Jean Carolyn (Turner Runnion) Reed, 92, of Pendleton, passed away peacefully at home in Pendleton, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. A graveside service was held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery. Memorial Mass and celebration will be held some time in June.
Jean was born on May 25, 1927, at Monahan House in Heppner to Samuel & Nora (Doherty) Turner. Jean and brother Ken grew up on the family ranch on Sand Hollow, which Ken and his wife Jean Ann owned and operated until Ken’s death in 2009 – the ranch remains in the family today. Jean went to school in Heppner, and even drove the school bus while she was in high school. She attended Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.
Jean and Robert “Bob” Runnion were married in 1948, and were blessed with sons Bill, Steve and Todd and daughter Janet. Along with raising four children, Jean had a career as an office administrator at Oregon State Hospital, ORE-IDA, Helen McCune Jr. High, Asst. City Recorder, and OEA. Jean and Bob retired to Woodburn and Arizona in 1993, until Bob's death in 1996. They were married for 48 years.
Jean’s favorite things included spending time with her family. She was an accomplished pianist, and singer. She loved dancing, music, babies, flirting, coffee, golf, wine, socializing, traveling the world, spending time with good friends, and a dram of scotch. Jean had a rich Irish heritage, and proudly owned the fact that she had 54 first cousins.
She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Pendleton, where she sang, and also became the organist. While vacationing in Arizona, Jean was introduced to Billy Joe Reed, and they were married in 1998, until his death in 2017, after 19 years of marriage.
Jean “Muzzy” was a loving and caring daughter, sister, mom (to many), grandma, great grandma “GG”, and friend. She will be dearly missed by her children, Bill (Kelly), Steve (Vicki), Todd, and Janet; step-children, Barbara (Adam) Lofgren and Teresa Strong; grandchildren, Mikel (Elgin) Frye, Ken (Nikita) Runnion, Samantha Jobes Daschbach, Lucas (Abby Stocke) Jobes, Andrea (Thad) Jobes Jackson, Kimberly (Andy) Rohr, Donovan Fogel, step granddaughter Allison (C.J.) Severin ; great-grandchildren, Berrick, Asher and Kiernan Frye, Raven and Jubilee Runnion, Taylor, Anna and Logan Rohr, step great-granddaughter and soon to be, Kamden Jobes, Tristan, Alaina, and Halle Lofgren, Marisa Jobes, Brinley, Braelin, and Tegan Jackson; Reed and Shannon Strong; nieces, Shelly (Greg) Rietmann, Lori (Wayne) Seitz, Melissa (Todd) Lindsay and Sandy (Doug) Martin; great friends Katie Hudson, Marion Green and many more special family and friends.
Special thanks to the owners & staff of Sun Ridge Retirement Community, Good Shepherd Hospice Team, Deacon Torres, Fr. Kumar & Fr. “Mike” Fitzpatrick for their unconditional love and care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W Orchard Ave., Hermiston, Oregon. 97838.
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