Jean Wallace

Wednesday 27th of April 1927 - Saturday 13th of February 2021

Jean Wallace


Graveside Service

Feb 22, 2021 (1:00 pm )

Frankfort Cemetery

215 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY

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Jean Wallace passed peacefully February 13, 2021. Born in Harrison County, Jean was always proud to be the daughter of tobacco farmers, Ella Viola and Joe Boyd Haley. Her agrarian childhood instilled in her a lifelong appreciation for the beautiful and delicate balance of our fragile earth. 

In 1945, Jean graduated from Fugazzi Business College. That same year she married the love of her life, Harold. Their only child, Diana, was born in 1946. Jean and Harold spent the balance of their married life in Frankfort. 

Jean worked in various positions for state government. However, her favorite position was as a writer for the Legislative Research Commission during the active legislative session. Jean was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Frankfort where she taught Sunday school, worked with the youth group, and served on the church board. 

The Wallace home was always a gathering place for young people.  This was especially true while their daughter was growing up. One of their most frequent visitors, remembering his time there remarked, "By example, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace taught me how to be a good parent."  

After almost 70 years of marriage, Jean had to make the heartbreaking transition to life without Harold. Her last six years were spent as a resident of Morning Pointe Assisted Living. With her "roll with the punches" attitude, Jean developed a strong and loving community at MP. Her family will always be grateful for the support and love she received there. 

The world has forever tilted for her survivors: Daughter, Diana Martin; Grandchildren, Jack Martin (Cara), Nancy Szappan (Shaun); Great grandchildren, Ella Abigale White, Haley Josephine Martin, Matthew Wallace Szappan, Alexandra Jane Martin, and Christopher Szappan; Niece,Vicki Olivo; Great niece and nephews Daisy , Brock, and Tim Olivo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ella and Joe Haley, her husband, Harold, and her son-in-law Dick Martin. 

A graveside service will be conducted by The Very Reverend Carol Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral at 1pm on February 22 at the Frankfort Cemetery. Masks required. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St, Lexington, Ky 40507 or to the charity of your choice. 

Guest Book

Lucy Mahan


Deepest sympathies on the loss of Jean. I saw Jean often at MP pre-covid while visiting my mom and walking her dog many times a week. Jean sure did love seeing Barney and we sure did love seeing Jean! She was a joy and will be missed!

10 hours ago

Elmer Congleton


Jean was a delight to meet and talk with. She had such a wonderful smile. I saw her during my monthly storytelling visits to MP. Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

3 days ago

Paula DeBoor


May memories of the good times be of comfort to all the Martin family at this sad time. Love and prayers Paula and Mike DeBoor

5 days ago

Ricky Stephens


Diana: Lucy and I spent about as much time at your house as we did our own. By golly I sure loved Mrs. Wallace's hamburgers. Of course you were my first girlfriend and Mr. Wallace my first baseball coach. We loved all of you so much. Ricky

1 week ago

Vicky Bailey & Don Barber


What a beautiful life she lived. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. ****That smile of hers could light up a room! Love the photo.

1 week ago

Bill Parrent


Diana was so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Harold and Jean were two of my favorites growing up. I wish you and your family God’s love and peace at this time. Bill

1 week ago