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Obituaries

Obituaries

Jean Thompson Hetherington 1928 - 2007 Lawrence

Services for Jean Thompson Hetherington, 78, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Additional services and burial will be in Morristown, N.J., at a later date.Mrs. Hetherington died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.She was born June 7, 1928, in Morristown, N.J., the daughter of Lewis Burroughs and Edith Thorson Thompson. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University in 1949 and a master's degree in teaching from Kansas University in 1980. She lived in Lawrence for 46 years. Mrs. Hetherington taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Pinckney School for many years and won a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Portsmouth, England, for the 1982-83 school year. She was involved with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Independence Inc., Lawrence Science Fair and nature education and preservation efforts at Clinton Lake and Lawrence Riverfront Park after she retired. She volunteered and was once a director for the Lawrence Public Library book sale. She also participated in a writing group at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. She received the 1996 Volunteer of the Year Award for Douglas County, an advocacy award from the Kansas Disability Caucus, and the 2000 Community Access Award from Independence Inc.She married Richard G. Hetherington on June 3, 1951. They divorced in 1974. Survivors include a son, Eric Hetherington and wife Jane, Plano, Texas; three daughters, Kristia H. Finnigan and husband Patrick, Columbia, S.C., Joal K. Hetherington, Kittery, Maine, and Liane Hetherington Ward and husband Bill Ward, Homer Glen, Ill.; a sister, Barbara Visscher and husband Dave, Morris Plains, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Sandy Thompson, Winchester, Mass.; five grandchildren, Errin and Rachel Ward and Remi, Sam and Joey Hetherington; and five nieces and nephews.Mrs. Hetherington was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Martin S. Hanna; and a brother, Lewis B. Thompson Jr.The family suggests memorials to the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the Drew University Class of '49 Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Hetherington.