Lura Jean (Wilson) Zinn

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lura Jean (Wilson) Zinn, age 82 of Hume, died Sunday, Sept. 17, at Prescott Country View Nursing Home in Prescott, Kan. She was born Aug. 21, 1935, to Zella Mae Gregg Wilson and Earl DeVoe Wilson in Metz, the youngest of six children.

Jean attended several small schools in the Metz/Horton area and eventually the family moved to Nevada where she completed her education, graduating from Nevada High School in 1953. During the summer before her final year of high school, she was introduced to her future husband Willis Albert Zinn Jr. by her older brother Leroy at a weekend dance at Radio Springs Park. Willis insisted they wait to be married until she turned 18. They were united in marriage on Sept. 6, 1953, two weeks after her birthday.

Jean worked for a short time with Farm Bureau as office support/bookkeeper. Two years into the marriage their first child was born. Jean then began to work part-time for the lumber yard Willis managed. When Willis started working for the FAA as an Air Route Traffic Controller, Jean became a full-time wife and mother. They had three girls stair-stepped two years apart. This began Jean’s career as a Girl Scout. She started as a Brownie Troop Leader with her oldest daughter, Cathy in 1962 and continued even after her youngest daughter Karen had completed her time in scouting. Jean was a Troop Leader for each of her girls as well as volunteering at the Council level for many years. Her favorite times were the council-wide trips she organized, taking girls to see various places. The two major trips were to Mexico City, Mexico to the International Girl Scout Center and a trip to Washington DC for the National Girl Scout Center. In 1980 she retired from active scouting and became a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts. At this point, she and Willis began their retirement careers as “gypsies.” Jean celebrated her 60th birthday in Hawaii with her middle daughter Pam. She had made it to all 50 states. She and Willis spent at least three months each winter in Florida, many summers in Alaska, trips to New England to see fall foliage, and trips to California to see one of their daughters. In 1993 they made a point of visiting all four corners of the US. Her favorite activities included playing dominos, doing word search puzzles, reading, playing cards, but most of all caring for her family. She was a member of the Hume Methodist Church, the Hume Garden Club and a Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

Jean is survived by three daughters, Cathy Thurow and husband, Larry, of Monticello, Ill., Pamela ‘Pam’ Yarick and husband, Meredith, of Hume, and Karen McClure and husband, Tom, of Bloomington, Ill.; five grandchildren, Heather Kibbler and husband, Sam, Ian Thurow, Kimberly Yarick, Brook Appleby and husband, Aaron, and Bill McClure; many nephews; two brothers, Leroy Wilson and H.D. Wilson; one sister, Linda Byrns; and nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willis (in 2013); one sister, Emily Bird; one brother, Orton Wilson; one grandson, Matthew Yarick; a brother, Orton Wilson.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Hume United Methodist Church. Burial will be held at 1:30 pm Friday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. The family suggests contributions to the Hume United Methodist Church or Prescott Country View. Online condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements are by Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory Pleasanton Chapel.