Jean Ann (Shoop) Hixson

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Jean Ann (Shoop) Hixson

January 6, 1943 – November 1, 2021

Jean Ann Shoop was born in Sterling, Kansas, to Homer Albert Shoop and Helen Ethel (Heter) Shoop. Raised on the family farm outside of St. John, Kansas, Jean was the oldest of Homer and Helen's four children.

Jean's childhood was filled with family, 4-H, and church activities. Shoop family reunions, which began in Colorado in 1950, were always an important part of Jean's life, creating special memories and stories with cousins that continued to bring lifelong joy. As a teenager, Jean was busy showing award-winning steers and lambs at the fair and was equally talented behind a sewing machine, creating stunning pieces of clothing she modeled with flair at the 4-H style reviews. After graduating from St. John High School in 1961, she headed to K-State where she lived in Smurthwaite Scholarship Hall and later Gamma Phi Beta sorority, making life-long friends.

During her freshman year, a young man offered to drive her to church and that's the beginning of a beautiful love story. With tremendous faith and love, she flew across the Atlantic to marry Larry Hixson in Giessen, Germany, on August 1, 1964, in a fairy tale wedding that was retold throughout their 57 years of marriage. Graduating from K-State in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in home economics, Jean and Larry headed to WaKeeney to begin a farming career and raise their family.

Jean quickly made WaKeeney home, working on the farm with Larry and raising a family. She taught Home Economics and Combined Cooperative Vocational Education Program (CCVEP) at Trego Community High School. During the 1980s she sold Leiters Designer Fabrics across western Kansas, bringing people together through beautiful fabrics. She served on the boards of the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, the Northwest Kansas Regional Library, the Kansas Hospital Association, and the Kansas Ag Rural Leadership program. For many years, Jean served as director of the Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation and enjoyed her volunteer work for the Kansas Wheat Commission as a "Wheatheart," demonstrating bread making techniques across Kansas. She was awarded the Wheat Woman of the Year in 1997 for her outstanding efforts in the promotion of wheat products.

Above all, Jean loved caring for her family. Attending her children's events brought her much joy; from music and dance recitals, volleyball, basketball (really her favorite), and football games, tennis matches, 4-H events (a close second), she was her children's biggest fan. She was an active member of Presbyterian Women, the local Extension Homemaker Unit (EHU), two bridge clubs, the Red Hat Society and served as a past office holder of Chapter CT of the PEO Sisterhood.

Jean and Larry loved to travel, visiting their children and grandchildren often, and were blessed to be able to enjoy adventures to Europe, South Africa, and Asia as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and most of the fifty states. In her well-deserved retirement, Jean and Larry spent summers in Westcliffe, Colorado, taking in the mountain air, blue grass festivals, quilting, bunco, rodeos, and mountain-top picnics.

Jean passed away peacefully in Hays Medical Center after bravely battling Parkinson's for 17 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Helen Shoop and her sister, Becky (Shoop) Hunley. Jean is survived by her husband, Larry Hixson (WaKeeney); sister, Karen Nelson (Larry), McCall, Idaho; brother, Donald Shoop (Holly), Fargo, North Dakota, brother-in-law, Rick Hunley, St. John, Kansas; daughter, Krista Clouse (Darrin), Charlottesville, Virginia; daughter, Heidi Cashman (Steve), Lenexa, Kansas; son, Jon Hixson (Jessica), Alexandria, Virginia; grandchildren Emma Clouse (Jacopo Scrinzi), Chloe Clouse, Lily Clouse, Sophia Clouse, Jack Cashman, Sam Cashman, Luke Cashman, Will Hixson, Hannah Hixson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11AM, at the WaKeeney Presbyterian Church in WaKeeney. Visitation will be held the same day 10AM until service time.

