Janette (“Jan”) Ruth McCullough

Janette (“Jan”) Ruth McCullough, age 85, of Lawrence, KS, died peacefully on August 23, 2020.
She was born in Great Bend, KS, on December 5, 1934, the daughter of Orville and Ruth Baldwin. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1952, and later graduated from The University of Kansas (1958) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.
After graduation, Jan worked at Ramsey’s Decorative and Paint Store and the home furnishing department at Weaver’s Department Store in Lawrence. She went on to work as an interior designer and co-owner of Bud Jennings Carpets and Draperies from 1962 to 1972. In 1974, Jan opened Jan’s Interiors – Draperies and Home Furnishings. She ran a successful business and worked with many residents of the Lawrence community and across the state of Kansas. Jan retired in 1995 but continued to work as an interior design consultant the rest of her life.
Jan was not only a businesswoman, but a devoted mother, wife, and member of the Lawrence community. She married Bryan “Kent” McCullough on September 13, 1953 in Great Bend, KS. They eventually planted their roots in Lawrence and raised two sons, Lee and Neil. The family were avid Jayhawk fans and usually had a dachshund or two running around their home near the KU campus.
Jan was heavily involved in Lawrence charities and associations. She was a member of the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Community Theatre, KU Natural History Museum, KU Spencer Museum of Art, KU Friends of the Lied, and Watkins Museum of History. She was an active board member and volunteer for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (Board Member President 2001-2002). She was credited with coming up with the idea for the Hearts of Gold Ball, a major hospital fundraiser and black-tie event that takes place every other year to raise funds for the hospital. Jan was one of the first people to receive the Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award from the Endowment Association and when asked how she felt about the honor, she stated “It’s nice to get an award for something that you have fun doing anyway.”
Jan’s lust for life also took her on adventures all over the world. Highlights included three weeks in Africa with Kent and Lee, many visits to Acapulco, Mexico with Neil, multiple international excursions with her friends, and trips all over the United States with her grandchildren, Dane and Jaclyn. By the time of her passing, Jan had visited 48 states and five continents.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Lee Allen McCullough in 1982, and three brothers, Jack, Jim, and John Baldwin.
She is survived by her son Neil McCullough and significant other Vonda, a grandson Dane McCullough, a granddaughter Jaclyn Jeschke and husband Alex, a sister Joan Murphy, and many other family and friends.
Due to COVID-19, a private service will be held for family as Jan is laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery next to her husband and son. If anyone has stories or messages to share with the family, cards can be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.
The family suggest memorials be made to the Lee Allen McCullough Scholarship Fund at The University of Kansas Endowment Association, sent it care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Messages & Condolences

From Nancy Hedrick...

I just found out about Jan’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss. Jan was one of my favorite people and I will always treasure our special talks. My thoughts and prayers are with Neil, Vonda, Dane, and Jaclyn. Jan loved you all so much and she talked about you every time we spoke. What an amazing woman and an amazing life! With sincere sympathy and love.

From Melanie J. Reed...

Jan was such an inspirational, creative and distinguished lady. My deepest sympathy to the entire McCullough family, and prayers for comfort and healing. God bless you and keep you.

From J.D. Cleavinger...

Neil & Family
My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother

From Gail Ellena Vick...

I’m so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. She was a wonderful and kind lady that gave so much of her time and talent to our community and to others. She was a wonderful friend to my parents. She will be missed.

From Craig and Valerie Foos...

Neil and family, we are saddened by Jan’s passing. She was a great friend, as well as an inspiration and mentor to us. I asked her advice many times and enjoyed our get-togethers when we simply laughed and shared memories. I will always miss her.

From Leo, Glenda, Jeff & Callee...

Neil, Vonda, Dane & Jaclyn,

We are saddened to hear about the loss of a great Mother and Grandmother. May GOD Bless each of you during this time of sorrow and replace the sorrow with sweet memories. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks and months.

From Julie C. Rea and Dan T. Rea...

So sorry to hear of her passing. I have fond memories of Adam going over to visit Dane at their house and the sweet dachsund they owned. I also have memories of her wonderful support of Dane in his many sports activities. My condolences to your family.

From Betsy Lienhard Scott...

Neil and family, I have such great memories of your mom growing up, hanging at your house. Then all the baseball games for the boys cheering them on. She was a great mentor for many women including me, owning her own business and being a wife and mother at the same time. I am glad I got to visit with her this year. She was an amazing person and will be missed by many!

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