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McCone, Jean

McCone, Jean

December 2, 1920 — June 9, 2020

Jean McCone, 99, passed away June 9, 2020, at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kansas. She was born December 2, 1920, to Morris and Mabel Holloway Boyack in Afton, Iowa. Jean grew up on a farm near Afton, graduating from Afton High School where she was active in 4-H. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1942 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. While at Iowa State she met Allen McCone, a veterinary student. They were married March 18, 1943, at Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa. Jean was a schoolteacher in Gilmore City and Manilla, Iowa. They moved to Phoenix and then Kansas City. They had four children – Kirk, Mark, Carol, and Kay. In 1951 Allen had an unexpected career change with Jean becoming the office manager of his business for the next 10 years. She then earned her teaching degree from Avila College and taught 10 years in the Blue Springs School District. Jean was also an accomplished seamstress.

Allen and Jean were married 61 years until Allen’s death in 2004. Jean was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of The Missouri State Teachers Association, President of her children’s grade school PTA, a member of The Women’s City Club, a Charter Member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, and a 56-year member of The Country Club United Methodist Church. Activities in the Church included The Executive Board, 10 years in the Bell Choir, and pianist for the Meriwed’s Sunday School class. Her church family was a very important part of her life. She was very proud of her 50 plus year membership with the Church.

In the 80s and 90s Allen and Jean travelled to China, Japan, Europe, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. She was an intelligent, independent, and politically active lady.

Jean was preceded in death by her brother, Harold; her parents, Morris and Mabel Boyack; her son, Kirk; and her husband, Dr. Allen McCone. She is survived by her son Mark (Sharon) McCone, her daughter Carol (Dave) Weidensaul, and her daughter Kay Smith.

Jean had six grandchildren: John (Michel) McCone, Dr. Kelly McCone (Paul) Bratton, John Weidensaul, Dr. Laura Weidensaul, Jennifer Smith Lingo (Eric Brewton), and Brian Smith. She had five great-grandchildren: Jackson and Zachary McCone; Logan, Alex, and Allison Bratton.

The family wishes to thank Jean’s church family, Jan and Letty, and the staff of Tallgrass Creek Acute Care for their caring and support.

The family suggests contributions to the Country Club United Methodist Church.  Private burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

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The family suggests contributions to the Country Club United Methodist Church.  Private burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

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So sorry to hear this. I know you have many good memories to help you through this time. My sympathies to you and Sharon.

Sherry Randall

It was my privilege to be her pastor. She was continually learning. I'll never forget the book she loaned me to read. It was a tome on George Washington. There were other areas both in the church and in life where she was expanding her knowledge. Lucille and I were blessed in knowing her.

Russell E Standlee

I offer my condolences to Jean's family. She was a wonderful friend to my mother Ellen Broderick after they met in church. We have many happy memories of conversations after church and Jean and Ellen swapped reading material about their shared political interests. I'm sorry that the corona virus prevented a public funeral. That makes the family's loss harder. With condolence - Marion Broderick

Marion Broderick

There is no escaping the fact that we all have to eventually meet our Eternal Maker. As such, for every ending there is a new beginning. However, like Old Soldiers, Good Thoughts never die. Jean will be in our memories and we "Thank You" for that!

Deacon John Crooks

It was our pleasure to spend mealtimes together these last years. Jean was a remarkable soul and is sorely missed. Condolences to her wonderful family. Fondly, Anne and famiy

Anne Nye

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