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Visitation: 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home
Funeral Ceremony: 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery
Carolyn “Jean” Webster, age 84, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
She was born May 17, 1937, in Defiance, Ohio, the daughter of Carroll A. and Arlene G. (Gunter) Colgan. She was united in marriage to Warren Wayne Webster on June 4, 1960, in Defiance, Ohio, and together they shared 53 wedding anniversaries until his death November 3, 2013.
Jean was the beloved mother of Karen and Cheryl. After raising her two daughters she went to work at Rax Restaurant in Flora, working there from the day it opened until the day it closed its doors. She later worked for Addus Home Health Care until her retirement. During the last year and a half of her life Jean lived at Heritage Woods assisted living facility in Flora where she participated in many activities and felt like a member of the Heritage Woods family. She loved crafts and flowers and enjoyed many good memories at Heritage Woods. Jean’s loving and caring ways will be missed by all who knew her, especially her lifelong friend Barbie Call.
She is survived by a brother: Ronald Colgan; two daughters: Karen (Mike) Pickel of Flora and Cheryl Webster (Roger Gerdak) of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren: April (Matt) Utley of Charleston, South Carolina, Angela (Logan) Parker of Flora, Amanda Smith of Florence, Alabama, Nicholas Gerdak of Jacksonville, Florida, and Alex Gerdak of Jacksonville, Florida; step-grandchildren: Emily (Jeramia) Blackwell of Flora, Noel (Nathan) Whitehead of Flora, and Noah Pickel of Flora; great-grandchildren: Maddox Utley, Mason Lowther, Molly Utley, Clara Utley, Lucy Utley, and Caden Parker; step-great-grandchildren: Chloe and Kylie Blackwell, and Norah and Nolen Whitehead.
A funeral ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Woods Activity Fund and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com
Dear Karen ,Cheryl & family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know she's having quite a reunion with those gone before. Love, hugs & prayers
Jean was a wonderful lady. Always had a smile and was always ready to lend a helping hand.
I worked with Jean at Rax. Back then us kids always called her mean Jean the dancing machine. She was so much fun to work with. I can remember it just as if it were yesterday. I reconnected later again with her at Heritage Woods, and she still remembered me from working together at Rax. She was sharp as a tack. I will be praying for comfort to her family as she will be missed by all who knew her. ♥️
Karen & family, hugs and prayers during this time. Let the wonderful memories embrace you like Mama Jean's hugs
Jean was such a nice lady. She will be missed dearly by everyone. I didnt get to know her as much as everyone else, but her smile lit up the room. She was and still is loved by many.
Karen, prayers go out to you and your family. May your love and cherished memories be strength for you in this time of sorrow
Karen and family... So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I must have worked with her at Rax as I was there from the start as a cook in the back. I'm thinking she might have been in the front. Your mother looked like a very happy person, leaving lots of memories for you & your families. Again, so sorry!
So sorry to hear you your mom.
Karen and family. Sorry to hear your loss.Your mother always had a smile on her face and a sweet lady.
A Pure Lady full of Life that left this World to early. I enjoyed my visits with Jean and liked to listen to her stories. Jean reminded me a lot of my Mother with Beauty and Grace. We will miss you Jean.
Dear Daughters, I graduated with your mother in 1956 from Defiance Hight School. And I do remember Barb and your mother being the best of friends. I will send her a note. I was with our class when your mother and Cheryl? I think l, came to Eustis, Florida two years ago. I rent in Eustis. May you feel God’s presence and love. Regina Roehrs Snyder
Dear Karen and Cheryl. I hope you are all doing okay without my Jeanie. She was the best and I will surely miss her so much. We met when my family moved to Defiance. I was 10 and we live two doors apart. We did so much together. So many stories to tell. High school band and choir. Church. Playing clarinet duets on Saturdays at the local theater. Girl Scout camp. Boyfriend’s. Then we moved to Ft Wayne to beauty school together and found jobs in beauty shops. Met our future husbands. Both sailors who knew each other. We had an apt there together and slept in a Murphy bed! We lived far apart later but always kept a close bond. We were like sisters and I loved her mom and dad like my own. I’ll never forget their player piano 🎹 that I played over and over. Warren kept a running tab of the food I ate at their home in FW and teased me about it all the time. I love 💕 all of you so much. Please keep me up to date on your family’s. Your Barbie. Only Jeanie called me that and your grandparents.