Elaine T. Jefferson

July 1, 1928 - August 27, 2020
Elaine Jefferson

Elaine Teresa Jefferson, 92, of Parsons, passed away at 8:50 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Parsons Presbyterian Manor following a long, happy and full life.

She was born July 1, 1928 in Parsons, KS to James Patrick and Mary Margaret (O’Connor) O’Hara.

Elaine grew up and attended school in Parsons and was a graduate of Parsons High School. Elaine married Horace “Jeff” Jefferson. The newlyweds lived in Washington D.C. until

1951 when they moved back to Parsons, KS. In 1956 they moved west to San Bernardino, CA;

only to return back to Parsons for good in 1964.

Elaine was a good and faithful servant and a member of St. Patrick’s Cathloic Church. She was

a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the St. Patrick’s Altar Society. She especially

enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and baking. Volunteering at the

local hospital as a Pink Lady was one of Elaine’s favorite things to do.

She is survived by her son, Robert and Cheryl Jefferson of Andover, KS; her daughters, Kathy

and Michael Duffy of Colwich, KS; Ann and Mike Stapleton of Hollister, MO; and Sue and Rick

Golloher of Tulsa, OK. Elaine is also survived by her brother,Charles and Nancy O’Hara of

Topeka, KS; and sisters Betty Ann Cunningham of Olathe, KS; and Jeanne and Miles Smith of

St. Paul, KS. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Doug and Mark Jefferson; Colleen

Armbrister; Erin Wood; Robyn Neil; Leigh Ann Hubler; Andrea King; and Angela Giles. She is

also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, great-grandchildren, and cherished


Elaine was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Horace E. Jefferson. She was also

preceded in death by her five brothers: Jim O’Hara, Jack O’Hara, Bud O’Hara, Joe O’Hara, and

Mike O’Hara; and her two sisters: Margaret Grillot and Kathleen O’Hara.

The Mass will be live streamed via the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page on

September 3, 2020 at 11:00 am. Due to gathering guidelines, Elaine’s funeral Mass and burial

is limited. The Rosary will be prayed on Thursday, September 3, at 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s

Catholic Church in Parsons, KS. The funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will

immediately follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons, KS.