Frances ‘Jean’ Parker, 78, Lebo: Nov. 29, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Frances ‘Jean’ Parker, 78, Lebo: Nov. 29, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2024

LEBO, Kan. – Frances “Jean” Parker, 78, of Lebo, Kan., passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at her home. Jean was born Nov. 29, 1945, to Ed and Belle (Hilligas) Kellerman, in Westphalia, Kan.

Jean went to Welda Grade School through half her fifth grade year, and the family then moved to Westphalia to her Grandma Kellerman’s home, where she finished the fifth grade and continued with her schooling, graduating from Westphalia High School in 1963.

Following high school, Jean went to work for the Coffey County Hospital in the janitorial department. she worked there until 1965, when she went to work for H.D. Lee Company, Ottawa, Kan.

Jean married David Buckridge, Sept. 1, 1966. They had two daughters, Shirley and Sharon. David adopted Jean’s daughter, Sally. Jean and David were later divorced.

Jean later moved to Burlington, Kan., and worked at the Golden Age Lodge for several years. Jean moved to Hartford, Kan., and began working at Hartford Manor. She worked a few years there before going to Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City, Kan.

While living in Hartford, she accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized at the First Christian Church.

She worked part time at the nursing home and the assisted living in Osage City. While working there she also worked part time for her sister, Joan Hess, doing janitor work at Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant, Burlington. While working at Wolf Creek, she met Walter (Dick) Parker, who was a security guard there. Jean and Dick were married June 4, 1983, and they made their home in Lebo.

After moving to Lebo, she started working for Peterson Nursing Home full time and worked there 34 years before retiring. While working there she became a CNA, CMA, and a CRA. In 1993, Jean was selected as CNA of the year for the state of Kansas.

She lost her husband Dick in June of 1997 to cancer. She enjoyed taking care of the elderly and after retirement she would care for some of the elderly in Lebo so they wouldn’t have to go to a nursing home.

Jean liked her sports. She was a big Royals, Chiefs, and KU fan. She loved watching basketball games and keeping track of the tournaments. During high school she coached a little league boys’ team from Westphalia. They took second place in their league. She played softball during her high school years.

She met David Lyman, and he has been her companion for more than 20 years. David became Jean’s caregiver after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2022. Jean was on the Iola Sisters Relay For Life Team and has been a big supporter of the Relay For Life of Allen County since 2007. She was co-captain of the team.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick Parker; son-in law, Danny McDonald; daughters, Shirley (David) Foster and Sharon Jenkins; sisters, Thelma (Vincent) Hoefler, Eileen (Carl) Canfield, Dorothy Kellerman, Joan (Floyd) Hess, Ina (Loren) Railsback; brothers, Lawrence (Juanita) Kellerman, Bill (Ginny) Kellerman, Carl Kellerman; brother-in-law, Earl Cole; and sister-in-law, Harriet Kellerman.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Sally McDonald and companion, Mitto Otiz; grandsons, Nathan McDonald and his companion, Misty, Dustin McDonald, and William Derick Foster; granddaughters, Heather (Alex) Perkins, and Sammi (Wyatt) Wright; great-granddaughters, Ariella, Aleyah, Kamya and Lillian; great-grandsons, Gunner, Maxx, and Danny; sister, Edna (David) Donovan; brothers, Fred Kellerman, George (Donna) Kellerman, Milo (Janice) Kellerman and Donnie Kellerman; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home and Crematory, Lebo. Burial will follow services at Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society (to benefit the Relay for Life, Allen County Iola Sisters), and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home-Lebo, 107 W. Sixth St., Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.

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