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Jean Klein

• Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Pilot 1863729 is on her final flight and left this earth Jan. 13, 2014, at age 81. She was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated with honors from Oklahoma State

University in English literature with continued graduate studies in library science. She was honored for dedicated and conscientious public service by the town of Berwyn Heights, Md. She retired from the Prince Georges County library system in Maryland, where she worked at the Laurel and Hyattsville branches.

After retirement in Maryland, she moved to Lebanon and continued as a volunteer for the Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro for the past 20 years. She also enjoyed solving advanced acrostic and crossword puzzles and playing serious Scrabble with numerous friends.

Jean owned and piloted her own Cessna, and she enjoyed introducing friends and family to flying.

She is preceded in death by her son, Michael Klein. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Alan, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force; son, David (Melissa); daughter, Diane (Zvi Manas); daughter-in-law Jennifer Klein and two grandsons, Jason, who is an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, and Matthew.

Per Jean's wishes, her ashes will be spread from an antique biplane over the runway where she lived. The memorial date will be planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, Jean asked that donations be made to Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

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