Jean Carolyn Temming was born January 17, 1940 in Wichita, Kansas to Florian and Dorothy (Pauly) Leis. One of twelve children, Jean was surrounded by love and laughter her entire life. She learned early on how to cook, sew, tend to a garden, and share a bathroom! As a child she was involved in 4-H and won many awards for her sewing projects.
Jean attended Kansas State University and earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Home Economics. She bravely took on an adventure and moved to California to begin her teaching career and would always look back on those sunshine years fondly. She returned to Kansas to teach at Buhler High School and later moved to Wichita. Jean enjoyed her time as a “stay-at-home” mom, volunteering as a room mother for her children’s classes and serving as 4-H Leader for the Achievers 4-H Club. Once her children were grown, she spent several years at Star Lumber assisting many families with getting the kitchens of their dreams.
Jean had a deep devotion to her Catholic Faith and Mother Mary. It gave her great pleasure to give of her time and talents to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. She selflessly donated her time and talents, volunteering in everything from RCIA to CCD, distribution of communion, lecturing, quilting group, and much more.
Above all, Jean loved spending time with her family. She always had a warm treat from the kitchen whenever company arrived and was proud to show off her latest sewing project. She especially loved Easter and Christmas and took great joy in making her home the gathering place for her kids and grandkids. Her cinnamon rolls were legendary and were always a request on Sunday mornings. The question always was- frosting or no frosting? Many happy memories were made baking and having deep conversations in the kitchen, playing games around the dining room table, and especially around the 9-foot Christmas tree she took enormous pleasure in decorating and sharing with her family. She was also known for many long and late-night conversations with her siblings, staying up way later than her kids and grandkids!
Jean was loved and will be dearly missed by her immediate family, her extended family, and her church family. She is survived by her children- Chris (Deena) Temming of Topeka, Jeff Temming of Goddard, Sharon (Ed) Clayton of Rolla, Missouri; ten grandchildren- Kailey, Claire, Carly, Jake, Tyler, Jessica, Logan, Emily, Ashlynn, and Kylie; three great-grandchildren - Kinley, Oliver, and Corbitt; and 10 brothers and sisters.