Jean Ann Elam

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Jean Ann Elam

<p><p>MORTON – Jean Ann Elam, 89, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, formerly of Morton, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2024. Jean was born on January 10, 1935, in Peoria to George and Pauline (Curtis) Hinton. She married Frank Elam on November 17, 1951 in East Peoria. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2005. She is also preceded in death by both parents and two brothers, Jack Hinton and Jerry Hinton.</p><p>Jean is survived by two sons, David (Barbara) Elam of Carbondale, Illinois and Greg (Collette) Elam of Vail, Arizona; one daughter, Debra (Irv) Espedal of DeForest, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Kit Elam (Natalie), Cody Elam (Jenni), Jordan Espedal (Patricia), Ashley Hanson (Tim), Josh (Holly) Elam, Jeremy Elam, Jesse Elam (Christina); and 14 great grandchildren.</p><p>As an early teen, Jean and her family were featured in an article as “The All-American family”. The local newspaper printed a layout picture of her sewing and cooking with her mom while her brothers played the piano. She married as a teen, and made every sacrifice for her 3 children and husband. She liked spending time in Golconda, Illinois for regular Elam family get-togethers on the farm, as well as with the Hinton family in East Peoria. She moved from East Peoria to Morton in 1964, and lived there for most of the rest of her life. She and her husband Frank, of 54 years, designed and built their own home on the DDD ranch in rural Morton.</p><p>Together they raised Quarter horses on their property and enjoyed their time with “The Goofy Gang”, their fond name for their horse friends. Jean loved not only horses and dogs, but also loved watching birds and other wildlife out her many large windows of her home.</p><p>She also enjoyed the many times that David’s high school band Thanatopsis practiced very loudly in the basement of her house. She liked the music of those times and remained a fan of popular music through out her life</p><p>Her grandchildren were a very special part of her life. She adored all babies and had sweet, loving relationships with each of her three kids and seven grandkids. Her grandkids thought that her going down the “Plunge” waterslide with them at Wisconsin Dells was a life achievement. She had the rare blessing of being a “Mom” to her two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law who all loved her.</p><p>Jean worked for a time at GB cleaners which she greatly enjoyed. She also worked seasonally for Yordy Turkey Farm and Illinois Central College.</p><p>Jean and Frank spent several of their retirement winters alternating between Florida and Arizona by traveling in their motorhome. They met new friends and formed close friendships with many of them.</p><p>In later years, she enjoyed spending time with friends at Eastside exercise class. Out of this group Jean found a special friend in Roy Biggs. They thoroughly enjoyed their eight years together as a couple.</p><p>Jean always had a listening ear and, understanding, gentle heart for people in her life. She had a varied group of friends who adored her, many of which were years younger than she. Age and station in life meant little to Jean.</p><p>She worked hard and lived simply. She was wise, resourceful, and capable. She lived alone from 2005 until 2021 when it was determined she needed a bit more help. The family would like to acknowledge our special friend Lou Jackson who helped her so much in her last year at home.</p><p>Jean lived her last three years in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin near family.</p><p>Though Jean was a sweet kind soul, she had a quick wit and would toss in a good one liner that always had those around her smiling and laughing.</p><p>A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2024, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m., prior to service. Burial will be held at Farmdale Cemetery in Washington.</p><p>Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Care, www.RainbowHospiceCare.org</p><p>Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.</p><p>To leave an online condolence for the family visit www.knappjohnson.com.</p></p>
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July 10, 2024

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