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Obituary for Mary Jean Varner

Mary Jean Varner, 85, of Windsor, Missouri, died December 1, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital-East, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

She was born on May 18, 1925, in Benton County, near Windsor, in the Santiago community, the daughter of Claris Euell Reid and Dorothy Vivion (Dick) Reid. On June 16, 1945, at Lowry City, Mo., she married Oren Lee Varner, who survives of the home.

Mrs. Varner worked as a secretary for Ralph Allen at the Allen Hatchery, Windsor for a short time and then worked at the former Windsor International Shoe Factory for many years until it closed. She then went to work at the Town & Country Shoe Factory in Sedalia, Mo., where she worked for 6 years until her retirement. Mary Jean enjoyed bird watching and studying birds, taking drives in the car, traveling, visiting antique stores, and eating out. She also loved collecting antiques especially “Sleepy Eye Pottery.” She made a profession of faith while attending Harmony Baptist Church, rural Windsor, and after her marriage she became a member of First Baptist Church, Windsor, where she was a faithful and active member, especially with the Anna Cowan Group.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 sons, Larry L. Varner and his wife Mary, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Jerry G. Varner and his wife Edna, Springfield, Mo.; 4 grandchildren, Melissa, Kim, Tonya, and David; 4 great-grandchildren, Clinton, Cordell, Brayden, and Kellen; and a sister, Barbara Ellen (Reid) Keseman and her husband Gus, Windsor, Mo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Reid.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 6, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, Windsor, with Rev. Doug Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends before the service from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church and contributions may be left at the Hadley Funeral Home.

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