Sonja Louise Joline

August 30, 1937August 14, 2020

Sonja Louise Hughes Joline passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14th, 2020. She was born August 30th 1937 in Kansas City, MO to Herbert and Edith Hughes. Sonja was raised in Kansas City where she graduated from Central High School. She then attended Central Missouri State University (UCM), receiving a bachelors degree in English and secondary Education. While there she spent a year abroad in Sweden teaching English and travelling Europe and Russia. After graduation, she took her first job in Denver teaching High School English. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Louis Boyden Joline, and they were married on December 30th 1962. She and Lou would return to Kansas City and settle down at Lake Tapawingo and Lake Lotawana. In 1965 she had twin daughters, Lisa and Shelly, and became a stay at home mom for 12 years. Sonja then returned to teaching English at Blue Springs High School while also gaining a masters in counseling from UMKC. She went on to become a High School Counselor at Blue Springs High School until her retirement in 1992.

Sonja, known by “Sunny” to her friends, was very active in her community. She was a member of Blue Springs Art Committee, Missouri Yacht Club, Lake Lotawana Social Butterflies, and Lake Lotawana Snipe Fleet. However, TENNIS was her passion!! She was a member of the Blue Springs ladies tennis, TCKC Tennis, and served as the Tennis coach at Blue Springs High School. She was also on many USTA teams that went on to National competitions. Additionally she played National Circuit tennis in many states earning a Doubles National Ranking of 5 in the 55’s age bracket. She was an avid writer of short stories and poems and has some of her poetry exhibited at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Sunny was an adventurer and She and Lou enjoyed travelling with their friends to many places including Egypt, Tanzania, Australia, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, and more.

Sunny will be remembered for her love of coffee (black as sin, hot as hell, and strong as love), dedication to her family, commitment to education, her fun-loving competitive nature racing Butterflies at Lake Lotawana, her great passion for tennis, her sense of adventure, and her perpetually happy and outgoing personality. Her life was full!

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Louis Boyden Joline of Lake Tapawingo; her children Shelly Joline of Liberty, Missouri and Lisa Fletcher (Chad) of Lake Lotawana, Missouri; her grandchildren Brittany Cole (Logan) of Wellsville Kansas, Heather Lintner of Parker, Colorado, Kelsey Lintner of Kansas City, Missouri, Jessica Lintner of Weston, Missouri, Henry Goppert of Cleveland, Ohio, Claire Goppert of Chicago, Illinois; her great grandchild, Norah Cole of Wellsville, KS.

A private inurnment will be held at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be determined. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Memories of Sonja and words of comfort for her family may be shared at


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Barbara Bridges

September 16, 2020

Such a joyous friend. Always finding the happy in the midst of unhappy times. Also, made me laughs and feel loads better. What a joyful person.

joyce/john Bregin

September 15, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Sonja's passing. What a beautiful smile
Sonja had. She was a kind, joyful and wonderful person to be around. We remember and will always appreciate all the shared times at K.C. Racquet Club-------Joyce and John Bregin

Jackie Gehrke

September 15, 2020

I met Sonny in 1991 when she joined the first team I took to 4.5 nationals ( league tennis) in 1993. She and Carm would become my best friends and we would travel again to New Orleans and New York where they watched me play and to multiple Lipton professional tourneys where she and Carm and my friend Lori would stay at the best little hotel on the beach in Key Biscayne where we we walk to the tourney grabbing Cuban sandwiches or stopping for breakfast at a local cafe. I would also join Sonny and Carm’s bookclub where we would read and discuss books at each other’s houses for many years right up to a year before her passing. We would also get together for birthdays and go to dinner ( Tracy Cooper, Sonny Carm and I ) and undoubtedly we always got so tickled by something we said or did that we would laugh so hard we couldn’t breathe. I shared Sonny’s passion for tennis and discussing good books. I always said I wanted to be like Sonny and Carm when I got older and travel and have as much fun as they did. Sonny was a mentor to me and was always there to share stories about her life and family and to be supportive of mine. I will miss her infectious laugh and her love of life. There was no one like her.

Heather Paxton

September 13, 2020

I haven't seen Sunny in years, but I was just thinking of her a few weeks ago. We were students in several of James McKinley and Bob Stewart's writing classes at UMKC about 20 years ago. Sunny had such grace and vitality. I remember her telling me details about the 1951 flood. There was a fire at the Phillips Refinery. That weekend, the smell of gas permeated the air. Sunny said it was a sweet scent. I had read a fair amount about the flood, but had never known that detail.
I send my condolences to her family.
Heather N. Paxton

Laurie Chipman

September 12, 2020

Sonja was such a wonderful, upbeat person with a beautiful smile. Jeff and I enjoyed many runs at Lou and Sonja's house on the lake. I remember a x-country ski trip in Colorado several of us took where I got to know her better and enjoyed talking with her.
I'm so sorry for her loss. Thinking of you, Lou.

Janet Ferguson

September 3, 2020

I'm so very sorry to hear of Sonja's passing. I was a student, and later a teacher, at BSHS and had the pleasure of working with Sonja in both capacities. Sonja was kind, caring and just a pleasure to be around. I will always picture Sonja with her ever-present and beautiful smile. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

John Swezy

September 3, 2020

I have such great memories of this upbeat cheerful lady as a friend of my mother's. She was always such a joy to visit and listen to her talk about this she was excited about and doing at the time. I remember when the twins were born, and how thrilled she was to have them and raise them. Lou, I also remember you well, and your marathon running. It has been many years since I have seen any of you, but I still feel nothing but love and warmth when you come to mind. May God's peace and comfort rest upon you as you mourn the loss of your beloved Sonja.

Joann Christian

September 3, 2020

If you were at KC Racquet Club in the 70's, you knew of Sonny Joline --the awesome tennis player with the pony tail, powerful overhead, great forehand, but most importantly the infectious smile and wonderful personality. Sonny had many friends and always made people feel good about themselves. In 1989-90 Sonny recruited me to be on her team she captained with Linda Linquist-- the "Neon Force." It didn't matter that I was pregnant, Sonny would call me every morning with a wakeup call & encouragement to come out & play tennis. She always believed in me and loved to recall some of our greatest victories. I'll always remember her party at Lake Lotawana where she demonstrated her sailing expertise. Very impressive!! Also, her spinach -strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing-- so delicious. You always had fun being with Sonny --a perfect name for the girl with sunshine in her face, voice, and heart. I will miss my dear friend, Sonny. My condolences to all of Sonny's family & friends. Joann Christian

Susanne Ng

August 18, 2020

I am sending you lots of love with fond memories of the many runs you and Sonja hosted in your lovely home. What an adventurous life you both had with each other. I remember Sonja's beauty, both inside and out and her infectious smiles.

I am sorry for your lost.
Take good care, Lou.

Susan Ng

Andrea Ray Smith

August 18, 2020

Lou, I’m so sorry for the loss
of your amazing partner in life. What wonderful adventures you shared.


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