She was born in Susanville, California on November 25, 1928 to Raymond J. Wood and Anna T. (Hall) Wood.
She grew up in Albany, California with her 2 brothers and attended church at Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, where she is a Life Deacon.
She graduated from San Francisco State and went on to teach in the Berkeley School District for 30 years before retiring in 1985.
It was on a train trip to New York for a church camp and a visit to see her older brother after graduation that Jean met her husband of 63 years. She was one of a couple of women ticketed on a troop train and John was tasked to keep her safe for the trip. In 1952 John came out to California for a third date and married Jean.
Jean was always very active in Thousand Oaks Church and the Berkeley schools serving in a variety of ways. She was a Kindergarten teacher for most of her years in Berkeley schools, but served as Vice Principal during integration and later was President of the Berkeley Teachers Association.
Upon her retirement she moved to Sebastopol, CA to the apple orchard that they had purchased for retirement. Jean quickly became involved with Red Cross volunteering.
In 1997, Jean & John sold the orchard and moved to Plymouth Village in Redlands to be near their only daughter and grandchildren. Here they continued as a community volunteers, active grandparents, education advocates, and still had time to travel, especially trips back east to visit relatives.
Jean is preceded in death by her loving husband, John.
Jean is survived by her brothers, Albert Wood, St Helena Island, SC and Harold Wood, Forestville, CA, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jean is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rae Ann and Dale Adama of Redlands, three grandchildren, Kirsten and Caleb Allen of Yucaipa CA , Kendra Adama of San Francisco CA, and Kyle Adama and fiancée Ingrid Petersen of Cleveland , OH, along with three great grandchildren, Aila, Alli, and Asher Allen.
Interment in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, will be 11:00 A.M. Friday June 29, 2018. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.