Jean I. Monroe, 91, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Jean Irene Monroe, 91, died Oct. 20, 2022, at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where she had been a patient for several days.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Prior to the service there will be a calling hour from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Watertown, the daughter of Rena and Adelbert Cowan.

She was married to James H. Monroe in April 1949. The marriage ended in a divorce. She married George Blackburn in 2001. Mr. Blackburn passed away in 2002.

She retired from JC Penney in Watertown in 1994 after working there for 35 years. Prior to that, she worked at Olga Knitting Mill in Watertown.

Jean enjoyed going on cruises, traveling to Florida, spending time with family as well as reading, playing bingo, and the Black River Valley Fiddlers Association.

Surviving are three sons. James (Christine), Brownville, NY, David (Pamela), Cape Coral, FL, and Gary (Barbara), Ogdensburg, NY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Three brothers, Allen, Donald and Harold Cowan, all predeceased her.

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