Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another ~ George Eliot
Jeannie Matthies was love. On Tuesday, May 7 she spent her last loving moments with her husband, daughter and son. She is at peace and ready to continue her work in a different way.
Jeannie “Dorothy Jean” McCreanor was born in Helena, MT to Raymond “Unc” and Dorothy McCreanor on November 24, 1948. She came into a large, loving extended family. The family was central to so many of her experiences as a child growing up in a Helena that was open to the adventures of roaming children.
Jeannie would talk about exploring the neighborhoods, playing out in the valley and of course spending time in York with her cousins, aunts and uncles. No matter where she was, there was always adventure. She has delighted us with stories of her growing up in Helena. Jeannie was an essential Helenan. It was amazing to go anywhere with her because she knew everyone, a short errand could turn long because she had so many people with whom to talk. We are hearing that some of the best times were spent as a teenager in the “Little Blue Jeep” driving around the upper west side of Helena.
Jeannie met Doug Matthies and they married on September 5, 1970. They had two children, Shannon and Nick. As a family, there were so many adventures. Traveling the state of Montana, going to the cabin, Saturday afternoons at home, being a neighborhood family on Graham Street. Jeannie did it all with a sense of adventure and fun.
Professionally Jeannie was astounding. She worked several jobs where she made life long friends before joining in a partnership at Your Adventure Travel. As a partner in the travel agency, she grew and blossomed. She was a remarkable mentor and again, formed many friendships. Jeannie sent a lot of people on great adventures, she loved hearing about far away places, yet loved the quiet of her own home and family best.
Jeannie loved her family, in recent years the addition of Meghan, Morgan, Hayes and Copper completed her. These were her “grands” and she loved them so much. She loved watching them grow and mature. Hearing about the adventures of these kids and the progress they were making was a great sense of pride to her.
Love and friendship define Jeannie. In the past two weeks we have been in awe of the lives she touched. She had so many friends and people who cared about her. She was our wife and mom, but we are so proud of the work she did with people. As a family we had some idea the impact she had on the lives of many and yet in the past two weeks we have learned the great measure of it. She sent cards, helped with food, dropped off cookies, made a phone calls; the list of her kind acts is endless. The quote at the beginning was sent by a friend and we believe it embodies her perfectly.
There is a hole in our hearts, we hope to continue the work she so diligently did. Do something kind for someone today and tomorrow and in the future that you don’t have to be recognized for, that is the greatest memorial you can give Jeannie.
Jeannie is survived by her husband Doug, her children Shannon and Pete Callahan (Meghan and Morgan) and Nick and Tina Matthies (Hayes and Cooper). Her sister and brother-in-law Leslie and Brad Smith (Jesse and Katie), her brother and sister-in-law Mike and Juanita McCreanor (Amanda, Sarah, Eric and Emily (Charlie and Vinny), her brother-in-law Dennis Matthies. She also leaves behind so many dear cousins, and amazing friends. Thank you to all of you who loved Mom-she loved you more.
A family burial has taken place. Please join us for an open house to celebrate the life of this amazing woman on Saturday, May 11th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 6th Floor of The Montana Club, 24 W. 6th Avenue.
She always said to, “In lieu of donations, send flowers”, however we would love to have her name honored in a donation to a charity of your choice. Please make donations of kindness in her name to your favorite charity. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory or Jeannie.