Jessie (Jean) Naylor Hollern, 79 of Emporia, Kan. died on May 21, 2012 at the Holiday Resort Care Center in Emporia.
Jean was the daughter of James and Fannie Smith Naylor was born on Sept. 16, 1932 at Arvonia, Kan. Jean moved with her family to Emporia in 1944. She married Charles D. Hollern on June 17, 1956 in Emporia and they were married for 52 years.
After graduating from Emporia High School in 1950, she worked at Hallmark Cards Inc. in Emporia until 1958.
Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the ’56 Followers Sunday School class. She served as a board member and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a greeter coordinator for the church for 27 years. She and her husband were instrumental in starting the church garage sale which is now a huge semi-annual event. She currently served on the Hospitality Committee and was a office volunteer. She was a den mother for Pack 152. Jean and her husband were drivers for Meals on Wheels for many years. She was a lifetime member of William Allen White PTA. She was an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She and her husband were responsible for starting the Block Mother Program in Emporia in the 1960’s. Jean was a longtime ESU basketball, North Carolina basketball, and Royals baseball fan. She was an avid gardener along with her husband and they were awarded the Emporia Gardeners of American Beautification Award twice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. Also by brothers Bob, Bill, and Hank Naylor and half-brother Ervan (Bud) Naylor and one sister, Midge Pagan.
Jean is survived by her sons, Lane and wife Lisa of Emporia, Brad and wife Daneen of Spring Hill, Kan., and daughters, Dana Roemer and husband Ken of Emporia, Kan., Joan McCormick and husband Richard of Emporia, Kan.; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sister, Mae Richardson of Emporia.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m., May 25, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, Emporia. Pastor Jeannie Jensen of the church will conduct the service. Burial will take place at the Maplewood Cemetery, Emporia. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday night at the First United Methodist Church, Emporia.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Emporia in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home. You can leave online condolences at