NameJean Elizabeth Timmons
Birth30 Mar 1917, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Death16 Nov 2008, Los Alamos, New Mexico
BurialSpring Grove, Minnesota
EducationB.S., University Of Minnesota (Speech Therapy)
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FatherHerbert Fletcher Timmons (1882-1935)
MotherViney Mae Andrew (1888-1972)
Birth26 Apr 1907, Sheyenne, North Dakota
Baptism19 May 1907, Sheyenne, North Dakota
Death17 Feb 1989, Fort Garland, Colorado
BurialSpring Grove, Minnesota
OccupationPhysical Educator
EducationB.A. Luther College, Decorah IA; Ph. D. , U Of Oregon
FatherHemming Hansen Frost (1871-1927)
MotherGena Elise Ellingson (1882-1966)
Marriage25 Jul 1939, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Biography notes for Jean Elizabeth Timmons
See “Round Robin Letters” at

and “Saga” at

which offer reflections on the first half of Jean’s life.
Obituary notes for Jean Elizabeth Timmons
Jean E. Frost, 91
Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2008

LOS ALAMOS, N.M — Former long-time San Luis Valley resident Jean Elizabeth Timmons Frost, 91, died peacefully in her home in Aspen Ridge Lodge, Los Alamos, N.M, on Nov. 16, 2008. Jean was born on March 30, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minn. the daughter of Viney Mae Andrew Timmons and Herbert Fletcher Timmons.

Her father was a railroad roundhouse foreman for the Soo Line Railroad, and Jean grew up in the small railroad towns of Gladstone, Mich., Enderlin, N.D. and Glenwood, Minnesota. She graduated from Glenwood High School in 1935. It was in Glenwood that she met the chemistry teacher who would become her husband, Reuben B. 'Jack' Frost. Jean went on to study speech pathology at the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors in l939. She married Jack Frost on July 25, 1939. Theirs was a romance of more than 50 years.

Jean and Jack raised ten children while they lived in Bemidji, Minnesota; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Brookings, South Dakota; Eugene, Oregon; Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and Ft. Garland, Colorado. During this time, Jean rarely missed either her children’s events or home games that her college-coach husband was coaching.

Most recently Jean spent many years serving on the Board of La Puente, an agency serving the homeless and migrant families of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, where she and Jack built the retirement home of their dreams.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Holmes Fletcher Timmons, her daughter Margaret Frost Bartlett of Durango, Colo. and her grandson, Christopher Weisbrod.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Mary (Lynn) Steen of Northfield, Minn. son-in-law Ted Bartlett of Durango, Kathryn (Gordon) Willcutt of Los Alamos, Barbara Frost of San Francisco, Calif., Helen (Chad) Frost Thompson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dorothy (David) Teeter of Seattle, Wash., Nancy Simpson of Bryan, Texas, Richard (Emily Bloch) Frost of Falmouth, Ma., Karen (Mark) Cator of Redwood City, Calif. and Herbert (Paula) Frost East Greenwich, R.I as well as by 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road, Los Alamos, N.M. Jean will be buried next to her husband in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Spring Grove, Minne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: The R.B. 'Jack' Frost and Jean E. Frost Scholarship in Athletics

South Dakota State University Foundation, 815 Medary Avenue, Box 525 Brookings, SD 57007; Or to the Jean Frost Memorial La Puente Home PO Box 1235 Alamosa, CO 81101.
Notes for Jean Elizabeth Timmons

Wedding Report: Timmons--Frost
Minneapolis Journal, reprinted in the Pope County Tribune, 3 August, 1939

At a double ring ceremony conducted in the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority house, Miss Jean E. Timmons became the bride of Reuben Bernhard Frost of Bemidji, son of Mrs. H. H. Frost of Decorah, Iowa. She is the daughter of Mrs. Herbert F. Timmons, 4615 Aldrich avenue So.

