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“Jean was a wonderful neighbor of mine for over fifty years...she loved her children and grandchildren...Kevin, I am truly sorry to hear of her...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Peg Woodcock - Chadds Ford, PA

“Jean was the best neighbor anyone could possibly have. She spent so much time with my children, teaching them about so many things. My favorite...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Wanda Armitage - Chadds Ford, PA

“Our heartfelt condolences to Jean's family. We have very fond memories of your parents over the years. They were kind and loving neighbors to us...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Tim and Dianne Smith - PA

“I worked with Mrs.Dew at Concord Elementary when she substituted. We always new she would do a great job and I enjoyed talking with her at lunch. A...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Barbara Sherrer - Garnet Valley, PA

“Kevin,My heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family for the loss of your Mother.May fond memories give you all solace in this trying time. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Warren Minix - Rockland, DE

“Jean was one of the gentlest, kindest people ever to live in our community. I so enjoyed singing with her - she was a real music lover, and any...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Eileen Humpal - Downingtown, PA


Jean Reeder Dew, 86, formerly of Chadds Ford, PA passed away on Tuesday, May 2nd at Simpson Meadows in Downingtown, PA.

Jean was the beloved wife of Thomas R. Dew with whom she shared forty five years of marriage prior to his passing in 2002.

Jean was born in Langhorne, PA on May 22nd, 1930 to William and Grace Reeder. She graduated from high school at George School in Newtown, PA and earned a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Prior to her marriage and children, Jean taught elementary school in Bucks County, PA and Greenville, DE. After a career break to raise her family, she returned to teaching in the late 1970's in the Garnet Valley and Chichester, PA school districts.

Jean enjoyed her family and watching her kids sporting events. She was ahead of her time, snapping thousands of pictures to record every event - long before the advent of smartphones or Facebook. She loved children, animals (especially cats) and the Philadelphia sports teams.

Jean was a member of Wilmington Friends Meeting. As a member of the Meeting and a parent, she was devoted to Wilmington Friends School and served as a trustee of that institution for multiple terms.

Jean is survived by her son, Thomas R., Jr. and wife, Lisa; son, Kevin and wife, Lynda and five grandchildren - Ryan, Colin , Madison, Ian and Molly.

Interment will be private. There will be a Memorial Meeting for Worship at Wilmington Friends Meeting on Saturday, May 13th at 11 AM. The Meeting address is 401 N. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean's name may be made to Wilmington Friends School or the Alzheimer's Association.