Obituary Condolences

Thelma Jean Kemble passed away peacefully in Bakersfield after succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. A member of the Greatest Generation, her wisdom, intelligence and discerning personality will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband Neal (Peanuts) Kemble, parents Minnie and Chesley Muns, siblings Dorothy Burk, Burl Muns and Raleigh Muns, daughter Jerry Jean Parks and grand-daughters Jennifer Force and Shaunna Force.
Jean is survived by her daughters Sherry Kemble and Vickie Johnston. Jerry Jean Park's family includes grandchildren Leslie Lynott, Chrissy Geihs, Mark Hood, great grandchildren Carley Lynott, Macy and Miles Geihs, Penelope and Tara Hood, great great grandchildren Caleb, Brooklyn Jean, and Braxlor Sanchez. Sherry's family includes grandchildren Kemberly and Scott Knoy, great grandchildren Chris Heskett, Jennifer (Stormie) Force, Holly Duke, Mitchell and Stephanie Knoy, Alex and Bethany Knoy, great great grandchildren Vance Pool, Kyler Duke and RaeLyn Knoy. Vickie's children include grandchildren Casey Johnston and Collin Johnston. Jean is also survived by her sister in law, Jean Kemble, widow of Bill Kemble, and their daughters Deborah Landcaster and Jill Hageman and their families.
Jean was born on an oil lease in Oklahoma, the youngest of 4 children. Settling in Bakersfield, she attended KUHS where she and friend Velma Clayton would eat dill pickles and dance through the lunch periods. Jean met Neal on a blind date where he told her she smelled good like soap. She later told a friend, "That's the man I'm going to marry!" They married in Las Vegas in August 1941. After Neal left his parent's family business, Kemble & Sons Pump Company, they started a farming business in Arvin. Jean finished high school later in life with her good friend Jan Reed by attending night school. Jean then went on to Bakersfield College where she earned a RN degree. She worked at San Juaquin Hospital as a surgical nurse and Nursing Continuing Education Director. She later was a teacher for the Nurse's Aide and Surgical Tech programs at Bakersfield Adult School. She managed the farming business that she and Neal built from investments. She was a forward thinking and self-made woman who knew the value of education, money and hard work. Serving as a great example, she taught her children to be independent and strong and she was the firm foundation of the family. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those who knew her.
Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery on Panorama Drive, Monday, October 17 at 2:00PM.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 16, 2016
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