Jean E. Greenlee, 90, passed away on August 8, 2023, at home surrounded by her loved ones. Born on January 25, 1933 in South Bend, Indiana she was the daughter of Gerald and Elsie (Solbrig) Carpenter.
She attended Argos High School, graduating with the class of 1951. On June 2, 1957 she married Jerry Greenlee in the Argos United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2006.
Jean was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Her Christian faith was strong, and she passed that on as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She had a servant’s heart and always put others before herself by helping friends, family members and neighbors when they needed it the most.
Serving as a radio dispatcher, cook and jail matron for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department when her husband, Jerry Greenlee, was the sheriff from 1957 – 1964. She went on later to work for Bottorff Chiropractic Clinic in Plymouth for a number of years.
She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed having coffee with her church friends on Sunday’s and many fun events with the “Card Club” girls over the years.
Jean will always be thought of for her kindness and positive nature. If you knew Jean well, you were probably the recipient of her incredible peanut butter cookies, which she will be long remembered for.
She is survived by her daughter Kathy (Jim) Smart of Plymouth; 5 grandchildren: Megan (Colin) McClain, Kimberly (J.J.) Kohne, both of Vancouver, WA., Kelly (Tyson) Schmidt of Happy Valley, Or., Matthew Smart of Plymouth; Haley Smart of San Diego, CA; 3 great-grandchildren Kailey Kohne and Maizey McClain of Vancouver, WA, and Eli Schmidt of Happy Valley, Or.; 2 sisters-in-law Doris and Pat Carpenter of Plymouth.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Debra Rensberger, son-in-law Paul Rensberger, brothers: Jack and Jerry Carpenter.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. A memorial service will immediately follow with Life Celebrant James Smart officiating.
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Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, Indiana 46975; Trinity United Methodist Church, 425 S Michigan St. Plymouth, IN 46563; or to Marshall County Humane Society, 11165 13th Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563.