BOZEMAN - Our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Jean Mulder, passed away on April 30, 2003, after a courageous struggle with cancer.
Jean was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Bozeman, to Frank and Mary Grace Miller. She graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1944 and married Norman Mulder on Jan. 19, 1945.
She and Norm had three children, Mike, Marilyn and Shari. Norm and Jean spent most of their life in Manhattan, moving to Bozeman in 1986 when Norm retired.
Jean spent her life loving and caring for her family. She was a wonderful homemaker and was famous for her Christmas candies. We will always remember her almond roca - no one could make it quite like Jean!
Jean had many friends. She took interest in other people and was always ready to listen or give advice. She made new friends and always kept in touch with old friends. Jean truly enjoyed making other people happy.
But most of all, Jean loved the Lord. We have so much peace because we know she is finally in heaven and free from her pain and suffering. She so looked forward to seeing her mom again.
Jean is survived by her husband, Norman; son Michael (Nicki) Mulder of Portland, Ore.; daughter Marilyn (Dave) Brooks of Ensenada, Mexico; daughter Shari (Tom) McCoy of Bozeman; four granddaughters, Melisa (Chris) Kirk of Scottsdale, Ariz., Andrea (Terrill) Paterson of Austin, Texas, Lindsay Mulder of Portland and Sarah McCoy of Bozeman; two grandsons, Chris Brooks of Boise, Idaho, and Joey Brooks of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Chance, Ruby and Zane Kirk of Scottsdale. She was preceded in death by her parents and her three sisters, Ramona McKean, Dice Rinderknecht and Uila Flint.
The many values Jean gave her family will be with us forever. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. We will always miss her and carry her in our hearts forever.
Jean wanted to thank everyone who visited her and showed her kindness during her illness. She specifically wanted to thank: Dr. Hiebert, Dr. Castillo, Dr. Saari, Dr. Shaneyfelt, Bonnie Gower and Connie Bennet. A very big and special thank you to her longtime friend, Dr. Edward King; he really did stay with her until the end.
Services will be held at Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th Avenue in Bozeman, on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to: Mexico Medical, Treasure Valley Bible Church, 12251 Ustick Road, Boise, ID 83713.