HEATH: Jean Auman Vercoe, aged 86, of Heath, Ohio (Licking County) passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the Newark Healthcare Centre, Newark, Ohio.
She was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late James and Helen Auman.
Aside from her family, her great joy in life was music. She was an accomplished soprano and soloed in both high school glee clubs and church choirs.
Later, as a young adult in Philadelphia, she became a member of the "Singing City Chorale", a large, professional chorus which performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Singing City was a family of great diversity. It welcomed all ages, all races, all religions, all cultures. And it molded all this diversity into truly magnificent harmony.
In 1974, Jean and her family moved to Ohio, where she served in several music and civic organizations over the years. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark, Ohio and a member of P.E.O., an international philanthropic organization which provides higher-education scholarships to worthy women. Additionally, Jean was an exceptional cook and a meticulous needle-work artist.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Vester V. Vercoe, and by their three children and four grandchildren: Kimberly Vercoe and Sam Porter and their daughter Kira of Southborough, MA; Scott and Laurie Vercoe and their sons Bryan and Travis of Malvern, PA; and Darin Vercoe and her son Elijah of Port Townsend, WA; sisters Eleanor Allen of Homosassa, FL and Bettyann Wenbert of Arlington, VA; and brother James (Pearl) Auman of Marion Indiana.
Jean was preceded in death by an older brother, Rictor Auman.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 42 East Church Street, Newark, OH with the Reverend Charlie Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to your favorite choir or orchestra.
Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
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