Jean Eileen Boots

February 1, 1942 - February 17, 2016
Jean Eileen Boots

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Jean Eileen Boots, 74, of Hendersonville passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Elizabeth House. Born on February 1, 1942 in Ellwood City, PA, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Elizabeth Mae Brunner Peterson.

Mrs. Boots lived in Summerville, SC for 35 years prior to moving to Hendersonville, NC. She was a member of the Summerville Presbyterian Church and also retired as the office administrator after 28 years of employment. She was a woman with a “Servant’s Heart” using her time, talents and tithes to further the Lord’s work. She was a former president of the APA (Administrative Personnel Association) and Mary Kay Consultant. She volunteered wherever she saw a need or felt called to serve. She served as an Elder and Deacon at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church. She was very involved in the Presbyterian Women. She served her communities via Meals on Wheels, the Palmetto House, flower ministries and visiting shuts-ins. She volunteered at The Storehouse for 10 years and also provided cards for all occasions through her card ministry to friends and family. Worldwide, she and her husband supported numerous missionaries and orphans, Habitat for Humanity, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the American Bible Society.

A devoted veteran’s wife, she supported her country by supporting her husband and their children. She and her husband met at a dance hall in Western Pennsylvania, and he knew from the first glance that he would marry this woman. Dancing is what brought them together and remained a constant in their lives until 2011. They both enjoyed square dancing, round dancing and choreographed ballroom dancing throughout their marriage.

Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 54 years, Ed Boots; two sons, Ed Boots, Jr and wife Marla of Fombell, PA and D. Jay Boots and wife Sheila of Blackville, SC; five grandchildren, Cynthia, Krystal, Kimberly, Samantha and Jenna; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Bill Campbell and Dwayne Durham officiating. A special 30 minute musical prelude of Jean’s favorite songs will begin at 1:30 pm. A reception will follow at the church. An open mike will be available at the reception to share memories of Jean for those who would like to do so. Burial will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Pennsylvania at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, The Storehouse or Four Seasons Compassion for Life at


Saturday, February 27, 2016
12:00 AM

Hendersonville Presbyterian Church - Directions
699 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • February 22, 2016
    Brian and Rebecca Hammons says:
    To Ed and Marla (and family), We are so sorry about the passing of your mom. We are sending our prayers and thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time. I wish we were closer to go to the service and give you guys a big hug. Love to all, Brian and Rebecca Hammons

  • February 22, 2016
    N. Benjamin says:
    Dear Mr. Boots and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. During this difficult time please take comfort in your memories and in God's word the Bible and the promises found within. Matthew 6:9,10; Revelation 21:3, 4; 2 Peter 3:13.

  • February 22, 2016
    Bill and Eva Allen says:
    My thoughts and words are only of joy when I consider Jean along with Ed. These people have always made I and my husband feel such whenever in their presence. In reading Jean's life history the corners of my mouth again turned up thinking the following thoughts: She got her payback with son's having all daughters. Now I know why the Boots and Brackens (great folks also) are such good friends, all having lived in Summerville, SC so long. And even before Henderson, NC Ed assured a beautiful home for Jean (information I heard from other dancing cohorts). There's something special about veterans, so too their wives, as to understanding of life and devotion. So often knowing with certainty and at first glance that this is to be the person they are to marry (God does provide his rewards for sacrifice). Jean danced with one's love amongst friends here on earth and now with all the same minded souls in heaven. How wonderful when we all hook up again for a do si do or a spin maneuver.

  • February 22, 2016
    Paul and Ann Hooker says:
    We were so sorry to hear of Jean's death. Ed, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • February 23, 2016
    Steve Hecker says:
    To Ed and Marla and all of your family, I'm so sorry about the passing of your mother. I'm sending all my prayers and thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time. I remember having met your mother a few times in Plymouth over the years and enjoyed the small talk that we had. She’s one great women and I’m glad to have met her.