OBITUARY

Regina Rae Smith

January 4, 1947September 17, 2020

Regina R. Smith, 73, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away September 17, 2020 at the Olathe Hospice House. A drive-up visitation is welcome to all friends and family and will be held from 1-2 PM, Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. A private funeral with burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens will take place due to COVID-19 restrictions. A Facebook livestream can be joined at 2:15 PM, Saturday to support the family during the funeral at fb.com/ chapelhillbutler.

Regina was born January 4, 1947 in Adrian, Missouri to Roy and Helen Prettyman who proceeds her in death. She is survived by her brother, Roy (Jean) Prettyman of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, husband Gary Smith (of 45 years) in KCK, two daughters, Stacey (Chris) Bell of Topeka and Melinda (Tony) Dusil of Basehor; five grandchildren, Ryan and Reese Bell, Kayleigh, Chelsea, and Allyson Dusil; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Regina retired from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2009 as an administrative assistant. Six months later, she returned to KCKCC where she completed 30 years of service on July 30, 2020. During her retirement years, Regina enjoyed fishing, camping, quilting, and spending time with her family. She made and donated over two hundred cloth face masks to Benton County Missouri Health Clinics and Hospitals. She also crocheted over fifty cradles and prayer squares for families of miscarried and/or stillborn babies through the Bridget’s Cradles foundation in Wichita, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Olathe Hospice House

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Roy Prettyman
  • Kevin Prettyman
  • Andrew Freeman
  • Ryan Bell
  • Gino Gautieri
  • Jerry Reid
  • DONATIONS

  • Olathe Hospice House

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Drive Up Visitation

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • Virtual Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

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Lori Desko

October 1, 2020

I've known Gary & Jeanie since 1989 when I met her @ my 1st Pepsi-Cola Christmas party where Gary & I worked together. I would have never thought that 13 years later I would buy a house across the street from them & become their Neighbor! That was 18 yrs ago!

It was only after my Mom passed, that I found out Jeanie was in the same Class as my Mom & she knew her. We talked about Washington, where my parents both went, we discussed her job @ KCKCC which loved so much so couldn't leave! She even tried to help me get on there last year...Though I went another route.

Jeanie was so sweet, nice & genuinely cared for everyone! I enjoyed getting to know Mindy over the years also & she loved Gary & her kids & Grandkids very much!

My favorite memory of Jeanie was one Christmas party where she won the contest for "women who were wearing a tie" that night! That was the 90's! Lol And her & Linda Sue both went running up because they were both wearing ties! I thought they were cute sharing the prize & posing for a pic, which I think were some Pepsi glasses lol Gary I still had all those sets of glasses when we moved in here! I bet you & your fam still have some too!

She will be greatly missed...I'm just so glad you were able to go to the lake & enjoy a lot of quality time together in the last year. Let us know if you need anything, surround yourself with family...


Rick Rooks

September 25, 2020

I met Regina a few years back when she began attending First Southern Baptist Church. She came because a co-worker, Susan White, invited her. Everyone immediately feel in love with her. She was always kind, always faithful and always seemed to enjoy every service she attended. I am greatly saddened that her cancer struck so quickly. She was so looking forward to her days of retirement. She will be missed. I continue to pray for all of the family.

Sincerely,
Pastor Rick

Shirley Fessel

September 23, 2020

Regina was one of the most conscientious and loving people I have met. As a new employee at KCKCC, I relied on her insight and help. She also freely shared her talent in quilting and other needlecrafts. Her unconditional love for her family motivated her generosity. Her grandchildren were her great joy. I will miss Regina’s lovely, kind spirit.

Doris Holleman

September 22, 2020

Regina Smith came to work at KCKCC Campus Child Care Center as a Part -time Secretary after she retired as Administrative Assistant at the community college. She was an outstanding worker and a true professional to all the students, colleagues, community citizens, and friends. The Campus Child Care Center staff, children and students enjoyed working with Regina. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know her, and having the great pleasure of working with her grandchildren who were enrolled at KCKCC Campus Child Care Center.
Regina Smith made life better at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Lisa Gammon

September 22, 2020

Regina,
Our friendship started 27 years ago and will always mean the world to me. Your love and care blessed so many. I am so lucky to call you "friend". God bless you and yours.
Love, Lisa G.

Karisse Whyte

September 21, 2020

I am so grateful to have crossed paths with Regina Smith. Her kindness, calm, peace, and dedication to quality work on KCKCC's behalf are inspiring. I will miss her smile and encouraging words. My prayers for strength and comfort for her loved ones will continue. Be blessed and love one another!

--Karisse W. Whyte

Gayla Ekstrom (Prettyman)

September 21, 2020

God bless and provide his love and peace during this difficult time and missing Regina so much.
All though our paths didn't cross as much in our adult as life does , I always remember My father loved having fun with Regina and Roy as our families visited. I will always remember Regina's kindness and a soft quite way with a sense of humor, that you might miss if you weren't listening well enough. Her strong faith and love for her family, is what my mother would share on our visits together and Christmas family letters and cards. Prayers for God's peace and comfort keep you with all your wonderful memories and her love!

Mary Bautista

September 21, 2020

Regina and I first met when she was the first person encountered in the KCKCC daycare. Then becoming the administrative assistant for the health professions, we saw each other very frequently. Se was my go to person, as she had vast knowledge about everything. So personable, so gentle, so kind and so full of genuine love for all those who came into contact with her.
She is greatly missed and I now I have a very good friend at the side of the Lord and will continue watching over us.
My condolences to her family, she spoke so fondly of all of you'

Sending prayers for your comfort

Janice McIntyre

September 20, 2020

We will all miss Regina. She served and was beloved at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She was a model of institutional guidance and support for students, employees, and community. Regina and I jokingly referred to ourselves as the "Two who just couldn't quit KCKCC" as we both retired in 2009 and returned to additional service. Your family will be in my thoughts. Janice McIntyre

Becky Neal

September 20, 2020

Gary and family,

I found great joy when I was able to reconnect with you and Jeanie in 2015. She took such pride in sharing her sewing room and quilting with me. So proud, also, in sharing her expertise with Mindy, Stacey and granddaughters. I was able to see her many embroidery projects on Facebook.

My heart hurts. I pray you all find comfort in Gods words. Find comfort in each other and in your memories.

If you ever need anything, I’m here for you.
Becky

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