The service took place at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, read by Rev. Gordon E. Bailey of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church. An altar was arranged in the end of the living room, of white gladioli and ferns. Miss Florence Frost, sister of the bridegroom, was organist and Mrs. E. E. Hickman sang, accompanied by Miss Barbara Rudolph.

The bride wore a gown of net and lace, princess style with a heart-shaped neckline. Her fingertip veil was held in place with a headband of fresh gardenias and swansonia and her only jewelry was a pearl necklace, her gift from the bridegroom. She carried gardenias, white roses and swansonia.

Miss Beth Preine, sorority sister of the bride, was maid of honor and wore a gown of lime organdy, with bouffant skirt and low square neckline. Her only jewelry was a gold necklace, gift from the bride. She carried a garden bouquet. The flower girl, Marylin Elliott, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Elliott, wore flowered organdy and carried a colonial bouquet. John Herbert Timmons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Timmons of St. Louis Park, was ring bearer. Dr. Alfred M. Elliott of Bemidji, Minn., was best man.

After the ceremony there was a reception at the sorority house. The bride's mother wore dusty pink chiffon and her flowers were blue delphinium and token roses and the mother of the bridegroom wore peach lace with a corsage of blue violas and Jobanna Hill roses.

For going away the bride chose a three piece rose-beige suit with brown accessories. Mr. Frost and his bride left for a month's trip in the west and after September 1st will be at home in Bemidji where Mr. Frost is athletic director at the Bemidji State Teachers College.


"As I think about things, more and more memories come to mind—good ones, some losses, but almost always positive."

-- Jean Frost,12/07/2005


“I am very grateful for the fact that I have met Jean in person, when she visited Denmark along with Mary some (many) years ago. Actually, I used to correspond with Jean on some occasions. I remember that I translated some of the letters from Hemming Frost’s father to his emigrated children from Danish into English.

“I remember Jean as a very delightful, obliging lady with a great sense of humour. She told us that she and Mary were on an ancestor hunt in Denmark! So I feel very much connected with your family even though I do not really know you. Each Christmas we usually receive an update on family matters from Mary and from Dorothy as well. ...

“ Jonas has also shared the books that Helen Frost has written with us. Tears came into my eyes on reading “Diamond Willow”!!”
-- Iver and Else Gaarden, 28 Jan 2009 letter to Kathryn Willcutt

Jean's vitality and never ending curiosity is something I'll hope to emulate, and although I'm not so sure about the boogie board part (bad knees and worse balance), I'd happily hike the Appalachian Trail in my 60s and learn to snorkel in my 70s.

-- John Frost, nephew of Jean Frost, 4 Jan 2009 letter to Mary Steen

“It was sad to hear of Jean’s death last Sunday even though she lived to a ripe old age and her health was deteriorating. But luckily we cherish some wonderful memories about her.
“First when she and Mary came to visit with us back in 1996. I remember we were rather anxious, having heard so much about dominating elderly ladies in high heels, heavily made up and incessantly speaking at the tops of their voices. Then in walked Jean, and we fell for her completely (so much for prejudices!). And spent some wonderful days with our two guests before we drove them down to Bodil.
“Then the next year we all met at Glorieta, Jean and Mary having picked us up at Albuquerque Airport. Aksel and I had a very pleasant breakfast with her every morning during our stay. And we were lucky enough to join in the celebrations for Jean’s 80th birthday. What a party!
“We ended our stay in the States by spending a couple of days at Fort Garland, in Jean’s cottage. That was the perfect end to a most memorable stay. I wish we had had more opportunities to see Jean, but good memories never die.
“There seems to be a tradition in our family that quite a substantial number live to a very old age. Ingeborg, my mother, had four brothers and sisters. When they died, they were 79, 88, 91, 95 and 95 (one of them being my mother, who died shortly before Aksel and I went across to the States). Some stock, some stamina!  We hope as many of you as possible will follow this tradition.
“Please share this brief note with as many of the family as possible. We shall be with you in spirit on November 22. Love to all of you,”
-- Solvejg and Jonas Albertsen, Nov. 19 2008 email to Frost family
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