The Arboretum mourns the sudden loss of a true friend and supporter, Jean Beaudet. Never one to seek the limelight, Jean contributed in ways great and small. She leaves an indelible mark on Landis and a lingering sadness at her untimely passing.
After a notable career in New York State’s Education Department, Jean spent many hours at the Arboretum. Volunteer Coordinator Anne Donnelly fondly called her “Jean Bee” and praised her ability to cover multiple roles at Arboretum plant sales. Office Manager Nancy Stuebner recalled her weekly sessions at the Farmhouse, where Jean was part of a team updating the plant collections database. Erin Breglia, Garden Manager, worked regularly with Jean in the Van Loveland Perennial Garden. “She was a great ambassador for Landis and just loved it, introduced several friends to Landis too. My son Mikey loved her a lot as he was often with me in the garden,” Erin said.
A dedicated participant in the Arboretum’s Garden Club, Jean’s diligence in the flower beds led to a position as a contract gardener, and still she continued to volunteer wherever needed. Jean never stopped giving of herself. She was kind in spirit and generous with her time, an active member of the Landis community. She enjoyed hiking, riding her bicycle, and, of course, gardening. Her smile lit up the room — or the garden — and served her well at public events like the plant sales and garden shows. Jean had a deep love of family, including the cats she shared her home with over the years.
And we at Landis will miss her dearly.