Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS


Donalee Sue Smith

January 17, 1948May 19, 2020

Donalee Sue Smith, 72, died May 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Kansas. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Lynn, of Kansas City, Kansas, her three children, Jon Long (Laure) of Lenexa, Kansas, Rona Johnson (Keller) of Overland Park, Branden Smith of Lawrence, Kansas, four grandchildren, Evalee and Finley Johnson and Lola and Jameson Long, and her sister, Patricia Springer (Doug) of Larned, Kansas. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Donald T. and Evalee M. Hayward of Wichita, Kansas, and brother, Donald S. Hayward of Topeka, Kansas.

Sue was born January 17, 1948 in Dodge City, Kansas. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1966. She moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1994. Sue worked as an office manager for many years and retired in 2010.

Sue was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved watching her children and grandchildren grow up and enjoyed being involved in their sports and school activities. She was spirited in every way and could be heard cheering on each of her grandkids. Sue loved planting flowers and plants, traveling and she loved cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Autism Society of the Heartland.

Due to restrictions, a private family service will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and you can join us online to watch a virtual memorial service. Please log on to facebook.com/chapelhillbutler to view the livestream of Donalee's service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your screen. You might need to scroll down to see the livestream. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date.


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Lesley Hayward

May 27, 2020

We have lost one of our family tree's most beautiful flowers. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered for lifetimes. Love you forever Aunt Sue.

Joe Butcher

May 27, 2020

I could always count on Sue for a good laugh. She loved the Jayhawks as much as I did so we were always talking about games. She is in a better place now. She will always have the best seat in the house for games. Sue you will be missed immensely at family gatherings. We love you and miss you and we know that you are watching over us with that big smile of yours. Rest In Peace and RCJH

Mark Clemens DDS

May 26, 2020

Lynn , sorry to hear the loss of Sue. We enjoyed having her here as part of our practice. Always loved talking Jayhawk basketball with her. My thoughts are with you and your family. I'll never forget her laugh.


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