Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Jean of Opp and Jeanne d’arc

Cars from back then:

This '34 Buick was new when Jean discovered America.
For Wednesday:

Joan of Arc is a well-known name. She did not live long but established her place in history. At 16 she attempted to join the army and was laughed out of the building. A short time later she tried again and won.

 (A sailor kissing his sweetheart in front of the statue of Joan of Arc in New Orleans)

After many weeks/months of meetings it was determined she was in contact with the Saints and led in the battle of Orleans. She had other victories, but was captured by the English and burned at the stake. She was 19. It never pays to kill a hero; her memory was the rallying point of the French in the 100 year war. Did you know her name was Jeanne d’arc?

WE here in Bloggersville have had a friend, Jean of OPP. Actually she was Sybil Jean Boyett. She is not famous worldwide like her namesake, but to her family and we here in Blogland, this lady was incredible. Jean’s blog was written exactly as she spoke, using terms I remember growing up.

In her 80s, this lady could do more than most seniors I have known. She could handle a pressure washer. She cut trees to get her cat down. She washed a truck and car at least every week. She cut the grass, chopped what ever had to be chopped, cooked and baked. She also took care of her lifelong love Grover, like a baby during his last years. NEVER did this lady complain.

Heck she was older than Sherry & I, and once she replaced the main memory in her computer. I wouldn’t attempt that. Her feats are enumerable. Once passing near Opp, Alabama I asked if we could take her and Grover to dinner. They agreed and we had a nice evening. Our one regret was learning later she had a cake at home for us had we accompanied them home, but we hated to impose.

I have related just a few of the things recorded by that lady. Life is a twisting tale, Jeanne d’arc or Joan of Arc was declared a Saint many years after her death. BUT the Jean of Opp (AKA Sybil Jean Boyett) was declared a Saint while she lived, because she was.

Rest in peace from your many labors, Sybil (Jean) Boyett, your works and creations WILL follow on.

Our prayers go up for the family and especially fellow blogger Sheila of ‘Southern Comfort’ and the family. 

Nite Shipslog    
PS: I borrowed the picture of Sybil from her daughter Sheila’s FB. I have pictures of Sybil and Grover but they are on my old computer.                 


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Oh My Jean was a terrific person and I'm saddened to hear of her passing. I could only wish to half as much as she did. My regraded stock her family. May she RIP>

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Correction of types above -- I could have only hoped to do half as much as she did. My sympathies and regards to her family .

Chatty Crone said...

Now you see - you could have listed both those women as heroes on my post yesterday! lol Both real heroes.

betty said...

I didn't follow Jean's blog but she sounded wonderful. My sympathies to get family and friends.


Mevely317 said...

Ohhhh no! I didn't 'meet' Jean until she and I began comparing notes surrounding her and Tom's cardiac procedures. Always presumed our paths would cross someday. I enjoyed learning about all she accomplished. A life WELL lived, indeed. May she rest in peace.

yaya said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of such an incredible lady. I didn't follow her blog but I wish I had because I'm sure I could have learned a lot. I'm glad you were able to meet her and have some good memories of your time together. Prayers for her family and for her blog families.