Jill Darcene Penrod

Jill Darcene Penrod went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 23, 2021 after a brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born in Kansas City, KS to Chester R. Nelson and Katherine (Glory) Nelson on January 23, 1936. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1953. She graduated from Park College in 1973. She was an elementary school teacher in Kansas City, KS. She married Robert M. Penrod on June 17, 1960 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS. She continued teaching throughout her life. Jill had a passion for helping others. She fostered many children throughout the years. She loved to sing and play the piano. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband on February 7, 2006. She is survived by her sister Donna G. Russell of Lawrence, KS and her six children, Darin K. Penrod (Cheri) Kansas City, MO, Staci A. Earl Lawrence, KS, David R. Penrod (Marni) Lawrence, KS, Debby S. Slifer (Scott) Olathe, KS, Kari B. Lewis (Warren) Olathe, KS, Paula Gregory (Gary) Fort Worth, TX, grandson and caretaker Joshua T. Penrod Lawrence, KS, and 12 other grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on November 29, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Burial Service will be Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Bonner Springs Cemetery in Bonner Springs, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harvesters Food pantry.

Messages & Condolences

From Rebecca Iveson...

Thinking of you, Debby Slifer, and your entire family at this difficult time. You are all truly blessed to have your mom in your lives. I read through a few messages and Debby, you and I shared stories of our moms with each other. I am truly sorry for your loss of this wonderful mother and lady. God Bless you.

From Susie Miller...

My thoughts are with you ~Kingston spoke highly of his Grandma. He loved her dearly. Please take care

From Lois Ferguson...

Debby, Scott and Cody-So sorry to hear of the death of your mom/grandmother! Losing a parent is such a milestone, but not the kind anyone wants to mark. Thinking of you during your time of grief. Hoping that time with your family will help you remember your momma alive and healthy-the times you will most treasure.

From Andrea Parks...

Please accept my prayers and condolences for you and your family! She may be gone, but memories lasts forever! God is covering you all with His love, peace and comfort right now. God bless you all!

From Vera Rogers...

My condolences to the whole family for the passing of Jill!
Jill was a kind-hearted and generous woman. She has hosted my family and I so many times for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have always felt welcome in her house in Tonganoxie. I have huge admiration for Jill for adopting 5 children and raising them to be wonderful and successful people. For me, as a person coming from Europe, Jill embodied all the best features of an American woman. Jill will be dearly missed.


Thinking of Jill and her children during this time. I’m grateful I was able to meet her and share in the joy that she brought to others.

From Judy Harkins...

Dear Jill’s family, I met Jill and your daddy at Mustard Seed Church years ago and visited at their then home. And visited Jill, “toured the church she pastored” and also we visited in her apartment there. I remembered where I parked my car the first time. And, attended a wedding there. My intention was to visit with her more often.
And then there were interruptions and not being able to continue. I did see her in her place here and on other occasions like at a church potluck. But certainly not often enough.
Jill was to me and so many absolutely precious. I am recalling her deep faith and always tender kindnesses.
I was actually praying for her when a post to pray came on my phone to do so. I know many did and also for you.
Now I am wondering how many mansions she has in Heaven. (Have read that at less some have more than one) and what is her most used talent there. Imagine the immense welcome with So many people who awaited her homecoming.
I will not be able to attend her visitation. I will however remember to pray for you.

From Sandi S. Muhonen...

Thinking of you Staci and all of your siblings and your two sons, Joshua and Kingston, during this time of loss. I know you will all have sweet memories of your mom and grandmother.

From Rev Gary Brooks (Maria’s co-worker)...

Peace and many happy remembrances to you all as you celebrate Jill’s life.

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