Jean L. Langdon
Feb. 3, 1931-Feb. 17, 2012
PLYMOUTH — Jean L. Langdon, 81, a lifetime Plymouth resident, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 17, 2012 in the Greencroft Healthcare facility in Goshen.
Born in Plymouth Feb. 3, 1931, Jean was the daughter of Clarence and Ruth (Beyler) Beals.
Jean will be remembered by her smile and unwavering love for her family.
She had a long, wonderful life, well-lived. She knew, and her family knows, that she is whole again and with Jesus in paradise.
Jean graduated from Plymouth High School and in October of 1950, was married to William Langdon in St. Michael’s Rectory, Plymouth.
To all who knew her, Jean was beautiful and intelligent. A born-again Christian, she had Christ-like qualities, including a servant’s heart. Those who knew her best remember; she was happy for people, wasn’t jealous, didn’t gossip; didn’t boast and appreciated her blessings.
Jean loved people…especially her family, her close friends and the underdog.
Bill said that she displayed the “fruits of the Holy Spirit: affection, serenity, compassion, commitment and loyalty.”
As a baby, Jean was an honorable mention in Gerber’s National Beautiful Baby contest. As a PHS high school student, she was voted homecoming queen by her peers. Always a hard worker, she would run down Garro Street to wait tables at the Hippity-Hop soda shop during her lunch hours.
Until her babies were born, after graduation and her marriage, she worked as a clerk in the first Montgomery Ward store in downtown Plymouth.
She then became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker, as well as a partner with her husband in an antique and collectibles business: Langdon’s Antiques. They were “American Pickers” and “American Restorers” long before today’s popular series.
She enjoyed collecting, especially, Christmas ornaments, gardening and cross-stitch art work.
Jean loved to travel, as a child with her parents, and later with Bill. She loved their annual trips to the Smokies, especially Gatlinburg (where they went on their honeymoon), and the 1964 trip to the World’s Fair in New York
She was years ahead of her time regarding: animal rights, nutrition and natural medicines. She was concerned about human rights, especially Native Americans and Mexican Americans. She wrote countless letters and made numerous phone calls on their behalf.
She is acknowledged by her family as an amazing caregiver to her mother and aunt and to her beloved husband when he struggled with cancer.
Bill’s death was devastating to Jean, but she kept going…keeping up the house and beautiful yard for the next 20 years. She loved her sons-in-law and daughter-in-law as her own and adored and was thoroughly engaged with her six grandchildren.
She loved having her grandkids overnight, spoiling them with her cooking. She made the holidays special for her family and friends, especially Easter and Christmas, filled with love and good memories.
Alzheimer’s took its toll on Jean over the past couple of years. Kind, gentle and long suffering, she never failed to recognize her children or to display her special characteristics.
Jean’s favorite song, “In the Garden,” played on the radio as she peacefully passed.
It was a wonderful sign to her family from God to them that he was with her.
Jean is survived by three children: Rebecca (Robert) Keagy of Clarkston, Mich.; Kathleen (Monte) Cook, of Jimtown; and William (Mindy) Langdon of Plymouth.
Her six grandchildren are: Tyler Langdon of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Mackenzie (Zach) Hill of Jimtown; Matthew Keagy of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Travis Langdon of Chicago, Ill.; Shane Cook of South Bend; and Andy Langdon of Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her three siblings; George Beals; Robert Beals; and Elizabeth Adelsperger.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Jean’s life at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth Sunday, March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Services will follow immediately at 4 p.m. with Rev. Don Weiss officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 22, Plymouth, IN 46563 or the Women’s Care Center, 224 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.
Condolences or shared memories with the family, may be sent through the website: www.johnson-danielson.com .