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Elizabeth Jean McKown Page

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Elizabeth Jean McKown Page died on October 5, 2010 in Fairfax, VA at the age of 84 from pneumonia following a decade of Alzheimer's disease. Jean was born August 12, 1926 in Englewood, New Jersey to Celia(nee Box) and Frederick McKown.

She attended Pine Manor Junior College and Barnard College before marrying Rev. Robert J. Page in 1946. She completed her education three decades later with a certificate of Interior Design and becoming the principal designer at Jean Page Interiors, which she operated for 20 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Shary Page Berg of Cambridge, MA, along with her husband, Jeff and twin daughters Nina and Julia; Susan Page Tillett of Lake Bluff, IL and her sons Sam and Tom of Chicago, IL;and Sarah Page Shea of Centreville, VA along with her husband Neil and sons Patrick and Brendan.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, October 23 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Centreville, Virginia


St. John's Episcopal Church
5649 Mt. Gilead Rd.
Centreville, VA 202120

October 23, 2010
11:00 AM

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  1. Mom we will all miss you. The last few years have been hard, but your family and friends look forward to celebrating your life together and honoring all that you have given us, most of all family, Love, Shary

  2. Mom: You gave us so many gifts — Your love of life, and your strong connections to your ancestors as well as your grandchildren. An appreciation of beautiful things, particularly those found in nature. Who else would paint an entire room the red of a particular fall leaf? A curiosity about the world and a responsibility to leave it in some way better than we found it. Thanks, Mom. I know that these gifts mean that you will live on in my heart and the hearts of all the other people whose lives you touched. We love you! Susie

  3. A mom is a mom, old or new, and the attachment, the years of involvement, the joys, pains, regrets, love, grief, celebrations, fights, love, reconciliations, bonds built-severed-rebuilt, but most of all love make you what you are; your mother’s daughter, and the Sarah we love.

  4. Deb and I were saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing yesterday. She was a wonderful and generous lady and I have many fond memories of her as a young boy as well as when she entertained us about 15 years ago when we were in Washington as a family. Having been through a very similar situation with my Mom, I can imagine that the past few days have been filled with second-guessing, sadness, and a host of emotions that make one a total mental wreck. Our hearts are with you. Certainly, despite her illness, she will be missed but in a better place.

  5. I am Sue Pegues’ daughter Nancy. My Aunt Carol sent your email to my sisters and me with the news about your mom’s condition. I don’t know if you remember coming to our house near San Francisco when you were about five or six but we all remember it. During the early 1980’s, I lived in northern Virginia for a few years and we would go to visit Jeanne when my mom came to town to visit. Our mothers have been friends since childhood and your mom is my godmother. Jeanne is like family to mom and Carol. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. As it turns out, our mom has also been diagnosed with alzheimer’s disease so we know what you must have been going through in the past few years.

  6. I am Susy, the oldest of the three Pegues girls, and I too wanted to extend my sympathies and condolences to you and your sisters. As Nancy said, we have fond memories of the Page girls perhaps me more so than my sisters, but I have lots of memories and photos of play dates with Sherri & Susie from the year our family spent in Englewood in 1954 while my father was in training for a new career. And of course, our mom spoke so fondly and highly or her lifelong friendship with your mother. As Nancy said, the visits to the DC area were even more special because our mothers had a chance to catch up. It is rare to find strong friendships with such longevity. There is never an easy way to say goodbye to someone who is so beloved. I am certain that the years of wonderful memories will be a comfort to you all. Sincerely, Susy Pegues Alarcon Arriaga

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. It is always harder on the people left behind. She is in a better place and you will carry with you all the fondest memories. Donna

  8. Tony Ridgway October 12 at 10:23am When we were in Vermont, Bill Brooks brought over the email he had received about Jean’s impending passing. Each of us had that look of loss of a wonderful friend. Your loss of a mother is so much different. Bill’s, Barry’s and my friendship with Jean was so special in those years we were all together in DC. The trip Jean and Bill and my ex-wife and I took to Paris, London and Scotland was was memorable. Jean was truly the Queen at times. Her friendship meant so much to all of us and I will miss her. I will be thinking of all of you in the next weeks as you prepare you public goodbyes. They are not easy. I see Jean in your profile picture. When we return to Vermont next fall, God willing, we’ll celebrate with a Roast Beef dinner followed by a Grand Marnier souffle. Standard fare produced by Jean for us and we’ll all drink a toast to friends. Not sure we’ll stay up talking to two or three in the morning, but we may. Love to all……..Tony Ridgway

  9. What a blessing for your Mom but I know you are all very sad, too. She loved you girls dearly and always spoke so fondly of each of you. The hardest part was that you lost her a good many years ago and I hope you can feel what a relief it is for her and think of the service as a celebration of a life well lived and peace at last. And now you can concentrate on the happy memories before her illness. I am sad but find comfort in Ecclesiastes There is "a time to live and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance". It is the natural order that we older ones need to move on. I am ready but not pushing it for I know it will soon be time. We are just thankful for each day we can be together in our home and provide "assisted living" for eachother. I so wish your Mom had been so blessed. We send our blessings to you, Neil, your sisters and all of the family. With our love and prayers for you all, Carol and Jess

  10. I will say a prayer to God, asking that Alice & Phyllis greet Jean in Heaven…together they will tell her jokes about all of us as they smile and laugh! I am glad that Aunt Jean is finally at peace. God bless. Love, Cousin Edward.

  11. Shary, Susan, and Sarah, My deepest condolences to all of you. I remember the first time I really had a chance to spend some time with Jean and get to know her a little bit: it was a birthday celebration for her many years ago in Vermont. She was absolutely delightful, charming, funny, warm, and full of life. That is how we will remember her, because that is truly who she was. With Love, Nanna

  12. Granny Page you have left me with great memories of sharing birthdays in Vermont at Cherry Hill. You have helped shape me into the man that I have become and will be. Your spirit and memory will always live on through your children and grandchildren whom all loved you dearly. Cheers Granny Page!

  13. Hey MOM, I miss you! You taught me so much. Thank you for my love of gardening, the arts, how to cook, the finer things in life and for being a wonderful grandmother my boys! All that you gave us will live on through us. I love you always! Wish you could be here Saturday to enjoy the celebration of your life, I know you are here with us in spirit. Sarah

  14. Dearest Daugters, Your Mom’s beautiful twinkling smile is forever in my mind. I will never forget the excitement of our Kent visits and wonderful picnics. May you all know how loved you are. She lives on in you and in your families! Much love, Janine

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