Memorials to Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation or KU Endowment, memo line: Parkinson's Research and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. 1st, Stockton, KS 67669, or donate online at http://www.kuendowment.org/ParkinsonsCtrResearch

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.plumeroverlease.com

Posted online on November 04, 2021

Obituaries in Pratt, KS | The Pratt Tribune

Jean Ann (Shoop) Hixson

Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home

Jean Ann (Shoop) Hixson

January 6, 1943 – November 1, 2021

Jean Ann Shoop was born in Sterling, Kansas, to Homer Albert Shoop and Helen Ethel (Heter) Shoop. Raised on the family farm outside of St. John, Kansas, Jean was the oldest of Homer and Helen's four children.

Jean's childhood was filled with family, 4-H, and church activities. Shoop family reunions, which began in Colorado in 1950, were always an important part of Jean's life, creating special memories and stories with cousins that continued to bring lifelong joy. As a teenager, Jean was busy showing award-winning steers and lambs at the fair and was equally talented behind a sewing machine, creating stunning pieces of clothing she modeled with flair at the 4-H style reviews. After graduating from St. John High School in 1961, she headed to K-State where she lived in Smurthwaite Scholarship Hall and later Gamma Phi Beta sorority, making life-long friends.

During her freshman year, a young man offered to drive her to church and that's the beginning of a beautiful love story. With tremendous faith and love, she flew across the Atlantic to marry Larry Hixson in Giessen, Germany, on August 1, 1964, in a fairy tale wedding that was retold throughout their 57 years of marriage. Graduating from K-State in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in home economics, Jean and Larry headed to WaKeeney to begin a farming career and raise their family.

Jean quickly made WaKeeney home, working on the farm with Larry and raising a family. She taught Home Economics and Combined Cooperative Vocational Education Program (CCVEP) at Trego Community High School. During the 1980s she sold Leiters Designer Fabrics across western Kansas, bringing people together through beautiful fabrics. She served on the boards of the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, the Northwest Kansas Regional Library, the Kansas Hospital Association, and the Kansas Ag Rural Leadership program. For many years, Jean served as director of the Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation and enjoyed her volunteer work for the Kansas Wheat Commission as a "Wheatheart," demonstrating bread making techniques across Kansas. She was awarded the Wheat Woman of the Year in 1997 for her outstanding efforts in the promotion of wheat products.

Above all, Jean loved caring for her family. Attending her children's events brought her much joy; from music and dance recitals, volleyball, basketball (really her favorite), and football games, tennis matches, 4-H events (a close second), she was her children's biggest fan. She was an active member of Presbyterian Women, the local Extension Homemaker Unit (EHU), two bridge clubs, the Red Hat Society and served as a past office holder of Chapter CT of the PEO Sisterhood.

Jean and Larry loved to travel, visiting their children and grandchildren often, and were blessed to be able to enjoy adventures to Europe, South Africa, and Asia as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and most of the fifty states. In her well-deserved retirement, Jean and Larry spent summers in Westcliffe, Colorado, taking in the mountain air, blue grass festivals, quilting, bunco, rodeos, and mountain-top picnics.

Jean passed away peacefully in Hays Medical Center after bravely battling Parkinson's for 17 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Helen Shoop and her sister, Becky (Shoop) Hunley. Jean is survived by her husband, Larry Hixson (WaKeeney); sister, Karen Nelson (Larry), McCall, Idaho; brother, Donald Shoop (Holly), Fargo, North Dakota, brother-in-law, Rick Hunley, St. John, Kansas; daughter, Krista Clouse (Darrin), Charlottesville, Virginia; daughter, Heidi Cashman (Steve), Lenexa, Kansas; son, Jon Hixson (Jessica), Alexandria, Virginia; grandchildren Emma Clouse (Jacopo Scrinzi), Chloe Clouse, Lily Clouse, Sophia Clouse, Jack Cashman, Sam Cashman, Luke Cashman, Will Hixson, Hannah Hixson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11AM, at the WaKeeney Presbyterian Church in WaKeeney. Visitation will be held the same day 10AM until service time.

Memorials to Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation or KU Endowment, memo line: Parkinson's Research and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. 1st, Stockton, KS 67669, or donate online at http://www.kuendowment.org/ParkinsonsCtrResearch

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.plumeroverlease.com

Posted online on November 04, 2021