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Jean Bowling Cain, 91, widow of James Bartlett Cain, of White Station Road, and a resident of Berea since age 17, died August 9, 2017. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church and a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt.
Jean is survived by: her devoted children, Sandie (James C.) Cain Witt and Bart (Diane) Cain; and her grandchildren, Kelly (Chris) Witt Brown, John Marion (Paula) Witt, Carmen (Ben) Cain Richardson, and Jason Bartlett Cain. She will also be missed by her great grandchildren, Justin and Sarah Richardson; Colin Bartlett and Nathan Cain; Carson, Katie Belle, and Laura Beth Brown; James Paul and George Bartlett Witt.
Also mourning her loss are her sisters-in-law, Opal Cain McClure and Joyce Cain Johnson of Berea, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, who will long remember her concern and love for them.
Jean was the daughter of Taylor and Lucy Webb Bowling of Clay County. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Alma Bowling Sizemore, Oma Bowling Hoskins, Helen Bowling Eagle, Elsie Bowling Marcum, Mae Bowling Roberts, and her brother, Stanley Bowling.
Jean grew up in the Big Creek community of Clay County, a place that remained dear to her heart throughout her life. She left home at the age of 17 to work at the Blue Grass Army Depot during WWII. In the 1940s, she met her husband, Bart Cain, as a little diner on Adams Street called Imogene's. They married in 1946 and lived on West Jefferson Street for many years before buying a farm on Old Wallaceton Road. In 2001, Jean and Bart moved to White Station Road, where they enjoyed their horses and their gardens.
Jean was retired from Parker Seals Company and continued to enjoy the friendships of her co-workers, with whom she had worked for over 30 years. She was friend and confidante of Ellen Johnston, Bobby White, Nancy Wilson, Lucy Carter, and Nadine Eplee.
Jean loved her family deeply and set an example of generosity and service for all to emulate.  Steeped in the ethics of past generations, she strongly believed in the value of working hard and saving to get ahead.  Her motto, which served her well through the trials of life, was "Work it off." Through the medium of family dinners, she taught her children and grandchildren to honor their heritage. The absolute necessity of loyalty to family is her legacy.  The memories of her faith, her laughter, her dance, and her unconditional love for her own, will comfort her loved ones in their loss.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be her Westside Baptist Church "pew pals": Jack and Vi Farmer, Charlie and Trudy Lincks, Acy and Carol Johnson, and Ruby Lawson, along with family friends, Gilbert Harrison and June Wilson Durham.
Services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Pastor Allen Livingood officiating.  Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 11, after 6 p.m.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of Kenwood Health and Rehab, who, from the first day to the last day, treated us like family. We will be forever grateful to them all: Hope, Lena, Kim, Rose, Pat, Brooke, Tierney, Susan, Linda, Janice, and many others who never failed us in the constancy of their care of our mother's physical and emotional needs. We are humbled by their faithfulness.
We are thankful, as well, for Mom's Westside Baptist Church family those powerful prayer warriors who never forgot her and cheered her with their visits, their cards, and their gifts.
Published on August 10, 2017
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