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Mavajean “Jean” Hupp

Birth Date: January 6, 1930
Death Date: April 12, 2019

Mavajean “Jean” Hupp, 89, of Decatur passed away on April 12, 2019 at Fair Havens Christian Village in Decatur.  She was born January 6, 1930 in Decatur, the daughter of Lawrence and Rita Reeves Sowers.  She married Paul Hupp on September 28, 1947 in Decatur.  He survives. 

Jean received high honors of Women of the Moose, where she was also a longtime volunteer.  She began tap dancing during her childhood in Decatur, and continued to dance for many years.  She was known as the “Dancing Granny,” which appeared on Facebook and went viral.  Jean was also a member of the Modernaires singing group. 

She is survived by three daughters, Paula Jean (Steven) Songer of Surprise, Arizona; Linda (Bob) Ducey of Decatur; and Marsha Renee Batie of Decatur; three grandchildren, Robb (Michele) Songer of Helmville, Montana; Travis (Morgan) Batie of Indiana; and Tanna Batie of Mt. Zion; and two great grandchildren.  She is also survived by three step grandchildren, eight step great-grandchildren; and one step great-great-grandchild.   

She is preceded in death by her parents. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Eagle Ridge Assisted Living Center, the staff of Decatur Memorial Hospital and staff of Fair Havens Christian Village.

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April 17, 2019
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April 18, 2019
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  1. I am thankful that Aunt Jean and Uncle Paul were a big part of my life growing up.I will always carry those memories in my heart with the love you always showed me for there are way to many to begin to write them down. You and Uncle Paul will always be the GREATEST GREAT NUMBER ONES TO ME!! I will always remember you and keep your memory alive every time I lock a door behind me .I will hear you telling me how to unlock it ! Much love to my cousins and Uncle Paul

  2. She has lived and loved well❤️

    Written by: Linda Latham

    Jean was such a vibrant woman, who enjoyed life and shared her love of it with others. So many thousands were brought to smiles and perhaps took a few brave steps out on the dance floor because of her! So Paul, Linda, Paula and Marcia cry if you must because she is gone but keep smiling for all the years and memories you have of her❤️ !!Because i do believe that she would want you to party on!
    So sorry I won’t be there for her celebration of life. Sending hugs and love.

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