Eleanor "Jean" Paulson

Lansing, Michigan.

Born March 3, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan daughter of the late Milburne and Alice Avery passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the age of 79.

Surviving are: three children, Michael (Vickie Barner ) Paulson, Laura (Lee) Hager, Steven (Mary) Paulson; grandchildren, Benjamin (Elizabeth) Hager, Jordan Hager, Leslie and Sarah Paulson, and Erik and Robert Paulson; great granddaughter, Evelyn Hager; brothers, Dennis (Anne) Avery and Larry (Linda) Avery; sister, Carol (Joe) Koch; many nieces, nephews, and companion, Jim Grugett. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard E. Paulson in 2003.

Jean was an active volunteer in the Lansing community for many years. She volunteered for the National Arthritis Foundation, The Salvation Army (having dressed over 150 dolls for their Christmas doll program), and the Love Clothing Center. She was also instrumental in facilitating much of her late husband’s volunteer work. When her children were younger she was a Scouting Den Mother, Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and served on the PTA at Wainwright Elementary. Jean also worked part time at the Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes for 20 years.

Memorial visitation will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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Lee Hager
September 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Along with everything else, Jean was a great mom to her kids and to the neighborhood. We miss you, Granma Jean.

Maxine "Scheffer" Hicks
September 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

Many fond memories of Jean from Okemos High and at our class reunions She will be missed.

Renee Cullimore
September 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

Mike, Steve and Laura – My sincerest condolences to all of you. Your mom was a very special lady and I have nothing but great memories of her. She was pure class and will be missed so much by me and my family. I could have not asked for a better companion for my dad. She was the light of his life!

Marilynn Barner Anselmi
September 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

My condolences to all the Paulsons. Mrs. Paulson was always gracious and kind every time I was with her. Thoughts and peace to you all.

Paul Gould
September 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Very sad news to hear the passing of Mrs. Paulson. Our family wishes to express our condolences to all of the Paulsons. It’s times like this that I wish I still lived in Michigan so I could attend the memorial. Our prayers got out to all of the Paulson family.

Amy (Graves) Mugnolo
September 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Loved both Dick and Jean! They were such wonderful friends to my parents, Gerry and Donna Graves. Their evenings out and weekend getaways in my dad’s healthier years were something my parents treasured and needed in such a crazy and hectic time in their lives. I would like to think they are up there rekindling some of thst right now. My prayers and condolences to the family and Jim as you grieve her loss. She will surely be missed but left her imprint on all those she came in contact with.

Jan Squires
September 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm

RIP Jean. Very impressed over the years with all you did for others.

Bill Graves
September 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Rest in Peace, Jean. You are in the hands of the Lord now, where you will live in eternity. Dance with my mother when you get a chance…. Jean was such a good friend to my mother, Donna Graves, and I will remember both Jean and Dick for their longtime friendship with our parents and with all our family. Jean will never be forgotten.


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