Jean L. Ingersoll, 94, Overbrook: Jan. 3, 1920 – June 4, 2014

Jean Lois Ingersoll, 94, died June 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Topeka, to John Daneke and Genevieve Petereck Daneke.

She taught school at Cargy School in Douglas County and Overbrook Grade School before her marriage to Phillip Ingersoll in 1942, in Topeka. He preceded her in death in 1952.

For 12 years following the death of her husband, Mrs. Ingersoll continued to operate the Ingersoll Turkey Farm, at Michigan Valley, Kan., selling fresh dressed turkeys both commercially and to the public. Her turkeys won many state and national awards. 

She served as a director on the board of the Kansas Turkey Federation and was the only woman to serve on the 32-member committee of the National Turkey Marketing Board in Washington, D.C. She represented the National Turkey Federation on the TV show, “What’s My Line?” in October 1962.

She served as the first woman mayor of Overbrook. She later worked as an office manager and assistant for Dr. James Ruble, in Overbrook, and Dr. Robert Durst, in Topeka. She also worked as an investment advisor and zone manager for IDS and was a real estate broker in later years.

In addition to her husband Phil, Mrs. Ingersoll was predeceased in 2010 by daughter P. Kay Duncan (Don), Americus, Kansas.

Survivors include her daughter J. Sue Anderson (Gaylord), Carbondale, Kan., and her son, P. Kerry Ingersoll (Luann), Manhattan, Kan.; four grandchildren, Nels Anderson (Marita), Spring Hill, Kan., Lance Anderson, Oklahoma City, Okla., Heath Duncan (Rachel), Oak Creek, Wis., and Amanda (Duncan) Cunningham (Rick), Americus, Kan., and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in the Valley Brook Cemetery south of Overbrook.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Osage County Relay for Life or the National Parkinson’s Foundation, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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