Ora Jean McGown


Jean McGown, age 93, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett, Missouri.  She was born August 22, 1924, in Eureka, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Lillian (Wickerham) Kays.

Jean was a 1942 graduate of Eureka High School in Eureka, Kansas and received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  She was a teacher in Verona, Missouri and worked with her husband at his Veterinarian office.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Aurora.

On June 29, 1946, she married Dr. Murlin Lee McGown, in Manhattan, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on July 8, 2003.

She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah McGown and Mary Kay Isaacson and her husband, Roger, all of Aurora; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, Fred and Lillian, daughter, Kelly McGown, three sisters, Laura Mack, Lois Kelly and Patricia Ludlum and three brothers, Fred, Bob, and Dean Kays, preceded her in death.

A funeral service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the United Methodist Church of Aurora. Burial will follow at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Aurora in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.



6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605

  Funeral Service

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the United Methodist Church of Aurora

1211 S. Carnation, Aurora, MO


Following Service at the

Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, MO

  Memorial Donations

United Methodist Church of Aurora


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Debbie (Williams) Kleeman

What a beautiful soul. When I was in her kindergarten class, she made each of us feel special, then even as we grew up, she would recognize us and make us feel the same all over again! She was one of the sweetest people ever. I am so sorry for your loss.

 Posted September 5, 2017 - 2:40pm
Brenda Wilson

Sweetest lady I ever knew. She was my Sunday school teacher, friend, and was a great all around person. She will be missed.
Brenda (Avery) Wilson,

 Posted September 4, 2017 - 10:51pm
cathy a. fernandez

Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Jean was truly kind, compassionate and loving. Her life was an inspiration to so many. Never met anyone that didn't think of her as an especially sweet lady. She will be missed by anyone that had the honor of knowing this lovely lady.

 Posted September 3, 2017 - 8:26am

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