June 20, 1929 ~ April 18, 2021

Born in: Livermore, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Jeane Searcy Kuykendall, 91, of Owensboro passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at her home. She was born in Livermore, Kentucky on June 20, 1929 to the late Otis Calvin and Lee Timmonds Everly Searcy. Jeane graduated from Livermore High School as a 1947 graduate. She went on to further her education at Brescia University and Georgetown College earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. During her 27 years of teaching first and second grade at Owensboro, Louisville, and Frankfort, Jeane impacted the lives of many students.

In 1950, she married the love of her life, Winston Ray Kuykendall. Jeane loved spending time with her family, gardening, country-western dancing, playing tabletop games with her friends, was a true-blue Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fanatic, and took pride in her culinary passions for cooking and baking. Jean lived with an extraordinary exuberance for life. She is best remembered by friends and family as a woman with a true passion for education, a fun-loving woman with a sharp-witted and tenacious sense of humor, and an absolute love for her family. She was an individual who continues to inspire compassion and kindness to anyone who knew her. She was an unshakably strong woman, daughter, sister, wife, and mother and even in death, continues to be a function of love and force of goodness unto the world.

Along with her parents, Jeane is preceded in death by her husband; her sons, Paul Vernon Kuykendall, Winston “Max” Maxwell Kuykendall; sister, Ilena Buchanan; her brother, James Searcy; and her beloved dog, Mikey.

Jeane is survived by her grandchildren, Clinton Paul of Georgia, Alexander “Alex” Maxwell Kuykendall of Texas, and Brandon Hilton Kuykendall, of Georgia; her daughter-in-law, Mary Kuykendall; and her nieces and nephews, Janet (Chris) Reid, Tony (Cindy) Searcy, Scott (Cheri) Searcy, Chris (Kim) Searcy, Suzie Nevitt; all of whom she loved dearly.

Services will be 11:00 am Friday, April 23, 2021 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial to follow at Centertown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

All family and friends who wish to honor Jeane at the visitation and funeral are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Kuykendall. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Jeane Searcy Kuykendall and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: April 22, 2021 5:00 pm - April 22, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: April 23, 2021 11:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. So sorry to read about Jeane’s passing. She was truly one of a kind! I have so many wonderful memories of growing up close to her in Livermore. We had so much fun together as girls! She could light up a room.
    Prayers to her family, she will be remembered and missed.

  2. Rebecca Daniel Games – I have very fond memories of Mrs. Kuykendall from when we lived in Frankfort. She and my mother, Mary T. Daniel taught together at Elkhorn Elementary School. Then she was my son’s teacher. After I retired, I moved to Owensboro. One Sunday I was so surprised to see her walk into our church services here in Owensboro. She was always so cheerful and friendly. I’m sorry for your loss. We lost Mom in January of this year. Elkhorn Elementary has lost two very special retired teachers.

  3. Mrs. Kuykendall was my 2nd grade math teacher at Elkhorn Elementary in Frankfort, way back in 1986. She was the first teacher to ever give me homework but she was always so nice to us that I didn’t mind one bit. That’s how school teachers should be. I was at Elkhorn for only the first half that year, but I still remember running into her at a restaurant a month or so after I moved. I was excited to see her again and she hugged me, put me on her lap (I remember she was dressed pretty sharp, as always), talked to me, and asked how I was doing after returning to my old school. She really loved her students! I don’t remember many other interactions with her now but it’s how she treated people (her spirit, as exemplified by that memory) that stood out and stayed with me all this time.

  4. Jean was a teacher at Elkhorn Elementary where I was Proncipal. I loved Jean and we worked admirably together! She always had the students best interest in mind and performance! I could always count on her to tell it like it was which created a bond of trust between us! My sincere condolences to the family and friends!

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