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Delma Jean LaRue, 94, of Frankfort, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017, at Wesley Manor Retirement Community.
She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Colorado Spring, Colorado, to Delmar C. and Myra B. (Clark) Smith. On Aug. 30, 1942, she married Maurice E. "Jack" LaRue in Independence, Missouri; he passed away on Aug. 10, 2004.
Jean graduated from King City High School in Missouri, attended Catholic University, and later George Washington University for two years. Jean lived in Kokomo for almost 30 years before moving to Frankfort in 1994. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo, PEO Sisterhood, and the Deborah Circle of both St. Matthew United Methodist Church and the Irvington United Methodist Church. Jean served as a past president of the United Methodist Church Women in Indianapolis and Kokomo. She truly enjoyed her time with people, her church, nature, and music although she was not a musician. Jean will be remembered for her saying like, "Not only be kind, be generous."
Surviving Jean are her sons, Dan Spencer LaRue, of Indianapolis, and Gary Lee LaRue (wife, Lesley), of Smyrna, Georgia; grandchildren, Jennifer VanNewkirk (husband, Cern), Meridee LaRue and Jeffery LaRue; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Max.
In addition to her husband, Jean is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lameta Larson; brother, Nathaniel Smith; and daughter-in-law, Nora Westlake.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at the Amanda Reid Memorial Chapel in Wesley Manor from 2 p.m. to the start of the memorial service at 3 p.m. Chaplain Deborah Musick will officiate. Memorials in Jean's name may be made to Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund or a charity of choice. Inurnment will be held at a later date by her husband, Jack, in Green Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort, with online condolences being directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Published on December 14, 2017
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