Our sweet mother passed away August 3, 2015 in Sedro-Woolley from complications of Dementia. Catherine Regina McCord, known as Jean to her family and friends, was born on the family farm in Adna, WA to John Henry and Eva Catherine (Schaaf) McCord on November 28, 1926. She was the baby of the family of seven kids following Edna, Roy, Fran, Helen, Margaret and her dear brother Phillip. They lived on the family farm until she was in the 2nd grade, then moving to Chehalis where she attended grade school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated Chehalis High School in 1944. Ten days after graduation Jean started nursing school at Providence Hospital in Seattle. On June 16, 1946 while training at Northern State Hospital Jean met Don Maxwell while hitchhiking out to Bayview for the day. Jean graduated nursing school on June 1947. Jean and Don were married on August 25, 1947 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Seattle. They were very proud to tell people they had been married 65 years. After a Canadian honeymoon Jean and Don settled in Sedro-Woolley and Jean worked at the old Sedro-Woolley Hospital. In 1952 when Don was drafted into the Army and stationed at Ft Belvior in Washington D.C. Jean decided to rent out their house, quit her job and drive cross country by herself to join him. She was pretty proud of herself; she made it in 3 days, only getting lost once and one flat tire!! In D.C. she signed up at a temp nursing agency and was offered a job taking care of Shirley Temple Black’s newborn baby son but turned down the 24 hr. a day job saying she hadn’t moved cross country to spend the night somewhere else and not with her husband. In 1953 when Don was deployed to the Philippines’ Jean moved back to Sedro–Woolley and went to work for Hunter Clinic where she retired almost 40 years later.
In 1954 nine months after Don was discharged from the army, Jean and Don adopted their first son Douglas. Two week old Rick followed in November of 1956. In August 1966 after the boys asked for a sister, Jean and Dad adopted 7 year old Nancy and 5 year old Paula.
Jean loved to travel and camp, fish, shop, and spend time with her friends, relatives, kids and grandkids. She volunteered with St Vincent De Paul Catholic Community Services for many years. Jean was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish for over 70 years.
Jean is survived by her son and daughter in law, Doug and Lynn Maxwell of Olympia; daughter and son in law, Nancy and Bill Bonafede of Sedro Woolley; daughter, Paula Bennett of Sedro Woolley; daughter in law, DiAnna Maxwell of Kennewick; grandchildren, Daniel, Michelle, Richard Jr, Aimee and Katrina Maxwell, Matthew Bonafede and Tony Bonafede, Stephanie Bennett, Geoffrey (Aeranee) Bennett, Bradley Bennett and great grandchildren Patrick Scudder, Taryn Maxwell, Hunter, Tayden, Mason and Dean Bonafede, Kolbie and Asher Bennett. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, her son, Rick in 2008 and nephews, John McCord and Dick Roundtree. The family would like to thank Jamie and Janet of Hospice of the Northwest, Jean’s caregiver Karen and Bradford House for their support.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Northwest or Bradford House Adult Day Program, 116 N. Skagit St., Burlington, WA 98233.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00, Friday, August 7, 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 719 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley, with Father Martin Bourke, Celebrant. A Committal Service will follow Mass at Union Cemetery. A time of visitation will be available from 9:00 to 5:00, Wednesday and Thursday, and a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 Thursday evening at Lemley Chapel, 1008 Third Street, Sedro-Woolley.