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Jan Claire KEMPER Obituary
KEMPER, Jan Claire

Jan Claire Kemper died peacefully in the comfort of her home on Monday, September 23, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Kansas City, MO on March 24, 1925, she was the granddaughter of the late William Thornton and Charlotte Crosby Kemper, and daughter of the late R. Crosby and Enid Jackson Kemper. Jan was preceded in death by her sister, Sally Ann Kemper Wood of Kansas City. She attended the Ogontz School, Mills College, and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where she studied costume design. She worked as a fashion model in New York and Kansas City, MO. A resident of Palm Beach since 1963, Jan was actively involved in the education of children having served as a chairman of the Graham-Eckes Foundation Board; and chairman of the Graham-Eckes Blue & White Ball. She was a member of the board of directors at St. Ann Catholic School and was a supporter of the Rosarian Academy, Holy Cross, and Indian Ridge Schools. She helped found the Palm Beach Symphonette and was a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. She was a member of The Sailfish Club of Florida; The Beach Club; The Palm Beach Yacht Club; and a past member of The Everglades Club, The Governor's Club and Club Collette. Jan was an avid bridge player with life points. She had been a golfer, tennis player, and member of the IWFA with a tarpon world record which stood for many years. She is survived by four children, Enid Ellis Cheatham (Bill, deceased), Jan-Clair Stevens Sellwood, Matthew Kemper Stevens (Tracy), and Monet Madison Stevens O'Hara (Brian); fifteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; her brother, Crosby Kemper, Jr. of Kansas City, MO; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 with Dr. Ken Mahanes officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from noon until the time of service. The family will also receive friends during a reception immediately following the ceremony. A graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Jan Claire Kemper Scholarship Fund at Palm Beach Atlantic University, School of Nursing, P.O. Box 24708, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-9893 QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME (561) 832-5171

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28, 2013
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