Jean E. Baxter

April 21, 1920 - December 17, 2015
Jean E. Baxter

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Jean E. Reaney Baxter, 95 died peacefully Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Valley Oaks Nursing Center with loving family at her side. Jean was born April 21, 1920 in East Liverpool to parents James A. and Adeline (White) Reaney.  She was raised on St. George Street in East End where her grandfather, James Grant Reaney, was pastor of the 2nd United Presbyterian Church.  Maternal grandfather, David F. White, had a real estate/insurance business on Mulberry Street and her uncle, Adnal White founded the First Federal Savings and Loan on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Her father, Jim Reaney, was Executive Vice President and Trust Officer of the First National Bank of East Liverpool.

Jean attended East End’s Garfield Elementary School where she proudly “skipped” 4th grade (because she could already work all the 5th grade problems).  Jean considered this part of God’s plan for her life since it placed her in the East Liverpool High School Class of 1937 where she me the love of her life, Donald Baxter.

After high school graduation, Jean rode the train daily to Pittsburgh to attend Grace Martin Secretarial School. After completion of her training she obtained a secretarial position at Ohio Power Company in East Liverpool. Jean and Don Baxter were married June 14, 1941.  They were active members of First Presbyterian Church (now Trinity) on 4th Street where they were Charter members of the Amikitia Club for young married couples in the 1950’s.  They taught Sunday school but were most proud of their work with Junior High Youth.  Members of Jean’s girls’ Sunday school class and their Youth Fellowship Groups have maintained loving contact with her to this day.

Husband Don had a long career of 42 years with Ohio Power Company primarily in East Liverpool but also in Portsmouth, Tiffin and at company headquarters in Canton. In all these residencies they were active in civic affairs but lovingly continued their church work with adolescent youth.  Don passed away in 1999.

Jean was the oldest of 5 Reaney sisters. She was predeceased by Marjorie Harp (of Jupiter, FL), Carolyn Pollock (Bellevue, OH) and Martha Gaston of East Liverpool.  Her youngest sister, Sue Hillier survives in Mt. Vernon, OH as well as sister-in-law, Berta Baxter of East Liverpool.

Jean and Don produced 2 sons: James R. Baxter (wife Patricia) of Cleveland Heights, OH and D. Michael Baxter, MD (wife Denise) of Reading, PA.  There are 6 grandchildren:  James P. Baxter (Pittsburg, Kansas) Jeffrey D. Baxter MD (Shrewsbury, MA), Stephen P. Baxter (Cleveland Heights, OH), Molly C.B. Arnold (Philadelphia, PA), Andrew C. Baxter (Boca Raton, FL) and Adelyn C. Baxter (Washington, DC).  Two Great Grandsons:  Samuel K. Baxter and Evan K. Baxter in Shrewsbury, MA.  A very large and loving extended family of nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews survives including niece Joan Cooper of East Liverpool.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 2 to 8 P.M. and one hour prior to services at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Services will be held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Maine Blvd, East Liverpool on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11 A.M. with Rev. Dr. Stephen Cramer officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Jean’s family suggests donation be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church for Youth Programs.


Monday, December 21, 2015
2:50 PM

Trinity United Presbyterian Church - Directions

East Liverpool, Ohio 43920


Monday, December 21, 2015

Riverview Cemetery - Directions
2026 St. Clair Avenue
East Liverpool, Ohio 43920


Sunday, December 20, 2015
2:50 PM - 2:50 PM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920

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  • December 19, 2015
    Heidi Snow says:
    Mrs. Baxter was one of my favorite ladies at Trinity. Both Don and Jean Baxter were always such a positive influence to us kids long after they no longer officially oversaw youth programming. Jean was always so interested in what activities I was involved in and provided such encouragement. When she smiled her whole face shined. I will always fondly remember her. May God envelope you as you grieve her loss. Hold tight to the many memories you hold dear to your hearts.

  • December 19, 2015
    Tim and Jane Betteridge Bennett says:
    Dear Mike and family: Jane and I wish to pass on our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. Your folks were great youth leaders in the church and really set an example for many. We fully understand your feelings of loss as we have both said farewell to our parents. We all have our fond memories of days gone bye which we will carry with us into the future. God bless you richly in the days and years ahead. Sincerely, Tim and Jane Betteridge Bennett.

  • December 23, 2015
    Carol Sue Martin Barlow says:
    Jim and Mike, Deepest Sympathy on your Mothers passing. Hugs and Prayers for you and yours at this difficult time.