Jean Low Collett "It's been a Great Day" With dignity and grace, Jean Low Collett, passed peacefully away on Memorial Day, Saturday, May 30, 2011 with friends and family surrounding her. She died due to natural causes. Born in Cardston Alberta, December 1, 1922 to Sterling and Lovina Low, she was the second of four siblings, Bruce, Elaine and David. After teaching in a couple of two room school houses in Southern Alberta, she moved to Salt Lake City in 1945 to attend LDS Business College. While a credit manager at Daynes Jewelry, she was introduced by her boss to Owen M Collett and married him in 1949 and having a family; Camille, Bruce and Daniel. Business ventures took them to Lafayette, California where she and Owen played a significant role in growing the LDS church membership in the Lafayette/ Orinda area. Jean was esteemed for her ability to organize and build community. Under her influence and support, fund raising activities flourished to support the growing small LDS community. Coordinating bazaars, rummage sales, spice sales, and catering services for banquets, Jean worked tirelessly to support her community. She was generous in her hospitality to those who needed shelter and a listening ear. Jean was a continual learner and always sought to understand and appreciate the world. Her love of humanities included the study of French, art, Japanese floral design, and architecture and world history. She was an avid reader and student. Always keen to learn about others, she was the consummate hostess of parties and gatherings, always making guest's feel like her best friends. She often stated that her favorite times were "cooking in my kitchen, preparing for guests". She taught her children and grandchildren the graces of etiquette, decency and social politeness and how to clean toilets! Jean leaves a rich legacy of relationships including a best friend and sister, Elaine Jack, friends of the Monday morning bridge club, beloved Author's Club members, Dinner Set diners, neighbors and ward members who lives enriched and fed her soul. Her surviving children include: Camille Delong (Salt Lake City) Bruce (Lesli) Collett, Daniel (Vicki) Collett, daughter in law, Becky Collett, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She joins her cherished husband Owen, with whom she spent 58 years of marriage to continue their eternal journey Special thanks and appreciation to those whose tender care nurtured Jean in her last months including Kathy Wood, Mary Schneider, and the hospice care providers of Alpine Hospice and Danville Support Services. You are all the best! A celebration of Jean's life will be held Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS Murray 23rd Ward. 755 East Three Fountains Dr. A private family interment will be held at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery prior to the Celebration services.
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