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Jean Dexter, 1927 - 2021
Mother and Artist
December 27, 2021

Obituary and life story submitted by the family

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Jean Dexter
ean Hardy Dexter, born August 18, 1927 in Midland, MI, passed away peacefully in her sleep December 23, 2021.

A stay-at-home mother in her early years after marriage, she was an artist at heart and pursued pottery and painting, using both acrylics and (her favorite) watercolors. She was a member of the North Carolina WaterColor Society and featured in shows from North Carolina to Michigan.

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Jean at her Village Gallery exhibit in March, 2020.

While she was born and raised in Midland, MI, the family moved within Michigan, to New Jersey, to Illinois, to Ohio, to New York and finally resting in the small sailing community of Oriental, North Carolina. She loved her little town and the people. She was lucky enough to live there for almost 45 years. She loved teaching others in workshops in clay forming and firing, collage and watercolor.

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Two paintings from Jean’s collection for her March 2020 show at Village Gallery.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, Lynn and Mabel Hardy, her brother William Hardy, her sisters Ruth and Marietta, her husband Paul, and her niece Lynda and her son Jack. She is survived by her son Stephen, daughter Jill, son Tad, grandson Paul Dexter, granddaughters Ashleigh, Melissa, Megan, Leslie and Jeanette, and great grandchildren, Thomas, Gavin, Liam, Kayleigh, Hattie, Hannah, Laney, McKenzie, Berkleigh, Emma, Maya and Claire.

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Jean, in pink, with Judy Wayland and Larry Summers in 2009 when the Village Gallery opened.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in her honor to the Pamlico Arts Council Scholarship Program at PO Box 104 Bayboro, NC 28515.

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• Jean Dexter, March 2020 Featured Artist

Posted Monday December 27, 2021 by Allison DeWeese

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