Barbara Imogene Lemmons, fondly known as Jean, was born March 6, 1926, in Midwest, Wyoming, to Thomas Allen Dyson and Barbara Pauline Dyson.
Jean passed away at her home in Antelope, California on February 24, 2020, at the age of 93.
When Jean was only one year old her father, Allen, fell off an oil derrick in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He later died from her injuries at the age of 26. Jean's only sister, Billie Allene, was born just six months later. Jean and her baby sister were adopted and raised by their Aunt Amy, their father's sister, and Uncle Arthur Zweidel.
Jean went to school in Silver Peak and Hawthorne, Nevada, and graduated high school in Bishop, California.
Jean survived two near-death experiences in her school years. First she had Scarlet Fever and then a bowel obstruction.
She worked with her parents in their bakery, where she met and fell in love with a Marine named Richard Dean Lemmons, fondly known as Dick. Dick and Jean were married May 9, 1948, at the Navel Air Base in Hawthorne, Nevada. Dick and Jean had three children, Richard Dean Jr. (Rick), Michael Joe (Mike) and later, a much wanted daughter, Kathy Allene.
Dick was a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years. Jean loved being a homemaker and traveling with her husband and children. Jean also loved the Lord. At the age of 35, she was baptized into Christ by Warren Cheatham, the preacher at the Church of Christ in Santa Ana, California.
Jean is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution. At age 90, she was awarded a certificate for being the oldest living member in Nevada.
After Dick retired from the Marines, he worked for the Department of Corrections, both in California and Nevada, the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Department. Dick and Jean led a quiet life-style in Washoe Valley, Nevada, on their one acre homestead.
Jean lost Dick to cancer June 18, 2003. Almost a year later, she lost her oldest son, Rick, in May 2004. She came to live with her daughter, Kathy, her husband Bob, and their two children Kevin and Megan, in Antelope, California. She fit right in to their family and lived with them until her death. Kathy says, "She blessed our lives and will be greatly missed. She will always be lovingly remembered."
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Allene, her husband, Dick, and her sons, Rick and Mike.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Robert Appino, grandchildren, Kevin and Megan Fairchild, Michelle Reisen and her husband, David, great-grandchildren, Eric Yost, Shannon Good, nieces, Sharon Springer, Sandra Holland, Susan Ellsworth and nephew, Bruce Romani.
A memorial service will be held at Mariposa Avenue Church of Christ, 7111 Mariposa Avenue, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will be at the Northern Nevada Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, NV, at a later date.
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