Gloria Jean Weathington, age 75, known to all as Miss Jean, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Community Hospice Center for Caring at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Jean will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Jean was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 29, 1946, to Lula Mae Jones and Otis Gibson. She became a little sister to Woody and Anne and a big sister to Delbert, Gary, and Richard. Even with miles separating the siblings they all remained close and loved each other dearly. They developed a close bond throughout their years growing up between Kentucky, Indiana, and finally settling in Florida. Jean loved school and developed a love early for math and reading. There were very few of her free moments where she wasn’t found with a book in her hands.
She was a devoted wife and mother. She married David Weathington in 1971 and blended their families to raise 4 children. She and David moved to Macclenny, Florida in 1974 and ran a successful “Bee Business” for nearly a decade. She helped keep the business on track, running the bottling factory and delivering honey to stores and naval bases around the entire state of Florida. As her children grew and entered school, Jean worked for nearly 25 years as caretaker and custodian for the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She took pride in her work to not only clean but make the building a place for all who entered to feel the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ. After her retirement, she worked as a supervisor for CVS. Jean moved to St. George, Utah for a brief time and enjoyed serving as a volunteer for Catholic Charities Thrift Shop.
Jean was known for having a great sense of humor and a servant’s heart. She was always baking an extra pie or cake or wrapping up a meal to drop off to someone. She was quick to help run an errand or finish a chore. She passed this on to her daughters who were often along for the ride during these acts of service, and they have been made better because of it. She and her best friend, Carolyn Todd could always be found helping others and finding a way to laugh harder than anyone while doing it. She and Carolyn had a bond that can never be broken, and their stories are the stuff of legend among her children and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, David; her parents, Otis and Lula Mae Gibson; her sister, Anne Norman; brother, Gary Gibson; daughter, Grace Jayroe; and grandson, Jeffrey Cates (survived by April Goff); and great-granddaughter, Ellie Fletcher.
Jean is survived by her two daughters, Melissa (Kenny) Wichman of Macclenny, Florida, and Heather (Scott) Smith of South Jordan, Utah. They are the women they are because of her. They are hard workers and great mothers who have learned from her example how to excel at both. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Tyler, Seth, and Ryder Wichman, Jessica Mason, Joshua Cates, and Lauren, Katie, and Mollie Smith; ten great-grandchildren, Landon, Kirra, Lexi, Emma, Reagan, Brax, Caleb, Jacob, Charlee, and Huk; and her three brothers, Woody, Delbert (Kaye) and Richard (Beth).
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 904 South 5th Street, Macclenny, Florida 32063.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to the care of BLACKBURN-CURRY FUNERAL & CREMATION, 380 N. Lowder Street, Macclenny, Florida 32063. (904) 259-2806. Please share your condolences with the family online at www.blackburncurryfh.com.