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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Obituary: Jean Elizabeth McGovern, 86, Wellington

  • Jean Elizabeth McGovern, died Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 86.
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  •    Jean Elizabeth McGovern, died Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 86.
       She was born to Spurgeon DeWitt and Sadie Elizabeth (Bates) Swinney on April 1, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas.
       On August 30, 1947, Jean and Dr. James L. McGovern were united in marriage in McAlester, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2008. Dr. and Mrs. McGovern remained in Oklahoma while completing their education. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education and taught music locally. Mrs. McGovern developed a great love for music and was particularly fond of classical music. For many years she shared her love of music by directing both community and church choirs.
       They moved to Wellington in 1953 where Dr. McGovern established a Family Practice. Following retirement, Dr. and Mrs. McGovern lived in Green Valley, Arizona for 9 years before moving to Wichita, Kansas in 2004. They eventually came full circle returning to Wellington in October, 2007.
       Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Spurgeon Swinney, Jr. Survivors included her son , Dr. James L. McGovern and his wife Jody of Lawrence, Kansas, daughter, Janean Elizabeth McGovern of Wichita, Kansas, son, Jeffrey P. McGovern and his wife Darla of Wellington, Kansas, grandchildren, Jeff Colin McGovern of Lawrence, Kansas, Jenna Corrine McGovern of Seattle, Washington, Jamie Catlin McGovern of Lawrence, Kansas, Christina Bree Marx and her husband Otto of Kansas City, Missouri, Jarin Matthew McGovern of Wellington, Kansas, Julie Michelle McGovern of Wichita, Kansas, a great-grandson, Otto W. Marx of Kansas City, Missouri, two sisters, Ida Lewis Males of Hemet, California and Fannie Adcock of Grapevine, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews.
       Memorial services for Jean will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church, Wellington, Kansas. The Reverend Deb Schmidt will officiate. A private family interment will be held at a later time.
       Memorials have been established in her name and loving memory with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation, 1323 North A Street, Wellington, Kansas or the First Presbyterian Church, 1419 Western Avenue, Wellington, Kansas 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
       To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
       Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.
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