Lois Imogene “Jean” (Gipson) Richeson-Wilfong, age 88, passed away on February 8, 2017 at McCrite at Briarcliff Assisted Living Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to relocating to Missouri in 2015, she was a resident of Nashville, Indiana.
Jean was born in Lebanon, Indiana on April 7, 1928 to her parents, the late Harold and Lillie (Litton) Gipson. She was a 1946 graduate of Lebanon High School and was a loving wife, mother, homemaker, and friend.
Jean was preceded in death on November 12, 1989 by her first husband, Logan Richeson, whom she married on November 25, 1948 in Lebanon. On March 26, 2002 she married Dr. Merideth E. Wilfong in Nashville, Indiana. He preceded her in death on September 10, 2016.
She is survived by her children, Pastor Ronald (Jill) Richeson of Louisville, Kentucky, Debra (Michael) Wey of Kansas City, Missouri, and Sherrill (David) Heidenreich of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Kelly (Dave) Peterson, Jeff (Mary) Richeson, Bethany (Stewart) Regan, Christopher (Mandy) Wey, Kevin (Bobbi) Wey, Jan (Jason) Wallace, and Jamie (Sausha) Toghranegar; great grandchildren David, Jill, and Jay Peterson; Katherine, Laura, and Andrew Richeson; William Regan; Logan Wey, Ethan and Charleston (Charli) Wey; and Jaelyn, Jordyn, and Audrey Wallace. In 2002, Gwen Brinkman, Katie Wilfong, Annette Wilfong, and Mary Porter were added to the family resulting in grandchildren: Deanette Morecraft, Amanda Norris, Lori Cooley, LeAnne (Rick) Kilman, and Jason Porter; 14 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren.
Jean was a member of the New Life Community Church in Nashville. She was a former member of Arlington Heights Baptist Church in Indianapolis and Country Gospel Church in Gnaw Bone, Indiana.
For several years, Jean operated a candle making business out of her home and was known throughout Brown County as the “Candle Lady.” She attended various craft and art shows with her candles. But her favorite activity was teaching Bible studies in the various churches.
A private family service will be conducted by her son and she will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jean to the New Life Community Church, P.O. Box 654, Nashville, IN 47448 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Richeson-Wilfong family at
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