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Anita “Jeanne” Hapgood, 76, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, with her two sons by her side at McPherson Hospital.
Jeanne was born on July 27, 1945, in McPherson, KS, the daughter of Neal and Mary (Borth) Esau. She and her siblings were the first in their lineage of family to be born outside of Germany as the Borth and Esau families were immigrants from Eastern Europe. She graduated from Windom High School in 1963 and continued her education at the Adele Hale Business College in Hutchinson. On November 13, 1963, Jeanne was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Byron Hapgood at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. The young couple established their first home in McPherson and was blessed with the birth of two sons, Tony and Bobby. Bob preceded Jeanne in death after 43 years of marriage on May 1, 2007.
In her earlier years, Jeanne worked at Farmers Alliance, but once the boys were born, she took some time off to raise them. She then went back to work as a medical transcriptionist, working in the offices of Dr. Richard Johnson, Dr. Allen Hooper, Dr. Samuel Claassen, Dr. Richard Watson, and Memorial Hospital before retirement.
Jeanne was a loving wife and mother. She was faithful attending the boys’ school and sporting events. She and Bob enjoyed going to KU games to watch Bobby play in the KU Jayhawk basketball band. Having a musically talented family, she attended many concerts and musical performances throughout her life. Many special memories were made on family vacations, traveling to Florida, Arizona, California, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Germany. She was an avid KU Jayhawks, KC Royals, and KC Chiefs fan. She was an animal lover and leaves behind her two furry family members, Nipper and Moxie, her cats, now living with Tony.
Survivors include: her two sons, Tony Hapgood of Kansas City, MO and Bobby Hapgood of Lawrence, KS; a grandson, Julian Hapgood of Kansas City, MO; and many extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Maynard Esau and Joyce Esau Gordon.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, September 3, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Tim Leaf officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery. Please wear a mask.
Memorial donations may be given to McPherson County Humane Society or Trinity Lutheran Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jeanne Hapgood please visit our Sympathy Store.
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