Jean Filer Burns, 90, of Atascadero died at her daughter’s home on April 20, 2019. Jean suffered from a stroke on Aug. 5, 2018, which impacted her ability to live independently. Though still quite healthy, her paralysis from the stroke caused her to require 24/7 care. After being released from rehab, she began spending most days in her own home with caregivers, and spent all evenings, nights and some days in the homes of her two daughters and their husbands, whom she loved like sons. She awoke Saturday morning, April 20, feeling nauseous, and by God’s grace and mercy, she passed peacefully into His loving arms within less than two hours.
Jean was born on Oct. 6, 1928, in Bellflower, Calif. She was raised in Fellows, Calif. (near Taft), and resided there until early adulthood. Jean was raised by loving Christian parents and had one brother. After graduating from Taft High School, Jean began working at the local mercantile. It was while working there that she met her future husband, Hansel Burns, who had moved to Taft from his home state of Georgia. Hank and Jean married on New Year’s Eve, 1949. They celebrated their 68th anniversary shortly before Hank’s passing in Feb. 2018.
Jean and Hank had three children, Steve (who preceded them in death in 2009 from a brain tumor), Margie and Gail, both married and currently living in Templeton. Jean and Hank have seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Jean and Hank resided in Taft for the first 12 years of their marriage, where she devoted herself to being a homemaker. They moved their family to Santa Clara, where they resided for the next 17 years. While living there, Jean began working part-time for the school district, first as a classroom aide and then later as a full-time secretary at Santa Clara High School. Both Jean and her children loved that she worked at the high school where they attended.
Jean’s passion in life was her family! She loved nothing more than spending quality time with each family member, whether individually or at family get-togethers. She was an ever-willing support to her children and grandchildren, always eager to give encouragement or help in whatever way she could. Jean was always willing to drop whatever she was doing to join them in their endeavors. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing games, traveling and caring for her home. Jean has been a member of Atascadero Bible Church since 1990, where she enjoyed the active senior group, women’s Bible study, and prayer group, and serving in various behind-the-scene roles.
There will be a celebration of Jean’s life on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church.