Jean was born to Gregory and Mildred Thummel on Sunday, August 23, 1931 in Tipton, KS and passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30, 2023 in Raytown, MO. Three siblings were welcomed into the family, Ted, Carol Jo and Elizabeth Susanne, who passed away at six months. Jean began her education in a two-room schoolhouse and graduated from Esbon High School, where she met Kenneth, her husband of 57 years. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon, KS on June 16, 1951. In 1954 they moved to and lived in Kansas City, MO until 1962 when they purchased their home in Raytown, MO. They were proud parents of three boys, David born in 1952, Vernon in 1955 and Martin in 1956.
She was blessed with six grandchildren (Justin, Shanna, Emily, Whitney, Elyssa and Garrett), seven great-grandchildren (Christian, Sydney, Elizabeth, Kyra, Willa, Isaac and Colis) and three great-great-grandchildren (Scarlett, Blayze and Clara).
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth (2008), sons Vernon (2004) and David (2019) and sister Carol Jo (2018). She was a very active and faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes for 61 years, serving as a Lay Minister from 1986 until 2022 when the church closed and merged with St. John Francis Regis Parish.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 8 from 8:30-9:30am at St. Regis Parish, 8941 James A. Reed Road, KCMO 64138, with the funeral Mass to begin at 9:30 and graveside services to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Road, KCMO)