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Jeanne Anne Rayner Watt passed away with her husband and daughters at her side following a short illness. Jeanne was born in Pontiac, MI on October 29, 1950. She graduated from Pontiac Northern High School. After attending Michigan State University and earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree, she started her career as an educator. She met her husband James Watt at MSU and they were married on Aug 24, 1973 at All Saint Episcopal Church in Pontiac MI. She taught in Westland, Waterford, and Bedford Public Schools then moved with her family to live in Midland, MI. She was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church including the Sunday School program.

She taught in Midland Public Schools as a math and science teacher at Central Intermediate/Middle School, earning her Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. She was a Math Counts team coach, Computer Club advisor, and Building Technology Instructional Leader (BTIL). Jeanne was a recipient of the Gerstacker Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003. She was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and Delta Zeta Sorority. Jeanne was also an active member of the Michigan Council of Teacher of Mathematics, Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning and the Michigan Education Association. Most importantly, Jeanne’s classroom door was always open to colleagues and students.

Jeanne retired in 2009, remaining active and connected with education through Michigan Association of Retired School Professionals, her Central staff breakfasts, and by volunteering in her daughter’s elementary classroom.

Jeanne enjoyed camping and being outdoors, especially with her family and her daughters’ Girls Scout Troops. She loved to travel, starting as an exchange student to Germany in High School, spending her honeymoon and other vacations on Mackinac Island, seeing Alaska, and visiting quilt shops with her husband.

Jeanne was always smiling and greeting people, striking up a conversation with anyone she met. She was absolutely in love with her two granddaughters and cherished every moment she had with them.

She was predeceased by her mother Emma Gene Rayner (maiden-Archer), father Albert Howard Rayner, and her sister Elizabeth. She is survived by her husband, James Watt, daughters Alicia Watt and Deborah (John) Alfsen, granddaughters Cora and Lily. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Albert (Mary) Rayner, Ronald (Cathy) Rayner, Glenden Rayner, Marcia (Bill) Green, Alicia Pote, Tom (Becky) Rayner, John (Beth) Rayner, and many well-loved nieces and nephews.

There will be a private graveside family funeral. A celebration of life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Jeanne’s name to a favorite charity.



Condolence Messages

  1. Mark and Debra Burr

    11 June 2020 1 year ago

    Our prayers and love to the entire Rayner Family. May God surround all of you and his comfort be yours. You are all in our thoughts.
    Mark and Debra Burr – formerly of All Saints’ Pontiac

  2. Kim Hahn

    10 June 2020 1 year ago

    Sending condolences for you and your family. Thinking if you, Jim, during this difficult time.

  3. Jenn Buczek

    10 June 2020 1 year ago

    My deepest condenses and prayers for your loss. It was a great honor to work with Jeanne at Central I will never forget her kindness or humor for sure. Praying for you.

  4. Christine Hoffman

    08 June 2020 1 year ago

    Jim, So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Laura Freed

    08 June 2020 1 year ago

    I will remember Jeanne for her kindness, positivity, and her overwhelming willingness to help others. Jeanne was my instructor for several tech classes in the Teach for Tomorrow program. She always came to class, after a full day of teaching, with a smile on her face and
    a “what can I do to help you” attitude. Jeanne’s warmth and caring were evident in the way she related to her students and colleagues, and her love for her family was clear whenever she spoke of them. Jeanne was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

  6. cherie chateauneuf

    08 June 2020 1 year ago

    Alicia and Debbie – I am so sorry to hear about your mom – she was always fun to be around, always laughing and smiling – I am glad I got to know her and the two of you – Your Family is in my thoughts and prayers –

  7. Joanne

    08 June 2020 1 year ago

    My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family with Jeanne’s passing. Jeanne was always a ray of sunshine and positive force, wherever she went. I had the honor of working with her at Central Middle School, as well as the privilege of taking a technology class for teachers from her. Her patience, humor, and amazing spirit will always be remembered. So very sad to know she has gone. Heaven is certain to be brighter now with her radiant presence.

  8. Joe Wallace

    07 June 2020 1 year ago

    Jim I’m so sorry for your loss your wife was awesome she always had a smile on her face and I always loved talking with her about you and the girls . Please let me know when you guys do something for a memorial. Once again I am so sorry tell Alicia and Deb I’m thinking about you guys and if you need any kind of help just call it would be my great pleasure too do something for you the girls and especially your great Wife. Joe Wallace

  9. Jim & Barb Steggall

    07 June 2020 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear this, you are in our prayers.

  10. Marissa Zamudio

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    Our deepest condolences. Jeanne will be sorely missed.

  11. Julie and Tim Warner

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Adam

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences.

  13. Ester Bateman

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    Jeanne, a BEAUTIFUL person!
    I am sad but heaven is rejoicing.

  14. Lisa A Restifo

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    Oh, Alicia, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was that rare, one of a kind soul, who was kind and helpful to all. She was so patient with me as I tried to be a computer nerd! I will always remember her smiling face. May God comfort you and your family. Celebrate Life!! Lisa

  15. Emily Baker

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry to hear the news of Mrs. Watt’s passing. She was a funny, friendly teacher, and I remember her class fondly. She will be sorely missed.

  16. Diana Coleman

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    I am so very sorry to hear of this loss. I haven’t seen Jeanne in years but she used to take care of my kids. Condolences to the entire fanily.

  17. Ann Poellet

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    I have so many positive memories of Jeanne. She happily offered her help to me when I most needed her. I admired and appreciated her kindness, laughter and wisdom. She will always be remembered as “Nothing but the Best!”

  18. Judy Lynn Wachowiak

    06 June 2020 1 year ago

    Dearest Jim, in our years working together I was so amazed at the way you honored and loved your family. My heart breaks for you, my dear friend. You were always so respectful and loving in regard to your wife. I do admired you for this. It’s not always something we do, but you did. I’ve always thought the world of you and how much you always honored your wife. Please accept my deepest sympathies. You and your family are in my prayers and in my heart. May she Rest In Peace and May you find some comfort in your family and friends.

  19. Justin Stewart

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mom Watt. I love you guys and have you in my prayers.

  20. Debbie Smith

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    What matters most…..
    Jeanne made the world a better place because she was important in the lives of many students and co-workers. She was an awesome mentor and friend to many. She left those footprints on our hearts. Loved and admired by all. A shinning star in the bright, beautiful night sky.Prayers for the family

  21. Kathy Horsley

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    I loved teaching with Jeanne at Central Middle School. She was always willing to share ideas and have a great conversation. She even helped tutor after she retired and was always willing to help in any way. She left a great legacy and will be greatly missed. ❤️

  22. Kim Frisch

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    Sending my deepest sympathy, Jim, to you and your family. 🙏

  23. Lou Ann Bensinger

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    Sending sympathy to all of you on your loss. Jeanne was an amazing woman! She will be missed by so many people. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lou Ann Bensinger

  24. Jeanne Watz

    05 June 2020 1 year ago

    My heart goes out to your family. Hugs, thoughts, and prayers.

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