Z. Jean Gilliland of Steamboat Springs passed away March 26, 2012, at her son’s residence in Lafayette.
Jean was born Aug. 30, 1923, to John and Olive MacKay in Haviland, Kan. She began a career in nursing after graduating from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita in 1944. She married Robert Thaine Gilliland on March 14, 1945, in Charlestown, S.C., and shortly after moved back to their home state of Kansas. Moving to Boulder in 1951, Jean worked as the charge nurse at Boulder Community Hospital. Bob and Jean had two children, Robert Thaine Gilliland II and Kay Gilliland Gilbert, both of Lafayette.
Jean is preceded in death her parents; her husband; and a granddaughter, Jenna MacKay Gilliland.
She is survived by her two children; granddaughter JoEllyn Gilliland; and grandson Ryan Gilbert.
A memorial service is at 11 a.m. April 3, 2012, at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Steamboat Springs.
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