Jean L. Groves, 82, of Parsons 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 attended Neosho County Community College. She later received a teaching certificate from Emporia State. She then taught in an elementary school in Lantham in 1950.
On Oct. 28, 1950, she married John A. Groves Jr. at Chanute. She lived and worked as a secretary/bookkeeper 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 was also 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, of McPherson and Michael Groves and his wife, Maria, of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; two daughters, Katherine "Kathie" Groves-Trindal of the home and Lee Ann Groves of Hutchinson; two grandchildren, Hal D. Trindal and Beth and Suzie Hastings and her husband, Levi, all of Pittsburg; seven great-grandchildren, Katharine Hastings of Hutchinson, McKayla Hastings, Conner Hastings, Serena Trindal, Rachal Trindal, Andrew Trindal, Vyctoria Trindall, all of Pittsburg; an uncle, William A. Brooks of Garnett; four cousins, Karol Braly of Round Top, Texas, Rose Yoho of LeRoy, David Brooks and Karen Brooks, both of Olathe; her companion, Robert Andrews of Parsons; and two other faithful companions, Gunner and Maggie.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Bronson Cemetery at 2 p.m. 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. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.