Jean Helena Booker
Jean Helena Booker, 76 of rural Dover, MN passed away on February 3, 2018, at her home in Dover. Jean was born at home in Elgin, MN on March 5, 1941, to Edwin and Helena Stephen. She attended church with her parents at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin. She attended parochial school thru 8th grade and graduated from Elgin High School. After graduation, she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN serving meals.
She met David Booker at the Play-mor Ball Room in Rochester on a blind date set up by friends. They were married on July 15, 1961, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin. After their wedding, she joined David on the family farm in rural Dover where she became a full-time farm wife and mom.
In the early 1980’s after her youngest started school, Jean started working at Lakeside Packing in Plainview, MN. She retired after 23 1/2 years. The past few years she worked part-time for the Dover-Eyota School District in the lunchroom. She was also an Avon representative, selling Avon products from the early 1980’s till the time of her passing.
Jean and David were active 4-H leaders of the Quincy Ramblers 4-H Club during the many years their children participated in 4-H. They were also avid members of the Whitewater Whirlers Square Dance Club for many years and enjoyed doing puzzles together. Jean loved to plant flowers and always put in a garden and liked to read. She enjoyed watching her granddaughter Bryanna compete for Wabasha-Kellogg Dance Team’s many competitions and watched her perform in her high school spring musicals every year. For many years she and David made the trip to South Dakota to enjoy the Twin Brooks Threshing Show and spend time with their grandson Darby.
Jean is survived by her husband David of Dover; sons: Brian of Dover, Mark of Salina, KS, Jeremy of Dover; daughter: Julie (Brad) Sandvik, and their daughter Bryanna of Wabasha, MN and daughter Jennifer (Darien) Waniorek and son Darby, of Twin Brooks, SD; and brother in law Fritz Booker of Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her stillborn son; her young son Gary; father Edwin; mother Helena; brother in law, Robert Booker and sister-in-law Sue Booker.
A visitation was held at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview, Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 pm. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 7, 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church