In Loving Memory

Jean Ann Morrow

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June 4th, 1940 - October 3rd, 2018


Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Preston Family Room,
Emporia State University Memorial Union,
1331 Market St,
Emporia Kansas 66801


Jean Ann Morrow of Emporia, Kansas died peacefully Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at her home. She was 78.

Jean was born Tuesday, June 4, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska to Clarence E. and F. Jeanette (Olry) Morrow. She was the oldest of six children. She entered the Order of the Servants of Mary Convent in Omaha in 1958. She earned an MS in Mathematics. Early in her teaching career she taught in Cherokee, Iowa and Detroit, Michigan before returning to Omaha. Marian High School, Holy Name High School, and Roncalli High School have benefited from her skills in teaching, coaching, and administration. She then went to Boston University and earned her Doctorate in Educational Technology. From there she worked in the PDS program out of Olathe and then became a full professor in Math Education and Division Chair in Early Childhood Education at ESU.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Janet Moss- Dietz. She is survived by her sisters, Vickie (Ray) Moss of Lebanon, Missouri and Kristina (Harlan Ackerman) Morrow of Waverly, Nebraska; brothers, Mike (Debbie) Morrow of Omaha, Nebraska and Steve (Maureen) Morrow of New Orleans, Louisiana; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends, and three cats (Pebbles, Cassie, and Twinkles).

Jean was always a teacher at heart and it was her wish to continue teaching even after death; therefore she bequeathed her body to the Willed Body Program at the University of Kansas Medical School where she continues to teach. A celebration of life will be held in her honor in the Preston Family Room of Union Hall at Emporia State University, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Emporia State University Teacher’s College or to the Servants of Mary in care of Charter Funerals – Emporia Chapel.


  • Wed, Oct 10th, 2018 at 12:25 AM

    Jean and I met while both members of the Servants of Mary. We were stationed in Detroit and both graduates of Holy Name in Omaha. While I left the community much earlier than Jean, we remained in contact and stayed friends for over 50 years. Jean was a very talented individual and the world was so lucky that she shared all of these talents with us. I will miss Jean very much and I thank her for her many years of friendship. Sharon

    Sharon Springer, Omaha, NE

  • Mon, Oct 8th, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Jean's death touches me deeply. I cried for all the good she has done, all the good she was .
    Jean was my student, my friend, my provincial, and I loved her in all of these roles. God
    speed, Jean, to a better, kinder life with your living God. Imelda

    Sr. Imelda Kirkey, OSM, Omaha, NE

  • Mon, Oct 8th, 2018 at 2:18 AM

    My sincere condolences to Jean's family and friends. I remember her fondly from my
    high school years at Roncalli, as a kind, warm, but spunky math teacher. Her
    enthusiasm was contagious and her smile lit up her whole face. When I was
    struggling with trig my first year of college, I called Jean and she tutored me through
    it. Jean will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Katie Treinen Beacom, Omaha, NE

  • Mon, Oct 8th, 2018 at 1:22 AM

    When I was a freshman at Roncalli, she would give me a ride
    back home each day to our house near Holy Name. What a
    great lady and example of the difference a teacher can make in
    a person's life. God Bless you and thank you.

    Fred Doran

    Fred Doran, NE

  • Sun, Oct 7th, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    To the Morrow family, my prayers are with you at this the spring of 1976, Jean Ann hired
    me to teach social studies at Holy Name H.S. She became above and beyond a Principal. Having
    only taught junior high before, she mentored me to be a very good high school teacher with
    support, words of advice and a true sense of caring. She would ask me to be her assistant Girls
    Basketball coach. Later in the fall of 1980 she brought me to Roncalli to teach and again her
    assistant in basketball. she was a joy to work with. Her very special sense of humor helped me
    and our team get through tough losses and her smile was there when we won. She was the first
    teacher I knew to make the computer a special tool in learning. And as a friend when I asked her
    to be an EME at my wedding, there she was for me. A very great lady, a really great educator and
    a very special friend I will long remember. May she rest in peace. God bless. Carl

    Carl Wirth, Nebraska

  • Sat, Oct 6th, 2018 at 11:19 PM

    Tina we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Jim and Mary

    Mary snelling, Papillon NE

  • Sat, Oct 6th, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Dr. Jean Morrow was an outstanding educator. It was a pure pleasure to be her colleague, esp. when she was a PDS director in the Olathe School District. I was so fortunate to interact with Jean as a colleague, but also a friend, She was always such a supporter of my team, Alison's Allies, which raised funds for Susan G. Komen KC. She was such a warrior! My heart goes out to the entire Morrow family in your loss. Dr. Alison Banikowski

    Alison Banikows-ki, Olathe, KS

  • Sat, Oct 6th, 2018 at 12:25 AM

    Tina, Vicki, Mike and Steve, my heart goes out to you for your loss. My prayers have been with you
    during Jean’s struggle with cancer. I will continue to pray for all of you and your family. Sympathy
    and condolences and my love.

    Sr. Bernie

    Sr. Bernie Misson O.S.M., Warren Mi

  • Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    I did the PDS in Olathe 1996-1997. Dr. Morrow was and will always be one of my favorite teachers
    ever. I will remember her for her devotion, her joy, her sense of humor, her passion, her high
    expectations for us, excellence in teaching, her personability, her guidance, her compassion, and her
    listening ear. That is a lot! But all of us who knew her know that there was even so much more about
    her to love. I had not seen her in many years, but still my heart hurts to know she is not with us
    anymore here on earth. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven someday. God bless the family
    in their loss.

    Micaela Widman, Kansas

  • Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    My condolences to Jean's family for the loss of the wonderful person that was Jean. She was smart
    and wise, and funny and congenial, a wonderful chair of our department. I loved working with her,
    she was so supportive and upbeat. I miss her laugh, her kindness, her gentle spirit. May her memory
    be a blessing.

    Sophie Thayer, Emporia KS 66801

  • Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    I am so sad to learn of Jean's death. She was a wonderful person and a valued colleague. I was
    always happy when she was part of any activity or meeting I attended, because she brought her
    directness, her intelligence, her no-nonsense approach (oftentimes to nonsensical situations), and
    most of all her humor and her ready laugh. I miss her presence at ESU, and will miss her being part
    of the world here. My deepest sympathies to the family for your loss. I'm glad I was able to share part
    of her life while we both were here at ESU.

    Ellen R Hansen, Emporia KS

  • Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Dearest Kristina & family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Jean was a very strong woman was who put up on heck of a fight -
    she did not let the cancer ruin her spirits & I think she even taught cancer a lesson or two. I loved
    those kitties of hers - the sweetest things. I hope they find good home as Jean has now found hers.
    Thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

    Tina Meyers, Lincoln, NE

  • Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 3:10 AM

    Jean was loved and respected at Emporia State University. We interviewed candidates together for
    an Administrative Assistant that we shared and worked on other projects together. I admired her for
    her work ethic and willingness to tackle tough tasks. My prayers go out to her family and hope good
    memories will help you thorough this time of sorrow. God bless you.

    Kirsten Limpert, Emporia, KS

  • Thu, Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:46 PM

    Tina and family... I am so very sorry for your loss. Jean was a wonderful woman... at least what I
    can remember of her. She was stern when she had to be and yet had a very playful person
    when she wanted to be. When she smiled... her face would light up and you felt like you could
    talk to her about anything.... which helped at the retreats we had.

    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Peace be with you all.


    Ginni Reynolds-Engel, Omaha NE

  • Thu, Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    I known gene as a good person .One of notable
    character and a good person

    Gail Reynolds, NE

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