Jean Robertson Broadway

February 6, 1949 - November 11, 2009
Jean Robertson Broadway

Jean Robertson Broadway, 60, died November 11, 2009, at her home in Wilmington in the arms of her family.

Born in Washington, D.C., on February 6, 1949, Jeanie graduated from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., and received undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She later became a certified public accountant.

Primarily a mother who was always there for her husband and children, Jeanie worked outside the home as a banking officer, public school financial officer, accountant and professional organizer. She was known for her generous spirit and sweet disposition but also a tenacity to do a job well. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, collecting sea glass and playing with her grandson.

She is survived by her husband, William Broadway; daughter Caryn M. Davis, of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; son Christopher Broadway of Fairfax County, Va.; sister Virginia R. Patrick, of Hampstead; and one grandchild, Josiah Davis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Wrightsville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Bauman officiating.

Memorials may be made to the New Hanover County Arboretum Foundation, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • December 04, 2009
    Michael Ambroso and Linda Tanzini Ambroso says:
    Dear Bill, Caryn, and Chris, Michael and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Jeanie. We loved her as a neighbor and friend. She was a beautiful person, inside and out, and provided me with many insights into her loving and dedicated style of motherhood as Michael and I started our own family in Arlington, Virginia. I will always remember her kind and caring and understated manner, which belied an inner strength and competence that may not have always been noticed. Her remarks were filled with wit and wisdom. I will always remember her with deep and happy affection. I know she was extremely happy to have and enjoy a grandchild; perhaps this is the only consolation I can feel right now. For she deserved to see the circle of life continue in her arms, even if she only briefly knew Josiah, because she was the center of a circle of vibrant lives herself. Sincerely, Michael and Linda

  • November 16, 2009
    Becki Dodd says:
    Jean was a wonderful mentor to me when I was a new Treasurer for APS/Williamsburg Middle School. I could call Jean or email her with any questions and she was always so patient and understanding. I still have her email from 1999 in my folder. She will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Becki Dodd

  • November 16, 2009
    Marcia Johnson says:
    Dear Bill, Caryn, and Chris, I am deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy. Jean gave so much of herself and I enjoyed working with her with Girl Scouts and at Rock Spring--she was a dear and fun to be with. The two of us unloaded many a carton of cookies (once in the snow) and worked sales at grocery stores--also remember a yard sale. I was not one of the ones to do camping trips, but heard about the good times. It was always great to sit with Jean in what I called the "Peanut Gallery" at Rock Spring where we shared stories about our kids, our lives, and events at Rock Spring. She lent a hand in many, many Rock Spring activities. Hard to know what to say because I hoped we would reconnect and share more stories. You are in my prayers and I will always have fond thoughts of Jean. With sincere condolences, Marcia

  • November 17, 2009
    ann retzer says:
    Sending peace and comfort to Bill and the family. Jean was a good and steadfast friend. I will be forever in her debt. Her great sense of humor and dry wit always appeared at just the right, but often expected, times. She loved her family dearly, they always came first. She was one brave gentlewoman!