Jean Marie Sullivan Horner

Jean Marie Sullivan Horner, 78, of Sundance, Wyoming, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Crook County Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Solomon, Kansas, with Father John Wolesky as Celebrant. The burial service will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Jean was born April 18, 1934, at Solomon, Kansas, to Michael and Anna (Yeadon) Sullivan. She attended school in Solomon and graduated from Solomon High School in 1952. Jean married her childhood sweetheart, Bennie Lloyd Horner, on January 31, 1952, and to this union five children were born: Catherine Jo, Bernard Joe, Cynthia Jo, Brandon Joe and Bradley Joe.

During her school years, Jean was a very active and social student, participating in extracurricular activities including music, band, drama, basketball, softball, and track. She was a cheerleader, yelling her team to state football play-offs and a drum majorette, directing the marching band. Her favorite subjects were spelling and music. She joked that she could have made better grades, but she was too ornery, plus a good share of her time was spent focusing on her voice lessons. Jean was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and received many honors and awards for her vocal solos. Jean chose the path of marriage and motherhood instead of pursuing an education in the field of music. However, throughout her life, music played a significant role in her life, and she graciously passed this onto her children and grandchildren.
Jean resided with her husband in Solomon, where they started their family. Jean was a homemaker while her husband was employed in the Dry Cleaning business. In 1967, Jean and Ben purchased their own Dry Cleaning business in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Jean quickly learned the dry cleaning business and became proficient in alterations, a trade she taught herself. While operating the cleaners, Jean and her husband expanded their small business operations to include a fast food restaurant, and as antique dealers. After her children were raised, Jean was employed at the Phillips County Nursing Home as the Activity Director. Her nurturing and caring manner blessed so many in the final stages of their lives.

Jean was an active member in her community, participating in several local organizations, clubs, and holding the office of Presidency year after year, club after club. Throughout her children’s education, she was active in PTA and religious education. She coached softball during the summer. She was not only a Girl Scout leader, but a Boy Scout leader as well. She was involved in plays, musicals, operas, Sweet Adelines, and phon-a-thons, always taking a leadership role. She was an active member of the Catholic Church and served on many committees and in various leadership roles. Jean was Choir director, cantor, and soloist and very involved in the Music Liturgy. She sang at hundreds of weddings, her strong soprano voice joyfully elevating the happy occasion. She sang at hundreds of funerals, her tenderness and compassion weaving through the melodies. Her voice echoed with the angels when she sang on Christmas Eve and Easter morning. She will be especially remembered for her renditions of “Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Jean will be remembered as a compassionate and loving woman. She was spunky and energetic until robbed of her health. She was a leader, not a follower. Her strength of character and ability to delegate made her a good leader. Jean was a person who started a job and saw it through to the end. She was steadfast, courageous, empathetic, charitable and fair. Jean once shared that the most favorite time in her life was when her children were little. She loved her vocation of motherhood and marriage. She loved her husband and felt blessed to have his faithfulness and undying love. As a mother, Jean made all her children feel special. She did not show favoritism, but loved each of her children unconditionally and equally. Mere words cannot express how much she will be missed and how much her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren loved her.

Cherished and forever in our hearts, Jean is survived by her children, Catherine (Lonnie) Kellerman of Stockton, Kansas, Cynthia (Don) Clonch of Moorcroft, Wyoming, Brandon (Beverly) Horner of Moscow, Kansas, Bradley Horner and Richard Goldberg of Montclair, New Jersey; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Jean is survived by her brother, George (Marie) Sullivan of Rossville, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; son, Bernard Joe Horner; her parents; her sisters, Helen, Anna, Bernice, Josephine, Katherine and Margaret; and brothers, Bartholomew, Michael, Gerald and Charles; and granddaughter, Natalie Kathleen Clonch.

Memorials and condolences may be sent to the family of Jean Horner at P.O. Box 156, Moorcroft, WY 82721. Arrangements are under the direction of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.