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Rosetta Jean Ooley

April 10, 1922 — December 11, 2014

Rosetta Jean Ooley of Castle Rock, Colorado, departed this life on December 11th, 2014 at the age of 92. Jean was born in Harper, KS April 10th, 1922 to parents, Loyd Clellin and Pearl Mae (Hinds) Chapin. She moved quite a bit with her family as a young girl as her father was a church establishing minister of the Church of Christ. As a result of this, Jean spent her formative years in many states including California all the way to Pennsylvania graduating high school in Fritch, TX. During that time, her father took a preaching position in Liberal, KS. It was in this city she meet and married Richard Gale Ooley on September 28th, 1941. Jean’s husband enlisted in the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. She returned to living with her parents, subsequently moving with them to Hubbardsville in upstate New York where her father had taken a job as a minister for the local church. Jean was able to follow Gale’s service from time to time in different ports of the US and the stories of barrack-like life with other young couples have been quite entertaining and insightful of that period of history of our blessed country. After the war was over, they moved back to their hometown of Liberal. Jean was the perfect companion and helpmate to her husband as he worked to provide for their family with him eventually establishing a wholesale auto parts business (KOV) in Liberal. Gale & Jean were very active in the church at 4th & Grant and also instrumental in establishing the new congregation of the Western Ave. Church of Christ where Gale served as elder for many years. Jean’s love for God and Christ was unwavering and inspirational. Gale and Jean eventually moved to Colorado in retirement living in Colorado Springs and lastly Canon City. Even though the last years of Jean’s life were not easy because of physical restraints, she was always willing to provide meals and comfort to others. Following her husband’s death in 2010, Jean moved to Castle Rock, Co and an assisted living facility to be near one of her daughters. Even there, Jean felt God was not finished with His work for her. She learned of a program that provides little dresses for the children of Haiti. So at the age of 90, she set to work on these and kept very busy sewing 86 colorful dresses as well as 13 handbags for Haitian mothers. When it was found, by the residents at the facility, that she could sew, they asked her if she would do mending for them. And of course she did. Jean was a quiet, funny, encouraging, loving, beautiful person and her children do call her “blessed”. Proverbs 31: 10 - 30.Jean is survived by three daughters, Mary (Ed) Ricks, Castle Rock, CO; Sherel (Jim) Schmidt, Wichita Falls, TX; Barbara (Ted) Camper, Keizer, OR; brother, Doyle Chapin, Garland, TX; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends. Jean was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sharon Jean Ooley; her parents; brother, Thaine Clellin; and sister, June Jones. Inurnment will be June 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Liberal Cemetery in Liberal, KS with David Glascock of the Church of Christ, Beaver, OK presiding.
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