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On February 2, 2019, Jean Short Triplett, ever the
"Southern Lady", passed from this earth and into the arms of her Heavenly Father after bravely fighting a long illness. She left behind her husband of more than 72 years, Gerald, and two sons, William and James. Her first-born son, Gerald Jr., preceded her in death in 2014.
Jean was born October 27, 1926 in her beloved hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi. The only child of Lester and Ruby Short (nee Crook), Jean experienced an idyllic small Delta town upbringing. Along with her friends, she attended Greenwood's Little Red School House and participated actively in both clubs and athletics. Jean served as her class secretary during her sophomore, junior, and senior years, during which time she also lettered in varsity basketball and cheer. Some of her fondest memories were the annual sojourns to visit her mother's family in Monticello, Arkansas. Those times with Daddy and Mamma Crook and their daughters at their little homestead were some of her brightest times, which Jean talked about over and over and over, even in her last days.
After high school, Jean matriculated to Louisiana State University, "Geaux Tigers," with her best friend, Ann Mott from Yazoo City. There, she joined Pi Beta Phi sorority and thoroughly enjoyed her college experience. Along the way, she met a young Marine Corps war veteran, and a long-distance and blessedly long-term relationship began. Jean and Gerald were married August 21, 1947. In the ensuing years, they moved frequently with Gerald's work as a highway and airport-runway construction superintendent. Throughout the years, Jean created and maintained a warm and wonderful household for her family. All three of her sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Mississippi College with degrees in business.
As her children matured and began their own lives outside of her household, Jean was able to better concentrate on some of her other passions, such as social clubs including the Daughters of the American Revolution and her flower gardens, which she rotated with the seasons. When Gerald became president of the Asphalt Institute, Jean, thoroughly enjoyed being "Mrs. President", hosting and entertaining the spouses of the board members at their different meetings.
Once Gerald retired, the couple returned to Clinton where they rejoined First Baptist Church. Jean and Gerald loved to travel, and together enjoyed seeing sites throughout the country and the world.
Jean loved her husband, Jean loved her children, and Jean loved her Lord.
Jean is survived by her husband, Gerald; her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Linda and James and Marianne; her grandchildren, Taylor (and wife Ana) and Jennifer; and her nieces, Liz Shaw and Anne Lasseigne.
Visitation will be held at Wright and Ferguson funeral home, Friday, February 8, from 1:00 to 2:00pm; followed by funeral services at 2:00pm. There will be no graveside services. Donations to Clinton First Baptist Church may be made in lieu of flowers.


Jean Short Triplett
October 27, 1926 - February 3, 2019





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