October 31, 1937 – June 30, 2014
Jean’s husband, Rodman, their children, Patty, Cheryl, Robert, and Andrea, their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would like to offer this tribute to their wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Jean Myers is pictured with her Grand Champion Coconut Cake during the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.
We always remember mom talking about attending Sunday school at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in Rocky Ridge. She was active in the church’s youth programs. She talked about when she and her sister, Peggy, sang “Whispering Hope” in church as a duet. Their mom forced them to sing it, but it turned into a great memory.
She learned the importance of voting in elections from her father and was a dutiful constituent.
She served as safety patrol officer in school and worked at the Thurmont Cooperative and Claire Frock Company soon after she and Rodman were married. She told stories about how Rodman would come home for lunch when he worked for his father on the farm. He would watch their kids while Jean ran to the store or completed other errands.
She worked side by side with dad on the farm, milking cows, doing field work, and driving the truck through the fields to gather up bales of hay or straw. She always liked driving Dennis Mathias around in the truck from farm to farm while he was combining.
She was proud that she and Rodman were able to purchase several neighboring farms in the area. She loved to watch the crops grow and be harvested.
While we were milking cows, one of mom’s duties was to walk back to the pasture to bring the cows in to be milked. There was one stubborn cow who would not come in from the pasture. Mom often told stories about how she would have to climb a hearty hill she named “heart attack mountain,” just to bring the one cow in to be milked.
Mom would usually get her hair done on Thursday mornings and then would run all of her errands, like going to the bank, grocery store, post office, etc. She and Rodman enjoyed eating at Mountain Gate Restaurant, where she enjoyed the soup and salad bar. She had a sweet tooth and enjoyed eating ice cream and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
She would listen to music: the Bob Miller Radio Show and the Blaine Young Show. She liked to watch airplanes and liked to attend the Thurmont community concerts on Sunday nights in Memorial Park.
Her children remember going to Williamsburg, Virginia, for their first vacation where their mom enjoyed looking at antiques. They also ventured to Florida to visit Disney World, Sea World, and the Kennedy Space Center in 1975. The kids remember eating at a different Red Lobster Restaurant every night for dinner.
Over the years, Jean and Rodman enjoyed attending National Grange Conventions and milk conventions where she would go on the women’s tours. She visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as Nashville, Tennessee, with Sonny and Marie McNair. She visited the Biltmore Estates and Niagara Falls. She also enjoyed the Calgary Stampede and the chuck wagon races. Jean and Rodman also had the opportunity to travel to Europe to visit their daughter, Andrea, when she lived overseas. Jean and Rodman recently visited Las Vegas in February with Patty and Dave. Jean also enjoyed occasional gambling in Charles Town, West Virginia, and loved attending the 4-H and fire company 20-20 dinners, as well as the Thurmont High School Class reunions every year, where she assisted with organizing her class reunion.
Mom was a good cook and enjoyed baking. She was well known for her delicious coconut cake, which won her Grand Champion at the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show two years in a row. She also enjoyed making brownies for the kids to eat at the fair and making peanut butter pies for the Rocky Ridge carnival, where she liked helping in the kitchen. Mom always made great tasting strawberry preserves, cobblers, pickled beets, angel food cake, and baked beans. The family’s friend, Dave Harman, nick-named her “Jean, Jean, the lean mean baking machine.”
She helped with the Baked Products Department judging and the Grange dinner at the Community Show, helped to sell sourdough products at Payne’s Hill, and helped at the Grange Hall during the Catoctin Colorfest. She was looking forward to this year’s community show Friday night program, when the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner” will be honored, with Tommy Grunwell as the speaker.
She enjoyed serving on the St. John’s Lutheran Church Christian Preschool Board of Directors, where she attended board meetings, helped with planning the preschool graduations.
She liked to read newspapers and magazines and would get up early in the morning to get the newspaper and read it. She also enjoyed watching Regis and Kathy Lee, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, and she liked to feed the birds and the cats.
Mom enjoyed attending the Guardian Hose Company Parade, playing bingo at carnivals and church festivals, and going to the Frederick fair to watch her grandkids show their animals. She especially enjoyed watching the 4-H dog show on Monday morning during the fair. She helped to sell cookbooks in the Farm & Garden Building during the fair, and served on the cookbook committee for the grange for several cookbooks that were published. Her children remember typing a lot of recipes to be printed in the books.
Jean also liked to give Rodman lots of advice, whether he needed it or not. The kids remember Sunday night drives to look at the crops, as dad would say, and then would end up at the Market Basket in Thurmont for ice cream. They usually parked right beside the McNair family.
Mom got along well with everyone who worked on the farm: her son-in-laws, daughter-in-law, and her grandson-in-law, and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events on occasion. She always had ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, and snacks available while hay and straw wagons were unloaded. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren when they were little, bringing her bag of toys and Play-Doh. Stephanie remembers mom coming to pick her up from school when she was sick; she had the car lined in trash bags and a bucket, in case it was needed on the ride home. She always had a bell for a sick kid to ring if they needed anything, but she said that if you were too sick to go to school, then you were not allowed to watch TV either. She would give Stephanie a quarter if she would take a nap. This past Mother’s Day, she laughed so much watching her great grandchildren, Madison and Owen, riding around in their little car and being pulled through the yard really fast in their red wagon.
In closing, we would like to offer words of advice that were printed in a Maryland State Grange cookbook by Mae Moser, who was a member of the Thurmont Grange.
1 cup of good thoughts
1 cup of kind deeds
1 cup of consideration of others
1 cup of sacrifice for others
3 cups of forgiveness
2 cups of well beaten faults
Mix these thoroughly and
add tears of joy and sorrow
and sympathy for others. Fold
in 4 cups of prayer and faith
to lighten the ingredients and raise
the texture to great the height of
Christian living. After pouring all of
this into your daily life, bake well
with the heat of human kindness.
Serve with a smile.