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Jean Shakuntala Storment

April 2, 1937 — April 3, 2024

Kent

Jean Shakuntala Jeyasingam Storment Jean was born April 2, 1937 in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar). Her late parents were Professor G. Robert Rendall of Madurai, Tamilnadu, South India and Enid Mary Navamathu (nee Dawson) of Rangoon (Mandalay), Burma.

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Glenn Storment; his two children, Jim (Shasha) and Jan (Aaron Marx); and four grandchildren. Glenn’s wife, Marie (Thom) passed away in 2005.

Jean was the fourth of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents, and an older sister, (Sarojini), the first born who died before her first birthday, in1931 and an older brother, John (a twin), of Albuquerque, N.M., died in 2008.

Jean is also survived by her older brother, David (the other twin) and (wife Suganthi Pithavadian) of Raleigh, N.C., a younger sister, Doreen Davidar (widowed) of Chennai, India, a younger brother Anand (wife Glory) of Raleigh, N.C., and the youngest sister Padmavathi Anna Bhatt (husband Vishwa Mohan Bhatt) of Jaipur, India, and numerous nieces, and Cristobel (John’s widow of Albuquerque) and nephews and their spouses and grandnieces and grandnephews. Jean is also survived by many, many friends in all parts of the world. Many of whom are a part of her spiritual family in a worldwide fellowship of Christians.

Jean’s family moved from Burma in 1942 when the Japanese started bombing Rangoon during World War II. They lived in Bangalore, India for five years as refugees from 1942-1947. Jean’s family knew many hardships in Bangalore. They had no fellowship with fellow Christians. There were no “exclusive brethren”. They were all sent to a Christian school. The bright light for Jean was her third grade teacher who taught a lesson from the Bible every morning. She started in Genesis and by the time they reached Exodus she felt she was part of the journeying Israelites. Twenty six years later they discovered the teacher was a professing woman.

The family returned to Rangoon, Burma in 1947 when the war ended. As soon as it was over, many of the former British colonies fought for independence and by 1949 were independent countries. So, in 1949 they returned to India. Her Dad got a job as a professor of Physics at the Birta Institute of Science &Technology located on a small University campus in Pilani, a small campus town on the edge of the Great Indian Desert in Rajasthan India. Her mother also was offered a job as a Principal of a Montessori elementary school that she founded at the request of the University authorities.

Jean’s family spent their lives searching for truth in their spiritual lives. Her paternal grandfather embraced Christianity and turned his back on Hinduism in his late teens. His youngest son, Jean’s Dad, and her Mum, left the organized church soon after Sarojini died and continued the life long search for truth as seen in the Bible and according to the teaching of Jesus. Her parents joined with the “exclusive brethren” and were in fellowship with them until Jean got married to Jay Jeyasingam in 1962.

Jean was home schooled by her parents so she could be home to help with the youngest siblings. She graduated high school in 1953 then attended eight years at the same college where her father taught. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Political Science. Jean entered the Indian Foreign Service program with hope of becoming an ambassador. During this time Jean’s father met a man who had recently joined the “exclusive brethren” in Australia and who was inquiring about marrying one of his daughters. That man was Jay Jeyasingam. They married on February 14, 1962 and lived there until 1967 when they moved to North America as there was no fellowship in Sri Lanka. They lived in Toronto, New York and Sri Lanka and finally to Washington state in 1975.

While Jay and Jean were in Sri Lanka they found the truth of God the generations had searched for and there was much joy and peace as doubts and fears were laid to rest. After nearly 40 years of a very happy marriage Jay passed away in 2001. Jean continued to work until 2004 when she retired and enjoyed her music and art and traveling interests.

Her friends were encouraging her to marry again. She wasn’t convinced. So she prayed to God that if His will was for her to marry again, then let a man speak to me at Olympia convention, 2007. Glenn Storment was that man. They married on Feb. 14, 2008, in Longview, Wash., and lived in Kent, Wash., from 2008 to 2019 when they settled in to a retirement campus in Auburn.

Glenn and Jean valued their common faith in God and enjoyed sharing their hope with others in fellowship meeting, in their retirement community and during their travels. Jean’s niece remarked, “I have never seen a person who had two amazing, wonderful partners. Jean often said, God has blessed me with two caring, professing, God fearing men who are spirit filled and love God before anything else. I have been richly blessed.”

Jean passed away Tuesday, April 3rd, 2024 just after midnight at Valley Medical Center with her husband, Glenn and daughter Jan by her side.

A service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Steele Chapel. Family and friends can pay their respects during a viewing from 9:30 a.m. to service time. Jean will be laid to rest at Longview Memorial Park.

















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