Jeanne Connolly Dean, age 63, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died suddenly at her Tucson, Ariz., winter home. Jeanne was the beloved wife of Charles R. Dean Jr., mother of daughters Dr. Kathryn Elizabeth Dean of New York City and Sarah Glenn Dean of Seattle, Wash. Jeanne is also the stepmother to Emily Fullington of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Christopher Graham Dean of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Jeanne loved them both as her own. Jeanne is also survived by her brother, John P. Connolly; and four grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Connolly.
Jeanne was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1953. She attended Santa Clara University and Hastings Law School, where she graduated with honors. Jeanne practiced law with her husband in a law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area until they relocated to Idaho in 1997. There, they undertook the challenge of building a law practice in a small town in which they were strangers.
Jeanne had a sharp wit, an engaging sense of humor and was a devoted and giving soul. She was blessed with many good friends since she was such a beautiful person, both inside and out. Jeanne's family is struggling through a loss now too difficult to grasp or understand. Jeanne's passing leaves a hole in their lives that will never be filled.
A memorial mass remembering and celebrating her life will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d'Alene with Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene in care of the arrangements. All those who knew and loved Jeanne are invited to a reception following at the Hayden Lake Country Club. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jeanne's name to the American Heart Association.
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