Jean Barkman was born June 24, 1921, in Idabel, Oklahoma, the daughter of Weaver J. Barkman and Bess Ward Barkman. A child of the Great Depression, her family moved often in order to find work. Due to the fact that she attended 18 different schools prior to the eighth grade, the local library became her best friend, and she was a voracious reader throughout her life. After graduation from high school, she settled in Texarkana, Arkansas, where she earned her living as a legal secretary and court reporter.
In 1943 Jean became a war bride when she married Dr. Claude Ware. They had two children, and in the mid-fifties the family relocated to San Diego and later Los Angeles where he worked as a psychologist in the aerospace industry. After the children were grown, she returned to school and earned a Juris Doctor degree and subsequently practiced law for many years in Los Angeles. In the early seventies, Jean and Claude went their separate ways but remained friends for the rest of their lives.
In 1976 Jean married Robert Denes, M.D. After retiring in 1987, they moved to South Lake Tahoe to be near the children.
Jean derived great pleasure from her computer and the Internet, checking her e-mails regularly, buying and selling on auction sites, and doing extensive
genealogical research. She was an avid bridge player her entire adult life, and she continued to play bridge on the Internet even into her nineties. At the age of 84 Jean survived her battle with breast cancer.
She will be remembered not only for her delightful personality, intellect, and quick wit but also her loving and generous nature. Others were naturally drawn to her due to her strong faith, optimistic outlook, and uncanny ability to find humor even in dire circumstances.
Jean is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, Bob, loving children Gloria Ware Fletcher, Michael Ware, and grandsons Kyle Ware and Brent Ware.
On November 14, 2013, Jean Barkman Ware Denes passed at the age of 92. It was her wish that no services be held.