Constance "Jodie" Needy

June 7, 1934March 31, 2019

Constance Joan Needy “Jodie” was born on June 7, 1934, in Eldon, Missouri, to Tom and Connie Edwards who were in the movie theatre business. The day of Jodie’s birth, the marquee read “A Star is Born.”

In her high school years, Jodie was a high-stepping majorette and cheerleader for 4 years, leading a full marching band down the town’s main street. She was active in volleyball and tennis and became the basketball and football queen. At the University of Missouri, she pledged Kappa Alpha Theta in 1954. In 1956, she graduated with a degree in education and taught elementary school before marrying Jack Needy in 1957. Together they lived in Topeka, Kansas for a year before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she resided for 27 years. In Ft. Lauderdale, she was very active in social circles and became president of the Junior League. Jodie also started a language disability school and diagnostic center for kids with learning disabilities. A sudden move took her back to Missouri where she became volunteer coordinator at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. She was also president of Kings Daughters and a 60-year member of PEO.

In 1997, Jodie’s husband Jack died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. In 2001, Jodie moved to Colorado where she’s been active in Theta and PEO and was president of the Symphony Guild. She also traveled to Italy for a tour with her cycling club which was a highlight for her. Jodie was a long-time participant and graduate of Bible Study Fellowship and attended Faith Church for the past 10 years.

Off and on for the past several years, Jodie has been working on a children’s book titled The Adventures of Horace the Frog, and enjoying her grandchildren, family and friends who meant so much to her. Jodie is survived by her children; Michelle Lynne Needy of Los Angeles, Jack Edward Needy (Lisa) of Ft. Collins, and Thomas Wayne Needy (Eleanor) of Boulder; her grandchildren: Kolby (son of Jack and Lisa Needy), Anna and Will (daughter and son of Thomas and Eleanor Needy). She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wayne Needy of Columbia, her daughter, Connie Ruth Needy and her brother, Thomas Nibley Edwards of Ft. Lauderdale.

Jodie requested in lieu of memorial donations to give her book to someone you love to keep the message of "The Adventures of Horace the Frog" alive. The book can be found online at

A Celebration of Life for Jodie will be held on Friday, April 5, at 1:00pm at Faith Church, 3920 South Shields Street, Fort Collins, Colorado. Visitation at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.



  • Memorial Servcice Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019


  • Interment

Constance "Jodie" Needy

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Gail Rosenhagen

April 11, 2019

Jody was in my class at BSF. I was so blessed to have known her. She wore a frog pendent all the time. “Fully rely on God” 🐸 I will never forget her! She was such a beautiful soul! She bought everyone in our class a frog just for praying for her! I have it in my china hutch! It’s not’s see you in heaven dear Jody! ❤️
Heaven just received a beautiful angel!


April 5, 2019

So sad to hear the news. It was always a joy helping Jodie at the post office, and l loved seeing her Christmas cards. She was such a sweet and fun woman.

Laurel McClellan

April 5, 2019

Jodie was a joy to be around & uplifting to all PEO sisters! I have been grateful to share her delicious key lime pies & now HORACE THE FROG books with others! The love in these gifts was multiplied as Jody created them & I gave them with pride! It has been special to share background on Jody with these other friends! She keeps on giving!

Cathy Watson

April 3, 2019

Jody was always so cheerful and had such a sweet, sunny disposition. I absolutely loved her and will miss her, very much.
Cathy Watson

Paula Kurtz

April 3, 2019

Too many memories to share, but spanning 65 years, starting at Theta house at MU. Classmate, roommate, dear friend. So glad when she returned to Columbia----many good times. Very sad time, and I send love and sympathy to her dear family.