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Jeanne Blythe Veach, 91, passed away Monday April 1st, 2019 with her family at her side.

The daughter of Fred & Wilhelmina (Brown) Garber she was born October 1st, 1927 in Detroit. Jeanne graduated from Cass Tech HS in Detroit and then Harper Grace School of Nursing in 1949. She married Jim Veach in 1950.

While raising her family, she did volunteer nursing at local health fairs & drug rehabilitation clinics. She was camp nurse at the Troop 401 Rifle River Boy scout camp that she and Jim ran for 20 years. She was an avid outdoors person in her youth and, as an adult, enjoyed cross country skiing, canoeing, and camping. With a station wagon of 4 boys, Jim and Jeanne drove down many a country road exploring Michigan and all the “hysterical markers”.

In 1985, they retired to Manistee to renovate a farmhouse and open the Manistee Country House, a B&B, which they ran for 16 yrs. Her quiet spiritual guidance was through active participation at Village Presbyterian and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches: getting her boys to bible study and choir practice, singing in the choir herself and volunteering for youth group, church council and funeral luncheons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2002. She is survived by her brother, Fred & Pat Garber of Redford; four sons, John & Pat of Manistee, David of Livonia, Paul & Lisa of Grand Haven, and Peter  & Anne of Dearborn; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in her honor will be held at St James Presbyterian Church in Redford,  at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18th. Guests can meet with the family 30 min prior, at the church. She will be interred with Jim at White Chapel Cemetery Troy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lakeshore Assisted Living-income based program at or Heritage House and Homestead Farm Museum in Essexville, PO Box 103, Essexville MI.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jeanne’s guestbook or to share a memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Tony C. on April 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Paul, So sorry to hear fo your moms passing. I only met her once but could tell she was probably an amazing mom! Sounds like you had an amazing childhood because Jeanne was so active and involved with you boys!

  2. Roger and Amy on April 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    A very special lady has gained her wings. May you find strength to help you all during this diffucult time , of losing your Mom. I very much enjoyed the times I spent with Jeanne.

  3. Marilyn Holm on April 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Dr. Veach, Im sorry to hear of Jeannes passing. We sang together in Manistee Choral Society for many years. She was a lovely lady. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Marilyn

  4. Joe, Jodi, Parker & Connor Veach on April 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    John / Paul / Dave / Pete and the Veach family,
    I am sorry to hear about your mom, my Aunt Jeanne. I can still remember her laughter. We’ve been praying for all of you.
    Love you all!

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