Jeanne Budd was born May 27, 1946. The summer of 1961 (after 9th grade) Jeanne’s family moved to California. She adjusted beautifully making lots of friends and was a high school cheerleader. She continued her education and received a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, a MS in Recreation Administration, a community college teaching certificate in Public Administration, a teaching certificate in Adaptive PE, and a MED in Education (Special).
For most of her professional career Jeanne worked in recreation, education, and human services—mostly with people with disabilities. Her last job was Service Coordinator for the Portland Metro County in the Developmentally Disabilities Dept. Her specialty was in the employment area for adults with mental retardation.
Jeanne always stayed active, in particular with sports, photography, and camping. Her thought was: “Because I could do most anything, I should do everything.”
The year after graduating from high school Jeanne’s Dad died of an aneurism. In 1992 her mother died of pancreatic cancer, and in 1995 her brother, John, died of a heart attack. For fourteen years she lived with her partner, friend, and companion, Ali Pappagianis, who shared similar values, dreams, and interests. They lived a full life on a farm. Jeanne battled cancer (soft cell sarcoma in her liver and lungs) and died peacefully in her home. Jeanne survived and enjoyed life to the fullest well beyond what the medical professionals predicted.
Jeanne was living in Scappoose, Oregon at the time of her death, May 15, 2000.
Thank you to Courtney Larmon Townsend for this information.