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Jean Bourne

February 19, 1948 ~ March 10, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Jean Bourne Obituary

Jean Burgoon Bourne, 76, of Boca Raton passed away on March 10, 2024, at home surrounded by love.  She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Brackett and Christine Bourne, son-in-law Doug Brackett, granddaughters Gal and Coral Brackett, and sister Janet Burgoon.  

Born and raised in Fairlawn, Ohio, Jean attended St. Sebastian grade school, followed by Our Lady of the Elms High School, where she forged lifelong friendships. She then went on to graduate from University of Akron.  Jean began a successful career in wholesale and retail, where she eventually oversaw buying for the Juniors’ department of O’Neil’s.  It was there that she met the love of her life John.  Jean and John married and settled into the vivacious community of Boca Raton in 1978. They each owned and operated stores in Royal Palm Plaza; Jean ran E.J. Bourne with mother-in-law Edith, and John, alongside his best friend George Litteral, ran Danby's Store for Men.  They welcomed their first daughter Jennifer in 1984 before moving to Downingtown, PA in 1986, where they welcomed their second daughter Christine.  

In 1992 Jean was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and the family returned to Boca Raton, FL.  Jean’s physical struggles with the disease were immense, and though overtime she became fully incapacitated, her spirits never wavered.  Jean remained a beacon of positivity, good humor, and tenacity.  Always greeting everyone with a smile and a joke, her perseverance and exuberance were admirable.  Down to her last days, she remained an example of strength to those around her.  She was a shining light in the lives of all who knew her, and she will be deeply missed.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 19th at 11am, with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jean’s name to the National MS Society  http://nationalmssociety.org/Donate.

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Funeral Mass
March 19, 2024

11:00 AM
St Joan of Arc Catholic Church (Boca Raton, FL, Boca Raton City Cemetery)


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