Jean Shute
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Jean Shute

April 17, 1923 - Feb. 24, 2019

Jean F. Shute, 95, a longtime resident of the Rogue Valley, passed away on Feb. 24 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Ore., after suffering a stroke.

Jean was born in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Evan F. Ferrin and Stella D. Ferrin. After high school, she enrolled at the University of Minnesota to study Spanish. Then World War II erupted. "Life changed for everyone," she wrote in 2014. "I left liberal arts studies for the five-year nursing program, despite parental misgivings. I never regretted my decision." The student nurses took on big responsibilities immediately, taking the place of RNs who were staffing hospitals in Europe. Even decades later, she remembered the thrill of those challenging times.

When the war ended, Jean moved to San Francisco, where she worked as a pediatric head nurse, then returned to Minnesota. She met Jim Shute on a blind date; they married on May 19, 1951, and lived for many years in Clarendon Hills, Ill., where they raised three children.

In 1988, Jean and Jim moved to Ashland, Ore. Jean relished attending performances at OSF, Oregon Cabaret Theater and the Rogue Valley Symphony, as well as exploring Oregon's wild nature and traveling with family and friends.They moved to Medford in 2007, but Ashland remained her heart's home.

Jean found friends through Fortnightly Study Club, PEO, Pi Beta Phi, Tudor Guild and Wednesday Knitters, and was a member of Ashland First Presbyterian Church and Medford Congregational United Church of Christ. Her friends were a great joy to her; their love and kindness sustained her through the challenges posed by aging and ill health. Her spirit shined bright to the end.

She is survived by Jim Shute, her devoted husband of 67 years; son Donald Shute of Portland; daughter Nancy Shute of Bethesda, Md.; son-in-law Roman Kulbashny; son David Shute of Klamath Falls; his partner Mona McArdle of Ashland; and grandchildren Zachary Shute, Andrew Shute and Anna Kulbashny. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 18 in Ashland; for details, please contact In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to your favorite charity.

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Published in the Daily Tidings
on March 9, 2019
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