Maurene Sue Jessup
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Maurene Sue Jessup
  • June 30, 1944 - August 21, 2016
  • Bloomington, Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON-- Maurene Sue Jessup passed away on Sunday, August 21st from complications of pneumonia at the age of 72. Born June 30th, 1944 in Henderson, KY she was a resident of Garden Villa Assisted Living Facility.

A strong, caring, sarcastic and beautiful lady, she was diagnosed roughly 40 years ago with multiple sclerosis. She learned not to resist the disease but to understand it and not let the disease define her. She went about her life as if MS were a minor inconvenience never complaining or feeling sorry for herself. As the disease progressed she adapted and maintained her independence for as long as she could. We marveled at how she lived a happy and high quality life, one that for many would have felt like a prison. She taught us that it isn't your physical state of being or the things that you can't do that determine the happiness of your existence. She was one of the first persons in the Monroe county area during the late 1970s to create a Multiple Sclerosis support group and was integral in giving comfort, understanding and education to people and families dealing with this disease. We love you Sue, for all that you taught us and the grace you exhibited under extraordinary life conditions. ??

Survivors include her Children Kelly (wife Heather) Jastremski of Bloomington, IN. Andrea Jessup of Delray Beach, FI. and Ted (wife Arlene) Jastremski of Lutz, FL. Her siblings Greg (wife Sue) Jessup of Greenwood, IN. Chris (husband Scott) Newlund of Columbus, IN. and Kate (husband Paul) Maurer of Greenwood, IN. Her ex-husband Mike Bean of Racine WI. Additional survivors include nine grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Maurice and Irene Jessup, her ex-husband Chester Jastremski and her nephew Paul Jessup.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday October 9th from 2-4 pm in the Ball Room at Fountain Square Mall. In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate