|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 2010|
Wellington, Kan. —
Jean Rankin, 91, former Wellington resident, died early Thursday morning, Nov. 25, 2010 at her daughter Sue's home in Keller, TX.
Jean was born the daughter of Guy VanBeber and Ruby Eleanor (Cooper) VanBeber on June. 25, 1919 in Buffalo, Kansas. She had one older brother Maurice VanBeber, one older sister Helen VanBeber Hinkle Burkhalter, and two younger sisters Katherine VanBeber Ray and Eleanor VanBeber Kirk. They all preceded her in death.
The VanBeber family moved to Buffalo Kansas prior to the Civil War from Linn County, Missouri. Jean's great grandfather, Dr James Wilkinson Cooper, was one of the first pioneer physicians in South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma. He moved to the State of Kansas prior to the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 and is buried at Nardin, OK.Aug. 18, 1940, Charles Francis Rankin and J. Jean VanBeber were married in Neosho, MO. They would have celebrated 70 years together Aug. 18, 2010. They had two daughters Sue and Lou.
In 1948 Charles was hired to be the industrial arts teacher at Wellington High School. Prior to coming to Wellington they lived in Chetopa and Americus, KS, Chaunte Field, Rantoul, Ill., and at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas. Charles spent three years in the Seabees in the Pacific Campaign and after the war returned to Chanute Field, Ill., and from there came to Wellington. While Charles was in the service Jean worked for a government steno pool and also in the kitchen of a mental hospital in Williamsburg, VA. to be close to Charles.
After moving to Wellington, Jean worked at the County Treasures Office and retired from the First National Bank. After retirement she worked as a cook at Washington Elementary School for a few years. Since July 1949, they were active in the Wellington First United Methodist Church where Jean was a primary Sunday School teacher and also on the church board. Charles and Jean went on many mission work camps with the church, including Alaska, Arizona, Canada, and Mexico.
Jean loved to play bridge and was a member of 3 clubs. She was also a member of Faculty Dames, 50+ year member and Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Pricilla/Rebecca Church Circles. They were blessed during their 68-plus year marriage with many trips including travels to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and 49 of the 50 States. They were active supporters of the Wellington Food Bank with work, donations and he as the Sec/Treas.
Charles preceded Jean in death Feb. 19, 2009.
Survivors include daughters; Sue Rankin Wilson and husband Jim of Keller, TX and Lou Rankin Halsch and husband Joe of Iowa City, IA.; grandchildren; Troy Wilson and wife Jessica of Odessa, TX, Tiffany Wilson Penney and husband Michael of Keller, TX, Ben Halsch and wife Joanna of Iowa City, IA, Elizabeth Halsch of Iowa City, IA, and Sarah Frances "Rocky" Halsch a senior at the University of Kansas, great grandchildren; Tanner Charles Wilson and Andrea Noelle Wilson of Odessa, TX, and Alexandria Katherine Penney, Keller, TX. Also surviving are nephew and nieces; Margaret VanBeber Allison, William VanBeber, Lee E. Ray, Kathy Ray Gray, Robert Ray, Howard Hinkle, Richard Hinkle, William Hinkle, Leslie Kirk White, Julie Kirk Walts, sister-in-law Phyllis Rankin Cunningham, Neodesha, KS and nephews; Stephen W. Cunningham, Charles Phillip Cunningham, Jon Rankin Cunningham, and many great and great great nephews and nieces.
The family will receive and greet friends at the Day Funeral Home at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 3, 2010.
Funeral services for Jean will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday December 4, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington, Kansas with The Reverend Brent Clayton officiating.
Interment will follow in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Kansas.
A memorial has been established in Jean's name and loving memory with the Wellington Food Bank, 305 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas 67152 and the Wee Too Pre-School c/o First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey, Wellington, Kansas 67152.
For further information or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.
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Guy R VanBeber (1888 - 1951)
Ruby Eleanor Cooper VanBeber (1884 - 1974)
Charles Francis Rankin (1916 - 2009)
Martha Sue Rankin Wilson (1947 - ____)*
Infant Son VanBeber (1910 - 1910)**
Maurice Cooper VanBeber (1914 - 1975)*
Helen Pearl VanBeber Burkhalter (1917 - 1995)*
Jean VanBeber Rankin (1919 - 2010)
Katherine Margaret VanBeber Ray (1922 - 1980)*
Mary Eleanor VanBeber Kirk Jochim (1928 - 1968)*
Prairie Lawn Cemetery
Maintained by: Sue Wilson
Originally Created by: The Old Genealogist
Record added: Nov 27, 2010
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