She was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Philadelphia to the late Frank Morgan Stevenson and Elizabeth Dingee Stevenson. She and her family started calling Clayton home in 1958. Jean was retired after many years in medical records, and later as executive assistant to Dr. Richard Turner. She served as organist for Clayton Baptist Church for a number of years. She started writing a recipe column, “Strictly for the Girls,” in The Clayton Tribune in the early 1960s and went on to write for Georgia Mountain Laurel, culminating with the publication of a cookbook, “Across the Table ... A Collection of Rabun’s Recipes,” in 2007. In addition to the church, she was active in the PEARLs Jr. Woman’s Club of Rabun, Clayton Music, Literary and Art Club and Pilot Club of Clayton.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harry W. Emhart.
She is survived by: a son, Steve Emhart (Christy) of Cary; two grandchildren, Dustin Emhart of Clayton and Cassandra Emhart Ford (Brian) of Holly Springs, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Evangellan Emhart and Tate Ford, both of Holly Springs.
Jean’s remains were cremated. A celebration of life service is being planned for later this year.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at CremationSocietyNC.com.