Jean Lyng lived a long, beautiful life filled with love, travel, family, culture and adventure.
Born in Baltimore Maryland on January 18, 1933, she was raised with her sister Pat and brother Don by her adoring parents, Herman and Agnes McLearn.
The first in her family to attend college, Jean graduated from Maryland State Teachers’ College in 1954. She then began teaching English in the Baltimore Public School system, where she met the love of her life, Lawrence J. Lyng, Jr.
They soon entered into a joyous marriage that lasted more than 65 years. They lived in multiple locations around the U.S and traveled the world together. They eventually visited more than 50 countries and 6 of the 7 continents on Earth.
Jean adored every minute of raising her sons Larry and Bryan and daughters Maureen and Teresa. She also worked as a professional model, organized local community events and served as a tour guide and docent for both the Detroit Institute of Art and the Toledo Art Museum.
Jean’s commitment to sharing fine art was part of her life-long passion for high culture. She had a deep appreciation for films, documentaries, books, magazines, plays, ballet, symphonies – and above all, classical opera. She saw dozens of shows at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City – and rarely missed broadcasts of their performances when she could not attend.
Jean also cherished flowers, plants, trees, birds and wildlife of every kind. Larry and Jean backed that commitment through their substantial donations to The Nature Conservancy and other nature-focused causes throughout their lives.
Jean also delighted in each every one of her nine grandchildren. This includes her grandsons Andrew and Matthew Lyng and Ian O’Grady, as well as her granddaughters Mackenzie Lawson, Erin Vanderwerp, Abigail Bell, Rachael Lane, and Jennifer and Kelly O’Grady.
Jean is survived by her brother and sister, all four of her children and all nine of her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed – although they all know they will carry her caring, fierce spirit and incredible passion for life in their hearts forever.
The funeral services will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera, FL) at 11am on Saturday, October 23.
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