Mary Jean Kerr

Mary Jean Kerr, 92, of Tripoli, died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Friday, November 6, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marilyn J. Sargent officiating. Burial will follow at Faith U.C.C. Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli.

Mary Jean, daughter of Henry and Emma (Rose) Bickett, was born May 30, 1923, in rural Tama County, Iowa. She received her education in the Hudson Schools, graduating from Hudson High School in 1941. She attended American Institute of Business in Des Moines. Mary Jean worked for John Deere & Co. selling war bonds. On January 30, 1946, she was united in marriage with Robert Kerr at her parent’s home in Hudson. The couple made their home in rural Tripoli. Mary Jean was very active on the farm, helping with the various daily tasks, was the bookkeeper, and was also a secretary for over three years at Potter Siding Creamery. She was a longtime member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, where she was well known for her angel food cake. Mary Jean was a 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, fishing trips with Robert up to Canada and Minnesota, but most especially enjoyed time with her family.

In addition to her husband, Robert of Tripoli, she is survived by her children, David Kerr of Tripoli, Roger Kerr of Denver, Colorado, Jean (Rick) Miller of Osage, and Janice (Darwin) Gordon of Madrid, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, Karina Kerr, Randal (Holly) Kerr, Kole Kerr, Trent Kerr, Brytnie (Jeremy) Carolan, Kahri Anne Kerr, Derek (Rachel) Kerr, Katie (Andy) Cooper, Cassie (Brad) Howard, Raena Gordon, and Seth (Jennifer) Gordon;  eleven great-grandchildren, Braden, McKade, Megan, Dawson, Ian, Lexy, Allie, Eamon, Brennon, Afton, and Kason; and one brother-in-law, James Kerr of Tripoli.

In addition to her parents, Mary Jean was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Hudson; one daughter-in-law, Kathie Kerr; two sisters, Beth and Isabelle; two brothers, Harold and Richard; and six sisters-in-law, Wilma, Margaret, Marian, Virginia, Doris, and Louise. 


Sheryl Beenken on November 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM said:

David and children,
Please know that we are praying for all of you at this difficult time. We are also aware that this is a particularly rough time of the year for you all, but being together now can only help it be better! Please know we are praying gor your hearts to be strong and your Spirits calm as you go through these sad times! We love you all and prayer the Lord to have His arms around you and your hearts in his hands!
Anonymous on November 6, 2015 at 4:54 PM said:

David, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We know it is a particularly tough time of the year, and coming together as family can only make it easier! Know we love each and everyone of you and you are being prayed for and watched over by our Father in Heaven. May God bless and keep you all!
Jo Benson Lenox on November 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM said:

Janice praying for you and your family at this time of sadness. I know it is a hard time to go through. Just wanted you to know how I really enjoyed having you and your sweetness in my life. God bless you always!
Linda Buenger Brennan on November 3, 2015 at 3:33 AM said:

Jean, Hugs and prayers to you and all your family! So sorry foryour loss!
Barbara Primus Shaw on November 2, 2015 at 8:12 PM said:

My sympathy to your whole family from an old neighbor.
Marge Quigley on November 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM said:

Janice and Family, Jean and Rick Miller and Family and I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I send you prayers and sympathy during this hard time. I remember Mary Jean as a very quiet and soft spoken sweet woman.

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