Barbara “Jean” Vallus, a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, left this world on July 13, 2022, at the age of “81 years young”.
She was born to William and Stella King on July 21, 1940, and was the youngest of fourteen children.
Jean married Donald Lehre at the age of sixteen, and together they had six children, who quickly became the center of her universe.
Jean loved spending time with her family and going on many trips with them across the country. Often described as; charming, kind, and generous, she was adored by every person she met. Her family loved listening to Jean’s stories about her adventures and mischief. She was strong and resilient and provided a sense of serenity to those closest to her. She enjoyed shopping, camping, and sparking bursts of laughter with her witty humor. She knew no boundaries in showing people her love.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; her children, Douglas (Stacey), David, Darryl (Karen), Sandra (Craig), and Michael. Her legacy will live on through her many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She will be welcomed by her son, Raymond, at the gates of heaven.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and a burial to follow at Otsego Lake Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.