SAN DIEGO, Calif. — On the afternoon of Dec. 2, 2022, Lula ‘Jean’ Kellems passed away at the age of 93. She was born to Schubel and Leviva Cook.

Jean was whisked away from her roots in Tell City, Ind., by her handsome husband, Archie, to travel the width and breadth of America as a Naval wife. Their nomadic life created many challenges for Jean, who was often the sole caregiver to their growing family of five during her husband’s long deployments at sea. She never complained about these challenges, only concentrating on solutions. Jean was a fantastic seamstress, upholstery, homemaker, baker, driver, cook, triage doctor and overall supermom; heck, she even sewed her own cap.

Not satisfied with her supermom status, she eventually earned college credits for a real estate license. She worked for many years alongside her husband, Archie. They became a power couple long before the term became popular.

Through all their daunting experiences, they never forgot their roots. Each year, Jean and Archie drove back to Tell City, Ind., for an extended stay to visit with family and friends.

This year, they celebrated their Diamond Jubilee of seventy-five years of marriage.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Schubel Cook and Leviva Cook, and her sibling, Jay Cook.

She is survived by her siblings, Mary Dow and Schubel ‘Connie’ Cook; her two daughters, Linda Hallam of San Diego, Calif., and Christine Gibson of Austin, Texas.; and her three sons, Cary Kellems of Torrance, Calif., Mike Kellems of La Mesa, Calif., and David Kellems of El Cajon, Calif.; and by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Christian Hallam, Cassie Hallam, Delaney Gibson, Colt Hallam, Michael Kellems, Shawn Kellems, Vanessa Kellems, Gavin Kellems, Violet Hallam, Copeland Peek, Michael Jr Kellems and Amelia Kellems.

A visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, at 10 a.m. with service following at 11 a.m. at the El Cajon Mortuary. (Contact Info: Tel: 619 440-8033 / website: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/el-cajon-ca/el-cajon-mortuary-and-cremation-service/1953). Committal service will follow at the Miramar National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.