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Anita “Jean” Klaus

Anita “Jean” Klaus, 93, affectionately known as Jean, peacefully passed away on July 31, 2023, in Brook, IN.
She was born on July 14, 1930, in Carlinville, to Kenneth R. Stayton and Pearl Anita Angelo Stayton.
Jean was a farm wife working beside her husband Bob whom she married on Aug. 26, 1951. For over 50 years they farmed in Honeypoint Township.
Jean was fondly known as MaMa K or the Chicken Lady of Honeypoint. Jean was an outgoing and hardworking individual who brought joy to those around her.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church, where she served in various volunteer roles. Jean was also a long-time member of the Friendly Neighbors Club, Home Extension, and served as a dedicated leader of the Sunnyside of Honeypoint 4-H club for 20 years.
She had a talent for sewing, embroidery, and quilting, completing her last quilt at the remarkable age of 92. Her cooking skills were renowned, and she was especially famous for her delicious sugar cookies. Later in life, she discovered a love for coloring and became an avid coloring artist.
Surviving daughters are Nancy McClatchey (Ron) of Morocco, IN, Betsy Hodapp (Daniel) of Hoffman’ grandchildren, Robert McClatchey (Amber) of Wolcott, IN, Bridget McClatchey of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Carsen McClatchey, Dorothy Jean McClatchey; brother, Dean Stayton (Helen) of Carlinville.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Klaus; parents, Kenneth R. and Pearl Stayton; siblings, Marcella Talley, Oella Fullington, Eldon ‘Jack’ Stayton, Kenneth Stayton and Betty Leroy.
Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Davis Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville. Funeral service were on Saturday, Aug. 5 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, with burial in Mayfield Cemetery, Carlinville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Visit to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.
Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of the arrangements.