of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of London, England, Berrien Springs, MI and Buckhill Falls, PA, age 86, passed peacefully Monday, October 30, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, surrounded by family. She was born February 18, 1931 in London, England, the daughter of James Leonard & Violet Alexandra (Hebden) Spall. Jeanne lived the first half of her life in England before moving to Michigan in 1978. She lived in Berrien Springs, MI and Buckhill Falls, PA; since 2007 she resided in Chelsea. A nurse by training (College of London Nursing), she worked for four decades in different settings in England and the United States. Active with her church (St. Barnabus), the Master Gardener program, and Hearts Community Service, she lived a full and active life--independent to the end. An inveterate traveler she visited England, Indonesia, Australia, and much of the US. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick McLaughlin. In addition to her faith, she rejoiced in connections with her extended family, including grandchildren that lived close by, and her great-grandchildren.

Jeanne is survived by her sister, Doris Barber; her brother, Arthur Spall; her three children, Bruce (Atira Sudirsan) McLaughlin, Paul (Anne) McLaughlin, Ann (Erik) Stalhandske; six grandchildren, Alexandra, Caitlin, Jacob, Sean (Sarah Yaqub), Hannah (Ryan Klink), Carl (Kira); two great-grandchildren, Annikah and Winifred. She brought much love and energy into the world. Her spirit of adventure and generous heart will be missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4, 11:00 am at St. Barnabas in Chelsea with Fr. Bill Stech officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


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#3 Graham Garland 2017-10-31 00:28
I am close friends with Bruce her dear son now living in Indonesia. We talk every week and over the years I have come to know how important his mother was to him. He will miss their daily chats tremendously. My condolences to the whole family; you all mean a lot to Bruce and he will also need your love and support right now as he is so far away. His mum was also his dear friend. So sad.
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#2 Nancy Harris 2017-10-30 19:38
I will deeply miss my dear friend, Jeanne. Our friendship goes back several years.We met at St. Barnabas. Jeanne assisted me with the Altar duties and then eventually took over. We enjoyed the Chelsea Garden Club activities and many hours chatting over coffee. Jeanne became a Board Member for my Hearts Community Service & was instrumental with feeding the homeless/hungry in A.A. She leaves a void in my heart!
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#1 Mary Hayman 2017-10-30 18:27
I will miss Jeanne so much. She was a big part of our quilt group (although she hated to sew). She was also a big contributor to our St. Barnabas church family.
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