Wilva '"Jeanne"' Sereff (Evanoff) September 12, 1936 - March 28, 2021 San Diego Jeanne passed peacefully in her sleep on March 28, 2021 as a result of Advanced Alzheimer's, which she graciously lived with for the past 4 years.Born September 12, 1936, just months before the opening of her beloved Golden Gate Bridge, Jeanne was raised in San Francisco and enjoyed many reunions with fellow Polytechnic High School alumni. She loved her city and shared her passion for its beauty by opening her flower shop on Clement Street, "The Forget Me Not Shop." She instilled her civic pride in her family through the spirit of volunteerism, be it helping to clean birds when an oil tanker spilled into the bay, or making cheerful cards for the breakfast trays of sick children at Shriner's Hospital, her heart and hands were in constant motion.Jeanne brightened every room she entered with her brilliant spirit, wonderful sense of humor, and warm, inviting smile. If you were fortunate enough to attend one of her many parties, you experienced the consummate 'Hostess With The Mostest's' generous warmth, genuine grace and kindness, as well as limitless open, non-judgmental hospitality. In 1980, she bravely battled and overcame Stage III Breast Cancer and went on to become a tireless volunteer with American Cancer Society's Reach To Recovery Program. In the early '90s, she moved to San Diego to watch her adoring grandchildren grow and flourish and enjoyed a very full life filled with theater, music, square dancing, knitting, walking at Lake Murray, and socializing with The Lovely Ladies Club. She was a proud and active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 40 years and, for the past 30 years, was a regular part of Santee's Eye Opener Group, sponsoring and inspiring countless women on their journey of sobriety. She was known for the beautiful bookmarks that she made sure newcomers received along with a warm and welcoming hug.She will continue to live on through her son, Mark Evanoff of Montana and daughter, Karen Blevins of San Diego, as well as her beautiful grandchildren: Katie, Jameson, Tyler and Bradford Blevins.Due to COVID, there will be no service. We can all show our appreciation for having known Jeanne, our mom and her grandchildren's "Gahdji" by doing a random act of kindness today and remembering her in your thoughts and prayers.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Apr. 11, 2021.
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Karen, Thank you for the great review of Jeanne's life. There was so much more to her than I knew. It was an honor to share time with her.
April 30, 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Such a beautiful woman inside and out! We are inspired by all of her kindness, help and giving to others during her lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you to help you through the sadness of this profound loss of an extraordinary woman! May she rest in heavenly peace! Love, Micki and Dante