OTIS — Jean Myrl (Bross) Richardson, 85, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Mrs. Richardson was born Oct. 23, 1930, at the family farm south of Wilsey in Morris County. She was a lifelong resident of Kansas and long time resident of Otis in Rush County. Her parents were Ralph and Myrl (Stewart) Bross. She graduated from Wilsey High School and furthered her education at Emporia State College. She graduated with a degree in education. On Nov. 17, 1950, she married Clarence Martin “C.M.” Richardson at her folk’s farm home in Wilsey. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1992. She was employed at the one room Sunflower Country School teaching 1st through 5th grade, at the Hallmark Card Factory in Emporia and was the secretary and substitute teacher at the Otis-Bison Elementary School. She retired in 1991. She loved birds, gardening, and embroidering.
Mrs. Richardson was a member of the United Methodist Church in Otis and was active as a Sunday school teacher, U.M.W. member, church council member, and choir member.
Survivors include, one daughter, Jo Linn Lapka (John B. Lapka Jr.), of Gorham; one son, Samuel Martin Richardson (Kathy Jean), of Moweaqua, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jody Wagner (Michael), of Gorham, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer (Eric Pfeifer), of Kansas City, Mo., John Martin Lapka of Otis, Jeanie Rome (Jake), of Hays, Jeremy Lapka (Anne Norgaard Lapka), of Kansas City, Mo., Adam Richardson of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Curtis Richardson (Kassandra), of Knoxville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Julia Wagner, Jade Wagner, and Adelyn Rome; and one brother, Phares Bross (Martha), of Independence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Myrl Bross; her husband, Clarence Martin “C.M.” Richardson; and one brother, Stewart Bross and his wife, Shirley Bross.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Otis with Carla Jecha officiating. Interment will be in the Otis United Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse. Church visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. on Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Otis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Otis-Bison Eunice Edwards Scholarship, or the Otis United Methodist Cemetery Fund. Condolences or remembrances may be left for the family at www.charterfunerals.com/locations/janousek-lacrosse.php.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Janousek Funeral Home*
719 Pine Street
P.O. Box 550
La Crosse, KS 67548
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 14, 2016