Jean Wilkes, 67


CRANSTON, R.I. – Jean R. (Maxson) Wilkes, of Cranston, passed away peacefully at her residence on March 11, 2024. She was the loving wife of Andrew L. Wilkes, with whom she shared 41 years of marriage.

Born in New London, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Henry and Jean (Lavigne) Maxson, she spent her youth in Warwick before moving to Cranston to raise her children.

Jean received an associates degree in education and was a teacher at Crayons Early Care and Education Center for many years. An avid beachgoer, she enjoyed going to East Matunuck Beach, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Matthew Wilkes and his wife, Dayna, of East Greenwich; and Benjamin Wilkes and his fiancé, Stephanie Gill, of North Easton, Massachusetts; two sisters, Libby Pray and her husband, Bruce; and Meg DeNinno and her husband, Paul, all of Cranston; one grandson, Henry Thomas Wilkes, one granddaughter on the way and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Starr Maxson.

Contributions may be made to the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center, 3445 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

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