March 13, 1924 – April 22, 2019
Jean Adele Gish, a long-term resident of Burlingame, passed away April 22, 2019. She was 95. Jean was born to Hazel Lenhart and Wesley Phelps in Littleport, Clayton County, Iowa. She graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, having taken business-secretarial courses. Jean then attended Iowa State University in Ames, where she studied Home Economics and met her future husband, Richard Gish, a co-worker in the school cafeteria.
Jean was a long-time member and enthusiastic supporter of both the Burlingame United Methodist Church and PEO International. She served as President and Vice-President of her PEO group (Chapter MN), as a delegate to the annual PEO Conference, and in many leadership roles in the church, including organizing and training others in Stephen Ministries, a one-on-one outreach program.
Jean leaves behind her beloved brother Keith, her loving children, Martha and Warren, her cherished granddaughter Genevieve, several nieces, a nephew, and many dear Phelps, Gish and Nuss Family members she kept in touch with across the country and around the world. She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 1993, her youngest brother Owen, and nephew Barry.
Jean’s family is grateful for the support from her extensive community of family and friends, spiritual leaders, and especially her roommate Margarita and caregivers Nancy, Elisa, and Laura. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010. Jean donated her body to the Stanford University School of Medicine.