Jean M. MacDougall De Carufel, of Poulsbo, died on May 2, 2017. She was 94.
Jean was born on Oct. 20, 1922 in Los Angeles, California to William MacDougall and Helen R.K. Melville MacDougall.
In June 1940, Jean graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles, California. During World War II Jean worked (1942-45) at the Burbank Lockheed-Vega Aircraft Co. where the P-38 fighter was manufactured. She was assigned to the materials department and utilized roller skates to deliver requests and parts to the vast aircraft production line.
Jean married Corporal Arthur J. De Carufel USMC on May 29, 1945 in San Marino, California.
Due to her husband’s occupation within the United States space program from 1948 to 1965, Jean and her family lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia and Texas. Art’s assignment to Naval Torpedo Station Keyport in 1965 began a total residency period of 49 years within the greater Poulsbo area for Jean.
Jean enjoyed travel and spending time with her family, including grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also found pleasure at the casino and frequently finished the day as a winner. A long time avid NASCAR fan, she participated in online chat rooms with other fans and seldom missed race day. Family genealogy was very important, with Jean being instrumental in the establishment of a detailed family tree on Ancestry.com. Jean was very computer literate and communicated with family and friends until her admission to a skilled care nursing facility in 2015.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Art in 2006 and her brother James MacDougall in 1992. She is survived by daughter Jeanne (Frank) Stottlemyer of Bernalillo, New Mexico; sons James (Darein) of Kennesaw, Georgia, Bob (Kim) of Hagerman, Idaho, Steve (Shirley) of Bellevue, Washington, Mike (Christina) of Bothell, Washington, Mark (Vickie) of Duvall, Washington, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
There will be no services, but a memorial space flight will be launched at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida this winter. A portion of both Jean and Art’s cremated remains will be aboard an orbital space rocket.
The remainder of Jean’s cremated remains will be inurned at Fort Roscrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California, joining her husband Art’s final resting location.
With a family of six children and a husband, Jean was a hard working, dedicated wife and mother. Through good times and bad, she was well known for a smile on her face and for deferring her own needs for those of others, be they family, friends, or simply others who crossed her path in life. She will be forever remembered by everyone who knew her.