Sara Jean McGhehey, 94

Sara Jean McGhehey, 94, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

She was born Nov. 27, 1924, in Waynetown, Ind., the daughter of Charles Burton Munns and Mary Edna Livengood Ellis. She graduated from Waynetown High School in 1942 and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1949.

Jean taught for one year at French Lick High School in French Lick, Ind., where she met Marion Arthur McGhehey. They were married on Dec. 23, 1950. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1982.

Their early years were spent in Neptune, N.J., Tucson, Ariz., Bloomington, Ind., and Falls Church, Va., before settling in Topeka in 1962.

Jean loved sports – especially tennis, football and basketball. Jean was a good cook and loved making pies for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner in Topeka.

She committed her life to Christ as an adult and was a long-time member and officer of the Women’s Aglow Fellowship chapter in Topeka. Jean graduated from Victory Bible Institute in 1984. Jean made mission trips to Haiti and spent many years in prison ministry at the Topeka Correctional Facility. She would sometimes provide a home to women leaving the prison to help them transition.

Survivors include five children: Kathleen, Highlands Ranch, Colo., John (Jane) Alliance, Neb., Peggy, Kansas City, Mo., Stephen (Stacy), Wrentham, Mass., and Jeffrey, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Jill (Ryan) Alcorn, Conor McGhehey, Tate (Sarah) McGhehey, Molly McGhehey, Kayla McGhehey, Riley McGhehey, three great-grandchildren: Tyson Alcorn, Dillon Alcorn and Sophie McGhehey; daughter-in-law Karen Rullman, step-grandchild Melissa Campbell; step-great-grandchildren Corbin, Haleigh, Jack and Jenna; nephew Richard Ellis, and niece Marcella Reel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Michael Edward; half-siblings Lloyd Ellis, Grace Ellis Hamm, Harold Ellis, Charles Munns, William Munns and Mary Elizabeth Munns; and step-grandson Stephen Kibby.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Mount Hope Cemetery & Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th St., Topeka, Kan. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka.

Memorial contributions may be made to Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas, Topeka, KS 66608 or to Global Missions Ministries, P.O. Box 161, Topeka, KS 66601. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

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