Alma Jean Burleigh (Jean) (Ryman)

Sept. 4, 1926 - October 2, 2010

Jean Burleigh died in her sleep, Oct. 2, 2010, in Bend. She was 84 years old.

Jean was born in Bend, Oregon on Sept. 4, 1926, to Allen and Irene Ryman. She graduated from Bend Senior High School in 1944.

Jean was a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co. and retired from Qwest after nearly 40 years. Jean met and married Robert J. Burleigh on Oct. 12, 1947. They had three children, Candy, David and Daniel. They lived in Boise, ID, for a short time after getting married, but both Jean and Bob loved the place called Bend, where they were born, and lived the rest of their lives in Bend.

Jean was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in UMW and Prayer Groups. Jean was active in Al-Anon, Juniper swim fitness, Bend Historical Society, Meals On Wheels, Central Oregon Pioneers, Telephone Pioneers, and school reading program.

Jean was a friend to all and always there for her family and friends.

Jean is survived by her three children, Candy and David Holmes of Bothel, WA, David Burleigh and Lynette of Bend, OR, Daniel and Carolyn Burleigh, of Portland, OR; a sister, Mae Boylan of Vancouver, WA; sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Verle Mitchell of Bend, OR; a brother, Allen Ryman of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Irene Ryman, her husband, Robert J. Burleigh and her stepson, Robert W. Burleigh.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, at the First United Methodist Church, 680 N.W. Bond St., Bend.

Donations can be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, or the First United Methodist Church, 680 N.W. Bond St., Bend, OR 97701. Autumn Funerals, 61555 Parrell Rd., 541-318-0842, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Burleigh