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John Prentice of Boise, Idaho

John Prentice of Boise, Idaho
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2008 and Revised 13 May 2008

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1920-1927. He was an Army Office at the time of his marriage.

He m. Jean Maloney c. 1954. She was b. 31 Dec 1927 and d. 29 Nov 2007. She was the dau. of George and Winifred Maloney of Niagara Falls, NY. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Jean Prentice Just as the Boise foothills had been gifted with their first white caps for the winter, Jean Prentice passed away Nov. 29, 2007 [at the age of 79 years and 11 months], warmly embraced by the Lord's peace and her family's eternal love. Following a life filled with world travel and the simplest of pleasures, Jean chose to fill her final year of battling cancer, not with pride, but with optimism and cheerfulness.

    Jean Marjorie Maloney was born just before the stroke of the New Year, on Dec. 31, 1927. She was the daughter of George and Winifred Maloney of Niagara Falls, N. Y. Her mother gave her the gift of grace and sophistication, leading to Jean's love for literate conversation, a perfectly tailored dress, Harry Connick Jr., and the effervescence of champagne. Her father gave her the gift of laughter and fearlessness, leading to Jean's love for the Canadian wilderness, Tracey and Hepburn, the Buffalo Bills, and a charcoal-grilled hot dog.

    After living a charmed life in the embrace of her friends and family, including her college years at William Smith and Edgewood and a cross-country trip in a convertible, Jean Maloney was set up on a blind date with a dashing young Army Officer, John Prentice. Serendipity took over; they married 50 days later, and were never apart for a moment for 53 years. They raised a family of three children and five grandchildren, celebrating countless birthdays, Christmases, and for good measure, each year New Year's Eve was blended with Jean's birthday.

    Jean was a tireless volunteer working for hospital auxiliaries in Boise and Niagara Falls. She was an avid tennis player and swung a racket with ease through most of her years. Much to her children's amazement, she recalled singing jingles on the radio when she was a child. Her father would routinely put her up on the marble counters of the local bank to tap dance for the stunned but enchanted patrons. She would sing along to the radio (always in tune and rhythm), and John was known on special anniversaries to grab her for a quick dance around the kitchen while playing Robert Goulet's "If Ever I Would Leave You." Jean will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, awaiting her life-long dancing partner, John, who survives her in Boise.

    Jean Prentice is also survived by her three children, daughters Pamela Storms and Robyn Prentice, son George Prentice and son-in-law Kevin Storms, all of Boise.

    Perhaps the greatest joys of Jean's life were her five grandchildren, Anne Pieroni of Las Vegas, and Laura Pieroni, Kate Storms, Peter Storms and Andrew Storms, all of Boise.

    The family wishes to send much love to the oncology nursing staff and medical professionals at St. Alphonsus Hospital for their loving and respectful care. In particular, the family wishes to send much love to Dr. Alice Forsythe for her delicate balance of optimism and professional care through all of 2007. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send a donation, in Jean's memory to the St. Alphonsus Reflection of Life Fund. Published in the Idaho Statesman on 12/9/2007.

Children of John and Jean:

  1. Pamela Prentice of Boise. She m Kevin Storms of Boise.
  2. Robyn Prentice of Boise.
  3. George Prentice of Boise.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

It is unclear whether he is the John N. Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Nampa, Canyon Co., ID, as b. c. 1929, son of John Prentice (b. c. 1904, Nevada) and his wife, Eula M. (b. c. 1910, Oklahoma).

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