Jean Peat Alderton died Nov. 12 in Salida, Colo.

Jean was born Sept. 26, 1919, in San Francisco, Calif.

Jean was shaped by her family and the times in which she lived. Her mother grew up near Mariposa, Calif.

Jean’s grandparents had come from Bavaria for the California gold rush. They did not find gold, but made a living in Mariposa County, which is near Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Jean’s mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse. Jean’s father emigrated from Scotland and met her mother in Berkeley, Calif. Jean’s family lived all over California because her father worked for Shell Oil as an accountant. They moved with the discovery of oil fields.

Both Jean and her brother, John, were the first of their family to graduate from college. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in dietetics. After graduation, she worked at the USDA Western Research Laboratory in Albany, Calif. where she met Gordon. They were married and had three children, Bill, Janet and John.

Jean volunteered at Meals on Wheals in Contra Costa County as a dietitian and counselor for diabetics.

After Gordon retired, he and Jean made a second home on land that they had purchased in the early 60s near Princeton for $10 per acre. They raised crested wheat grass. They still had a house in Orinda and split their time between Oregon and California. Jean had many close friends in Oregon. She would drive the long distances from Orinda and later from Salida, Colo. to visit her friends.

Jean moved to Salida in 2007. She enjoyed the outdoors and was hiking with friends through the summer of 2011. She lived near her son, Bill and his wife Pat. Jean was loved and will be missed by her children, Bill, Janet, and John, and her grandchildren, Ben and Katherine.

Because Jean and Gordon loved the community surrounding Princeton, it is fitting that on May 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. there will be a ceremony at Crane Cemetery to inter Jean’s ashes next to her husband, Gordon’s remains.


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