Catherine Jean Fackenthall was born July 31, 1934 and passed away on September 10, 2019. She was the first-born child to Edward (Red) and Georgie Bell. Jean grew up in the Ahsahka area and made it her home for much of her life, except for a short stint in Orofino and Emida.
Jean was a strong person and proved that right until the end. She had many friends and was respected throughout the community.
Jean always had a sweet smile and could strike up a two hour conversation with someone she knew her entire life, or a stranger passing by, as she stood on her porch admiring her flowers.
Jean was honorary Grandma Jean or Aunt Jean to many people who came into her life. She is proceeded in death by her parents Red and Georgie, her daughter Kathy Hunt, husband Dale Fackenthall, sisters Judy Henson and Sharon Sanchez and brother Terry Bell. Jean is survived by her daughter Vickie Stephenson, grandson and wife Stacy and Jenny Hunt, sisters Lee Hamilton and Wilma Cain, brother Bob and many nieces and nephews. Jean will be missed and loved by many.
On October 26 there will be a Remembrance of Life and Potluck at the VFW, 330 Michigan Ave., at 5 p.m.