Jean Kidney of Perry


Jean Kidney, 90, of Perry died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14 at the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Burrow. A private burial will take place at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Visitation will be held at Carris Family Funeral Home Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m., with family present from 3-5 p.m.

Memorial donations will be given to the Perry Fine Arts. Online condolences may be sent at

Margaret Jean Kidney, daughter of Herman and Iriel Margarite (Poor) Olson, was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

She attended a one room country school until second grade. She moved closer to town and walked more than a mile to attend school in town.

She first noticed Don Kidney in the eighth grade. They dated throughout high school. Upon graduation, Jean took a bus to Des Moines to work for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. A couple of weeks after she went to Des Moines to work, Don gave her an engagement ring.

She continued to work for two and a half years while Don entered the military service.

On March 30, 1946, in Des Moines, Jean was united in marriage with Don. The couple lived in Perry, where she worked for the Gas Company, the Dallas County Credit Bureau and for more than 20 years at the Perry State Bank (Raccoon Valley Bank).

Jean was a warm-hearted woman who loved life, her family, her friends and her faith.

She was active in her children’s school activities. She enjoyed travelling and visiting with her friends. Her faith has always been important to her, and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Perry since 1947.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Iril Olson; her husband, Don Kidney; a granddaughter, Tracy Kidney; and a great-grandson, Dylan Kidney.

She is survived by sons, John (Linda) Kidney of Webster City, Jim (Joe Hollinday) Kidney of Palm Springs, Calif., Bob (Joan) Kidney of Carroll; daughter, Kay (Kent) Larson of Clive; sister, Betty Michelson of Belleview, Fla.; six granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Mary (Arthur) Montgomery of Indianola; and several nieces and nephews.


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