Born:September 19, 1928

Passed Away:June 26, 2013

Location:Peoria, Arizona

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Jean E. Shovestull

Shovestull, Jean E.
85 of Sun City, AZ passed away on June 26, 2013. She was a homemaker, seamstress, cook, mother of two and a most devoted wife. She worked with Ira at their Glendale auto repair business Thoro Tune managing the office, keeping the books, ordering and chasing car parts, and hiring or firing mechanics. She taught Sunday School and VBS many years, did other church work, including entertaining missionaries and other visitors in their home. She is survived by her husband, son and daughter, two brothers, three sisters, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Visitation will be at Best Funeral Services, 9380 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ on July 2, 2013 at 1:00-2:30 PM with Service 2:30-3:30 PM. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Good News Baptist Church in Hamilton, New Zealand via Morningstar Church, c/o Gary Love, 714 3rd Ave, Rockford, Ill 61104.

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July 2, 2013 @ 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, Arizona 85345 623-486-1955



July 2, 2013 @ 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, Arizona 85345 623-486-1955


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10 Memories to “Jean E. Shovestull”

  1. Heather says:

    There are a few things that come to mind and that stand out to me most about Grandma. The first was her energy level. When I think back, she always had energy. She was willing to do lots of different things, whether it was cook and clean, or go garage sale shopping, go dollar store shopping, to the mall, travel, or whatever. I also remember when I was younger that I use to think she walked pretty fast. I hope as I age, I have the energy level and ability to be out and about that she did for so long.

    The other thing that I think about when I think of Grandma and my memories of her was her ability to laugh. She could find the humor in small things and mistakes, including herself. I remember how she would giggle at things. I remember her saying “Oh” when someone would tell her something that she didn’t already know or that surprised her. I also remember Grandma teasing me and giving me a hard time when I went through a stage of saying “Ya know,” after I made a statement about something. She would say “Ya know” back to me and then giggle.

    Those are the things that stand out in my mind most about Grandma.

  2. Elisa says:

    Here are some of my favorite remembrances of Grandma.

    I remember a couple surprise visits from Grandpa and Grandma. Once my parents took us to Dulles Airport to “watch the airplanes.” Then we saw some people who “look like Grandpa and Grandma . . . It IS Grandpa and Grandma!” Another time, Grandpa and Grandma walked into the bedroom I shared with Joy as we were waking up. We had no idea they were coming for a visit.

    Grandma was always busy but she always slowed down to visit when we came to her house. She taught us a song she used to sing with her sisters about Noah’s Ark. And she enjoyed taking time to play games, go on walks, shopping, or go on outings like the Grand Canyon or shopping in Mexico. She helped me bake my first apple pie and always made lots of delicious food for us to eat like homemade bread. Every bite was made with love.

    When I was little and starting a garden in the backyard, Grandma secretly bought some silk flowers at the craft store. She surprised me with instant blooms when I went to check on the garden.

    Grandma made sure to stay in touch writing letters and I was so happy Grandpa and Grandma got to come to both my high school graduation and my wedding.

    These are special memories I will never forget.


  3. Beverly says:

    I am so sorry about your loss. It is easy to say that she is in a better place. However, it is a loss that is very difficult. My Mom was in the hospital for 8 weeks and we knew she would not have a quality life if she came home. So letting her go was very hard. I just focused on the good times we shared together.

    With Aunt Jean gone, it brings back some wonderful memories. I was nine when your Dad and she were married. Marge and I were in their wedding. We had gowns on that Grandma had made. I felt so happy to be a part of the wedding party. Grandma made your mother’s grown too. She was a wonderful seamstress as was your mother.

    I want to back up the time frame for a minute. When your mom met your dad I was about eight years old. Aunt Jean was already dating a young man when your dad came along. As a kid, it was exciting to see which one she would chose. Ira won her heart and I was so glad. He was tall dark and handsome. He seemed to be more fun than the other guy. He sang and played a guitar and since Aunt Jean and Aunt Aldine sang on a radio show every Saturday morning he fit right in. For the radio program, the two girls were called the Sunflower girls. They wore dresses that Grandma made with sunflowers on.

    Aunt Jean made the best apple pies that I shall never forget. She and Ira built their first new home in Brookville, Pennsylvania. My dad helped in the evenings and week-ends. I just remember the pie.

    Visiting in their home on two occasions after Carl and I retired was great. I felt so special as Aunt Jean brought out her fine linens and china for meals. Then we spent time looking at photo albums. The greatest of all was going shopping to five thrift shops in one day. What fun it was. Then we got to see the houses that were refurbished by Aunt Jean and Uncle Ira. She was a lady with many talents.

    Much love to Uncle Ira and family for the great example you lived.

    God bless all of you in this time of celebrating Aunt Jean’s life.

    Niece, Bev (Reitz) Reagle

  4. Lori says:

    Because we lived in Virginia and my Shovestull grandparents lived in Arizona, we only saw them every few years. To this day, every time I smell freshly brewed coffee, I think of visits with Grandpa and Grandma Shovestull. The coffee maker was always going in the morning when they visited our house, or we visited theirs. After one flight to see them in Arizona, we arrived late in the evening. I don’t remember what time it was, but it was late enough that us kids should have been in bed. Instead of sending us off to bed, Grandma served us cookies with M & Ms (instead of chocolate chips) and milk. We had never seen such beautiful cookies, and they tasted so good at the kitchen breakfast bar (another novelty for us).

