Lasting Memories

Jean Barker Drummond
July 12, 1926-Dec. 14, 2020
Portland, Oregon

Jean was born in Palo Alto, California to Chester Wing Barker and Katherine Crabtree Barker. She had one younger sister, Margery Barker Blockley. Jean graduated from Palo Alto High School in June 1944 and from Whitman College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Sociology. While at Whitman, she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and Phi Mu sorority.

After raising her family, Jean returned to school and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 with a Master of Social Work degree, with emphasis on aging, having received a fellowship from the American Cancer Society. After graduation, Jean became a social worker, focusing on the frail elderly. Her work ranged from assisting patients through convalescent centers and adjustment after discharge to counseling and use of community resources to activities director to hospice counseling, and psycho-social assessments for residents in several retirement communities.

Jean took drawing and painting classes for many years– charcoal, pastels, and oils. Favorite subjects were natural sites, such as coastlines, mountains, flowers, and forests. Travels included the Panama Canal and Caribbean, Denali National Park, various locations in New Mexico and Arizona, and the Sierra Nevadas, as well as many spiritual retreats. Jean was passionate about nature and preservation, and often wrote poetry. As a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto and the church choir, Jean’s faith remained strong, even when she could no longer attend services. She remained in touch with Phi Mu sorority sisters and attended Whitman class reunions. She taught her kids to think about others, not just ourselves, and to be responsible for our actions.

Jean resided at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino, CA from 2004-2019, where she volunteered in their library and helped with other projects. She moved to Cherry Blossom Cottage in Portland, Oregon in 2019.

She is survived by her daughters Kathy Evans (Robb Canfield), Carol Maresh (Guy), and son Bruce (TJ).

From Carol Drummond Maresh
Jan. 2, 2021

Mom in 1982.

From Carol Drummond Maresh
Jan. 2, 2021

Mom at Stanford University.

From Kathy Merkle-Raymond
Jan. 2, 2021

Jean was a much loved member of First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto. She was our longest lifetime member: from the church Cradle Roll until her death in December. Jean served the church community in a variety of leadership roles and was an active member of the church choir for many decades. We will miss Jean dearly and we give thanks for her long and meaningful life.

From barbara klein
Jan. 1, 2021

Jean, Jane, Leonard, and I were in Ross Road Y Dawn patrol running group. Early in the morning we worked to be physically and spiritually fit; sharing our concerns and wisdom; two social workers, pharmacist,communications professional. Jean had great courage and caring. Inspiring woman.

From Sharon Drummond McKee
Jan. 1, 2021

I always think of Aunt Jean when I hang laundry. When I was a teenager she gave me an embroidery kit that was a clothespin holder. I used it until it fell apart and then cut a pattern from it. Have made several over the years as they wore out.