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Jean C. Coyne

July 8, 1918 October 26, 2010
Jean C. Coyne
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Jean C. Coyne, [Dorothy Jean Carolyn Hanson] who was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 8, 1918 died on October 26, 2010 due to complications of dementia. At time of her passing, she had been a resident of the Lake Orion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Orion, Michigan for one and one half years. Prior to that time she was a resident for three years at Independence Village in Oxford, Michigan. She considered her primary home to be Mackinac Island and frequently extolled the virtues of visiting or living on the Island. Most of her youth was spent between Detroit, Mackinac Island, and Florida.
She graduated from Detroit Cooley High School in 1937. She was proud of her time as a toe dancer, including dancing onstage at the Detroit Fox Theatre. While working in her family’s Davis Store on the Island she was discovered and courted by Kenneth M. Coyne [of Orange County, Indiana] and subsequently they were married in 1937. Ken and Jean spent their married life together in Union City, in and around Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, on Mackinac Island and in Southfield, Michigan. After Ken Coyne’s passing in 1984, Jean moved to a 10 acre farm in Garrett, Indiana where she continued her avocation of raising and showing dogs and miniature horses. For many years she owned Val-Jean Kennels, successfully breeding and showing many champion poodles and miniature dachshunds. She had also raised boxers and cocker spaniels in her earlier years. In her later years she focused her attention on miniature horses and also bred and developed many champions. She belonged to the Auburn Bar-None Saddle Club, NE Ind Kennel Club, several Dachshund Clubs, American Shetland Pony and Miniature Horse Clubs.
Jean had a lifelong interest in protecting and helping animals, and was a frequent supporter of many organizations and causes including the Humane Society, wildlife foundations, nature foundations, and others. Throughout her life she was known as a kind and gentle person that cared for other people as well as animals. Even in her final years at the assisted living and nursing homes, she sympathized with the plight of others and tried to help and befriend them despite her own health issues.
She is survived by her son Robert Coyne [and wife Neva] of Peru, Indiana; her Daughter Deanna [Mrs Barry Moser] of Oxford, Michigan; nine grandchildren and their families in Michigan, Indiana, Georgia and Texas, including seventeen great grandchildren. She was a member of Oxford (Michigan) United Methodist Church, the Little Stone Church of Mackinac Island, and a long time member of Cedar Creek Church of the Brethran in Garrett, Indiana.
No funeral or viewing was held; however she was cremated by Lynch & Sons, Bossardet Chapel in Oxford, Michigan October 28 following a brief service conducted by Pastor Doug McMunn. A “Celebration of Jean Coyne’s Life” Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 20, (2 pm) at the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethran , 5952 CR7, Garrett, IN under the ministry of Pastor Brad Hardesty. Her final interment will be alongside Ken in the Spring of 2011 in her family plot at the Protestant Cemetery On Mackinac Island.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society or to other organizations which reflect her lifelong interest in animal care.


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