Jean was known to be a beautiful, faithful, strong, loyal, creative, courageous woman who had a special way of connecting with people of all ages in all settings. She had a gift for gathering and holding onto dear friends throughout her life and was blessed to have collected so many friendships along the way.
At 11 years old, a winning raffle ticket to the grand opening of Disney World, Florida, sparked a sense of adventure in Jean. As a young adult, she viewed the sunset at the Cliffs of Moher, sipped tea in London, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and marveled at the architecture of Rome. Later, she traveled to Germany, returning with stories and pieces of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A new life adventure began when Jean's brother, Jay and his wife Lorraine, set Jean up on a blind date with their friend James McPhee. What was planned as a meeting for a quick drink, turned into a three-hour meal at what would become one of their favorite spots, El Sarape. The two dated for a couple of years before James proposed on September 13th, a special day for both, as it was both of their parents Wedding anniversary. Just three months later, they were married on January 3rd, 2003, a date selected to ensure that as many of Jean's college age nieces and nephews would be able to attend before the next college semester began.
Their wedding celebration was meticulously organized by Jean, with every member of their families and as many friends as possible, being given a role in the ceremony. A beautiful day marking the beginning of their 19-year marriage.
Jean and James settled in Weymouth in the home that Jean bought on her own, before they met. Within months of their wedding, they decided to take on the task of expanding the house in the hopes that one day they would need the space for a family. Four years later, Jean's dreams came true, when in April of 2007, they were matched with twin sisters who needed a home as much as Jean and James needed them.
One of Jeans most cherished life moments and one she shared over and over with her girls, was the retelling of the story of the day she was matched and received pictures of her baby girls. She told how they drove all over the South Shore, for hours to the houses of family and friends, sharing the news that she was going to be the mom of twins. In May, they travelled with Jean’s aunt, Sr. Jane McAndrews SND, to China, to meet their baby girls for the first time. It was during this trip, that they met an amazing group of lifelong friends who were on the same journey to parenthood. The new family arrived home at Logan Airport on June 6th after 15 days of exploring China and over 30 hours of continuous travel, being met by more than 50 family and friends. Their new family now became the center of her universe.
In 2010, Jean and James moved to Braintree, where she met and made friends with the Lollipop Tree Moms, Flaherty families, BYB Basketball and South Braintree Girls Softball families. She supported James with coaching the girls’ soccer and softball teams and excelled at keeping the game scorebook. She instilled her strong sense of faith, family and love into her daughters, encouraging them to find their passions. Whether it was sports, academics or the arts, her girls provided their Mom with an endless supply of proud moments.
Jean loved the traditions of a big family. A sister to nine siblings, an aunt to 36 nieces and nephews, and a great aunt to 34 grandnieces and grandnephews. Jean reveled in family traditions. Whether hosting her nieces and nephews the day after Thanksgiving for a craft day, or organizing sleepovers for nieces, Jean was happiest when in the company of her family.
Until she had her own children, she held tight to her Christmas morning drive with Papa (her dad) driving in her pajamas, setting off early in the morning to go to all her siblings' houses so Papa could pick the best tree of the season. She held tight to the Muldoon family Christmas grab, fending off multiple attempts to alter the tradition.
She kept family recipes going, making Nanny McAndrews’ banana bread, a favorite of her late father-in-law, Aunt Joan’s pound cake, or Auntie Marion’s pizzelles’ at Christmas and was always adding recipes to her repertoire, like her homemade hummus with herbs from James’ garden, or the family favorite, Chili. She took salad preparations to the next level making her salads an art form with colorful vegetables chopped with precision.
Jean was an active member of her parish St Francis of Assisi, singing with James for many years in the Folk group and serving as a Wedding coordinator and a faith formation teacher. Jean also supported many organizations during her life including the Boston Archdiocese AIDS ministry program providing an example of love, tolerance and respect for all.
Jean is survived by her beloved husband James and daughters Jaclyn and Catherine, as well as her mother Marjorie (McAndrews) Muldoon, of Hingham and her mother-in-law Doris (Morrissey) McPhee of Weymouth. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Kevin and Tricia Muldoon, of Hingham; Robert and Linda Muldoon, of Braintree; Maryanne Muldoon, of Hingham; Catherine and Stephen Pugsley, of Braintree; Stephen and Donna Muldoon, of Weymouth; Paul and Ann Muldoon, of Mansfield; Jane and Christopher Burt, of Plymouth; Julie and John Quill, of Norwell; Jay and Loraine Muldoon, of Cincinnati, OH. and her in-laws Donna and John Benkis, of Dennis, Joseph and Kathy McPhee, of Weymouth, Stephen McPhee of Weymouth, Marylou and Scott Brooks, of Westford and Cheryl McPhee of Weymouth. In addition, she leaves many nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins and three God Children, Nicole (Pugsley) Craven, Sammy (Burt) Kelley and Matt Mahoney. She was predeceased by her father, John P. Muldoon, Jr., and her father-in-law Donald L. McPhee.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, April 10th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 11th at 10:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church 856 Washington Street, Braintree. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Santa Hat Society, PO Box 443 Dansville, NY 14437.
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