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Jeannine Paxman

May 29, 1950 — December 16, 2021

Jeannine Paxman

Jeannine Paxman was born in Nephi on May 29th, 1950. She was released from this world and all of its challenges on December 16, 2021. Her life did not start as her mom and dad hoped. She did not breathe right away resulting in a brain injury. While her parents were heartbroken that their daughter would not live a so-called normal life, they loved her dearly as did her brothers who welcomed her home and the brother and sister yet to come.

Jeannine's mom, Vera Paxman, recognized a need for an "education and training" program and facility for kids and people like her and after much effort and time established Nebo Training Center. During the years this evolved into a sheltered workshop that made shipping pallets. Jeannine participated in all the programs and worked at this workshop until work related injuries required her to retire.

Once she retired Jeannine became active in Senior Citizen activities where she made new friends and really began to blossom. Jeannine also participated in a program designed to integrate intellectually challenged people into the community. Over the years several wonderful women took her out every week to see a movie, do grocery shopping for herself and her mom, go get a Pepsi and other things to enjoy being out and about in the community. She blossomed even more with these experiences. The mentorship from these women helped her mature into the awesome lady she was. She became even more empathetic, had a cheerful disposition almost always and a very funny sense of humor.

Jeannine did so much to help her mother stay in her home as she aged. She became a compassionate and unselfish caregiver, helping her mom at all times of day and night. She became her mom's "go for" gal, getting things she needed without complaint...most of the time. When mom could no longer bend down to weed in the yard they worked as a team. Mom would show her the weeds and Jeannine would bend down, pull them, put them in a pan and throw them away. She did this almost every summer evening for as long as she could. She kept bathrooms cleaned, did dishes, swept and mopped the kitchen floor. Her growth was miraculous and beautiful. She truly blossomed.

Before her mom died, she decided it was time for her to move to Red Cliffs Assisted Living facility in Nephi. Eudene Anderson, the owner/director of Red Cliffs Assisted Living Facility, and Jeannine have been friends most of their lives. Eudene had been including Jeannine on their weekly bus rides to the Senior Citizens Center and their almost weekly adventure rides for many years so the transition was fairly easy. Jeannine thrived there and loved living there, having her own place.

Jeannine found great joy in small things. She could never have too many watches, rings, or Pepsis! She loved watching sit coms on TV, going for rides, and being in the thick of things participating. She loved being around people and most people loved being around her. Over the years she has had and does have many dear friends. These friends loved her for who she was and she loved them for who they were. She had the ability to see the best in people. She became an empathetic and kind person with a great sense of humor and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed.

Jeannine is survived by her brother Gordon Ray Paxman, sister Sharon Paxman Bendoski (Scott), sister-in-law Lorna R Paxman and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Vaughn J Paxman, Vera B. Paxman, her brothers Michael V. Paxman and David C. Paxman, and sister-in-law Shannon W. Paxman.

Viewings will be held on Wednesday, December 22 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North, Nephi, and prior to the funeral on Thursday, December 23, from 11:00 am - 11:45 am at the church. The funeral will be held Thursday, December 23 at noon. The funeral will be held at 1st, 2nd, 7th ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 222 South 100 East, Nephi, UT 84648. Interment will be at Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery located at 1200 North 400 East, Nephi, UT 84648.

The funeral will streamed live on Goff Mortuary Facebook Page.

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