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Jean Olivia Jarvis

December 5, 2013

Jean Olivia Jarvis

Jean Jarvis was born May 22, 1922 in Los Angeles. She passed away Nov. 23, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital. She was 91.
At 16, her family moved from Santa Paula to Lee Vining where she met Bud, the love of her life. In 1940 they married and celebrated 53 years together. She was employed by the County of Inyo Bishop Library for 21 years acting as Librarian for 15. She was the bookkeeper and office manager for Jarvis Contracting until their son Rick took over the business in 1986.
Jean was very involved in the community of Bishop and Inyo County. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Fair in 1975 and served as vice president, president and executive director. She took great pride in her work with the fair. Jean served as chairman of the Mule Racing Committee, chairman of Queen Ima Contest, secretary and director for the Homecoming and Labor Day Association., Inyo County Planning Commission and Chamber of Commerce president, director and executive board. She held several offices with the High Sierra Business & Professional Women, was named Inyo-Mono CowBelle of the Year 1967, was a charter member and officer of the Bishop Saddle Club, a director of the Inyo-Mono and San Bernardino County Lung Association, board member of the Bishop Community Economic and Development Committee and served on the High School Vocational Advisory Board.
Jean was a loving wife, wonderful mother and great friend. She loved to read, travel and had a passion for life. She will be missed, so very much.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Law’s Museum or to ICARE.
Jean is survived by her children, Mickey (Rosemarie) Jarvis, Rick (Yolanda) Jarvis and Bonnie Roripaugh; grandchildren, Cyndi (Dennis) Rottner, David (Carolyn) Jarvis, Frank (Joannie) Jarvis, Staci (Kevin) Billy and Neal Jarvis; great-grandchildren, Jamie Jarvis, Garrett Rottner, Tawni (Brock) Romero, Dillon and Allison Jarvis, Curtis Moore and Katie Marsh, Kayla and Karli Rust and Kevin Reynolds; great-great-grandchildren, Kinlei and Talon Romero and Brody Reynolds; her brother, Jim Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was known to many of all ages as “Gramma Jean.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tracy and Nola (Andy) Anderson; husband, Bud Jarvis; brothers, Jack and Dick Anderson; and great-grandson, Kevin Jarvis.
A graveside service was held Nov. 30 at Pioneer Cemetery.

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