Jean D. Husby, a much-loved member of the Grand Marais community, died on October 5, 2014, at Hillhaven, surrounded by her family. She was 89. Born and raised in McIntosh, Minnesota, Jean Vaatveit was the youngest of four girls. She married Harold Husby in 1944, and the two moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950. Jean received a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri in 1974. In 1979 she and Harold moved to Grand Marais, and built a lovely home on Maple Hill, with a two-floor greenhouse that she filled with flowers. She was a fine gardener and for years supplied "Jean's greens" to restaurants in the area. She was also one of the Grand Marais "wildflower ladies," contributing to the two-volume Wildflowers of Cook County, Minnesota.
Jean had wide-ranging interests and a broad circle of friends of all ages. She was an avid reader and an accomplished musician, fiber artist, and author. Her needlepoint tapestry was displayed at the Johnson Heritage Post (1998) and in the atrium of the hospital (2000). Her essays appeared in many magazines, but she was most proud of her two short-story collections, illustrated by her son Scott: Willow Water (2003) and A Return to Willow Water (2011). In the later years of her life, Jean was working on a biography of Fanny Mendelssohn.
She is survived by her husband, Harold, as well as her four children: Scott (Tracey Cullen) of Grand Marais, Timothy (Barbara) of Broomfield, Colorado, Carolyn Godfrey of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and Peter (Martha) of Alameda, California. She also leaves seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hillhaven in Grand Marais.