Mary Jean Feil, 93, passed away peacefully with family and pets at her side on December 24, 2013 in Smithfield, Va. A long time resident of Fair Oaks, Calif. and Ashland, Ore., she spent her final years residing with her daughter in Virginia.
Mary Jean was born in Coffeyville, Kans. to Kerrie Grace (McMeen) and John Landers May 15, 1920. She graduated from Coffeyville High School in 1938 and attended Coffeyville Community College for two years prior to attending nursing school in Denver, Colo.
She met her husband, Harold D. Feil, while attending school in Coffeyville and, as many young couples of the time, was caught up in the turmoil of WWII. Harold earned a flying commission in the Army Air Corps and she and Harold were married in Reno, Nev. December 1941. As part of the greatest generation Mary Jean worked in a munitions factory in Lawrence, Kans. during the war while Harold served both in the Pacific and European theaters. After the war they became a career military family with multiple stateside postings and overseas to Germany. They made their home in Sacramento, Calif. after Colonel Feil's retirement in 1966.
After his passing in 1969 Mary Jean taught school for a number of years in the Folsom California School District before retiring herself and continuing her love of travel. She made numerous trips to Germany visiting lifelong friends made while stationed overseas.
Deeply committed to family, she moved to Ashland, Ore. after residing in Fair Oaks, Calif. for almost 30 years to be near family. She spent 14 years in Ashland before moving to Virginia due to health concerns.
A devoted animal lover and avid supporter of a wide range of charities, she continually found the time and energy to help others. In her final days she found comfort and a peaceful transition with her pets by her side.
She is survived by her daughters, Martha Feil and Janet Cornell; and granddaughters, Kerrie Rose Feil-Olson, Kimberly Keenan, Jennifer Cornell and Mary Cameron Cornell.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the Sentara Hospice Services for their care and support in Mary Jean's final months. Memorial donations may be sent to Doctors Without Borders or an animal charity.