Jeanice H. Cousins


Jeanice H. Cousins


Jeanice H. Cousins slipped peacefully into eternity at RiverStone Hospice Home on April 8, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born May 23, 1925, to Lawrence and Mary Hodgkins, into a family of seven children, along the rocky coast of Maine. She is survived by her youngest brother, Jimmy. She often regaled us with antics recalled from her youth! After graduating high school at 17, she worked for the Clerk of Courts and Selective Service in Ellsworth and Augusta, Maine. Her final days were filled with memories from her childhood and with the humor which defined her in life.

She and her beloved husband Stewart (deceased 2002) were married after WWII in 1946, started a family, and moved to pursue opportunities in the West. She cultivated lifelong friendships at the First Congregational Church, the YMCA where she taught swimming, and West Park Village where she lived for the past nine years.

Mom had a zest for life! She was an enthusiastic athlete and enjoyed hiking, tennis, skiing, synchronized swimming, group fitness classes, biking, gardening, travel and RVing. Trips to Maine were a favorite destination, the love of which was passed on to future generations. She and Dad adored their grandchildren and created fun experiences with them throughout their childhood. Beth Greany, Julia Jameyson, Paul Marchello, and Chris Newton all have fond memories of Grandma Jeanice. She leaves a legacy of four great-grandchildren who knew and loved her well. Jeanice will also be deeply missed by her daughters, Mary Lou Marchello (Billings) and Annie Newton (Denver) and her sons-in-law, Ben Marchello and Tim Newton, whom she bragged were the best in the world.

Her family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Neal Sorensen who cared for her with kindness and humor for 30 years, the staff of West Park Village for their loving attention and care of her over the past decade, and RiverStone Hospice Home.

Jeanice did not want a public memorial service but, instead, wished a private interment with immediate family.

Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice Home, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

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10 thoughts on “Jeanice H. Cousins”

  1. Mary Lou, Ben, Annie and family, I mourn your loss. Your mother was so sweet and always had kind words when I saw her. We are so blessed to have had the great moms we were gifted with. Cathy Hanstrom Conaway

  2. Hi girls. from your old family friend Janey Jones. You were so lucky to have a beautiful, fun and wonderful mother, and to have her for so long. I have many happy memories of our families together boating and camping. Lots of love, janey

  3. Nancy Morris Nicholson

    I remember Jeanice with great fondness and many memories of the “Lunch Bunch” and their adventures. Our moms enjoyed wonderful friendships and included us with them. Thinking of all of you and sending our sympathy. Nancy Morris Nicholson

  4. Dear, dear Jeanice. You always brought laughter with you. You’ll be missed by so many! Condolences to all who love her .

  5. Annie and Mary Lou, I am saddened at reading of the passing of your Mom. Your parents were such a joy to be with during get togethers at your house. My first thought upon first meeting them was that they had speech impediments. I soon learned that they were from Maine and they were the first Mainers that I had ever met. May the memories of your Mom sustain you through this time of mourning. Karen Olson

  6. Your folks will always hold a special place for all the Whitmer family. Brings forth a lot of good memories of the early days, hard times and fun times. Neighbors watched out for each other. Their love of life was given freely to so many. We wanted you to know ladies you are in our thoughts and we morn them too. Julia Whitmer’s family

  7. Mary Lou and Annie
    Darrell and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was such a good friend to both of us at First Church and long after. We enjoyed lots of visits at your parent’s home. She was a pillar in our lives. What a lovely gracious person.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Ann and Darrell Walters

  8. Dear Mary Lou, Annie and your families. We are sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Jeanice. Both Aunt Jeanice and your dear father Uncle Stew hold a special place in our hearts. I remember being in Trenton when we were kids and looking forward to you folks visiting from Montana. It was always fun having the family together and we have a lot of good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all-love Beth Gott and husband Reg

  9. Mary Lou Marchello

    Thanks to you all for the thoughtful messages about our dear mom Jeanice. She would be surprised by the number of people whose lives she influenced. Mary Lou

  10. So sorry to read about your mother. I met her once when she was with you. My prayers and thoughts have been with you and family.

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