Norma Jean Andrew was born June 14, 1931 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois to parents, Amanda and Frank Monckton and died April 28, 2019 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She was predeceased by her parents, brother, Robert, and sisters Rita, Doris, Mary, and Vera. Jean married Frank Andrew in 1951 and worked as a dental assistant until she started her family in 1961. She returned to work as a dental assistant once her children were in school. Her family moved to Naples, Florida in 1982. Her husband died in 1984. Jean lived in St. Croix, USVI and Key West with her companion, Dale McCallister, until they retired to New Smyrna Beach in 2000.
Jean is survived by her sister, Betty Van Schoelandt of Tarpon Springs, Florida; daughters, Meg Grguric and husband, Bob, and grandson, Connor, of Orlando, daughter Amy Barnett and granddaughter, Brooke, of Palm Beach Gardens; sons, Mark Andrew and wife, Jeanne, and grandchildren, Samantha, Mackenzie and Wyatt, of Orlando; and Matt Andrew and, granddaughter, Sally Anne, of Atlanta; companion, Dale McCallister, of New Smyrna Beach; and 18 nieces and nephews.
While raising her family in Springfield, Jean was well known for hosting elaborate dinner parties and family holiday dinners with delicious food and beautifully set tables, lots of great conversation and tons of laughs. She carried on that tradition in Naples. She made friends wherever she went. She was a tireless volunteer at her children’s school and church and never missed one of her children’s football or baseball games or tennis matches. In more recent years, her proudest accomplishment was being Nana to her six grandchildren. She would host tea parties with her granddaughters and enjoy their fashion shows while they played dress up in her clothes, hats and shoes. She would fish, play jacks and cards with her grandchildren and baking Christmas cookies with her grandchildren was a holiday tradition.
A memorial mass will be held on 11AM, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach.