Jean Birdsall

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  • "I must say, I miss visiting Jean and Virg. I miss Virg's..."
    - Linda Newton
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  • "Dear Jean,my special friend, I will miss you. I have so..."
    - Rita Freeman
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    - Linda Newton
  • "Aunt Jean - you were a wonderful aunt. You will always be..."
    - Sharon Kipp
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November 6, 1929 ~ July 6, 2016

Jean Birdsall, 86, of Vancouver, Washington, wife of Virgil Birdsall to whom she was married for sixty-six years, passed away on July 6, 2016. The daughter of James Pearson of North Ireland and Jean Davies of Scotland, Harriet Friese took over as parent when Jean's mother died when Jean was seven. Born in Oakland, California in 1929, she was reared in San Francisco and graduated from Lincoln High School. Jean studied at San Francisco State and Clark College where she taught a class on running a bed and breakfast.
She left secretarial work to accept an offer to turn around a book store in San Rafael, California which would thrive under her hand. Seeking a new challenge, she elected to join Virgil in opening a bed and breakfast in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite. With her inspired guidance, Jameson's Bed and Breakfast received rave notices in the Bay Area papers and recognition in national bed and breakfast books.
In her long struggle with Alzheimer's,
Jean maintained her humor, her love of family, friends,
and neighbors, whose compassion helped sustain her.
A passionate champion of the underdog, Jean was for years a volunteer at Neighbors Helping Neighbors , a food bank serving northern Clark County, and a supporter of numerous humanistic and environmental causes. She was a longtime member of the Sierra Club and of the No Name Hiking Club and was happiest on a trail in the company of her friends and Virgil.
Jean is survived by husband, Virgil; daughters, Virginia Sharma of New York and Leslie McLeod of Columbus Township, Michigan; sister, Patricia Kipp; and loving and loved nieces and nephews.
Besides her courage and humor, wonderful helpers, Shanti Potts and Opal Swanson with their support group, the No Name hikers, Edgetree residents who "retrieved" her, and Codruta Ailinchi and Victoria Birol of Quality Care, all of whom helped Jean and Virgil over the rough spots.
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Published in The Columbian on July 10, 2016
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