Jeanne DeVine Doane, 78, of Plainview, Minnesota died on Saturday, May 22, 2021, after battling Parkinson’s Disease for years.
Jeanne Helen DeVine was born on June 17, 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Raymond and Dorothy DeVine. She grew up in St. Paul. She married Gary G. Benson who passed away on May 18, 2021. They had four children – Gwen, Steven, Christopher, and DeAnna. Jeanne worked at Methodist Hospital before having children and then became a stay-at-home mom for many years. After divorcing Gary, she returned to work outside of the home. At one point, to support her four children, Jeanne worked four jobs at once including waitress at Mr. Steak, LPN at Methodist Hospital, Welcome Wagon greeter, and co-founder and matchmaker for Rochester Dating Service. Jeanne’s work with the dating service led to dozens of marriages. She married the love of her life, David C. Doane, in August of 1988 and lived in Plainview, MN with him for the past 32 years.
Jeanne leaves behind her husband, David Doane of Plainview, MN; her four children – Gwen Benson of Rochester, MN; Steve (Kathy) Benson of Grand Meadow, MN; Christopher (Sunny) Benson of Rome, NY; and DeAnna Schleusner of Rochester, MN. She is survived by her siblings Patricia Thul of Oakdale, MN; Raymond (Rose) DeVine of Vadnais Heights, MN; and Joseph (Mary) DeVine of Stillwater, MN. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Carol DeVine of Pine City, MN. She is survived by 13 grand children and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jack DeVine.
Jeanne loved her flowers. She was an avid gardener growing flowers from seed and sharing them with others. She was a Master Gardener through the University of Minnesota. She was instrumental in starting the Garden Club in Plainview, MN. Jeanne loved crafts and added sparkles to just about anything. Her handywork is in many homes and gardens. She enjoyed sharing her creativity. She always wanted to be moving and doing things even as Parkinson’s stole her ability to do many of the crafts and gardening that she loved so much. She always had a smile and a hug ready. But her biggest joy in life has always been her children and grandchildren. She will be missed beyond measure.
No funeral services will be held pursuant to her wishes. Memorials are suggested to Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation or by planting some flowers for her anywhere.