Janice Virgene “Jean” Miracle Mulford, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on January 17, 2020 at Avow Hospice of Naples surrounded by her family. She was born on October 28, 1932 in Miltonsburg, OH to her late parents, Roy and Mildred Miracle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-seven years, Bush Mulford, her brother Donald Miracle of Clarington, OH and her sister Evelyn Weber of Cincinnati, OH.
Beloved mother of Timothy Mulford of Naples, FL and Julie (Mulford) Taylor of Falls Church, VA and Grandma to Lauren Mulford, Ashley Mulford and Morgan Taylor.
Jean attended The Ohio State University, was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and on the 1956 Ohio State homecoming court. Upon her graduation in 1957 she began employment as an executive secretary at Procter & Gamble. She and her husband were married in 1958 and honeymooned in Miami.
Jean and Bush moved to Naples in 1968. She was a devoted mother, loving and caring grandmother. She consistently put her children’s needs ahead of her own.
On February 1, 1973 she was invited to a neighborhood coffee on Cuddy Court, and at 40 years-old she heard explained in a way she could understand who Jesus was and how to become a Christian. This was a turning point in her life. She shared her faith with children Tim and Julie, reading a chapter from the Bible to them each night. Jean was a member of First Baptist Church of Naples, faithfully attending each Sunday with her children. By the end of her life, her husband, children and grandchildren had all prayed the prayer of salvation to accept Jesus (Romans 10:13).
So her children could attend Florida Southern College and graduate without any college loans she worked at the City of Naples during the day and at Sears on weeknights and on Saturdays. Her son Tim remembers his sister and he each received an encouraging letter from their mother every day the mail was delivered while they attended college. She was happiest being a Grandma to her grandchildren. Later in life, Jean enjoyed traveling with her children’s families. She once said, “Get involved in your children’s lives by getting excited about what they’re excited about.” She modeled unconditional love to her children by always loving them no matter what happened.
A gathering of friends and family (all are welcome) will be held at the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel at the Memorial Mausoleum at Spring Grove Cemetery located at 4521 Spring Gove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232 on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Inurnment will follow with a luncheon provided afterward.