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Billie “Jean”  Van Leiden, 84, Ottawa, Kan., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Van Leiden 1 p.m. Friday to the service hour at the funeral home, where the family will meet with friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Interment is planned for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kan.

She was born Saturday, Aug. 25, 1928, in Ottawa, the daughter of Edward and Nellie (McCelland) Brown.

Jean was a lifelong Ottawa resident.

She graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1946 and attended Ottawa University.

Jean was united in marriage with Antoni “Tony” Van Leiden Oct. 8, 1950, in Ottawa, Kan. He preceded her in death July 24, 2012.

She was a lifelong homemaker, also working for Ottawa Truck in the 1950s doing clerical work.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the “Whatever” Club, both of Ottawa.

Survivors include two sons, Ricky Van Leiden, Lawrence, and Tim Van Leiden and wife, Melissa, Ottawa; grandson, Dustin Van Leiden and wife, Cathleen, Jacksonville, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Emily Van Leiden, Pomona; nephew, Fred Brown, Branson, Mo.; nieces, Jan McCarson and husband, O. M., Arlington, Texas, and Jill Reimer and husband, Don, Spring, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Van Leiden; parents, Edward and Nellie Brown; and brother, Harry Brown.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hope House through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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