Janice Gail McKenzie

Services for Janice Gail McKenzie, 83, will be on October 1st, 2023 at 10am at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hardy Oak Cemetery in Jefferson County, KS.

Janice died Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born June 12, 1940 in Corona, New Mexico, daughter of Claude and Lucille Tarpley. She graduated from Placer High School in Auburn, California.

She married Kenneth Alec McKenzie US Navy, on July 29, 1959 at the US Naval Base in San Diego, CA by the Chaplin. They had met on a blind date on a Monday, got married on a Wednesday, and he shipped out on a Friday for a year at sea. Kenneth died July 7, 2007. They were together for 48 beautiful years and had 2 daughters, Robbie and Melody.

Jan loved children and spent her life serving Jesus.

Proceeded in death were Janice’s parents, Lucille and Claude Tarpley, brothers Warren Preston Tarpley, Joe Mitchel Tarpley, and Howard Dale Tarpley.

She is survived by daughters Robbie (Rob) Fischer, Ottawa. Melody McKenzie (Michelle Gainer), Lawrence. Brother Jimmy Wade Tarpley, Dubois, Idaho and sister Amy Shirlene Tarpley, Citrus Heights, California.

Grandsons Shaun (Wanda) McKenzie, Blue Springs MO, Michael (Mischell) Peters, Philippines, Mark (Tanya) Bartling, Lecompton,  Andrew (Paige) Barrows, Olathe, and Steven Barrows, Topeka.

Great grandsons Chet Bartling, Lecompton, Tommy and Evan Barrows, Olathe, Phillip McGraw, Tonganoxie, Austin and Nicholas Asmussen, Blue Springs, and Issac Bartling, Lecompton.

Great granddaughters Lacey Barrows, Topeka, Tabitha Peters, Lawrence, Danae and Delaney McKenzie, Springfield, Illinois, Neveah Peters, Philippines, Callie Bishop, Blue Springs, Marissa Bartling, Perry, Ashlyn Henney, Perry and Kay McKenzie, KCK.

Great great grandsons Bently and Hudson Umbenhower, KCK, and Waylon Henney, Perry.

Great great granddaughters Maria Umbenhower, KCK, Brelynn Cullumber, Perry, and Haidyn Henney, Perry.

Honorary granddaughters Dorothy Ann and Mary Ann and Bobbie Lee.

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