Birth date: February 12, 1944
Death date: July 27, 2012
Jeanne Hitchcock was born in Seattle on February 12th, 1944. She was the first of seven children for Bill and Jeanne Martin. Jeanne celebrated life to the fullest. She always appreciated people, whether it was the patients she saw during her time as a Pediatric Nurse with Group Health in Federal Way or someone waiting in line with her at the store. One of her many attributes was to “Smile at someone new everyday” because you never know what they are going through and how that smile might make the difference.
Jeanne enjoyed being the oldest child. She had five brothers, Bill Martin (Marlane), Mike Martin (Jan), Steve Martin (Vicki) , Pat Martin and Jim Martin (Rachel). She had one sister, Sue Drake (Steve) They all looked up to her as she help guide them through the years. She also had many nieces and nephews.
Jeanne was married to Bob Hitchcock and they had three sons. Jeff, who preceded her in death in 1975, Mark (Debi), Scott (Sarah) and a daughter Ruth (Joel). She had 3 granddaughters, Emilee, Ava and Veronica. She also had seven great-grandchildren by marriage.
Jeanne was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1997. She was in remission for 10 years and 5 years ago, it was back. This time, also in her bones and the lining of her lungs. She was told to put her affairs in order as she did not have much time. Possibly weeks to months! Jeanne started chemo and making goals. The big goal was to make it to Emilee’s graduation June 2011. Once that goal was attained, then another, her nephew’s wedding, then another, birth of another great nephew.
Jeanne’s positive attitude and knowing that “Every day is a gift” helped to reach many goals. She was an avid supporter of Susan G Komen. The family has walked the one day race since Jeanne was first diagnosed fifteen years ago. We were doubtful if she would make this year, and she did!
Everyone who met Jeanne loved her. She would “Bless their hearts” and add them and/or family members on her prayers list!
As of Friday July 27 2012 Jeanne is free of pain and discomfort.
She is the wind on your cheek; the smile in a stranger; she is the feeling of love surrounding you. We will all be together again someday.
Donations can be made, in Jeanne’s name, to Fransican Hospice House, Tacoma or Puget Sound Race for the Cure.
Vigil: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 7:45pm at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Memorial Mass: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 7pm at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church