She graduated from Donelson High School; then attended Ward Belmont College for Women. After marrying Edward Mason Tate (Vanderbilt Univ. 39) she settled into life in Sierra Madre, CA, as a young wife and then mother.
She volunteered in the Civilian Air Patrol as an aircraft spotter during World War II. She was a member of the Jr. Womens Club and a founding member of the Sierra Madre Civic Club.
The family later lived in Hillsdale, OR and Whittier, CA. In 1991, she returned to her beloved Middle Tennessee after learning that two of her sons planned to relocate there. She oversaw building of a lovely home in Lebanons Palmer Place development and then at the age of 80 supervised the construction of her last residence where she lived independently until her passing.
Jean was a member of First United Methodist Church (Lebanon) and very active in United Methodist Women. She thoroughly enjoyed membership in Le Coterie Womens Club and was saddened when the group disbanded last year.
Her greatest delight was her family. She loved family gatherings to celebrate holidays and special events. Her excellent culinary skills were always a highlight of any family event. Jean was a true Southern Lady.
She is survived by brother, Dan (Mary Anne) Jackson of Sun City Center, FL; and sons, Ed (Gwen) Tate of Gallatin; Harris (Connie) Tate of Lawrence, KS; and Jim (Pam) Tate of Lebanon; and grandchildren, Juli (Kendel) Bennett of Hendersonville; Ted (Raelene) Tate of Riverton, Utah; David (Rachel) Tate of Redding, CA; Crista (Danny) Veach of Mineral Wells, TX; Aileen (John) Foutch of Lebanon; and Heather Tate of Denver, CO.; and 13 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.