Jean Ann McCartney

Jean Ann McCartney was a woman of many strengths, the first of which was her devotion to her family and friends.

“She was always behind us no matter what,” said her son, Brian McCartney. “She made it clear that her children were her top priority and was fiercely loyal. ... The same loyalty was true of her friendships."

Ms. McCartney died on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. She was 73 years old.

She was born in Lincoln, Neb., and obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She then obtained her master's degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and completed doctorate coursework in clothing and textiles at MU.

Her son described her as “intellectually curious and always interested in learning."

She worked in a number of different jobs, including teaching a course on clothing and textiles at William Woods University and serving as the executive director for the Missouri Library Association.

Throughout her life, she remained active in traveling, reading, sewing and teaching a body conditioning class.

“She was always very active," Brian McCartney said. "She loved to exercise.”

Ms. McCartney was active in the Columbia community, serving as a docent for the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology as well as teaching an exercise class at the Columbia Activities and Recreation Center.

Ms. McCartney is survived by her son, Brian McCartney; her daughter, Carrie Wrisberg; and five grandchildren, with whom she spent much of her time.

“She was a great mother, a hard worker and loved her grandkids,” Brian McCartney said.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Cavalry Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the MU Museum of Art and Archeology, 1 Pickard Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, or a charity of choice.

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