Jean Smith Felts, 90, of Virginia Beach, beloved wife and mother, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.
She was born July 2, 1929, in Bluefield, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Margaret McCue Smith and Clyde B. Smith.
Following graduation from Bluefield High School, she attended Bluefield College for a year before enrolling at St. Lukes Nursing School in New York City. After graduating from nursing school in 1950, she began her career at Maguire Veterans Hospital, Richmond.
In 1952, Jean married William “Bill” Bowles, a World War II veteran who also worked at Maguire. Bill succumbed to injuries he received during World War II in 1961.
In 1962, Jean married Benjamin “Rudy” Felts Sr., and, along with his daughter, Rebecca (Beckie), they became a family. Jean and Rudy were married for 55 years, until his passing Dec. 5, 2017.
In addition to Beckie, Jean is survived by a son, Benjamin R. Felts, Jr., and his wife, Carmen; grandson, Benjamin R. Felts III, and daughter, Margaret Jean Felts; brothers, Richard Smith, and his wife, Jean, and John Smith; brother-in-law, Clarence Felts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jean loved being a nurse. She worked in hospitals in Richmond and Virginia Beach and was a school nurse for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She was a member of Bayside Presbyterian Church over 45 years, serving as Sunday school teacher, volunteer receptionist and elder. She especially enjoyed being a member of the Women’s Circle groups. Jean loved camping with the family and dancing with Rudy to the tunes of Glen Miller.
The family would like to thank the Beechwood staff at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital for the loving care you provided their mother in the last weeks of her life. You were superb.
Following a private family burial, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Bayside Presbyterian Church.
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