|Birth: ||May 28, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 2012|
Theo Jean C. Benedict, 89, of #1 Pennsylvania Place, Ottumwa died at 8 pm April 10, 2012 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
She was born on May 28, 1922 in Seymour to Lawrence E. and Theo Swords Coleman. In 1943, she married Edward Kennedy. They divorced. She married Frederick F. Benedict on July 4, 1952 in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death January 6, 2006.
Jean moved to Ottumwa in 1932 and lived here most of the time since. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1939 and attended Iowa Success Business College. She had worked in several offices and retired from the law office of Webber, Gaumer & Emanuel in 1989. She was the manager of the Ottumwa Census Office in 1970.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and had served on several boards and committees. She had been an active member and officer of several clubs and organizationns, including Chapter G of P.E.O., His Promise Circle Kings's Daughters, Wapello County Historical Society, AARP, Ottumwa Women's Club and several bridge clubs. She was a long time supporter of the Ottumwa Civic Music, Ottumwa Symphony and Southeast Iowa Symphony.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Michele Kennedy Edwards of St. Paul, MN; two nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Audrey Johnson.
Her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the
First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Disburg officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ottumwa Public Library or donor's choice.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Donald Bitner
Record added: Apr 13, 2012
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