Jean Therese Whalen, 91

Jean Therese Whalen, 91

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Jean Therese Whalen

Jean Therese Whalen

May 25, 1929-June 18, 2020

Jean Therese (Douris), age 91, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 18, 2020. She was born to the late John and Laura Douris, May 25, 1929, in Butte, MT. She graduated from Girls Central High School in Butte, obtained a nursing degree at Carroll College in Helena, MT, as well as her practical training at St. James Hospital, located in Butte, MT. She married the late William Murray Whalen, Sr. in 1950, and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage until his passing.

Jean spent most of her time as a homemaker but also worked part-time as a nurse at the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital in Albuquerque for several years. She and her husband Bill enjoyed a long and adventurous retirement, traveling domestically and abroad. Together they enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, a Russian river cruise, a visit to several European countries, and also enjoyed vacationing in their RV, visiting friends and family along the way. They belonged to two RV travel clubs, enjoying group camping excursions and meeting many new friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Whalen; their infant child, Mary Carol Whalen; and her parents, John and Laura Douris.

Jean was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church for 17 years, and Church of the Risen Savior for over 30 years. She volunteered at various charitable organizations including Catholic Charities, the Women's Coalition, and Right-to-Life Committee of New Mexico.

Jean is survived by her four children, Thomas Whalen (Rita), William Whalen Jr., Nancy Whalen of Albuquerque, and Patricia Morris (Ken) of McKinney, TX. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sister, Lorene Bumgarner (Jack) of Vancouver, WA; one niece and two nephews; and numerous relatives and friends.

She will be remembered for her caring heart, sharp mind, keen sense of humor, and willingness to help anyone in need. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends who knew and loved her for the kind-hearted person she was.

Friends and family will gather together for a Rosary on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 8:45 a.m. at FRENCH – Wyoming, with Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Parish, 2621 Vermont NE., Albuquerque, NM. Please visit our online guestbook for Jean at

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