Jean M. Birch

December 30, 1941 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 78)

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Jean of Pawleys Island, SC died peacefully in her home on September 24, 2020 with family by her side at the age of 78.

She was born to Carey Addison Maupin and Virginia Elizabeth Flannagan on December 30. 1941 in Washington, DC and grew up in the DC/Northern VA area.

Jean attended Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA and later became heavily involved in their alumni relations until her illness prevented her from continuing.  She loved English and did have plans to continue her love and expertise of the major had she finished her short stint at Longwood College. She continued her friendships with many of her friends for 50-60 years which was one of her many passions-her friendships.

Jean was an avid golfer at one time and even achieved the coveted hole in one. She was also an accomplished quilter and belonged to a quilting group in Pawleys Island for many years. She loved to sew and paint and was very skilled.

She was well known for her gardening skills and at one time had a local magazine asked to come take photos of her fabulous gardens all over their property in SC.

She loved her pets, both dogs and her parrots. But her love of animals in general was proven to many as she was known to nurse wounded wild birds back to health on many occasions.

Jean is survived by her three children, son, Steven Mapes of Alpharetta, GA, daughter and caregiver, Kerry Leigh Mapes Wolfe of Pawleys Island, SC and son, Todd Mapes of Suwanee, GA; and her sisters Anne McCormack of Northern VA and Judith Blake of Prior Lake, MN. She is also survived by her grandchildren Haley Mapes of Northern VA, William Mapes of Suwanee, GA, David Mapes of Suwanee, GA, Payton Wolfe of Pawleys Island, SC and Matthew Mapes of Suwanee, GA as well as many other step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Jean was predeceased by her husband, Terrell C. Birch.

Terry and Jean wished to have their services together. Due to the pandemic, many friends/family cannot travel currently. Therefore, A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Jean and Terry

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Mrs. Birch is entrusted to the care of Lewis Crematory and Funeral Services, Myrtle Beach, SC.


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