Sunday school teacher, Jean loved children, especially her own, but any and all little ones. Her job teaching children was a true and fulfilling calling. Jean loved life, she loved to have fun, and she loved to travel. Spontaneous road trips - Opryland, anyone? - weren't unusual. "Gallivanting" was part of her regular vocabulary.
Her friends and family will always remember her laugh, her wonderful sense of humor and her corny mom jokes. She was a hard worker, though, a city girl who quickly learned to milk cows, pick cotton and hoe fields with the best of them. She was a strong woman with a soft heart. Most of all, she will be remembered as a cornerstone of the community and the bedrock of her family. She was there for whoever needed her, with an open mind and without judgment. She truly was a contributing member to the greatest generation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hurshel; and daughter, Elayne Ivey.
She is survived by her children, Paula (Dan) of Fairview, Don (Diane) of Tuscaloosa, Theresa (Marcus) of Atlanta, Perry (Regina) of Greenville, S.C.; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Welcome Baptist Church in Baileyton.
Another visitation will be held an hour before the funeral at the church.
Published on November 9, 2017
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