Jean Ann Amador

Feb 26, 1923 – Jul 30, 2016

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Jean Ann Amador (Keyser) was born February 26, 1923 at home in Wolsey, South Dakota. She passed from this earth on July 30, 2016 at the age of 93.   She was the 5th of 6 children born to Eva M. (Wenzel) and Elmer L. Keyser.  She graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1941.

At the age of 19 she left South Dakota with her to be sister in law Doris Krog for Seattle.  She was determined to stay for 6 months. She remained there for 74 years.

She grew up in the tough 1930’s.  Her father died when she was 1 and her mother worked 7 days a week to feed her children yet she lived a good life, happy and positive.

She was a grocery store manager, a dress shop retailer, a charm school graduate and an owner of 5 homes by the time she was 35.

Jean was preceded in death by husband, Joe Amador (Papa Joe) and her son, Joseph, her companion, Bud Harrison, siblings, Velma Albrecht, Vearl (Buck) Keyser, Lloyd Keyser, Glen Keyser, Orpha (Babe) McGowan,

She leaves to mourn her passing grandchildren, Traci Kurtz (John) and Darrin Amador, 4 great grandchildren, Meghan and Grant Kurtz, Sierra and Brianna Amador, 9 nieces and nephews, Allen Keyser (Connie), Jim Keyser (Joan), Roxann Hansen (Larry), Paulette Zundel (Dennis), Carol Keyser, Susan Keyser, Gene Keyser (Jeannie), David Keyser, Melissa Albrecht.   

Services will be 3PM, Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA. Burial will follow at Washington Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Bonney Watson Funeral Home 


Carol Wenzel Graybill
Port Townsend, WA
Feb 22, 2017

Jean and Babe... what a fun pair they made. Jean drove my mom and dad (Gilbert Wenzel) back and forth between Palm Springs and Spokane & Port Townsend many times. Jean always had a smile and was such a kind loving person...She lived her life well.

JoAnn Fuller
Seatac, Wa
Aug 6, 2016

Will miss you so much my friend. You were one of a kind never to be replaced. The day will come when we meet again. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Linda Patterson
Seatac, wa
Aug 4, 2016

Jean was such a sweet, wonderful lady. I live in her neighborhood and have only known her a few years, but she has made a lasting impression on me for her kindness and loving nature. She will be so missed by everyone who knew her. My deepest sympathies to the family and all who loved her.

Cindy Courter
Seatac , WA
Aug 4, 2016

My condolences to Jeans family, I will miss her more than you know. Rest In Peace my dear friend, I will miss our talks and most definitely your wisdom.

Jason Wenzel
Wessington Springs, SD
Aug 3, 2016

Sorry to hear about the passing of Jean.

Cheri Amador
Sea Tac, WA
Aug 3, 2016

I am glad I have 45 years of memories to remember Jean by. She will be missed and I will think of her often, as I always have. She was a wonderful and determined soul.

michael kidd & valerie mac bean
sea tac, wa
Aug 3, 2016


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