Cryer, Jean Elaine Deitrich

July 03, 2005

On June 24, 2005, JEAN ELAINE DEITRICH CRYER, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death (March 22, 1999) by her husband William (Bill) Clinton Cryer, a former commander in the Naval Reserves. She is survived by her two sons Wm. Thomas Cryer and Clifford L. Cryer, both of Centennial, Colorado and five Cryer grandchildren, Chad of Washington, D.C. and Clark, Caroline, William and Andrew of Centennial. She was born in Baltimore, MD, August 19, 1923. She was given up for adoption and was adopted by Mable and Clifford Loper of Conneaut Lake, PA. Back in Baltimore, she attended Catonsville High and the Baltimore Art Institute. She met her late husband (formerly from Anniston, Alabama) after WWII at Westinghouse in MD. Together they "hand built" a home in Lutherville, MD, where they raised two boys. Later, in Baltimore she worked in the publishing business, which she gave up to follow her husband to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had become the president of an aircraft training equipment company. She also joined her husband on international business trips getting opportunities to fly the Concorde. While in Tulsa she was a docent at the Tulsa Art Museum. Along with her interest in art and other cultures, she enjoyed playing golf. In the early 80's she relocated, with her husband, to Vail, Colorado where she and her husband renovated condos. During the late 80's they relocated to Cherry Hills, Colorado where they lived, while building some new homes. During the same time, Jean volunteered with the Assistance League while watching her grandchildren grow. In later years of her life she seemed to enjoy the adventure of "solo" auto trips around the east coast of the U.S. There will be a private graveside ceremony at Fort Logan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association or SPCA ("Dumb Friends League") would be appreciated.

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