Jeri Ann Couch

December 22, 1964January 4, 2021
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Jeri Ann Couch, age 56, passed away on January 4, 2021. She is survived by her son, Nathan, her parents, Kenneth and Merle Courtney, her brother Damon Courtney, Lindsey (Damon’s wife), and nieces and nephews, Lawana, Conner, Justice, and Faith. Jeri graduated William Chrisman High School in 1983, and went on to earn her Associates of Arts from the University of Kansas City Missouri.

Jeri was an Account Specialist at Hallmark for over 35 years. She loved animals and dedicated much of her time as a volunteer to the Humane Society. She regularly donated blood to local community blood centers, and supported multiple charitable organizations. Jeri was a devout Christian, and a member of the Maywood Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel in Independence, Missouri on Friday, January 22nd from 12 to 1 p.m., followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward some of Jeri’s preferred charities, including the Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, and American Red Cross.


  • Kenneth and Merle Courtney, Parents
  • Nathan Couch, Son
  • Damon Courtney (Lindsey), Brother
  • Lawana, Conner, Justice and Faith, Nieces and Nephews

  • The Humane Society
  • The Alzheimer's Association
  • American Red Cross


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021


Jeri Ann Couch

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January 25, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Jeri for long enough to recognize her kind heart, selfless attitude and gentle soul. We became friends after finding out that both our homes were places for cats to be welcomed and cared for. She always had pictures to show of the latest foster cat or kittens that she was caring for. She was extremely proud of her boy 'George" who made the cover of multiple Shoebox cards due to his willingness to let any costume or pose be done to him. Whenever I would see her in the halls or in the crown room I always had a feeling of positivity and kindness after we talked and laughed for a few minutes. She will be missed by humans and felines both. God Bless you Jeri and your family.

Tonya Lady

January 22, 2021

I was fortunate to work with Jeri at Hallmark. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful, cheerful, and kind person. Jeri was a kindred spirit with her tremendous love of animals. She had such a friendly, personable demeanor - never knew a stranger. You very rarely saw her without a great big smile on her face. I selfishly wish she could stay with us to spread more joy in the world and help little fur babies in need, but I know she has moved on to a much better place! My thoughts & prayers are with her son, Nathan, and family. She will be greatly missed by so many people!

Larisa Brown

January 22, 2021

Jeri had an infectious smile and exuded such positive energy! I loved running into her in the hallway, as it always brightened my day that much more. :) I am so thankful I had the opportunity to chat with her in 2020. She will be missed by many.

Lindsey Courtney

January 21, 2021

My sweet, loving, amazing sister in law will forever be missed. She would light up every room she walked in with her kind loving spirit and smile. She was the “Crochet Queen”. (I would tell her often) Her Afghans were beautiful and she could whip them up faster than anyone I know. I will greatly miss our hallmark movie and crocheting days together. I am so grateful we had this Christmas with her. She was the best Aunt. She made sure she was at every birthday, every school program, every holiday and every birthday there was a card in the mail.

Until we meet again I will miss you Sis!!😘


January 21, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathies. We have made a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Jeri. Our prayers are with you. The Tom Scarlett Family.

Lori Dickey

January 20, 2021

Jeri was one of the most lovely people I have had the pleasure to work with at Hallmark. She was just a bright shining light. We will also miss her so much.

Charlene Fullerton

January 20, 2021

Jeri, Girl Jeri to me was my very best friend for years. I graduated high school with her and we went through UMKC together. We even interviewed for the same job at Hallmark and she got it😁. We were in each other’s weddings. I married a Jerry is why I called her Girl Jeri. So many fun memories and remembering shared confidences. She was a very caring person and while life can sometimes cause separation it never takes the person from your heart. Jeri, my heart is broken today and just know I never stopped loving you.

Keda Mckenna

January 20, 2021

I first met Jeri in a Bible study I lead at Hallmark. What I remember about that first meeting was her smile, and of course her hair. She has lovely hair.
But her smile was contagious and she was full of questions. I grew to just love her curiosity. No one could ask more insightful or compelling questions.
I’m so very sorry to have to go on without those beautiful smiles and childlike faith.
We are all the poorer for her passing.
However, she is home with her LORD, all of her questions answered.
May GOD grant her family and friends a sure peace, the peace that passes understanding during this time off loss.

GOD bless
Keda McKenna

Amy Winterscheidt

January 20, 2021

Jeri was a kind, vibrant, and joy-filled woman with a generous spirit. We all loved working with her.

Jeri volunteered at Hallmark's Children's Mercy Hospital holiday decorating event for more than 15 years. In 2019, she was "promoted" to project lead for the entire event. She was thrilled to have the leadership role, and she did a remarkable job.

As I write this, I'm thinking of her and how much we'll miss her. My heart aches for her family and close friends.

Much love,

Amy (with Hallmark)

Dee Chapin

January 19, 2021

I know Jeri from Hallmark Cards, where we both worked. I don’t know how you could know Jeri and not love her. She could make a cloudy day sunny.

We got to know each other much better through a Hallmark Bible Study. She loved God’s Word and had a hunger to know more. She had questions that sometimes made us all think deeper about what we were reading. I was in another Bible study that ended. When that happened, I emailed Jeri to see if she would like to do a one-on-one study with me. I heard back from her almost immediately and she was “in”. Wow. That doesn’t happen too often. We met in the Rice Center “under” the escalator and the indoor trees. It was perfect. Just perfect. Jeri loved Jesus and understood what it meant to have a saving relationship with Him. Jeri’s favorite verses are from John 1: 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life,a and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I loved Jeri and I miss her. I grieve the loss of not having her here with us; but now Jeri is with the “Word”, with God in the flesh, where there is no “darkness”. Jeri’s 2020 Christmas card (bright red with gold embossed letters) boldly proclaimed “Jesus is the Reason”!