Jeanette Kay Babcock, 67, Reed City, Mich.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Jeanette Kay "Jan" Babcock, 67, of Reed City, Mich., formerly of Huntingtown, died Dec. 18, 2009, peacefully in her sleep at her home.

She was born Feb. 3, 1942, in Omaha, Neb., to Roy and Martha Jones. She had a gentle soul and a kind heart and was always ready to travel.

After marrying in 1975, she moved to the Philippines with her husband and traveled all over the Orient for two years.

Upon returning to California, they moved to the Los Angeles area.

In 1985, her husband was offered a government transfer to the Washington, D.C., area and made Huntingtown their home for the next 20 years.

After their children were grown, she continued her interest in travel with repeated trips to England, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Ireland and Paris, France.

She started a spiritual group called "Crossroads" in 1988. It was a small group based on metaphysical beliefs. She made close friends and they gathered weekly for spiritual guidance at her home.

She was co-owner of an assisted living home in Sunderland called Rainbow Acres, giving loving care to the elderly and handicapped.

She retired in 2005 at which time she and her husband moved to Michigan. She will be deeply missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Jones; and grandmother, Ruby Swann.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Monroe "Butch" Babcock of Reed City, Mich.; sister, Jackie Campbell and her husband, Bill, of Kentucky; children, Michele Catlett and her husband, Mike, of Owings, Rene Brown and her husband, Doug, of Galt, Mo., David Sampson and his wife, Kim, of Trenton, Mo., Sandi McBreen of Mechanicsville, Vicki Spears-Rath and her husband, Kurt, of Huntingtown; step-daughters, Leslie McAfee and her husband, John, and Dori Babcock, all of Colorado; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, Denise Ann and Phillis.

Family and friends will hold a spiritual memorial at her home in Huntingtown at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 with Tim Doyle officiating.