Jean Jolly Drysdale, born on Nov. 29, 1929, died on Wednesday, March 18.
Jean was born in a log cabin to C.A. and Maryjane Palmer on a farm outside Mendenhall, Miss. She lived much of her life in Mississippi and worked for her relatives in the restaurant business in New Orleans.
She met a Marine who she married in 1950 and moved to California and had a son, Richard C. Herron born on July 9, 1952, in Oceanside, Calif.; a daughter, Donada Herron born on June 22, 1953 Oceanside, Calif.; a son Allen Hennon born on April 15, 1956, in Hawaii; and a daughter, Reberta Ann Philips born on Feb. 3, 1961, in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Drysdale worked her last 30 years in Highland. She worked for Sarge and Maryellen Leverette who owned Sarges I and Sarges II taverns. She was also a manager at Emerald Oasis mobile home park for 21 years, working for Frank and Loretta Norwood. This was her most rewarding job as she loved little children and they loved her back.
Then she married Dee Drysdale on Oct. 28, 1989, who helped her with the maintenance, which she learned from Frank. She retired at the age of 82 in 2011, and she and Dee bought a home in north San Bernardino and enjoyed retirement.
She was preceded in death by her father (1886-1966), her mother (1883-1958), her brother Eugie (1911-93), her brother Chef (1914-78), her brother TJ (1921-2015), her sister Zona (1916-91), her sister Ruby (1924-2017) and her son Allen (1956-2004).
She is survived by her son Richard (Darlene Parris), daughters Donada (Steve) Reimer, Robbie (Arron Johnson) Philips, two stepsons Mike and Steve Philips, 11 grandkids, nine great-grandkids, and two great-great-grandkids.
According to her husband Dee Drysdale, Jean was a people person who loved watching people, no matter where they were, in a mall, lounge or a restaurant. Jean could sit with another person and look at them in the eye and talk to them and know real soon if she could trust them.
A young family comes to the office in need the gentleman was real honest with her at that time and explained his situation and because of her ability to read people she offered the keys to a home in the park and said we will work it out later, and he turned out to be a good tenant. That was Jean; she had a heart of gold.”