Services for Rowena Jane “Janee” Hillebert, 59, Eudora, will be 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in Vinland Cemetery at a later date.
Ms. Hillebert died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her home.
She was born February 22, 1954, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph Ward Sr. and Lois Laverne Minor Hillebert. She graduated from Frontenac High School in 1972 and later from dental school. She moved to Eudora in 1979 from Pittsburg, Kansas.
Ms. Hillebert worked as a dental assistant. She enjoyed spending time with family and taking care of her grandchildren.
She married Tony Hickman in 1973. They later divorced.
Survivors include a son, Jamy Hickman and wife Amy of Oskaloosa, KS; daughter, Nichole Hayes and husband David of Eudora, KS; brothers, Delbert Hillebert of West Palm Beach, FL, John Hillebert and wife Sherry of Eudora, KS, Joseph Hillebert of Franklin, KS; sisters, Sadie Coon of Lawrence, KS, Joan Ellis and husband Pete of Anacortes, WA, Marilyn Smardo and husband John of Franklin, KS, Victoria Hillebert of Eudora, KS; grandchildren, Randy-Paul Hickman, Lance Hickman, Tomi-Lyn Hickman, Kaitlyn Hayes, Brayden Hayes, Charlee Hayes; 38 nieces and nephews; and 54 great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers Roy Hillebert, Bruce French, and Teddy Hillebert; and an infant sister, Rita.
The family suggests memorials to the Janee Hillebert Memorial Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
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so sorry for your loss i sure didnt kwow about this. i will let rodger know.
Sorry for your loss. She was a good neighbor.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the sudden loss of your mother. I know what a shock it is for you and the family to loose such a precious soul. Janee touched my heart from the very first time we met, she was such a strong woman with a gentle, loving heart. The memories of the moments we shared will live on in my heart forever. She is in the arms of the family angels. May you both find comfort and strength in each other’s love throughout this difficult time. Love you and God Bless.
Oh Dear GOD in Heaven,where do I begin,My RoRo touched soooo many Lives,in the most uplifting way,I seen her on a Daily basis,she did sooo much for me in my life,and my grandson,Wednesday night,was our threes night over at her house,and it was awesome,we would get food prepared,and always,Ro said Grace for food we were about to eat,always,she sooo Loved Our Heavenly Father,and enjoy the evening,Good Fellowship with my sister,of the seven,she was Oldest and I am Youngest,and soooo many people,would come up to her thinking she was me and I was her,asking me how was Jamy and Nichole,my responce of coarse was,you mean Jody,Christopher and Stacy V.,and they would just look,and say but you look so much like your sister,her and I of coarse didn’t see it,but many,many others did.She and I acted a little Crazy sometimes,but it was so fun to just hang out with her,you could sooo be yourself,she heard me laugh,cry,there was nothing I couldn’t talk to her about,and go away feeling there was an accomplishment,to do better,and she soooo took such good care of me in the Hospital,after surgeries,just amazing,her bedside manner,Life on this Earth will Truely not be the Same,without her,but she is in Heaven now,watching over us,Like the Angel,she is,you have Truely been in my Life,I know she is,I will Love and Miss you Always,My RoRo,what a Blessing,and Honor it was to have you as My Sister,in Life and You My Dear Lovely Lady,will Truely be Missed,I am sorry this is so long,I could so go on and on,but I will stop,but note she was The Most Amazing,Wonderful,Awesome,Truthful,Loyal,Loving,beyond a Shadow of a doubt,strongly Believed,in Our GOD,Big Sister,they did not come any better then Rowena Jane Hillebert(my ro ro)you my love will be in My Heart for Life…..
Words will never describe the sense of sadness we feel. I have met very few people in my life that have touched as many lives as Janee. I feel honored that I was able to get to know her over the years. She will be dearly missed. Heaven gained one beautiful Angel. You have a wonderful, caring family that has came together on a level that very few people are ever able to experience. We love you all and will continue to support you as much as we can. ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥
Janie was a lovely woman. We enjoyed knowing her and will always remember her.
Janee was a dear friend for many years. I will miss her dearly. She was a loving, caring friend no matter what was going on in her life she always had time to listen to me and give me words of encouragement. We had many fun and wonderful times over the years and I will miss her smile and hearing her voice. Love you Janee…..God Bless you and your family. Until we meet again……
My heart goes out to the family. Just want to express my sincere sympathy to all. Janee was a precious soul. Just saw her last Friday at the Ballgame. One day we will meet again in Heaven!
I would like to extend my condolences to the family. I had the privilege to see her just last month and enjoyed the opportunity to chat with her about family and art. Over the years our encounters have been sporadic yet she always made me feel like we had just seen one another last week. She was always the same loving, caring lady every time I’d see her and always had a big hug to offer. One could always count on an update on family and upcoming events. The lasting memory I’ll have of Janee is her supporting and encouraging me. The last thing she did for me before we parted that day was help by directing me to other opportunities to display my work. That’s just who she was. Love and miss her.
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