Jean Marie Poe Brog was the first born to Helen Graham Poe and TG Poe on 12/21/1930 in North Hollywood, CA. Later she was joined by twin brothers (Robert and Donald), and her sister Ginger. Her Grandfather Graham and Uncle Clarence lived near by.
Grandfather Graham would treat Jean and Clarence to the movies every Saturday at the theater where they watched all afternoon. Another favorite of Jean’s was to attend parties and plays put on by the Actors’ Guild. She was able to attend because her Aunt & Uncle Moore were extras in the westerns and sang with The Sons of the Pioneers.
Her senior year the family moved from California to Blackfoot, Idaho. Jean always said it was fun to be the new girl at school. One particular guy caught her eye; that was Paul Brog and soon they were dating. What an experience that was: fast cars, group dating, and high speed adventures. They graduated together from Blackfoot High School. After graduation Jean worked as a telephone operator. She could hardly wait for the weekends, when Paul would come from college.
On July 8, 1951, Paul and Jean were married. They moved to Salmon to run Salmon Valley Cheese; the factory that Paul’s father had started. They were blessed with 3 girls Sheryl Amar, Kathy Eggers, and Paula Haddenham.
The cheese factory was a huge part of their life. Jean worked in the wrapping room and retail sales. She and Paul took many vacations, i.e. selling trips, all over the US.
In 1960, they bought property at Williams Lake and built the first house on the lake. They would live there June through September. You could find Jean out pulling skiers or skiing herself. When the weather changed, they would host sledding and ice skating parties. Jean was active in JCs, PTO, Beta Sigma Phi, the Methodist church, and many other organizations.
In 1970, Paul and Jean decided they were ready for a new adventure. They bought a farm in Nampa and built Swiss Village Cheese, where Jean worked part time in the office.
Jean was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her grandchildren, Kymberly and Paul Amar, were always excited to visit. She made the holidays extra special by decorating her home. During summer they attended swimming lesson, vacation bible school, and vacations to the coast and Red Fish.
Jean was quite the shopper and loved buying clothes for everyone. She and Paul were always dressed to the 9’s. She also loved home interior items and had a natural ability for interior design.
After semi retiring, they had the blessing of raising their grandsons. With Daniel and Charlie Haddenham, Jean found herself back attending school functions, scouts and sporting events. They say that kids keep you young… for sure that was the case here. One time when a line coach was needed, Charlie volunteered his Grandma Jean, but she told Charlie she was the treat maker not the line coach.
Paul passed in 2017. Jean was involved in her sorority, her grief group, and the Methodist Church where 2 of her great grandchildren were baptized.
Jean passed May 19 with family by her side.
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