DeNeale, Jean Osmond
Birth: Sunday, May 08, 1927 in Bradley Beach, New Jersey
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Friday, April 05, 2019 at the age of 91
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Jean (Jeanie) Osmond DeNeale, 91, of Leonardtown, Maryland went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 5, 2019. She was born to the late Daniel Taylor and Jean Taylor on May 8, 1927 in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Even though she shared a loving relationship with her parents, she was raised by her adoring grandparents Daniel and Myrtle Taylor whom also resided in Bradley Beach, New Jersey.
Jean was a homemaker, daycare provider, wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a friendly neighbor and friend that always greeted you with a warm loving smile. Jean spent her best years with her Husband Earl. They enjoyed designing and building homes together, she had a true gift of making a house a home. In their younger days you could find them boating and fishing together on the Chesapeake Bay. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making clothing for her family and home décor items.
She cherished her families' antiques and her porcelain doll collection. Spending time outside in her yard was her happy place; she took much pride in having the prettiest yard in the neighborhood. When she wasn't outside tending to her flowers she could be found in her kitchen baking for her "Hunny" and grandchildren, "No one can bake a pie like Grandma." She was a passionate caretaker; she cared for her grandmother and mother in law in their later years.
Jean met her loving husband, Earl at Anacostia High School in Washington, DC in 1942. It was love at first sight for Earl. He knew Jeanie was "the one." While serving in the Navy, Earl and Jean would write love letters and talk to each other on the phone. Earl would even show up for surprise visits, driving from his home in Washington, DC to her grandparents' home in New Jersey. Jean and Earl were married August 5, 1944 and would be celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary this year!
After getting married while he was serving in the military they lived in Washington, DC and later moved to Prince George's County to raise their children. Every weekend they would make a trip to the "country" to visit Earl's parents at their family home on the water in Hollywood, Maryland. In 1972 they moved into their dream home on Nat's Creek in Hollywood that they built together. After raising their children they moved to Punta Gorda, Florida and then later to Little River, South Carolina to enjoy the warm weather year round.
After they were done "playing," as their granddaughter would say, they moved back to California, Maryland in 2000 to be closer to their beloved grandchildren. Almost five years ago they moved to Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown, Maryland where they have made many new friends and cherished their time together.
Jean was preceded in death by her father; Daniel Taylor, mother; Jean Taylor Lappin, stepmother; Vivian Ray, stepfather; Merrill Lappin, paternal grandfather; Daniel Taylor and grandmother; Myrtle Taylor. In addition to her husband Earl DeNeale, she is survived by her sisters; Susan Petz and Nancy Carter, daughters; Donna DeNeale-Norris (Mike) of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and Betty Ratliff (Glenn) of Park Hall, Maryland, son; Bill DeNeale of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, grandchildren; Blake Reeder (Rachel), Natalie Reeder, Evan Reeder, Karen Reynolds, David DeNeale, William DeNeale and Hollie Ratliff, 4 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
The family will welcome friends for Jean's private Celebration of Life at a later date. Jean's internment will be at Arlington National Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jean's name to Hospice House of St. Mary's County, P.O Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home.