Jean Gallagher, age 80, of Pickerington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 08, 2018 at her residence. Born April 11, 1937 in Columbus to the late William C. & Helen Daviet, she was a graduate of Montclair State University (NJ) with a Bachelors degree in English Literature and later received her Masters in Education with specialization of English literature from Fitchburg State University (MA).
She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, William D. Gallagher; sons, David Gallagher and Patrick Gallagher, all of Pickerington; sisters-in-law, Ann Daviet, Carol Gallagher, Mary Gallagher; and dearest friend, Stephanie Carney; nieces, Patricia Daviet and Jennifer Daviet and nephews, William Daviet, Jr. and John Daviet.
Preceded in death by beloved brother, William Daviet, Sr.; and brother-in-law, David Gallagher.
Friends may visit and join in a celebration of her life on Sunday, March 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 550 Hill Road N. (St. Rt. #256), Pickerington, where a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m.
Jean loved her family and friends completely and was often her happiest in their company. As the wife of a military officer, she had the opportunity to live in variety of places throughout Europe and the U.S. She was forever supportive of her husband’s role within the military even as she endured his deployments in Vietnam and the Mideast. Nevertheless, she met many people in many places and her kindheartedness, humor, and compassion were evident by the many friendships that were sustained over her many years.
She found a lifetime of truth and joy within literature and music and inspired others with her wonder and reverence for the arts and humanities. An educator herself, she embraced the importance and necessity of lifelong learning and to discover all the world has to offer. She also enjoyed her garden throughout the years and looked forward to planting her flowers and savoring the colors as long as possible each season.
It is only fitting that as springtime is once again upon us that in lieu of flowers, we encourage that perhaps planting a flower garden, for yourself or for others, would be suitable way to honor Jean’s memory and to bring some love and beauty into the world.