The Curry Coastal Pilot

Jean Elaine Stump

March 23, 1923-Nov. 29, 2013

Jean Elaine Stump passed away in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 2013, at the age of 90, at her home in Gold Beach.

She was born in Hoquiam, Wash., March 23, 1923, to Valentine William Campbell and Beatrice Irene (Dunlap) Campbell.

On Sept. 23, 1939, at the age of 16, Jean married Fay Edwin Stump.

He preceded her in death after 54 years of marriage. Also preceding were her grandson Fay Leval Stump II, and her brother William Valentine Campbell.

She leaves behind a family of four generations, from her two children Fay Leval Stump I and Sandra Gilkey; five grandchildren Shelly (Stump) Corey (Mike) of Washington, Mindy (Payne) Baines (Dale), Larry Payne, Debby Payne, Roy Gilkey (Kathleen) all of Gold Beach. Also surviving are 11 great-grandsons, four great-granddaughters, four great-great-grandsons and seven great-great granddaughters; her sister Joan Elora Callaway of Davis, Calif; three sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Jean worked at many jobs during her lifetime: from daycare to waitress, dental assistant, office work to owning her own knit shop. She and her husband were joint owners of Fifty Fifty Charters along with a lifetime friend. In 1967 she and Fay bought the Crow's Nest Tavern and operated it until his death in 1993.

Jean was very civic minded and worked on many community projects. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, and played in a marching band in the county fair parades. She also went door-to-door to organize and establish the first television translator system in Gold Beach. Jean initiated the first Project Graduation in her son's Gold Beach High School class of 1957. She also put on several style shows of knit garments.

During her ownership of the Crow's Nest, Jean would prepare family-style holiday dinners each year at no cost to those who did not have local family or a place to have a holiday meal. All her family would join in at the "Nest" along with many others. One of her passions in later years was golf. Jean worked to establish Cedar Bend Golf Course in Gold Beach and became a lifetime, charter member. She also served on the course's board and - rain or shine - never missed a chance to go golfing.

Jean was always there for her family, employees and friends; many of them wanted to be adopted by her due to her generous nature. She was loved by all her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94190 Fifth St. in Gold Beach, Pastor Tim Brueckner officiating.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.