On December 29th, 2022, our mother went home into the loving arms of her husband, Lee and son, Eddie. We felt Mom’s soul leave this earth as Pastor Dan sang her into eternal life and there was an overwhelming calm in our hearts.
Jeannette Lee Schaffer was born January 7th, 1943 to Clarence and Marion Schaffer in Colonie, New York, though her father was the only one allowed to call her by her given name. To the rest of her family and friends she was Jeannie. She grew up in New York “raising Cain” along with her eight siblings until the age of 15 when her mother bought her a car and she was gone, leaving a trail of parking and traffic tickets behind for her mother to deal with.
Jean quit school in the 9th grade and began working with her best friend, Virginia by her side. At age 19, while at the ice-skating rink Jean met her first love, Clarence “Butch” Quick. They married in September of 1962 and immediately began growing their family. Charles was born in 1963 followed by Clarence “Butchie” in 1964 and Rodney joined the crew in 1965. In 1968, work opportunities moved the young family to Arizona and that same year Butch and Jean became parents of their fourth son John “Jack”. The Quick family was complete after the birth of Edward in 1970.
During her years in Arizona, Jean managed to work part time while keeping her loving but mischievous boys under control. By this time, her parents and most of her siblings and their families lived in Arizona so there were many weekends spent at Prescott with everyone together. Jean and her siblings were always close and took advantage of being together whenever possible.
In the mid 70’s, Butch got a work opportunity in Idaho and loved the area. He went back to Arizona and got Jean and the boys. Idaho became Jean’s home for the next 47 years. She loved it here and by then her sons were all in school, so she went to work at a local restaurant in Grangeville. After moving to Ferdinand, a couple years later Jean started working in Cottonwood. She spent 25 years working as a waitress in Grangeville and Cottonwood. Jean’s warm personality gained her many friends, and she became a respected member of the Cottonwood Community.
Butch and Jean later divorced. In 1980, Jean met and married Leland Huntley and found the man that would take care of her and love her unconditionally for the next 32 years. Lee instantly became instrumental in the lives of Jean and her sons. To the family's surprise, Jean was pregnant and in July of 1981, Leland Huntely, Jr was born. Jean loved participating in community activities. She was a Sunday school teacher for the Cottonwood Community Church and volunteered at St Mary’s Hospital. She participated in Relay for Life and was a breast cancer survivor. Jean was a member of the Queen B’s bowling team and made sure everyone knew they were state champions. She was “Grandma Jean” to the kids in Cottonwood who she saw on a daily basis working at the Mini Village and Cottonwood Foods later in life. Every year, Jean threw a graduation party for the seniors at the Mini Village with cake, balloons and pictures. Prom night meant stopping by the store so Jean could take pictures of everyone in their formals.
Jean loved spending time with her grandchildren. There were many trips to Lewiston, swimming, going for ice cream, staying up all night watching scary movies, going to the drive-in, and fishing.
Jean is survived by her children: Charles and Tami Quick, Clarence Quick Jr, Rod and Donna Quick, Jack Quick, Lee and Jen Huntley; grandchildren: Beth Ann and Mike McGowan, Anthony and Raven Quick, Ian and Taylor Huntley, Jordan Quick; great-grandchildren: Shalynn, Kaylee, Aubree and Kinzlee McGowan; step-children: Frieda and Bill Hazelton, Micki Rogers; siblings; Margie Rohloff, Sonny and Mary Ann Schaffer, Chuck and Joan Schaffer, Joann Schaffer, Shirley and David Richards; brother-in-law Richard Velarde and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; son, Edward; father and mother, Clarence and Marion; step-son, Joe Rogers; siblings; Betty Velarde, Doris Sherman, Jack Schaffer; and brother-in-law Kenny Sherman.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 6th, at Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N Mill St, Grangeville. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 7th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cottonwood on what would have been Jean’s 80th birthday She will be laid to rest at Cottonwood Cemetery with dinner following at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be given to St Mary’s Health Angel Tree, 701 Lewiston St, Cottonwood, ID 83522.