Jean Kameon, 83, of Bryan, TX passed away on July 26, 2009. Jean was born in New York City, and moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s. During World War II she worked for Douglas Aircraft. After the war she returned to New York City and finished a degree at the Fashion Institute of Design, after which she returned to Los Angeles to work in the fashion industry. She also worked for the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute for 17 years. In the late 1970s Jean returned to Cal State Northridge and obtained a B.A. with an emphasis in Botany.
Jean was an avid environmentalist and gardener whose specialty was cacti and succulents. The garden at her hillside home in Los Angeles showcased her plant, a garden she created and tenderly cared for. She belonged to the Los Angeles Succulent Society, undertook many volunteer environmental efforts, and worked for a nursery. She also worked at Point Mugu Naval Air Station identifying endangered plants. Gardens and gardening were her passions. She loved animals and birds, collected folk art, and enjoyed the company of a warm circle of friends.
In 2006 Jean moved to Bryan to be near her nephew, Peter Witt, and his wife Joyce Nies. Before moving, she donated most of her extensive plant collection to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, CA. Others were left so that the new owner of her house could continue nurturing the garden she had started. However, Jean brought a small collection of her prized plants with her to Texas. Taking care of her plants continued to be a central part of her life. She was a resident of Waldenbrook Estates for almost two and a half years, and then several other care facilities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Irving Goldsmith, and her sister, Ellen Witt. She is survived by brother-in-law, Bert Witt of Talent, OR and four nephews: Peter Witt and his wife Joyce Nies (Bryan), Paul Witt and his wife Lynn Winemore (Seattle), Matt Witt and his wife Linda Ohmans (Talent, OR) , and Tony Witt and his wife Barbara (Claremont, CA). In addition, she is survived by seven great nieces and nephews, and a number of cousins. She is also survived by her special friends Mary T. Moore of Bryan, Diana McPherson of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Chris Young and Jon Kinnally of Los Angeles, California, along with many others.Print This Obituary