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Jean W. Poston

Jean W.  Poston Jean W. Poston, age 94, of Manhattan, died September 14, 2017, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born August 25, 1923, in Kona, Hawaii, the daughter of Keishi Watanabe and Toe Otsu Watanabe. Jean graduated from high school in Hawaii.

On September 7, 1946, she married Warren Glenn Poston in Honolulu, HI.

After marriage, the two of them moved to Colorado and then Wyoming with their two children Leslie and Leigh before settling in Kansas where Jean received her LPN certificate. In the early 1960’s they moved to Manhattan where she began her ophthalmology career for Dr. Kempthorne where she was highly dedicated to her patients care. In the 1970’s Warren and Jean settled on a farm just outside of Silver Lake, Kansas where they spent many happy years together while she continued working in Topeka for Dr. Prokop.

Jean’s love in her later years was devoted to volunteering at Mercy Hospital and spending time at the Riley County Senior Center. Her life was filled with a healthy lifestyle of eating well, exercising, gardening, watching birds, taking walks and writing letters to friends and family. Jean treasured traveling to see family in Hawaii, Colorado, Wyoming, Las Vegas, Tennessee, and as far as Japan and Fiji. Jean lived a strong independent life until the last several months when she moved in with her granddaughter Tonya and husband Denny in Manhattan.

She took pride in being called “Tutu” by her great-grandchildren, Michelle, David and Scott. Tutu is the Hawaiian name for grandma.

She is survived by one daughter, Leslie Page of Eaton, CO; one brother, Naoshi Watanabe of Hilo, HI. Daughter-in-law Connie (Leigh) Poston of Frisco, TX; four grandchildren: Tonya (Poston) Woods and her husband Denny, T.C., Travis, Tracy Page and great-grandchildren Michelle, David, Scott Woods, and Jackson Page; along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren in 1993, her son Leigh in 2014, son-in-law Dennis Page, one brother, and five sisters.

Mrs. Poston willed her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center. A Celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 23rd, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Cremation will follow with private inurnment at a later date.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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