Dorothy "Jeanie" Jean Koonce

December 7, 1938November 7, 2018

South West City, Missouri resident, Dorothy Jean Koonce (Jeanie) passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Jeanie was born December 7, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO to Dorothy (Brame) and Arthur Cross. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1956. Jeanie married the love of her life, James Garland Koonce on September 21, 1957. After marrying in Missouri, Jeanie and Jim lived in many states including Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, and Delaware. Together they raised their 3 wonderful children and were foster parents to 22 infants and children. She was happiest when she had a baby in her arms. Jeanie loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company. She enjoyed traveling and was even able to make many trips with her husband as the pilot. Jeanie was a woman of strong Christian faith and lived her life serving others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was a beloved wife, devoted mother, loving sister and sister-in-law and dedicated Grammy and great-grandmother. The legacy of her love will live on through them. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Frances Hager. She is survived by her beloved husband, Jim Koonce; children, Karmen (Mike) Weatherford of Lewisville, Texas, Kamelle (Bobby) Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jim (Shelly) Koonce II of Lewisville, Texas; sister-in-law, Elaine French of Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren, Brett (Danielle) Jones, Dayton (Katelyn) Weatherford, Bryan Jones, Blair (Preston) Buntz, Blake (Emma) Jones, James Koonce III, Tara Koonce, and Kevin Koonce; precious great-granddaughter, Riley Jones; and will be remembered with love by many other family members and special friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jeanie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association A memorial service will be 10am, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City, OK.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Sandra (Julian) Gleich

November 11, 2018

I went to school with Jeanie and I remember that she had the most beautiful reddish-copper colored hair. She was very friendly and kind. Our prayers are with Jim and their family.

Martha Davis

November 10, 2018

I have known Jeanie since high school. She was always a sweet caring person. In reading her obituary it sounds like she had a wonderful life my condolences to Jim and family

Larry Fey

November 10, 2018

In 1957, we met Jeannie and Jim in Little Rock. We were Air Force, we were newlyweds, and we were a blank page. So many years have passed since those Arkansas days, and what a grand story has been written. Jeannie's story is the people she met, the lives she influenced, and the new generation that she set in motion. We are so fortunate to have had Jeannie in our lives. May God bless her new journey, and give peace and wonderful memories to those of us who knew and loved her in this world.

Alice and Larry Fey, Georgetown, TX

Guinn Dillsaver

November 10, 2018

So many wonderful memories of both Jim and Jeanie and our years growing up together at Friendship Baptist Church in Joplin. We double and group dated so many times; so extra special were our trips to the Drive In Theater on Range Line. Jeanie and her family lived across the street from my family in south Joplin which even made her more special. I know that life without Jeanie will be hard for Jim but the wonderful comfort that we as Christians have is GOD's promise of eternal life which means we will all get to see her again! Jim, you are so very special and will be praying for you and your family during this time of great sorrow.

Lynley & Ian MOYSES

November 10, 2018

Remembering Dorothy “Jeanie” Jean Koonce, from Mandurah, Western Australia.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of a dear Lady, who became very special to us young Aussies back in the early 1960s. Jeanie, as we came to know her, was the “lifesaver” for my wife when our firstborn child (Stephen) was born, being so far from “home” (Western Australia) and not having any of our parents or siblings to help in the very early stages of our son’s life. Jeanie was among the first to offer and provide assistance and knowledge to a very young and lonely woman, and will always be remembered in our hearts as being “very special”
Our condolences to Jim and his family in this heartbreaking time, and we pray that the comforting presence of God through His Word will be very special to them all.
Signed…………..Lynley & Ian Moyses.

Wanda Wiley

November 9, 2018

Such a wonderful, caring, and loving lady Jeanie was and I am so sorry to learn of her passing. I will always remember the nice card with the letter she would send each Christmas. I could always see the love that she had for her family when reading that letter. My sincere condolences to Jim, the family and the friends during this sad time. She will be missed but I pray that the memories will bring more smiles than tears as time goes by. May our Lord bring peace and understanding to those left behind to mourn her passing and know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this journey in life. God be with one and all.

Vern Hine

November 9, 2018

Jeanie was a delightful lady, wife, mother and friend. We will all miss her.

Diana Dirks

November 9, 2018

Jim and family. My condolences on Jeannie's passing. I was so happy to visit you guys in Broken Arrow OK. A good woman for sure. Diana Staten Dirks