The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Where Are They Now?

by Becky Smith, The Quill

Jill Logan Stone grew up in La Harpe, the daughter of Jan and the late Marta Logan. Jill graduated from La Harpe High School in 1990 and received her degree in Elementary Education in December, 1994. She has previously taught 8th grade Language Arts.

Jill met her husband, Jason Stone, at Western Illinois University. They were married on April 22, 1995 and have been married 23 years. Their wedding was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington, Iowa, the same church where her parents were married. .

After they were married, they lived in St. Louis, MO, for eight years and Jill worked for the Rockwood School District in the St. Louis area. In 2003, they moved to Knoxville, TN for six months and a few days before Christmas, relocated to Anoka, MN (Minneapolis area) where they lived for a little over a year and a half.

They lived there until August of 2005 when they moved to the Kansas City area. Jill says I never went back to work, because my job was always getting the kids acclimated to their new areas, and taking them for appointments, etc.

They currently live in Olathe, Kansas where Jill stays at home and says her three children keep her very busy. Her daughter, Lauren, is a senior at KU in Lawrence, Kansas.

Her son, Nathan, is a sophomore at Kansas State, and her 13 year old (soon to be 14 in October) son, Adam, owns his own lawn mowing and irrigation company.

Jill says she helps him install systems in customer's yards, along with winterizing, aerating yards, etc.

Jill says  when we travel, we LOVE going west. We have been to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and the Tetons multiple times, the Grand Canyon, Zion Bryce, Canyon lands, Capital Reef, Arches, Ouray, Buena Vista, and many more locations. We enjoy skiing in the winter, as well, in Colorado.

When asked about a most influential person, Jill says SO many..Where to begin. Peggy (Bergmeier) Geeves, for 3rd grade, put on the most AMAZING Native American unit that we all still talk about today.

Laurie Myers and Pat Boyer were always so upbeat.

Annalu Jones and Pat Edmonds for their laughter, Jane Fort Edwards, who always found a way to have us laughing while getting a lot out of us.

And I can't forget my mom, Marta Logan. She pushed me with my spelling-always encouraging me to enter the spelling bee. She also pushed me to learn speeches for speech contest.

But her most influential lesson she left me with was her upbeat nature. It didn't seem to matter how frustrated or upset I could get, she could ALWAYS see the silver lining. ng.

Or, in her case, make lemonade out of lemons. She not only taught others to do that, but lived her own life by that motto.  I felt truly blessed to grow up in a small community where so many people cared about each other. And my family was one of those that were extremely blessed. Without all of the love and compassion, I don t know how my family would have gotten through all of my mom's health battles.

"And for me, as her child that lives 5 hours away, it brought me comfort to know that people still cared enough to check in on her and treat her like she was still an important part of the community. I will forever be grateful.