Jean Duey remembered by Evart officials

EVART — Members of the Evart community are remembering the life of Jean Duey, who passed away on April 19 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Duey moved to Evart with her husband, David, in 1973. She was an active member of the Evart United Methodist Church and was involved with Higher Ground Ministry, Girl Scouts and a volunteer caretaker for Guyton Park and the community garden.

She also served on the Evart City Council for 17 years.

"Jean certainly did her homework for council, and she fought well for the things she believed in," said former Evart City Council member and City Manager Roger Elkins.

Elkins also remembers Jean as someone who never complained even through times of personal struggle or pain and as someone who cared about the city.

"I thought she was a kindred spirit and always considered her one of my supporters," Elkins said. "I thought she was a special lady and had a heart of gold."

Duey also was the owner of the Corner Cupboard restaurant for a number of years, and Elkins remembers her always taking good care of her customers' every need.

Current city manager Zack Szakacs also fondly remembers Duey, as she was one of his supporters when he became Evart's chief of police in 2006.

"She was a great woman and an icon for the city of Evart," Szakacs said. "She was unselfish and straightforward."