Jean Sodergren Ericson

September 25, 1927 - March 11, 2014
Jean Sodergren Ericson

Jean Sodergren Ericson, 86, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

She was born and grew up in the Chicago area, but following her marriage to Eric Ericson she lived in the Kansas City area (three times), Granada Hills, CA (just once), and since 1999 in Wilmington.  She retired from her position as secretary to the principal at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, KS, in 1989.  She loved her family and the numerous pets they kept over the years and was loved by them in turn.  She was preceded in death by her husband and her son John.  She is survived by her two daughters, Connie (Arlington, VA) and Jemila Christine (Wilmington) and by her honorary son Dean Wilhite (Parkville, MO).

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to an animal welfare organization of your choice.

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  • March 26, 2014
    Betty Ann Kelly-Towner says:
    Jean was a wonderful and an especially good secretary. She was fun to work with and very efficient.. She was highly respected by all the faculty at SMEast. We loved her. --school counselor.

  • March 22, 2014
    MN says:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Jean. She sounded like a lovely woman and a real animal lover. It may be comforting to know that the Bible gives each one of us a very real hope of actually enjoying life with our passed loved ones once again right here on this good earth. At John 5:28 and 29 Jesus himself tells us that those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection of life, similar to how he resurrected his friend Lazarus. Lazarus was resurrected back to life on earth, not heaven. That is in harmony with God's original purpose for humans, to "fill the earth and subdue it". (Genesis 1:28) God's purposes do not change as no one is powerful enough to make him have to change anything. To see our passed loved ones again on a beautified earth is a hope few dare to dream about, much less firmly believe in. But it is right there in every one of our Bibles. When some time has passed, feel free to visit jw.org for more comfort. Again, I am sorry for your loss. MN