Jean P Farnsworth

Jean P. Farnsworth

November 15, 1949 – June 8, 2021

Born November 15, 1949. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Margaret Phaneuf.  Survive by sisters, Carol Emily Farnsworth (Larry Armstrong), Mary Jo Jeffers; nephew, Lee Jeffers; niece, Ann Metcalf.

Jean graduated from Chadron State College with a Bachelor of Science and Education. She went on to teach Special Ed at Scottsbluff and Omaha, Nebraska. In 1982 she moved to Dallas and learned the retail business.  In returning to Omaha in 1984 she opened ”The Party Patch ”, a staple in the Countryside Village for nearly 30 years helping people celebrate all momentous occasions, from births to weddings,  engagements, and just plain party fun. Jean loved helping people celebrate the important occasion in their lives.  She always had fond memories of her many many patrons over the years.

Retiring in 2012, Jean love gardening. Her flowers were her joy.  You could find her enjoying them always. One of her greatest passions was the food she loved cooking and enjoyed a great meal. She was always making a favorite dish and sharing it with her friends.  Jean also enjoyed the last three years volunteering with Trinity Cathedral Church, making homemade desserts for the homeless every Wednesday. She found great pride and joy and giving where she could and enriching people’s lives.  Jean touched many lives with her career in teaching and retail. She made many friends along the way and cherished all the relationships she made over the years.

VISITATION: Thursday, June 17th from 4pm to 6pm, followed by TIME of SHARING, all at West Center Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.


  • Gail B B Burk Posted June 14, 2021 9:20 pm

    Dear Carol and Mary Jo:

    We are so very sorry to know of Jean’s passing. We will always remember her big smile as she joined us cheering for Rachel at soccer nationals back in the day. I will miss our conversations covering everything from family lore to her recipe for carrot cake. Jean’s death is a loss for all of us. We are holding Jean in our memories, and holding you in our hearts. We send love.

    Gail and Michael

  • Marianne Andrin Posted June 19, 2021 3:08 pm

    Dear Mary Jo and Carol,

    It made me very sad to hear about Jean.’passing. Especially for you, Mary Jo, because I think, you were living together. Right?

    I remember Jean very well when she was coming back home for the weekendin 1972. She was always telling about her job at that time. I was very admirative of her taking care of handicaped children and she had many things to tell the family.

    She loved the Carpenters at that time and when she was home, we could hear that beautiful music all over the house !

    I join my sadness to yours and I have special thoughts for you and Carol and your family.



  • Linda (Kettlewell) Blinde Posted July 17, 2021 5:58 am

    Dear Carol and Mary Jo, I was very saddened to learn of Jean’s passing. Ishe was the best roommate I ever could have imagined during our years together at Chhadron State. I always hope our paths would cross again someday. Linda Blinde

  • Cindy L Burger Posted September 8, 2021 10:22 pm

    Dear dear ones, I was in Omaha today selling all I can at
    Countryside Plaza and heard of Jean’s passing. She was a wonderful buyer and I learned so much from her. She adored my children and put up with me as her rep. I knew we were friends when we worked at her house. I saw her through many a white dogs. She meant a great deal to me and I will hang on to ever lesson she taught me. Sincerely, Cindy Burger

  • Cheri Hill Posted September 10, 2021 2:16 pm

    To those left to mourn Jean,
    I was fondly thinking of Jean today, when it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen any Facebook posts from her recently…when searching for her, I learned the sad news of her passing. Jean hired me to work at Party Patch during a time that ended up being for difficult for me, as I was going through a pending divorce. Her kindness to me, and my boys, was beyond measure. She was supportive, generous, and thoughtful. She truly helped me through that dark time. I often think of her saying to me “Just keep your face toward the sun, and you’ll be alright.”
    I’m saddened that she’s no longer on this earth, and will forever cherish the lessons I learned from her.
    Hugs, Cheri

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