Alice Marie Ann McClanahan

My dearest daughter, Alice, was born August 7th, 2016 at Overland Park Regional hospital.

She was soon diagnosed shortly afterwards with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and with it would come a myriad of obstacles for her to overcome.

Obstacles, that did not slow Alice down in the slightest.

If you knew Alice, you knew that anywhere she went, nothing but happiness and smiles followed her.

Anytime she was sick, not feeling well in the hospital, she would always try to give everyone reassurance with her iconic thumbs up and big smile.

She would scoot up to anyone feeling down at anytime, and made sure you didn’t feel the same way once she was done with you.

She was always happy, bubbly, a absolute joy to be around; besides when she first woke up or was asleep.

If you tried to bother her at those times she would act like a downright teenager, giving you nasty glares; and throwing her blanket back over with the most attitude you’d ever seen.

One of Alice’s favorite words in her small vocabulary was ‘Momma’, knowing those words would always have her picked up regardless.

These limitations not affecting that everyone knew what Alice wanted, when she wanted it.

At Alice’s happiest moments she would always take her hands and rub her right knee and give her big bubbly laugh and roll onto her sides.

Other times her big thumbs up was always a key point to her attitude, rather she was trying to reassure you of something, or mad at you and giving you the bird essentially.

Having her feet rubbed after a bath was one of Alice’s favorite things; being pampered like a princess, she would always laugh, giggle and roll around during so.

She was extremely loved by her two younger brothers, sometimes picking on them; always giving them a reminder that she was the baby regardless of the situation.

She absolutely loved school and was loved by her peers; she was so clever and full of surprises, always keeping them on the edge of their seats.

These are things that will always be remembered about my sweet baby girl.

She was preceeded in death by her grandfather George McClanahan, younger sister Rinoa McClanahan, and grandmother Linda Wheeler.

She’s survived by her father Jacob McClanahan, mother Samantha Criss, brother Tidus McClanahan, brother Charles Reed, grandmother Lisa Weaver, grandfather Mike Criss and many aunts and cousins.

Alice was love.

This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.

Messages & Condolences

From Uncle Steve...

My Nephew I can’t think of the right words to tell you other than to trust God enjoy your memories they will always be in your heart I love you

From Dr. Tiffany Anderson...

On behalf of Topeka Public Schools, our deepest condolences are extended. Alice was such a sweet kindergarten student, she will be greatly missed by her Jardine School family. She always had a smile and showed such joy and happiness to others she met. May your positive memories and the love she brought to you uplift you and comfort you. Please know that your TPS family mourns with you and we will continue uplifting Alice through love and acts of kindness in her memory as she transitions into her new everlasting life.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent
Topeka Public School District

From Angela Brandon...

I love you baby bug. You will be in my heart and on my mind until we meet again ???

From Ed and Linda Kiernan...

Jake and family, we are sorry for your loss and hope that her memories will comfort you in this time of sadness. Blessings of peace to you and your family

From Grandma...

We love and miss you baby girl. You will forever be in my heart and soul.

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