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Jean Ann Rankin

July 8, 1935 March 17, 2018
Jean Ann Rankin
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Jean passed away March 17, 2018 with her family at her bedside. She was born on July 8th. 1936 in
Arlington Virginia to Eldred and Marie Clark. Jean attended Washington Lee High School (Arlington, VA),
graduating with the class of 1954. Shortly after her High School Graduation she went to work for the
United States Department of Defense working at the Pentagon.
In 1954, she met the love of her life, Bradford H. Rankin, in Washington D.C., they were married in 1956
in Arlington Virginia. Upon Brads discharge from the U.S. Navy, Jean travelled with him back to
Washington State, settling first in Tacoma, then to University Place, where she raised her family. She
went on to enjoy a 26 year career with the Department of Defense at Fort Lewis, WA, until her retirement
in 1986. Once retired she moved to Ocean Shores, WA where her and Brad built their dream home and
enjoyed retired life, Traveling, walking the beaches, razor clamming, and enjoying the clean sea air. Jean
very much loved her dogs, particularly German Shorthaired pointers, all of her dogs were deeply loved
members of the family, and were constantly by her side. Jean is preceded in death by her husband of 60
years, Bradford H. Rankin, Parents, Eldred and Marie Clark, Uncle, Clyde Hammersla, Aunt, Helen
Hammersla, Father in law, Charles Rankin, Mother in law, Eve Rankin, Niece, Anne Kearl, Nephew,
Michael Kearl, and brother In Law, Alton Kearl. She is survived by her Children, Stewart Rankin, Bonnie
Allen (Mark), Jeffrey Rankin (Belinda), & Steven Rankin (Diana), Grandchildren, Joshua Allen, Jordan
Rankin, Hana Rankin, Isabella Rankin, and Haleigh Rankin.
Jean’s memory will always be cherished by her friends and family, Her giant heart and contagious sense
of humor will always be the things remembered when thinking of her. In her later years much of her time
and energies were dedicated to the care of Brads declining health, until his death in 2016.
A private service will be held for the family at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wa, on April 6, 2018,
where she will be laid to rest next to Brad.
“God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around him, and then said come with me.
With Tearful eyes we watched him slowly fade away, although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, playful paws put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the Best” – A Dog Owners Poem


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Inurnment Service

Friday

6

Apr

10:15 AM 4/6/2018 10:15:00 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042

Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 SE 240th St Kent 98042 WA
United States
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