Jeanie was born April 28th, 1955 in Jerome Idaho to Orpha and Ronald Frields. From the time she was a small girl, she was called ?Topper? by her family. Her little brother Kevin was born two years later. Her Dad?s Air Force career took the family to various locations in the western United States and Europe and she was educated in Department of Defense schools. In 1974 while serving with the United States Army in Darmstadt, Germany, she met and later married Jack Aman and they began a life together that lasted 37 years until ended by her passing. Jack and Jeanie made their home in Pocatello and raised a daughter Lisa and a son Andy. She was a terrific mom and made a wonderful home for her family.
Jeanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at Idaho State University and taught first grade at Edahow Elementary School for most of her long career as an educator. She had a special interest in reading instruction and was able to give the gift of literacy to children who were challenged in that regard. She found this incredibly rewarding. She was a gifted, caring, generous, and tireless teacher and touched the lives of countless children and families, some of whom now have enrolled a second generation of children in her care.
Jeanie was a gifted and busy artisan and crafter and master of many creative techniques. Countless items of beauty and usefulness adorn the homes of many lucky recipients of her projects.
Jeanie was preceded in death by her mother, Orpha Quinn, stepfather Bill Quinn and grandparents Al and Alice White. She is survived by her husband Jack, son Andy and his wife Madelyn, daughter Lisa and fianc? Kelly Whitehead, father Ronald, brother Kevin, and grandson Gabriel Paul who was the light of her life these last five years. Having touched the lives of others in the way she did, Jeanie made all us better and the world a richer place. She was loved and admired by all whose lives she touched and will be terribly and painfully missed. Our world is a poorer place without Jeanie in it.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. A gathering of friends and family will be held one hour prior to the service.