Jill E. McKean, 60, professional organizer, frequent speaker

Jill Eastin McKean, a longtime Ridgefielder who was a professional organizer, died at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 12. She was 60 years old and the wife of Robert McKean.

Ms. McKean was born in Davenport, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 1949, daughter of Kent and Jane White Eastin. She was a graduate of Principia College and the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

After working as a financial analyst for a re-insurance company and a large professional services firm, Ms. McKean founded her own professional organizing business, Organize It, in 2004. “She helped many people get closer to their dream of being as orderly as herself,” her husand said.

She was a speaker on the Seven Steps to Office Productivity, on how to Pare Down & Simplify, and most recently, on Getting Things Done. She taught frequent courses for Ridgefield Continuing Education and the Association of Design Education.

Ms. McKean was a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), a director and board secretary of the Connecticut Chapter of NAPO, a certified specialist in the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, and active in the Entrepreneurial Woman’s Network.

“Throughout her life, her activities centered on the education, uplifting, and improvement of lives, especially women and young people,” her husband said. “This was exemplified in all she did through her professional organizing and her personal involvement in business groups, the Ridgefield community, and her church.”

She enjoyed travel, nature walks, current affairs, and especially reading, including the Great Books discussion group of the Ridgefield Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), of which she was a former president.

Besides her husband of 26 years, Ms. McKean is survived by two brothers, Rand Eastin of Raleigh, N.C., and Todd Eastin and his wife, Lynn, of Shady Valley, Tenn., their two daughters Hanna Eastin and Maryn Taylor, her husband, Nolan, and infant son, Nevin; and a cousin Lynda Kukla and her husband, Bob, of Wheaton, Ill. and their family.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Keeler Tavern.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Ridgefield Library Association, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield CT 06877.


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