A vivacious friend to all, Jean was noted for her remarkable talents that ranged from art, interior design, education, and community service. She was blessed with a story-book marriage of 56 years to the love of her life, L. Russell Hashman, a decorated World War II hero of Battle of Midway on the USS Enterprise.
Jean was born in La Jolla, California, to William and Beatrice Wrighton Mills. She graduated San Diego State College with an art degree and also studied at Oxford University in England. Her recognized artistic skills later led to teaching art and psychology in Denver, where she hosted a PBS television art forum, and “You Can Draw and Paint” TV program.
She enjoyed an adventurous life with her beloved husband flying worldwide. Together they experienced many adventures such as scuba diving and hot air ballooning.
Their generosity is typified by a significant bequest in 2008 to establish the L. Russell and Jean Mills Hashman Scholarship, administered by the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, awarded annually to the children and grandchildren of members of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.
Always busy, she was an active member of the Coronado Cay Yacht Club, and Cays Bridge Club when she retired to Coronado 35 years ago. She loved the weather, the community and bridge games.
Jean’s survivors include her brother, Jim Mills, former President of the California State Senate and long time resident of Coronado.
This kind and joyful lady of diverse interests, who tenderly cultivated her prized orchids, requested no burial services, and cremation by the Neptune Society, with her ashes scattered at the family vacation home.
Heaven has gained another brilliant star, as Jean is reunited with her cherished spouse. May they both rest in eternal peace.