Pearl Jean Moyer Troupe
Jean, as she was known, was born in Detroit, MI to Winfield and Pearl Moyer and was raised in Schuylkill Haven, PA. After she graduated from high school she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she met our father, Ensign James E. Troupe, a dashing young Navy submariner. After a whirlwind wartime romance, our mother asked this young Navy officer three question: Did he like children; was he a Protestant; and was he a Republican? After he answered yes to all three, she knew she met her husband. After marriage, our mother became the quintessential Navy wife, following our father to assignments in California, Virginia, Texas, Japan and Washington state. Along the way, daughter Marian Jean (Jeanne) and son James Emerson (Jim) were born. In Japan, they adopted two Japanese American children, Joanne Elizabeth and Jerauld Winfield (Jerry). After our father's retirement from the Navy, the family moved to Springfield, IL where our father followed his calling to become a Lutheran minister. We then moved to Woodburn, OR where our parents enthusiastically served the community of Hope Lutheran Church. Our mother remained in Woodburn until her passing.
In their retirement years they became "snow birds" following the sun south each fall and back to Woodburn each spring. In 1995 they finally settled back into Woodburn. Jean was a woman of very strong faith, following the teachings of God and giving her life fully to Him. As she said, she "spent much time in prayer and Bible study."
Jean was a faithful Navy wife, minister's wife, mother, artist, avid letter writer, never met a cat that was a stranger, child of God, and a member of the Greatest Generation. She now joins her husband in Heaven.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and granddaughter, Sara Ross. She is survived by: daughter Jeanne Perryman and her husband Dick, and four children, Michelle, Christine, Richard (Cristina) and Michael (Melissa); son Jim Troupe and his wife Cindy, and children Adam (Holly) and Molly (Landon); daughter Joanne Troupe and her children Alison, Emily (Mikhail), Lydia and Hannah; Jerry Troupe and his wife Jolene; and caregiver and friend Chuck Florer. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
At our mother's request there will be no service.