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Jean Hillyer

Jean Hillyer

Pine River

Carroll “Jean” Hillyer, 88, of Pine River, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River.

She was born to Herbert and Blanche Phenis on Dec. 19, 1925, in Toledo, Iowa. Jean worked for the Pine River Journal and Walker Pilot Independent as a linotype operator for many years, and from the early 1970s until retirement was a rural mail carrier, delivering for the west Backus/Hackensack routes. She was an avid reader, she enjoyed sewing, writing humorous poetry, drawing Disney cartoon characters for her children and putting puzzles together.

Jean is survived by her children, Mike Shepard of Pine River, Margie Richards (Ray) of Pine River, Mark Shepard (Renee) of Backus and Rick Shepard (Cindy) of Elko; stepdaughter, Geneva Lybeck; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bud” Hillyer; stepsons, Roger and Dean; great-granddaughter, Kathlynn Shepard; and sisters, Hazel Phenis, Ruth Olsen, Mildred Linden, Marge Clough and Phyllis Hansen.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.