Jean “Jeanie” Converse

Jean “Jeanie” Converse, age 83, of Lincoln, Kan., left this earthly life on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, Kan. She was born on Nov. 9, 1935, in Ft. Lupkin, Colo., to Dwight and Beulah (Shutts) Arnold.

She was a 1953 graduate of Hays High School, Hays, Kan. Jeanie graduated from Ft. Hays State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

She taught at USD 298 Lincoln High School in Lincoln, for 22 years and then at USD 327 Ellsworth-Kanopolis Elementary School for 16 years. In 1971, she received outstanding young teacher of the year award. Jeanie started the girl’s athletic program in 1971 at Lincoln High School. She was the girls track coach at Lincoln High School where they won three straight state track titles in 72’, 73’ and 74’. Jeanie was named Kansas State activities coach of the year in 1976.

Jeanie loved to play golf and made three holes-in-one during her lifetime. She was member of several golf courses including Salina Municipal GC, also a member of the Lincoln Art Center.

She was a nanny to Sawyer, Levi, Connor, and Landon.

Jeanie is survived by her best friend, Vicky Jewell, Lincoln; a brother, Doug Arnold, Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dwight and Beulah.

It was Jeanie’s wishes to be cremated and private disposition of the cremains will be at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to Ellsworth-Kanopolis Art Department USD 327, or Humane Society, Lincoln, in care of the Funeral Home.

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