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Jean Vinson Urquhart

Obituary for Jean Vinson Urquhart

September 30, 1922 - May 30, 2018
Aurora, Illinois | Age 95


Jean Vinson Urquhart left this earth to join her Savior in Heaven on May 30, 2018. She was 95.

Jean was born in Haichow, China, on September 30, 1922. Her parents, John and Jeanie Vinson, were missionaries there. Jean's mother passed away shortly after she was born, and her father was martyred in China when she was nine. She was raised in Lexington, Virginia, by her loving Auntie, who died when Jean was 14, after which Jean lived with her Vinson cousins in Kentucky where she finished high school. When asked why she didn't feel bitter about the seeming tragedies of her childhood, she simply answered "because I was loved."

Jean poured out that same love into the lives of of those around her. She didn't simply tell others about God's love - she showed them. Her hugs, her laughter, her listening heart, and gentle spirit were freely given to all without judgment or reserve. Family was priceless to her, and, once you met her, you were a part of her family. Her faith was simple and practical; she readily admitted that she struggled at times, but somehow she was always able to keep her eyes on the goal ahead.

She married Robert (Pastor Bob) Urquhart on August 27, 1948, and they raised their three daughters on the mission field in Korea. There Jean taught college students as well as kindergarten, developing a Korean kindergarten curriculum to be used in the Christian churches. When she and Bob returned to the states in1970, they continued to serve together in churches throughout Illinois and Indiana until Bob's retirement.

Jean graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, and attended Columbia Bible College in South Carolina. She earned a masters degree in Christian education from Biblical Seminary in New York and studied Korean at the language school at Yale University in preparation for the mission field. Jean often volunteered in the public schools and chose to earn a masters degree as a reading specialist so she could better serve the children in the communities where she lived.

Jean's husband, parents, brothers, and grandson are among those welcoming her into Heaven.

She will continue to be loved, and her laughter, singing, and famous sayings will continue to be remembered by her daughters - Beth Urquhart and Toni Royal, Marty and Yosef Koelner, Agnes and Dan Cassidy; and by the rest of her family - five grandchildren, seven great-grands, and a loving gaggle of nieces, nephews, "unofficial adoptees," and friends, all of whom have been blessed by her gentle, joyful life.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16th at First Presbyterian Church, 325 East Downer, Aurora. A time of visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. with the service following at 11:00 A.M. A private burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Children's Ministry at First Pres., Aurora (, Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains (, or Fundacion Cultivando Sonrisas (, an organization that provides a safe place for girls in Medellin, Colombia.

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Aurora, IL 60506
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