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JEAN MacFARLANE EASTERLING

Jeanie MacFarlane Easterling, 92, passed away peacefully Thursday evening October 28, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital with her daughter holding her hand and where she began her Savannah nursing career in 1969. Jean was born in Hamilton Scotland to Alexander and Charlotte Dewar on January 31, 1929. During her childhood, she and her older sister Lottie experienced black-out curtains and bombing raids during World War II. At school, she collected leather bound classic novels that she still owns.

In the mid-50s, she left home for London and met her best friend Enid White. They traveled across Europe, spent time in The Netherlands and eventually settled in Paris. In Paris, they both met their future American husbands. Jean and Enid have remained best friends for over 70 years and enjoyed a lengthy conversation recently. Jean went to work for American Express and met a young teller Bill Easterling. As head teller, Jean had to correct Bill’s errors at the end of the day. In spite of that, Jean and Bill fell in love and married in Paris in 1958. They moved to Vermont in 1959 where their daughter Chrissie was born. They made their way down the east coast to Georgia. While living in Athens GA, they met a young man, Andrew Smith, whose parents were from Scotland. Andrew invited them to visit his family in Savannah for Thanksgiving. Jean and Bill fell in love with Historic Savannah. They bought their first home on beautiful Jones Street a few years later. They spent many happy times with Andrew and his wife Bonnie. Jean and family lived in Historic Savannah and restored several houses until the late 80s.

When Jean wanted to go to nursing school in the mid-60s, she found that married women were not permitted to attend the registered nursing program. As times changed, she earned her LPN, RN and BSN ultimately graduating from Armstrong State College. She worked at all the hospitals in Savannah until retirement. Before she retired, her grandchildren Betsy and Mac Jr, were born. She spent many happy times with them including a favorite activity of baking ginger cookies and traveling on multi-generational Elderhostel trips. She also went on many Elderhostel trips with her travel companion, Marieta Winter. Jean loved politics, was an avid watcher of C-SPAN and enjoyed heated debates with her son-in-law. She delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and gave them Scottish shortbread at Christmas often accompanied by Betsy and Mac Jr.

Jean loved her grandchildren and their spouses, and she happily welcomed two great-grandchildren into the world.

Jean is survived by: Chrissie and Mac Burriss, Dr Betsy Burriss and Dr. Alex Faigen, Mac Jr and Megan Burriss and great granddaughters, Lillie Burriss and Maren Faigen. Caroline Yeo and Janice, Martin, Tom and Hannah Gillett from England.

There will be no service.

Jean was a 51 year survivor of breast cancer. She was a faithful 32 year donor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of her two healthy grandchildren. If you would like to make a donation, please consider St. Jude’s, Meals on Wheels or American Cancer Society.

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  1. mary lee pennington says:

    Jean was one of my favorite friends when we were neighbors in downtown Savannah around 1975. We went to concerts together frequently and she made a wonderful salmon dinner for me after we returned from an Old Town Tour about 2013. Then she visited my house before she moved into Rivers Edge. She was a devout Christian lady who was very proud of her daughter and many grandchildren. I will miss Jean especially her Scottish accent.

  2. Enid White says:

    Jean was my greatest friend from our first encounter in London. We worked together and she always said I gave her the travel bug . We made so many trips together which I will never forget, and we both ended up in the U.S.A. with our husbands.
    She was one of the most caring ladies I have ever met. She was always there to help regardless of the situation. A friend you could rely on.
    She has the most supportive family who she loved
    dearly. I know we will all miss Jean, but what fond memories we have of such a fine lady.

  3. Genie Brazzeal says:

    Chrissie and Family,
    I’m sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. May her memory be eternal!

  4. Sara Mahany says:

    Many fond memories ,working with Jean in ICU at Candler Hospital .She was such a devoted and caring RN…..RIP JEAN

  5. Donna and Wes Long says:

    Chrissie and family,
    We are sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
    May the gift of memories give you peace and comfort.
    Wes and Donna

  6. Hester McDonald says:

    Christie
    Sorry could not come to the funeral home but wanted to give my condolences as had many memories of being with Jean and you all.
    Hester

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