Jennifer "Jen" R. Jeffries

June 17, 1976April 29, 2014
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Jennifer “Jen” Jeffries, 37, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 29, 2014 after winning her 6+ year battle with breast cancer. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church. The funeral service will be Monday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, 5855 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas 66217. Interment will follow services in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th St., Kansas City, KS. At Jen’s request, please wear jeans and your favorite KU t-shirt, if you have one. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Crossroads Christian Church or Kansas City Hospice, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. Jen was born June 17, 1976 to Richard & Marie (St. Clair) Mortell. She was a lifetime resident of the KC area. She graduated from JC Harmon High School in 1994. On November 10, 2000, Jen married her best friend and soul mate, Ellsworth Jeffries. She earned degrees from KCKCC & Baker University. Jen worked for VSR Financial Services. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling with the league at Ranch Bowl. She also enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs and loved her Kansas Jayhawks. Jen was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, & friend to many. She impacted lives everywhere she went and made many friends during her battle with cancer, helping many of them through their battle while still fighting her own. She was always in control of the cancer and never let it control her. Jen was preceded in death by her mom, Marie G. Mortell; father-in-law, Ellsworth Jeffries, Jr.; father, Richard F. Mortell, Sr.; brother-in-law, Arturo Garcia, Jr. and great niece, Gnovah J. Knaus. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Ellsworth Jeffries, III; son, Tyler Jeffries; mother-in-law, Elzora Jeffries; sisters, Cindy (Gary) Knaus, Diane Garcia, Doris (James) Hill, and Sparkle (Jason) Oehlert; brother, Richard F. Mortell, Jr.; 17 nieces and nephews and 5 great nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Amy Rabe, Dr. Sherin Fetouh and Dr. Vickie Massey for the care they provided and allowing them to spend many more years with Jen. They would also like to thank her nurses; Bev, Maria & Jackie and her chemo nurses; Erica, Kim, Sara, Myra & Beth for the excellent care and support they provided for Jen during her battle. An additional thank you to Jen’s VSR Financial Services family for all of their love and support. Fond memories and condolences may be left online for the family at as the funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., KCK, 66112. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK


  • Visitation Sunday, May 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 5, 2014

Jennifer "Jen" R. Jeffries

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Alaina VanderVoort

March 12, 2016

Jen, I miss you so much! You were such a special part of my life. I am forever grateful for the time I had with you. I only wish that I had known you sooner. In the short amount of time we knew one another, you taught me so much. You showed me what the true definition of strength is. Your faith, strength, and attitude inspired me in my own Cancer journey. I miss your beautiful smile, and your laugh. Your smile would light up the whole room. I never once heard you complain, or ask "Why me?" You inspired me, Jen. We understood one another, like no one else could. We are #PinkSisters and always will be. You're always in my thoughts, and you will always be in my heart. #NeverForgetJRJ #iMissJen

June 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Sis, I miss you so much it hurts. I know you are in a better place. I think of you daily. We will be celebrating your Birthday, I know you will be there with us. Love you

Alaina VanderVoort

May 20, 2014

I am really missing Jen today. I think of her often. Until we meet again Jen....

Michele Maillard

May 12, 2014

I am very saddened to hear about your wife's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Heather Shea

May 11, 2014

Thank you both for being an inspiration to me... especially during my dad's journey with cancer. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Heather Shea

Alaina VanderVoort

May 10, 2014

Linda Cole

May 6, 2014

Ellsworth - I just wanted to say "thank you" for allowing me to be a tiny tiny part of your lives...JJ will be missed deeply. Though we didn't get together socially, I loved her like a daughter. Hang tough Ells - you have my prayers over the next few weeks, months or however long you need them...Linda

Tom and Twyla Lance

May 6, 2014

Ellsworth - You and your family, and everyone touched by Jen's life, will remain in our thoughts and prayers. It was wonderful to see the love and care you showed during the past several years. Know that you have frieds who appreciate you and all you do, and who stand by to help any way we can.

Teresa & Adan Garcia

May 5, 2014

Jen was a fighter and a true inspiration. My heart hurts for Jen but we know she is no longer suffering. She will forever be our guardian angel and will watch over all of us. Ellsworth you are a great husband for her and she will always be with you. We love you & will miss you Jen! Rock Chalk Jayhawks (she loved her Jayhawks)!! Never goodbye it's "see you later" Jen. ??

Art Knight

May 5, 2014

Although Jen's journey has come to an end, it is apparent that she deeply touched many lives and will live on in your hearts forever. I know it was a tough battle, but you fought to the very end and provided much needed hope to others along the way. May God bless you and your family.