Jean Hancock

Jean Marie Hancock (Henderson)

Saturday, February 27th, 1926 - Monday, August 19th, 2019
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Jean Marie Henderson Hancock died August 19, 2019 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Born in Independence, Missouri, in 1926, she attended Northeast High School and graduated as the class valedictorian. After high school she attended Park College and subsequently graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in education. She met the love of her life in grade school and married Albert Hancock when he returned from service in the US Navy after World War II. They embarked on a life together filled with the activities they both loved, which included boating, sailing, fishing, entertaining friends, picnicking and exploring new places across the country, often with a boat in tow. After college, Jean taught kindergarten in Independence, Missouri until she and Al started a family. They had three children, Mary, Bill and Kathy, and were early residents of Golden Acres in Independence where Jean joined the Junior Service League. They later moved to Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. Jean was a talented writer, seamstress and crafts person, fearless about tackling a new project, including repairing sails and making custom boat covers and cushions when the need arose. She missed her life partner terribly, losing Al in 2008. She leaves daughter Mary Kay Toles (Ron Toles) of Lee’s Summit and step grandchildren Brennan Toles of Merriam, Kansas and Alexandria Toles of Blue Springs, Missouri; son William Hancock (Melissa Hancock) of Oklahoma City, two grandchildren, Gina Hancock (Thomas Ingram) of Irving, Texas and Nick Hancock (Ruth Hancock) of Edmond, Oklahoma as well as two great granddaughters, Emma and Ellie Hancock; and daughter Kathy Hancock (Bill Beresford) of Carefree, Arizona; and her little dog, Jackie, who kept her wonderful company in the years since Al’s death and has a new home with Mary Kay. There will be a private family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution to The Research Foundation Albert Hancock Memorial Scholarship (Kansas City, MO) or a local animal rescue in Jean's name.
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Mavis Plucker

Posted at 07:36pm
Al and Jean were a part of our family life since the 1950's and never failed to enliven any event. Jean's spunk and enthusiasm, her honesty and outspokenness made her a wonderful friend and example of what it looked like to live life to the fullest. Orv and I loved sharing rides in Al's many sports cars, hearing of their travels by motorcycle, and searching out new restaurants. It was hard to imagine Jean hefting her kayak onto her car and paddling away and her tales made me laugh. I treasured her as a loyal friend and appreciated her support over the years. She was definitely a strong woman, and she and Al were a strong duo. They both made a lasting contribution to their community, friends, and family. The Plucker family sends condolences to Kathy, Bill, Mary, and their families.
Mavis Plucker

Sue A Evans

Posted at 01:42pm
We have precious memories of Al and Jean, when were our Aspen Street neighbors, and they always make us smile! Together, they enjoyed the lake more than anyone we have ever known, with their sail boats, kayaks, & inner tubes specially equipped to allow their doggie friends float with them. There wasn't anyone who enjoyed life more than they did! Their stories of their life and the history of life together were amazing, entertaining and heart warming! We are grateful for having known Jean and Al!
Sue, John and Megan Evans

Hank Jonas

Posted at 11:42am
Jean and Al with among my parents' best friends. They were inseparable and one of my memories of Jean and Al on their motorcycles, seeing the world close up as companions for life. Reading Jean's early years, it reminds me that this generation of women had so much talent and were the key "drivers" of their families. It is because of women like Jean that later generations of women could reach their potential and I'm sure Jean will always be smiling at the many accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On behalf of the Jonas family, we wish our deepest condolences to Kathy, Bill and Mary and their families. And we are most grateful for the ongoing friendship of the Hancock family.

Patricia Cunningham

Posted at 09:24am
We will miss Jean. We got to know her when she lived in Primrose. We visited her in LeeSummit a few times as we missed her when she moved. She and Jackie walked a couple times a day and always stopped to visit when we were outside. She was an amazing woman whom we grew to love. She shared her kayaking stories with us and shared pictures. Jean embroidered Barney and Happy on tea towels which we cherish. Rest In Peace dear Jean. We will miss you!
Pat and Harold Cunningham

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