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Jean Land

Sunday, February 2, 2003

Jean O'Meara Land, 80, of Cherokee Village died Dec. 3, 2001, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Born Aug. 4, 1921, in Ogallala, Neb., she was the daughter of Dr. E.C. and Louise Bernard Robacker.

Jean attended school in Ogallala and then Colorado State University. At 20 years of age she married E.V. O'Meara who was contracted to work on the Kingsley Dam near Ogallala.

When World War II broke out, Jean worked in San Francisco as a welder and then in Denver as an air traffic controller where she also obtained her pilot's license. After the war, E.V. and Jean raised four children. Jean returned to work after her children were mostly grown at Yankton South Dakota State Hospital. She loved her job as a psychiatric counselor where she was a successful advocate for helping give her patients a degree of living outside the hospital.

After her husband's death in 1978, Jean moved to Texas. In 1981 she married Phillip Land who worked for the Education Service Center. After retirement Phil and jean traveled nationwide in their RV.

They made their last big trip to China in 1998. They made their home in Cherokee Village for the last two years.

She was a homemaker, gardener, a member of the Cherokee Village Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip, of Cherokee Village; three sons and daughters-in-law -- Larry and Becky Land of Georgetown, Texas, Kelly and Susan O'Meara of Fayetteville, and William and Jade O'Meara of Denver; three daughters and two sons-in-law -- Tracy and Marshal Goodwin of Patagonia, Ariz., Robin Land of Fayetteville, and Shelly and Larry Motes of Kalispell, Mont.; and six grandchildren, Brett O'Meara, Molly O'Meara, William O'Meara, Katy O'Meara, Richie Land and Kelley Land. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene O'Meara; a brother; a sister; and her parents.

The funeral was Dec. 6, at Heath Oak Hill Chapel with the Rev. Vern Forsberg officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Hardy.

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