My grandma Jean passed away on November 5th. It was about 3:30am, and my mom was holding her hand. I have mulled this post over and over in my mind, wanting to recognize the tenderness of her last several weeks with us. For some things, though, I seem not to have words. All I can say is that I am enormously grateful for the time I was able to spend with her in the last stage of her life, and for the love and pride she was able to communicate to me during that time. Because of that, I am changed.
Jean Macaulay Hart-Duling, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, died Friday, November 5, 2010, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
Jean was born in Bellingham, Washington, September, 23, 1917, to Murry D. and Pearl N. (McLeod) Macaulay. She was 93 years of age. Jean moved with her parents and brothers from Deming to Forks, Washington in 1928. Following college and marriage, Jean and her husband, Richard Hart, moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in 1952; from 1957 to 1972 they lived in Long Beach California, before returning to their Wing Point home on the Island.
Jean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Washington State College in 1938, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 1961.
Jean loved her work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She began her career as an accredited counselor and child welfare worker for LA County; she then moved on to complete a state pilot project for developing state homemaker services for the state of California. For the remainder of her career she worked in administrative positions in Long Beach, Paramount, and Compton, California; including, Child Protective Services Supervisor; Deputy District Director; Head Child Welfare Worker in Licensing; and Program Analyst to assess child welfare services. After retiring from LA County, she served as Administrator for the Melton Home for Developmental Disability. Jean was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Certified Social Workers of California and the American Association of University Women.
Jean was an active member of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. She was an avid golfer, had been a member of Wing Point Golf and Country Club since 1952, and loved a good game of bridge. Her daughters fondly remember her and their father’s love of camping and hiking in Olympic National Park during their growing up years, instilling a life-long love of the outdoors and the Olympic Peninsula.
Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard D. Hart; second husband, Lawrence (Bill) Duling; brother, Neil Macaulay; nephew, Ladd Macaulay; sisters-in-law, Margaret Macaulay and Joanne Macaulay; step-son, Larry Duling.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Dwight Morrison of Bainbridge Island; daughter, Pam Horton of Willow, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Hart and Timothy Jewell of Bainbridge Island; brother, Hugh Macaulay of Bainbridge island; grandchildren, Stephen Schick, Susan Schick, Tamara Saylor, Summer Horton and Heather Horton; nephews, Tom, Mark, Doug, Bob and Scott Macaulay; niece, Leslie Macaulay; step-daughters, Jayne Munch and Lenora Daniel; great-grandchildren, Blake Culp; Cody, Cedar and Audrey Schick; Jachin, Kayleah and Corban Saylor.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30, Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, with reception to follow. Visitation will be 11:00-12:30 at the Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island. Graveside services will be held for immediate and extended family, at 1:00 at the Kane Cemetery on Bainbridge.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.