Obituary for Jean Flanagan (Carter)
Jean Carter Flanagan, Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Clearmont, Missouri, entered into the eternal arms of Jesus at Oak Pointe Assisted Living on January 19th, 2018 at the age of 95 years & nine months.
Jean was born on April 3, 1922 in Skidmore, Missouri to Ralph and Marjorie (Graves) Carter. Jean was a 1939 graduate of Daleview High School located near Fairfax, Missouri and until she married Ernest MacDonald (Mack) Flanagan on July 27, 1940 in Tarkio, Missouri, she lived in the Fairfax and Skidmore area. Mack and Jean’s marriage was officiated in the home of Reverend O.T. Grummett, where scents of homemade bread baking were abiding in the air and with only he, his wife and the two of them present and as Grandma would say, “That’s how they did things back then.” Two children were born to this loving union; Sharon Kay in 1947 and Randy Mack in 1950. While Mack served in World War II, Jean worked on the Army posts of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a bookkeeper and Chief Clerk which held many fond memories to her even up until her last days. Upon being discharged from the war, she and Mack moved to Clearmont, where they began farming and together they ran and operated their farm on Highway JJ for thirty-one years until Mack’s death in February of 1977. Jean then relocated to Maryville.
At the age of eight years old Jean made the lifelong decision to make Jesus, Lord and Savior of her life and was baptized in her Uncle Ernest’s cattle tank at the Walkup’s Grove Baptist Church near Fairfax, Missouri. She recently shared how that, unless it had rained and the roads were muddy, preventing the horses from making the two-mile trek, going to church on Sunday was a must. Once settling on their farm outside of Clearmont, Mack and Jean became faithful members and attenders of the Clearmont Baptist Church. Upon moving to Maryville, Jean became a member of the First Baptist Church.
Homemaking was a passion of Jean’s throughout her years of marriage. Canning bountiful garden harvest, baking up heart-warming cobblers and making certain that dessert of some kind was served at every meal. She was a member of Business and Professionals Women’s Club, Soroptomist Club, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary and Eagle’s Auxiliary. In the 1960’s Jean served for two years on the Federal Grand Jury which was one of the greatest highlights of Jean’s life. Family was one of her greatest treasures and she cherished every moment that they spent together.
Grandma was a special presence and it was obvious by the ways that she loved others and the way others loved her in return. Due to her many years employed at Uniroyal, Farm Bureau, and Shelter Insurance, nearly everywhere she went, she saw someone she knew and she always had an encouraging word and a friendly smile to share. Grandma’s appreciation and enjoyment for playing cards (most especially Bridge, but Pitch as well) has connected her with many clubs and innumerable friendships; most especially her evening foursome at Oak Pointe, her every-other Friday afternoon Hopkins/Pickering girls group and her every Tuesday bunch at the Senior Center. In June of 2016, at the age of 94, Grandma began “slowing down”, hung up her car keys and made Oak Pointe her final home. It was an instant settling as she quickly reconnected with old friends and quickly became acquainted with new. Playing cards, cards, cards and Bingo, too, attending activities, sharing meals around the table together and mingling amongst her “neighbors”. The staff loved Grandma well, cared for her perfectly, embraced her warmly and were not only her family but have become our family as well. As a family we find ourselves so ever thankful for their impeccable & sacrificial attention in making her each and every day “hunky dory” even when in her last days she found her physical health declining. Their dignity, intentionality & professionalism go unmatched.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Marjorie Carter; sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Marian Irvine and daughter-in-law, Renee’ Flanagan. Left to cherish her precious memory and her rich legacy are daughter, Sharon Farrens and husband, Billy; son, Randy Flanagan and special friend, Starr. Sharon and Billy’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Troy Farrens, Marci Friedman (Mark), Mendi O’Riley (Kyle), Danielle Pearce (Lee), Amber Sexton (Darrell), Briana Wiegers (Chris), MaKayla McIntyre (Dillon), Savannah Farrens, Ciera Farrens, Jordan Friedman, Mallary O’Riley, Alida Farrens, Phoenix Farrens, TJ Farrens, Tucker Pearce, Kaehler Sexton, Oakley Wiegers, Addison Wiegers, Tristan Pearce, Trinity Pearce, Cambria Sexton, Keagen Wiegers and Baby Wiegers due in March; Randy’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren Dustalyn Graham (Dan), Jamie Flanagan (Val), Amanda Rayhel (Tommy), Kylie Hein (Russ), Mack Flanagan, Abigail Graham, Grace Beccard (Jared), Jackson Flanagan, Beau Flanagan, Phoebe Flanagan, Austin Rayhel, Piper Flanagan, Roman Keeshan, Avalene Hein, Gavin Rayhel and Baby Rayhel due in May; and special cousin, Rick Carter & wife Tammy.
Services 11:00am Monday, January 22nd at the First Baptist Church, Maryville under the direction of Price Funeral Home. Burial Nodaway Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials to Renee’ Flanagan Education Scholarship Fund.