For many years the Payette River Journal has published Jean Studer's cute little guys named Drip and Drop, who forged the path for recycling in Boise County.
Jean and her husband John moved to Garden Valley in 1972, where Jean almost immediately became a member of the Garden Valley Syringa Club through her friend Ann Langlinais.
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" was Jean's contribution to the club's dedication to recycling and she continued to write as an honorary member even after she and John moved to Boise in 1992. Her last article was published in the Payette River Journal August 2010 issue.
Long-time GV resident Ione Messick remembers Jean as a homemaker and gardener and says, "She always shared as she grew." Studer had a small business as a "doll doctor", repairing and restoring antique or other beloved dolls. Many doll collectors in Garden Valley took advantage of Studer's skill and her dolls are well known.
After a marriage of 62 years, John, who is remembered for his work with the Forest Service in Boise County, passed away at age 96, on August 26, 2010. Jean went into a local care facility but, according to Messick, "didn't sell her home, thinking she might go back. She had her dolls and teddy bears around her and her sewing machine set up, in case she 'got better'." Studer passed away last Thursday, September 30. She was 85.
Ione Messick says, "Jean was so faithful and enjoyed being a part of our recycle project over the years. We'll all miss her."
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Private urn burial will take place at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise. Survivors include daughters Evelyn Studer of Cary, NC and Meg Hahn of San Jose, CA. Memorials are suggested to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4848 N. Five Mile Rd., Boise, 83713.