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Jean Lillian Mair Bastian, age 86, of Neola, passed away at home on September 16, 2022.
She was born on August 12, 1936, in South Hampton, England, to Frederick William and Lily Augusta Mair.
Jean was a lover of all kinds of music, her favorite being Frank Sinatra songs. She and her brother, Freddie, would listen to records and dance to music in their rooms when they were growing up. Her love of music and dancing never faded, and she continued to dance right up until the end.
Jean attended school until the age of 15 and then went to work at a department store at the makeup counter. At age 26, she was introduced to Wayne Bastian, a cowboy from America, and he quickly became the love of her life. After a short courtship, Wayne returned home to Neola, Utah, and soon sent for Jean to join him. She immigrated to the United States in 1962, leaving behind her family, her home, and everything she knew to become the wife of a rancher. She called her life with Wayne "a great adventure." He died March 19, 2004.
Jean was known as the "classy English lady" by everyone who knew her, always being impeccably dressed and with perfect hair and makeup. She loved wearing dresses even when there was no occasion to dress up for. She enjoyed always looking her best.
Together Wayne and Jean had a daughter, Debbie, and then another daughter, Linda, came along three years later. They created a loving, happy home for their girls, spending lots of time as a family in the Uintah Mountains camping and fishing and just being together.
Jean was known for her love of animals (especially cats), her quick wit and infectious laugh, her sparkling green eyes, and her love and compassion for all people. She kept her home meticulously clean and tidy, and everyone knew not to disturb her on cleaning day (Monday) or step into her "no-no" rooms. She also valued the British tradition of tea and cookies every morning. She would often say that the first cup of tea for the day was the best one.
Even with her love of routine and order, she always made time for her family and friends, receiving countless visitors and guests into her home. She made sure everyone felt welcomed, and she never said goodbye to her loved ones without an "I love you" at parting.
Jean is survived by her daughters Debbie (Karl) Hirschi and Linda (David) Barney, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick Mair and Lily Place, her brother, Fred (Molly) Mair, and her husband, Wayne Bastian.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Neola Chapel. A viewing will be held that morning from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Burial in the Hayden Cemetery.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
9:30 - 10:45am (Mountain time)
Thursday, September 22, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
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