Betty Jean (Bock) Buyze danced her way into heaven in the early morning of January 17, 2019. Jean loved her family, and life, and said so often!
She was born in Chicago, December 10, 1929, to Steve and Marian Bock. She was a descendant of Susan B. Anthony.
When Jean met her husband, Adrian Buyze, they fell in love instantly. The two were engaged in less than two weeks, and shortly after that, married at her father's home. Jean was just 18 years old, Adrian 20. The pair were happily married for over 50 years!
She had 3 sons, all a year apart before the age of 21. Adrian Cornell Jr., Terrance Gary, and Randy Steve Buyze. Three years later she had a daughter, Virginia Jean and 6 years later another daughter, Amy Marie.
She had a quick wit, and a beautiful smile that she graced often, and she loved to have fun with everyone around her. Jean and Adrian shared a love of gardening and farm life. They always had horses, and at one point their herd of quarter horses grew to over 40. While attending a horse auction in Houston, Jean bought an ex-racehorse for herself and thus the family's horse racing years began. The start of horse racing meant exciting summers for the family traveling around the U.S., resulting in one of their horses running in the world's richest horse race, The All American!
Jean and Adrian followed daughter Ginny to The Dalles, Ore., from Michigan in 1988. They began a semi-retired life of dancing and making new friends at the many local clubs they joined. Jean loved dressing up and going out to see her friends at the dances and the Senior Center. Dancing and music were her passion. She adored fashion and her favorite colors were sparkle, shimmer, and shine! Jean had a zest for life that was unmatched, and she is missed dearly.
Jean is survived by her son Adrian "Sonny" (and wife Jesse) of The Dalles, Ore.; son Randy (and wife Mary) Mancelona, MI.; daughter Virginia, "Ginny" Buyze Czarnecki of Albany, Ore.; daughter Amy Jones (and husband Larry) of Coldwater, MI.; Cheryl, widow of son Terry, of Traverse City, MI.; along with her 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jean will have a cemetery side memorial and celebration of life on Friday, April 26, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to The Dalles Senior Center.