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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Jayme Leigh Brassell

July 4, 1972January 29, 2020

Jayme Leigh Brassell (Batson) of Leawood, KS celebrated her “birthday” into eternal peace on January 29, 2020 after a relentless battle with brain cancer. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 3, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, KCMO; burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Rd, KCMO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor at Beheadstrong.org. Jayme was born July 4, 1972 in Tulsa, OK. She attended Jenks High School and graduated from Oklahoma State University. After a 15-minute chat in the back of a Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) training room in Dallas, and enduring a long-distance relationship to and from NYC, she married her “favorite friend”, Chris Brassell on October 2, 1999. Always industrious, she was a leader in her church, (Youth educator, Vacation Bible School instructor) her children’s schools, (Brookwood PTA president and Auction Chair) and in the community – including owning the Flatiron District Blow Dry Salon in Waldo where her infectious personality empowered and lifted up her clients on a daily basis. As a member of Colonial Presbyterian Church since 2011, her life was driven by her faith and unshakable trust in God.

Jayme is survived by her devoted husband, Chris, three children, Griffin (17), Macy (15) and Murphy (10), her parents, Jim & Sharol Batson from Tulsa, her brother, Brett (Kim) Batson and three nieces, Isley, Fennin, Becklyn from Tulsa and her aunt, Kellye Hollis from Dallas.

There are several other aunts, uncles and cousins, an entire posse of extended family in Philadelphia and literally thousands of prayer warriors and “best friends” in, Jenks, Tulsa, Dallas, NYC, Larchmont, Leawood, Kansas City, and beyond who love Jayme’s sweet soul and are feeling this loss as much as her immediate family.

Jayme was the consummate list maker. In fact, she often made lists of her lists and in this spirit, we wanted to lovingly share a comprehensive list of the skills, talents, memories, nuances and much more we loved about this precious lady.

We love the way you…

• personified joy

• smiled and how it lit up a room

• laughed and how it lit up a room

• simply lit up a room

• could make someone’s day with a simple glance

• modeled unconditional love for your family and friends

• put your children and family at the center of your universe • passed on your tenderness to Griffin, your confidence to Macy, and your wisdom to Murphy

• quickly connected into any community whether in Jenks, Tulsa, Stillwater, Dallas, NYC, Larchmont, Leawood, or Kansas City

• quickly became loved by others in each of these communities

• cherished your friends and made anyone you connected with feel like they were the most important person in the room

• loved cookies and your Sonic Diet Cokes

• constantly doted on your husband, Chris

• “rounded up” as in “Griffin had an amazing game with 7 three-pointers” when, in fact, he had 3

• “rounded down” as in “got this on sale for only 2o bucks” when, in fact, it was $24.99

• showed compassion and naturally intervened to support friends/family in crisis (e.g. although not a certified marriage counselor, she seemed to have saved many relationships, and although not an immigration lawyer she actually saved at least one from unnecessary deportation)

• were experimental and adventurous – you never met a hair color you didn’t like nor a new hometown you couldn’t conquer – you always said “bloom where you are planted”

• honed your creative and entrepreneurial spirit (Pink Lemonade, Flatiron District) after your career in professional services (Gardere & Wynn (Foley Gardere), Weil Gotshal & Manges, Coopers & Lybrand (PwC))

• loved the ocean & the beach, especially Rosemary Beach, Palomino Island (PR), Caneel Bay (SJVI) and even the occasional trip to Wildwood, NJ

• had a heart full of gratitude and said thank you for even the littlest of things which made us want to satisfy you even more

• were known for signature Jaymeisms like “bless his heart”, “oh Booger”, “Ray Charles could see that”, and dozens more

• made people laugh with such a unique and endearing sense of humor

• wanted to establish a name for EVERYTHING (e.g BABOA, Dandy Dawn, Kangwanda, Chatty Poopsie, Frozen Charlise - even your home health equipment - Steely Dan (walker), Big Daddy Kane (four legged cane), and Bonnie Gait (Gait belt)

• were bigger than life, never defined by what you had or what you did but by God who defines you as a light in the world and a messenger of pure joy, and grace and love.

• had limitless energy, were in perpetual motion and needed to have a project at all times – you never gathered any moss.

• were painfully, yet effectively transparent. You could call people out but do it in a sensible and grounded way.

• always wanted to “love on” little babies and little puppies. You’d often say, “I could just eat you up” or “you better come over here and give me kisses”

• were the ultimate negotiator and had a knack for finding a deal

Jayme’s soul, spirit and joy burned so brightly while she lived that she will be remembered forever.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 3, 2020

Memories

Jayme Leigh Brassell

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Karen Elizabeth

February 5, 2020

I lived across the street from Jayme for a few months, and she made such an instant lovely impression on me. I will fondly remember her warm smile. She had the best style, and I just loved how she decorated her house. Her home was a reflection of her- beautiful, loving, welcoming, and family-centered. I send my prayers of peace and strength to all who loved her.

Karen Ball

February 2, 2020

When I discovered the Flatiron blow dry bar in Waldo, I also discovered one of the loveliest people I've ever met. Jayme always made sure I got pampered and felt pretty. I bet a lot of folks are like me, and felt like we'd found an instant friend. Our conversations ranged from kids to faith to marriage and lots more. This is so sad it would be unbearable if not for the knowledge of her deep faith in His Kingdom. R.I.P sweet girl.

Jim and Jan Kent

February 2, 2020

Jim and Sharol, so very, very sorry to hear this awful news. We lost Jimmy 3 years ago and can certainly feel the pain. God bless your family.

Jenny Danaher

February 2, 2020

When my husband passed away unexpectedly Jayme invited me to The Flat Iron in OP for some pampering, her treat. I came, she hugged me and held on. And I got a few moments to escape my responsibilities as a now single parent and to feel pretty. I returned and those moments were more about connecting with my friend Jayme. I cried...she listened. I will miss her so much.😥❤️

Karen Morgan

February 1, 2020

So sorry for your loss Chris. My heart goes out to you and your friends and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Morgan

Judie Smothers

February 1, 2020

Dearest Sharol and Jim,
“ The pain of a loss reflects how deeply our hearts have loved”
I know God allows us these feelings so we understand our human experience. R.I.P. sweet Jayme Brassell and peace to all those left to grieve.

Diane (Seals) Alderson

February 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jayme's passing. Prayers will be going up until you all meet in His Kingdom. Love, Diane

Diane (Seals) Alderson

February 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jayme's passing. My prayers for you, until you all meet again in His kingdom. Love, Diane

Lisa Bhattacharya

January 31, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Jayme’s passing. I got to know her through our mutual friend Angela Berger Gottschalk. Jayme was such a good friend to Angela. I remember calling Jayme the day Angela’s family suffered a very big loss and her emotional response was immediate and huge. She seemed to always have such a good grasp on her emotions and exactly how she was feeling. I always admired that about her. She will be very missed. Praying for your families and especially her children.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY