Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Whitener, Jean Lee (Nee Grounds) 96

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Whitener, Jean Lee (Nee Grounds) 96

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Whitener, Jean Lee (nee Grounds) 96, of Columbia, MO, passed away Dec. 14, 2016. Born Aug. 14, 1920 in St. Louis, to Luther and Joy Grounds. In 1934, the family relocated to their farm in Cornwall, MO. She graduated H.S. in Marquand, MO. In 1938, After attending SEMO State, Jean began her teaching career in rural Madison County. She married her H.S sweetheart, Joy E. Whitener, in 1940. In WWII, they lived in Norfolk, VA during his Naval service. They also lived in Marquand, MO; Alton, MO; Louisiana, MO; Kewanee, IL; and finally St. Louis County. She was a Lindbergh School District teacher reading specialist; earned a Bachelor's of Science from U of MO and Master's from Webster University. Jean was devoted to her family, cared for her live-in widowed mother, cherished holidays; loved visits from her grandchildren; enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, genealogy; longtime member of the Methodist Church. …

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