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Jean B. Heady

January 9, 2019

Jean B. HeadyOn Wednesday, January 9, 2019 long time Clayton resident Jean Barton Heady passed away at her home under the care of of her family and loving caregivers. She was 81.

Jean was born on March 17, 1937, in the town of Orleans, daughter of the late Paul C. and Evelyn M. Schultz Barton. She grew up on her family's farm on East Ridge Road in LaFargeville. She graduated from LaFargeville Central School in 1955 and received her Diploma in Nursing from the House of the Good Samaritan in 1958.

Jean furthered her education receiving her BS in Nursing from Syracuse University in 1980. She then went on to obtain her MS in Nursing with Concentrations in Community Health Administration from Syracuse University in 1986.

Jean married William "Billy" Turgeon on October 18, 1958 at St. Mary's Church in Clayton. After the death of Billy Turgeon in 1968, she married Dr. William C. Heady on April 1, 1969, also at St. Mary's. Dr. Heady died in 1998.

Jean held several positions in her nursing career. She started at E. J. Noble Hospital, Alexandria Bay and went on to work for Dr. Heady in his Clayton practice. Jean began her career at Jefferson County Public Health in 1986. She was Assistant Director of Patient Services and Supervising Public Health Nurse until she became Director of Patient Services in 1987. She retired in December of 2001.

She received several awards during her nursing career, including the New York State Nurses Association Legislative Award, the Ruth F. Wilson Award from the New York State Home Care Association, the American Nurses Association Pearl McIver Public Health Nursing Award, and the Foundation of New York State Nurses Award for Professional Achievements. Jean was Clayton Citizen of the Year in 1974.

Jean was a communicant of St. Mary's Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, Bereavement Committee member, and was a former Trustee of the church. She was Past President and Board Member of District 6 NYSNA, and a Delegate for the American Nurses Association. She was a member of NYSNA, Sigma Theta Tau, and its Committee on Rural Health Nursing and was a Co-Founder of Clayton Clinic of North Country Children's Clinic.

Jean was a Past Board Member of both Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) and Thousand Islands Textile Museum, Chairperson of New York State Rural Health Council, and a Board Member for the Volunteer Transportation Center of Jefferson County. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, her family, and spending time on the River.

Jean is survived by her six children, William T. Heady, Clayton, Victoria H. Rancier and husband, Michael, Naples, FL, Elisabeth "Lisa" Heady-Simpson and husband, Michael Simpson, Collins Landing, Richard A. Heady and wife, Janet, Cape Vincent, Deborah T. Foisy and husband, Matthew, LaFargeville, and Thomas W. Turgeon and wife, Lori, Clayton. She was predeceased by a son Clark Heady in 1974. Jean has eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; five siblings, Joyce Bancroft and husband, David, Oxbow, Frederick Barton, Richard Barton and wife, Kay, and Joan Fitchette, all of LaFargeville, and James Barton and wife, Carol, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her family wishes to express their gratitude to Jean's caregivers, Cheryl Karpel, Valerie Fulmer, Jennifer Dennie, Audrey Boname, and Barbara Lopez.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 13, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton from 3 - 6 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Monday, January 14, at 11 AM with Rev. Ray Dietzberg presiding. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, her family would like donations in her name to either TIERS, P. O. Box 524 or St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., both in Clayton, NY 13624 or River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#14 Tracy Van Arnam 2019-04-26 19:23
Sad to hear of her passing, she and my Mom were friends. We bought our boat from her first husband, prior to his passing. Worked with Dr. Heady, for years at Sam Keep, while I was a pharmacy technician. She sent the best Christmas cards!
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#13 Carolyn Youngs 2019-02-01 13:42
Jean was a good friend to the Youngs family since the early 60's. We shared our love for the Antique Boats and her family ended up buying our boat the Idylloaks. My mother Elizabeth and myself worked on many projects for the Antique Boats and the Museum. When we moved to Clayton Jean helped us get familiar with the area, Jean will be missed and our deepest sympathy goes out to her family.
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#12 Joel Rexford 2019-01-25 07:10
My family was greatly blessed by our close relationship with the Bartons. When I think of Jean I am reminded of her quite grace and wonderful smile. She was a warm and wise woman, a wonderful combination of strength and compassion. May God bless her family and let them know that the world was a better place because of her.
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#11 Judith Rexford Scott 2019-01-16 13:54
What a beautiful and caring lady and so important to our family as part of the Barton-Rexford family connection. In all of her giving to the community she never lost her care for individuals and this was especially appreciated in her very supportive caring for our mother, Eva Rexford and her opening of her home to our family when we would return “home” to the LaFargeville area from around the country. Love to you all.
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#10 Michelle Cerow Titus 2019-01-16 11:07
So very sorry for your loss. Tom your family is in my prayers.
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#9 Trude J Warden 2019-01-16 10:05
Condolences to the Barton and Heady Families. Jean was a most caring and accomplished woman and the north country will miss her. May your memories comfort you.

Trude and Jim
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#8 David and Marci Bova 2019-01-15 08:56
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
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#7 Dennis&Gwen Kirkby 2019-01-14 16:40
We are deeply sorry to hear of Jean's passing, May Gods love and cherished memories bring you peace and comfort.
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#6 Renée Foisy Kleiner 2019-01-13 21:57
Dear Debbie and family,

So sorry to learn of your loss. Your mom sounded like a wonderful person! Wish I could have met her, and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers,

Renée (Matt's cousin)
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#5 Bobbie Lavancha 2019-01-12 19:23
Debbie Foisy and family,I am so sorry to read about Jean. What a wonderful Lady! I enjoyed working under her supervision. She really new her job,but was humble in all she did .She will forever be in my thoughts
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