Jean L. Groves, 82, of Parsons, formerly of McPherson, died at 11:31 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.
She was born Nov. 14, 1930, at Bronson, the daughter of Eugene F. and Luella V. (Brooks) Geyer. Her father worked for the Santa Fe Truck Line, and Jean grew up in various communities across Kansas. She graduated from the Chanute High School and then attended Neosho County Community College. She later received a teaching certificate from Emporia State. She then taught in an elementary school in 1950 in Lantham.
On Oct. 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to John A. Groves Jr. at Chanute. She lived and worked as a secretary/book keeper in other communities before moving to Parsons in 1984. She worked at Commercial Bank until her retirement. Her primary vocation was that of a loving wife, mother and grandmother additionally. Mr. Groves preceded her in death on June 24, 2005.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. She also was a member of Sunflower Chapter 147, Order of Eastern Star of Chanute. She received her 50-year pin in 2011.
Survivors include: two sons, Gene Groves and his wife, Kathleen, McPherson, Michael Groves, and his wife, Maria, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; two daughters, Katherine “Kathie” Groves-Trindal, of the home; Lee Ann Groves, Hutchinson; two grandchildren, Hal D. Trindal and Beth, Pittsburg, Suzie Hastings, and her husband, Levi, Pittsburg; seven great-grandchildren, Katharine Hastings, Hutchinson, MaKayla Hastings, Pittsburg, Conner Hastings, Pittsburg, Serena Trindal, Pittsburg, Rachal Trindal, Pittsburg, Andrew Trindal, Pittsburg, Jean Groves, Vyctoria Trindal, Pittsburg, one uncle, William A. Brooks, Garnett; four cousins, Karol Braly, Round Top, Texas, Rose Yoho, LeRoy, David Brooks, Olathe, Karen Brooks, Olathe; her companion, Robert Andrews, Parsons; two other faithful companions, Gunner and Maggie.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Bronson Cemetery at 2 p.m. that afternoon. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.