Jean was the daughter of the late William T. and Alice M. (Allen) Garrity. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 1920. She married Arthur H. “Pat” Achey, Sr. (Pop Pop) on June 24, 1941 at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in south Philly.
She was the loving mother of ten children, who survive her: Alice M. Hand and Fred of Mtn. View, Missouri, Arthur H. Achey, Jr. and Patricia of Dover, Delaware, Jean M. Keskes and Joe of Berlin, Delaware, Jacqueline M. Valentino of Weymouth, New Jersey, Joseph L. Achey and Adele of Atco, New Jersey, James J. Achey and Bobbie of Union Dale, Pennsylvania, Michael J. Achey and Maureen of Waterford Works, New Jersey, Thomas W. Achey and Debbie of Tabernacle, New Jersey, Mary A. Peyerl and William of Marlton, New Jersey, and Kathleen M. Ellison and Jeff of Cabool, Missouri. She is also survived by her 30 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and one on the way.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and her granddaughter, Denise Achey.
Jean was a devout Catholic and the Lord always came first in her life. She took great pride in teaching her children and grandchildren about the Catholic religion and prayers. You could always hear the rosary playing on the TV from down the street. Mom Mom always took pride in having a clean and tidy house as well as having her ten children’s uniforms pressed before heading to school each morning after feeding them a hot breakfast she so lovingly prepared.
Mom Mom was a woman of faith and always spoke her mind about her opinions and what she thought was right. She will be loved and missed by her family and all that knew her.
As Mom Mom would say, “You can take the girl out of Philly, but you can’t take the Philly out of the girl.”
Visitation will be Monday March 9, 2015, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church, Cabool. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Father Paul Wightman will officiate. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Pomona, Missouri. Pallbearers are Nathan Ellison, Michael McCall, Jeff Smith, Tim Hand, Joe Achey, and Tom Achey. Honorary pallbearer is Josh Ellison. Memorials may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Missouri.