Jean Whipple Hockney Tyndall Conwell
August 5, 1924 - December 12, 2016
Jean Whipple Hockney Tyndall Conwell of Medford, Ore. went to her heavenly home Monday, December 12, 2016 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where she was a volunteer with the Pink Ladies for 19 years and served as their president.
Jean Avis Whipple was born August 5, 1924 to Catherine Foster Whipple and Ivan Clair Whipple in Fruita, Colo. Ten days later, Jean and her mother departed to Moab, Utah where her father was then a minister. She was the second of four stair-step children born two years apart. The others were Winston Foster Whipple, Ivan Keith Whipple, and Cathleen Whipple Smith.
Jean grew up in Long Beach, Calif. from the age of three, graduating from Roosevelt Elementary School, Will Rogers Junior High, and Long Beach Polytechnic High School - the same high school her mother had graduated from in 1917. She received bachelor and master of arts degrees from California State University, Long Beach and studied voice at the University of Southern California.
For 21 years, Jean served as choral music teacher, counselor, vice-principal, and director of pupil services at the Huntington Beach Union High School District. After retiring in 1984 she moved to Redlands, Calif. where she was active in music and cultural events.
Music was always an essential part of her life. She performed as a soloist in churches throughout California and appeared in operas, musicals, and concerts in both California and Oregon. She sang in many choral groups, including the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and the Rogue Valley Chorale, and performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and concert halls in Europe. Jean’s passion for travel took her to 23 foreign countries and she visited 49 of the 50 United States.
Jean was a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Fraternity for Women in Music, serving as National Vice-President and receiving many honors. She also was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for leading women educators.
After retiring from education and moving to Medford, Jean began modeling and, at an international modeling convention in Los Angeles, won three first places for runway modeling. In Medford she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Friendship Club.
Jean was married to Lester A. Hockney, Dr. Robert E. Tyndall, and Dr. John W. Conwell, all deceased. She leaves a son, John L. Hockney (Judith) of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Iris Rose of New York City; grandsons, Benjamin Hockney and Joseph Siena; step-granddaughter, Maya Muller; sister, Cathleen Smith; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, stepchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2016 at The Springs at Anna Maria, her final residence, 822 Golf View Drive, Medford, Ore. Jean will find her final resting place at Sunnyside Mausoleum in Long Beach with her husband, Dr. Robert Tyndall and other beloved family members. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center or a charity of your choice.