Joan M. Rouen

October 20, 1928May 5, 2021

Joan Maxine Rouen, 92, of Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully at home on May, 5, 2021. Joan was born on October 20, 1928 in Emporia, Kansas to the late Florence Helena McCall and Henry Smith.

She married the love of her life, Lawrence Thomas Rouen, Jr. on April 22, 1950. To this union were born ten children. She was an amazing homemaker, a professional child wrangler, running a well-tuned, tight ship. Never one to complain, her expert advice was to “offer it up”. She enjoyed spending time at her vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks and over the years travelling with her husband, family, and friends to Hawaii, Edisto, Panama, Aruba, and Ireland.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, great granddaughter Allison Fisher, and her brother Jerry Smith. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Lawrence Rouen, and children Larry Rouen (Patty), Mike Rouen (Toni), Pat Rouen (Rita), Rob Rouen (Mary Lou), Jane Watters (Greg), Mary Young (Pete), Maureen Berger (Hal), Annette Barry (Leo), Tim Rouen (Sun), and Karen Doggendorf (Dan), 30 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and her brother Tom Smith (Rita). She will be forever loved and missed by all.

“The best there ever was.” ~Lawrence Rouen, May 5, 2021

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Head for the Cure 5K – Team Little Owl, 1607 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108 or Kansas City Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114. (Links can be found below.)

Services will be will be on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4101 E. 105th Terrace, Kansas City, MO. As a courtesy, and to prevent the spread Covid-19, masks are required. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:15 am, followed by the visitation at 9:30 am, and Mass at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


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    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Eric Rouen

May 6, 2021

I wish that geography and circumstance had not limited my time in Kansas City. But I do cherish the time I was able to spend with you and have nothing but fond memories. Of course some of my fondest occurred at the Lake-Rummikub and other games, evenings on the screen porch, sipping Tia Maria. Rest in Heavenly Peace Grandma.

Love Eric