OBITUARY

Jennifer Lea Sewell

July 10, 1970January 9, 2021
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Jennifer “Jenny” Lea Sewell of Tonganoxie, Kansas passed away on January 9, 2021. She was 50 years old. There will be a private family service on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm. This service be available live on Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Please log on to facebook.com/chapelhillbutler to view the livestream of Jenny’s service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your page. You may need to scroll down to see the livestream. You are welcome to join us for the graveside service at approximately 2:45 pm at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. Please maintain social distancing and wear proper facial coverings if planning to attend.

Jenny was born on July 10, 1970 in Kansas City, Kansas to Roy and Linda Sewell. She grew up in Wyandotte County and attended Piper High School where she graduated from in 1988. She then continued her education at Pitt State where she completed her two Master Degrees, first in Special Education then in Library Science. During her time at Pitt State, Jenny was in the Tri-Sig Sorority and has always enjoyed spending time with her girlfriends and was the life of the party. After college, Jenny started her teaching career as a Special Education Teacher. She taught for over 27 years in various school districts in the area. Jenny was very active in her latter years, and enjoyed running. She competed in a half-marathon as well the Vegas Marathon. She was very competitive and even won several races in her age group. She was always sure to get her four miles in each day. She had always been very goal-oriented in all aspects of life.

Jenny enjoyed spending her time by the water, whether it be the beach or the pool. She loved her animals, especially dogs and cats. Jenny was very active in her children’s lives and was always attending their extracurricular activities. She was a strong and beautiful woman and she will be deeply missed by many.

Jenny was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Howard D. and Betty J. Roberts; and paternal grandparents, Willie and Phyllis Sewell.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Roy and Linda Sewell; brothers, Thomas Sewell and Marc (Shannon) Sewell; children, Austin Jones and Anna Jones; niece and nephews, Colton, Payne, Lucy, and Liam Sewell; along with many other family members and dear friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marc Sewell
  • Austin Jones
  • Payne Sewell
  • Jon Montgomery
  • Liam Sewell
  • Thomas Sewell

Services

  • Virtual Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Bill and Denise Harnden

January 14, 2021

Dear Roy and Linda, we were very saddened to learn that your precious daughter had passed away. You have our deepest condolences and will be in our prayers.
With love, Bill and Denise Harnden

Jan Atkins

January 14, 2021

I taught with Jennifer in the SPED Dept. At SMW for several years. She was a fun, sweet person who worked so well with her students. She joined our book club and was always so upbeat. She will be missed by many and I am sorry for all of the students who will not get to know her. I remember when she brought her whirlwind of a 4-year old son up to school one afternoon. She was so proud of that little boy. And she brought her new little baby girl to a book club meeting and joy was all over her face. She loved her children tremendously!

Alfred Lilley

January 14, 2021

Jackie and I had the good fortune, to meet Jenny and her kids at the Meridian RV Resort. Jenny and her kids, her mum and dad, spent many a night, in our gazebo, around the fire. We had lots of laughs, and will cherish the memories, of those times. R.I.P Jenny.

Adam Runyan

January 13, 2021

I am so thankful to have gotten to known Jennifer the past few years working together with her. She really cared about people and students. She always wanted to help them achieve the best out of themselves, and for themselves. She always had a positive attitude and was strong in her faith! I appreciated how hard she always worked and how devoted she was to helping others. Even in the midst of these last several years of difficulty she always put so much value on others above herself. I am thankful to know she is with God now and is at peace. Jennifer will be missed by me and by all of us.

Jon Lindsey

January 12, 2021

I sure charish the memories of Jenny when we were all young, but was super blessed to reconnect through Krista in the last year. We all made green juice together, and got to attend concerts in Tongie with her this summer. Jenny even helped us get the house ready to sell when she was so sick in Nov. It was so humbling, I just don't have words. She has done so much good, loved like Christ, and warmed our hearts with her beautiful smile. One the strongest, and most positive people I have ever known, no matter the adversity. In honor.

Judi Naylor

January 12, 2021

So sorry for the loss of this beautiful soul. I was a teacher at Piper and I remember how friendly and happy she always projected. She made a huge impact on a lot of people, myself included. Blessings, prayers and hugs to the family. Heaven has certainly gained an angel.

John Rothaus

January 12, 2021

I worked with Jennifer at Shawnee Mission West High for over 20 years. We came to West at the same time. She was a dedicated teacher and worked hard for her students. She always had a smile on her face and she had a calming personality. As I write this, my stomach and heart hurt for her loss. She was a very hard worker. Most of all she was a fighter. She had a positive attitude. My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents, family, and especially her kids. God Bless.

Amanda Lea Courtney

January 12, 2021

Jenny and I shared our unique middle name, our love for high-quality chocolate, and our much-missed classroom full of kids for the past four years as co-teachers and friends.
She approached her work and relationships with integrity and always believed the best was yet to come from our students and staff.
Those of us who struck it lucky enough to have found a genuine friend like her in our corner know now how rare and wonderful people like Jenn really are.
She was just the best combination of laughter, loyalty, and love; she made every single person she encountered better just by being in our lives.

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