    Grandma did some things that I never saw anyone else ever do. Grandma took a stool to church for her feet to rest on during the service. She said her feet didn’t touch the ground. Sometimes I borrow a hymnal to rest my feet, and that makes me think of Grandma. Grandma is the only person I ever knew who claimed the ability to yodel. She told stories of singing on the radio with her sisters. I don’t remember if she yodelled for us, but she did sing us an old folk song about Uncle Noah in the madhouse ark with a number of the animals making their sound in the song. We heard Grandma sing it enough times that it stuck in my head, and I sing it now to my youngest daughter who is 2.

    The craziest thing Grandma ever did with me is to scare the living daylights out of me one time when I had jet lag. I had flown back to Virginia to attend a sister’s wedding. Grandpa and Grandma were in the basement guest room, so I was sleeping on the basement sofa-bed. On the morning after my arrival, Grandma was moving from her room to the stairs and passed me sleeping. She bent over to kiss me, and I was sleeping very soundly because of the long trip from the other side of the world. When Grandma got her face into mine, I opened my eyes, took a look at her face right in front of mine, and then I let out a scream that I suspect probably scared her, too. She said she never saw such a look of fear in someone’s eyes. I wasn’t afraid of her, but in that moment I didn’t recognize her. We laughed about it for days after that, and she never tried to kiss me again when I was sleeping.

    Grandma could sew anything. Both of my daughters have worn a beautiful pink coat and bonnet that Grandma made for me when I was one year-old. I still have an apron Grandma made for me when I was in Jr. High. Grandma also made a number of very large, and I mean jumbo, Raggedy Ann dolls for her grandchildren, and unique pillows that looked like roses.

    She was cheerful and fun to be with. She was thrifty and tidy. Our first daughter Heidi Jean was named after Grandma. I’m delighted to be part of Grandma’s family tree.

  5. June says:

    Things About My Sister

    Jean was a worker.

    She was very smart, the Valedictorian of her class. She wanted to go to business college but had no money.

    She was thrifty.

    She was an encourager to me while I was in college.

    She was a good Christian woman, a very good homemaker, and a helpmeet to her husband.

    When she gets to heaven God will say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter now into the joy of your Lord.”

    I will meet you in the morning. Your Sis June

  6. Marlene says:

    Thoughts about my mother while growing up. (As I remember it)

    Her love was never doubted and her authority never questioned.

    She saw that we had what we needed and occasionally what we wanted.

    She saw how I gravitated to my Grandmother Nora’s piano and saw to it that I received the piano and piano lessons.

    She took Gale and I to the lake to swim, to the roller skating rink, to the county fair, to her sister Elva’s farm and to the farmer’s market where we bought damaged Hostess cakes and Twinkies for a bargain price.

    As I married and moved away, I did not see her from an adult’s point of view except for a week or two a year and on those occasions I saw an active, social lady who was friendly with people she knew.

    She liked to entertain small or big groups.

    She liked to sew for herself or others.

    She liked to be busy about something.

    She fondly remembered her childhood and growing up years.

    She liked to play table games with friends and family who came to visit.

    She helped others when she could.

    She tried various hobbies, ceramics, jewelry making, walking with friends, walking in the pool, walking at the mall.

    Most important of all she was devoted to Dad and would drop anything to go assist him or go somewhere with him.

    She loved to go to the thrift shops and find clothes. After we returned to Arizona, it was my privilege to take her on these outings until she could no longer go.

    I am thankful for the time we had together.

  7. Marlene says:

    This note was from sister June sent to Jean at the group home:

    My dear sister Jean, You and Ira were so good to me when you lived in Ohio. I stayed with you a lot when I was home from college. Will never forget that.

    You Jean were the worker of the family. I can still remember you mopping the floors and putting newspaper down so we would keep it clean! We went out to the field to pick beans or dig potatoes. We barely got there when we heard Jean calling “Dinner is Ready”. We just started to pick or dig. You were such a big help to Mom and all of us. I wish I could be right there with you. I could return the favor.

    We love you very much Jean and wish I could be there to give you a big hug. We are praying for your whole family. Love you so much, Sister June

  8. Marlene says:

    My dear sister, Jean

    The butterfly out front reminds me of how weak we can be and yet so strong. I watch them out my window and wonder how they go through the storm and wind and rain and God makes a way for them. We are so thankful for Ira, Marlene, Jim, Gale and all the other care givers whom God has sent for you. God blesses people like that so richly. Wish I could be there! Love you very, very much. Your sister, June

    Sent to Mom in the group home.

  9. Lori to Grandma at the Group Home says:

    Dear Grandma,

    I hope you will enjoy the pictures from my children who are your great grandchildren. All three children enjoy art. Heidi prefers to draw with pencil. Daniel and Hana seem to prefer to paint, but I do not allow painting every day since painting is messy. I still enjoy sewing, craft, and scrap booking, but my busy house with three children at home for home school does not leave me much hobby time.

    We still use many of the things you made for me. I still have an apron you made me about 30 years ago! I wore it yesterday.

    Lots of love from New Zealand, Lori

  10. Nancy says:

    Dear Sister Jean,
    I hope this card finds you feeling better. I heard you have a beautiful room and lemons growing outside your window. What a wonderful view that must be. I think of you very often and wish for your comfort each day. We have moved from Ohio to North Carolina. We are enjoying the weather, sunshine and blue skies. Hope Ira is doing well. I’m sure he is there with you as much as possible. You two have been married for so long. Amazing. Just know I love you! Your baby sister, (I wish) Nancy

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