Jean M. Knowles

WICHITA — Jean M. Knowles, 85, of Wichita, a former Parsons resident, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2021, at her home in Wichita.

Jean was born on Feb. 7, 1935, at Parsons to Leon Orville and Clara (Bolinger) Gulick. She grew up in Parsons and attended Parsons schools.

Jean moved to California and then to Arizona, and after 15 years she returned to Parsons. She worked at Stocker Wood Products and Fred Ronald Manufacturing Co. She also lived in Altoona and Neodesha for a while. Jean had resided in Wichita since 2015.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting and fishing. Jean was a faithful member of Free Will Baptist Church and Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Parsons.

Jean and Robert Lee Page were married. They later divorced. She and Jesse Meade were also married, and they later divorced. She and Bobbie Lee Knowles were married on May 22, 1983, at Dearing. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 2009.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis “Bud” Page of Springfield, Missouri, Bill Page and his wife, Deb, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Jimmy “Jim” Page and his wife, Kim, of Parsons; her daughter, Bobbie Frye of Wichita; her stepson, Tony Knowles and his wife, Rose, of Parsons; her stepdaughters, Joyce Smith of Parsons and Beth Beaty and her husband, Darrell, of Punta Gorda, Florida; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Lee “Rick” Page; her grandson, Tyler Patton; three brothers, Harvey Gulick, Harold Gulick and Robert Gulick; three sisters, Lois Cuddy, Doris Hardy and Millie Gulick; her son-in-law, Greg Frye; her daughter-in-law, Sharon Page; and her stepdaughter, Betty Tyner.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with pastor Phil Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Free Will Baptist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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