Ada Eugenia Dunoven Lehr was born March 12, 1927. At the time of her passing she was 91 years old. Jean passed away on November 24, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin MO. She was survived by one son, Ron Lehr, and his wife Carol of Independence MO. and four granddaughters, Quinna Lehr of Lawrence, KS., Andrean Lehr Polchow (Rob) of the Charlotte, NC area, Alisha Lehr Pai (Vikram) of Overland Park, KS., and Breanna Lehr Fitzpatrick (Brent) of Kansas City, MO. Jean was also survived by seven great grandchildren, Clara and Veda Cobb, Kira and Elise Polchow, Hannah and Joseph Fitzpatrick, and Vaman Pai.
Jean was born on the family farm south of Stark City, MO. She was the daughter of Albert and Ada Lee Siler Dunoven. Her aunt Eugenia came to the farm house to help with the delivery and thus the moniker Ada Eugenia. Jean walked through the fields west of the farm and attended the one room schoolhouse at Wanda, MO. She later attended Midway Schools near the Newtonia/Stark City area.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Hazel Dunoven Embrey (Loren), Florence Dunoven Maness (Nelson), Leo Dunoven (Rose) and Loren Dunoven (Margie).
Jean was married to Clarence Lehr in 1943. They lived in the Fairview MO area until the early 1960’s when they were divorced. Jean lived in the Joplin area since her divorce and worked at St. John’s Hospital for many years. She enjoyed her many years at St. John’s and developed lifelong friendships with her fellow employees.
Jean enjoyed working in her flowers, reading, puzzles, and visiting with her neighbors and relatives. During her last few years she especially enjoyed her friends at Mercy Village in Joplin. Jean enjoyed her apartment and being able to live independently.
Jean requested private services and cremation by Parker Mortuary of Joplin. A celebration of her life will be planned for a warm summer day in the future. Her final resting place will be at the Macedonia Cemetery near Stella MO where her mom, dad, brother, sisters, and other family members are buried. Finally, the family would like to thank the wonderful nurses at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. These caregivers provided comfort and consideration to Jean in her final hours. Their graciousness and kindness will not be forgotten. Thanks also to the assistance of Jill Ludwig of Parker Mortuary. Her guidance was especially important during the last few days.