In 1967 Jean moved to Tooele, Utah, where she quickly joined the Tooele Civic League through the encouragement of her aunt, Ruby Roberts. Highlights of her community service were many. One of those she was most proud of was receiving a certificate listing her in the Library of Congress Bicentennial Edition for Outstanding Community Leaders. She also was honored as Club Woman of the Year by the Tooele Civic League as well as Club Women of the Year by the Utah General Federation of Women’s Clubs. All who knew Jean know she was always “living the volunteer spirit every day.”
Though accomplishments were many, her devotion was to her husband and children. In 1954, she married her “Forever Sweetheart,” and was blessed to have spent 64 years with her love, Ivan Draper. In 1965 they solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake LDS Temple where they were sealed to each other and their children, for all time and eternity.
Jean loved good food, socializing with everyone, and had a great sense of humor. She will be well remembered for her devilish smile whenever she played one of her practical jokes on someone, her childlike laugh and blushing when as she told you a joke. She truly wiggled while waiting for your reaction. For those of you who did fall for one of her pranks, you will be blessed with this memory. They were delivered in kindness and fun to those she loved the most. Jean was truly blessed in life. She said it best upon her retirement at age 72 as a successful Realtor for the Tooele County Board of Realtors for many, many years; “The time has arrived for me. Some people try to turn back their odometer. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I have traveled a long road and some of the road was not paved, but what a wonderful trip, made possible by all you great people.”
Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Draper, and is now in his loving arms. She is survived by their children: Alan Draper, Karen Bush (Larry), Debra Mondragon, Elmer (deceased), Claudia Draper-Garrett, Julie Watts; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; her sister, Connie DeYott, Don (deceased); as well as her nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be held Monday, March 11, 2019, from 6 – 8 p.m., at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele, Utah. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Tate Mortuary. There will be a visitation prior to the service from 10 – 11 a.m.
Special thanks to Rocky Mountain Hospice, Cottage Glenn, and her devoted daughter and niece, Karen Bush and Denyse Deyott, for all your loving care.
“My life’s been full, I’ve savored much. Good friends, good times, and loved-one’s touch.”