JoAnne Mitchell

A memorial visitation for JoAnne Mitchell, 76, Kansas City, Mo., will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27th from 3 to 5 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. JoAnne died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born June 23, 1941, in Chicago, the daughter of Marion Skilhans Waters Sr. and Mary E. Payne Waters. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959, and was employed in customer service by DST Insurance for 15 years. In her spare time, JoAnne enjoyed volunteer work at Cathedral Square Towers where she lived. She also enjoyed traveling and attending plays and garage sales.

Survivors include a son, Walter Long III, Lawrence; and two brothers, Marion Waters and Carl Kiser, both of  Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Cathedral Square Towers, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Cheryl White-Thomas...

I will never forget your kindness and all the laughs we shared while we worked together at DST Systems. I’m going to miss you “Jo”. My sincere condolences to her son and family.

From J.E...

JoAnne will be greatly missed by family and friends. May her warm personality give strength to face this challenging time. My condolences to all in the family. The words of Hebrews 2:14-15 will give you insight and comfort during the disquieting moments.

From Genea Wilson...

JoAnn have so enjoyed visiting with you in recent years at the LHS Ladies lunches and talking about Lawrence and LHS when we were young. Shall miss seeing your sunny face/voice.

From Nancy J Dixon...

My beautiful wonderful cousin and friend left me with enough laughs and fun and garage sale adventures and dining out memories that I can reminisce and smile recalling each one. I miss her but the memories I treasure are forever! We laughed , teased and always had a great time together. She was so active and courageous and fought through her pain! She was so independent and capable of making her way….and doing everything HER WAY! Be strong Butch…..she would want you to be !!!!

From Connie Pritchett...

JoAnne was a sweet and caring person. Enjoyed her at class reunions.

From Sue Golke...

You were a friend at LHS and a warm and welcoming person at the reunions. You were a joyful lady who Contributed much to a great reunion time. You will be missed.

From Bill Elkins...

what a ray of sunshine when she was in the room with you . I am blessed to have known her

From Linda & Jon Ingalls...

We always enjoyed visiting with JoAnne at all the class reunions. Such a sweet

We always enjoyed visiting with JoAnne at the class reunions. What a sweet lady. Your family was very blessed to have her.

From Sherri Millsap...

Jo, you were a dear friend and I’m going to miss you a great deal. I loved your wit, your humor, and the stories you could tell about people and life in Lawrence. I admired your memory and knowledge of history; I always learned something new every visit we had. I’m sorry your last months were filled with pain, but know that you rest in peace now. You made my world just a little bit brighter.

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