Jean E. Davies (nee Cook)

May 16, 1919 - March 8, 2009

Jean E. Davies (nee Cook), a longtime resident of Waukesha, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton, Fla., at age 89. She was born May 16, 1919, in Saylesville, the daughter of Samuel and Flora Belle Cook.

After graduating from Waukesha High School in 1936, Jen worked for Money Corp., National Advertising, Home Supply & Building Materials and Waukesha Foundry Co., retiring in 1982.

Known as a "Jill of all trades," she was one of Waukesha Countyís busiest volunteers. She was associated with more than 25 different agencies, adapting her special talents to each of these groups. In May 2001, Jean was named Volunteer of the Year at the Waukesha County Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

Jean was a fixture at the Caring Place, volunteering every Thursday morning, helping with the residents in this adult day care center. She gave at least 16 hours of her time each month to the Salvation Army helping out wherever she was needed, from office duties to distributing gifts at Christmas. Since 1985, through her association with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Jean logged thousands of hours working with agencies such as La Casa de Esperanza, Old World Wisconsin, Retzer Nature Center, Plowshare, Parentís Place, the American Heart Association, United Way, the American Cancer Society, Waukesha Memorial Hospital and many others. For the last 27 years, helping family members and volunteering was a "way of life for Jean." She prided herself in keeping busy. When not volunteering, she filled her days with swimming, exercising, walking and traveling.

Jean was affectionately named "The General" because she went all out to complete a volunteer job effectively and efficiently. She often supervised other volunteers because of her effective management skills, strong work ethic and attention to detail.

Jean will be sadly missed by her son, Jeffrey L. Davies of Waukesha; a daughter, Jacqueline J. Offerman of Genesee; and grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Sheehan of North Prairie, Scott Davies of Hustisford, John (Lisa) Behling of Knoxville, Tenn., and Nicholas (Dr. Shannon) Offerman of Cincinnati. She also is survived by her great-grandchildren, Casey (Brad) Merkel of Waukesha, Jonathon Sheehan of North Prairie, Kaitlyn and Jake Davies of Hutisford and Kaitlyn and Lauren Behling of Knoxville; great-great-grandson, Riley Merkel of Waukesha; and her best friend, Myrt Robel of Waukesha.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Flora Belle Cook; brothers, Alvin Cook and Charles Cook; sisters, Ethel Johnson, Grace Cartledge and Eva Peardon; and her son-in-law, Dr. Richard E. Offerman.

A celebration of Jeanís life will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 20, at the home of her daughter, Jacqueline Offerman, S49-W30000 Madrid Lane, Village of Genesee, WI. For directions, please call 968-3016.

Private burial services will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha at a later date.

Memorials in Jeanís name to the Kettle Moraine Scholarship Foundation, 563 A.J. Allen Circle, Wales, WI 53183, would be appreciated.


Iíd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
Iíd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
Iíd like to leave an echo whispering
softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing
times and bright and sunny days.
Iíd like the tears of those
who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done