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Jean McMillan Talton, 91, of Crossville, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016, six days shy of her 92nd birthday on July 24, 2016.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.O. McMillan and Thelma Lee (Keeling) McMillan of Normandy, TN; husband, John I. Talton Jr.; son, John I. Talton III; brother, Joe C. McMillan; and her faithful feline friend, Spooky.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Lee Talton of Nashville, TN; daughter-in-law, Margie K. Talton; niece, Susan Williams; nephews; nieces; special friend, JoAnne Howells; neighbors and good friends, Jerry and Carol Race and Carol and Dick Van Gilder.
Jean was born July 24, 1924, in Shelbyville, TN. She was an Honors graduate of the Tullahoma High School Class of 1942 and also attended Watkins Night School. She worked at Tullahoma radio station WJIG as a writer and broadcaster with her own music program. Jean worked five years for the Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, TN, in advertising for 13 branches. Jean then worked as an administrative assistant with the Vanderbilt College of Arts & Sciences Department of Molecular Biology. Ultimately, she worked for the director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology - Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, from which she retired.
Jean taught piano for many years at her home in Brentwood, with students who advanced to The Blair Academy of Music, now a part of Vanderbilt University. She loved all wildlife, especially birds, rabbits and deer. This love of God's creatures, great and small, was instilled in her children.
Jean was an excellent southern cook, loved cross-stitch, gardening, played bridge and did other activities that she enjoyed. She was a good golfer and was always looking forward to playing with her friends at Fairfield Glade.
In addition to Quebec, the Northwest and Southwest of the United States, she and John traveled to England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Fiji Islands.
A special thanks to the nurses, CNA's and staff at The Good Samaritan Society of Fairfield Glade for their excellent care and love while Jean was in assisted living and in skilled care.
Jean's ashes will be interred with her husband's at Hillcrest Cemetery in Shelbyville, TN, adjacent to her parents.
Memorials may be made to Avalon Hospice, 1080 Neal St., Suite 300, Cookeville, TN 38501, your local Humane Association or a charity of your choice.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 22, 2016
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