Janet E. May

February 19, 1953January 27, 2019

Janet E. May, 65, Olathe, KS passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday January 27, 2019.

Janet’s younger years were spent in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated high school at St. Croix Falls High School in Wisconsin. She and her family moved to Wisconsin late in her senior year. Prior to the move she attended Eminence High in Missouri. Eminence is the school she thought of as her high school. She also attended State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri.

Janet’s occupation has always been bookkeeping. She has done books for several different businesses throughout her working years.

Her interests were NASCAR, Rusty Wallace was her favorite driver. She enjoyed to read and listen to audio books. Back in the day, she was an excellent photographer. She crocheted countless beautiful afghans. She was a superb cook and an even better baker. She enjoyed hosting dinners at her home, the more the merrier. She loved to play in the dirt, whether it was planting flowers or growing a vegetable garden. Her music of choice was country music, the Statler Brothers were her favorite group. She saw them in concert every chance she got, and traveled to many states to see them perform. She liked to play cards, board or computer games. Yahtzee was her favorite.

Janet’s smile and laughter would light up a room. She always seemed to be available when you needed her. She was there to listen, give advice, offer help, let you use her shoulder to cry on or give you the shirt off her back. She was one in a million and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Janet was preceded in death by her Mom, Beverly and her Dad, Kenneth. She is survived by her brother, Phillip White, Grain Valley, Missouri, her niece Nicolette White, Blue Springs, Missouri, several cousins and hundreds of friends.

Janet leaves behind her precious baby dogs, Baxter, Madelyn, Cinnamon & Mr. White. They were her life, heart, soul, her everything. They were there for her during the good times and the not so good times. They were there when she took her final breath, the way she would have wanted it.

In lieu of flowers Janet wanted contributions made to Angels Left Behind Animal Rescue in Belton, Missouri at then click the donate link or the Olathe Public Library.


  • Kenneth White, Father
  • Beverly White, Mother
  • Phillip White, Brother
  • Nicolette White, Niece
  • Janet also leaves behind to cherish her memory: several cousins, hundreds of friends and her precious baby dogs, Baxter, Madelyn, Cinnamon & Mr. White.

  • Phillip White, Pallbearer
  • Elmer Grigsby, Pallbearer
  • Kaulin Barnes, Pallbearer
  • Andy Arora, Pallbearer
  • Jay Dallen, Pallbearer
  • Joe Ward, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, February 1, 2019

Janet E. May

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Marilyn Macan

February 1, 2019

I got to know Janet when I was a home health nurse for her Dad, Ken. She took such good care of him in spite of his cantankerous nature. One of my memories is of him always telling her she was too fat. He would look at me for support. I had to tell him I was on Janet's side since I also am a fluffy girl. I made my visits the last one of the day so we could visit and laugh on my own time. She was a gem.

Mickie Randelston

January 30, 2019

Janet and I have been friends since we were in High School. We talked often and I have such awesome memories of our many times and talks together. She was an awesome friend and will truly be missed. God Bless her May friends and her brother Phillip

Linda Palkowitsh

January 30, 2019

Janet would come into my work office with her dad once in a while & bring her fur kids in to see me. I love dogs. We enjoyed playing with them. I hadn't seen her for years simply because my place of employment was changed. God be with her, as she passes thru the pearly gates.

Betty Smock

January 30, 2019

When I first started dating Janet's brother Phil in 2008, Janet invited me over for Christmas dinner with her and their dad.
She made me feel so much like part of the family, I have thought the world of her ever since. She was one of the kindest most sincere people you will ever meet. Those of us who were lucky enough to have had her in our lives are so blessed.
She was one of a kind !! We love you and will miss you tremendously Janet !! Heaven is welcoming home an Angel.
God Speed

Cindy Havens

January 30, 2019

Well Janet, You’re set free to dance with the angels or just rest in the Lords loving arms in peace. I’m thankful our paths crossed and had such delightful moments together! What a sweet blessing!
You will be sorely missed.
See you on the other side...

Cindy Keeton-Havens
Rampart Security Blue Springs

Cherie Davis

January 30, 2019

I met Janet through my very close friend Charlene in the early 80's and warmed to her immediately. My daughter Lacy and I enjoyed some wonderful fun times in her home. As you can see from the picture, Christmas was very special to Janet! I have her to thank for teaching me to carefully choose the Christmas paper so that the colors coordinated under the tree. Every Christmas I think fondly of her and her advice! Being a fellow dog lover, she and I had much in common! I loved her little puppies! Janet definitely had a sparkling personality and was a joy to be around. What a special person to know!

Joe Ward

January 30, 2019

We loved Jan, I was on R&R from Iraq when I first met her, my Wife Mary Jo moved here from Topeka, it was September 2006 and one of the dogs got loose, her Dad Ken was chasing it with a broom in his bathrobe and slippers. I constantly nagged her about the clutter in her garage and she would just answer with "I know, I know" and we would laugh. She loved our kids and dogs, we were lucky to have her as a friend and neighbor. The world is a better place because Jan was part of it. We are going to miss her so much.

Susan Balman

January 29, 2019

Janet was my cousin, almost exactly the same age. We lived some distance apart but we shared Family and Memories....even her middle name is from our family. As our lives moved along, we didn't see much of each other...but we always had the shared connection of her father and my mother (who were first cousins) who were raised almost as brother and sister...and died within two weeks of each other. I will miss that good-hearted person...and that was it, wasn't it? She gave her heart to so many. Unreservedly.

Steve & Donna Bottcher

January 29, 2019

We ate many meals with Janet when Steve and I lived with them in the 1970's. We were moving back from TX because Steve had a new job with Fleming Foods. Our youngest daughter Cari had a Birthday at their home in Blue Springs. We went camping together many times. Had her Chill many times and also cornbread. LOL Oh my, the memories! The older we get the sweeter the memories of younger times and friends that have left us.
Always in our memories and prayers for the family, Steve & Donna Bottcher

Laura Achten

January 29, 2019

Janet was such a wonderful, kind lady. She was so funny and her laugh was was infectious. I got to know Janet after I posted a picture of our Pekingese on my & my husbands facebook. Our friendship grew from there. She became our Gizmo's second mama. She also adopted our other Pekingese who she named "Cinnamon". Janet loved her dogs and they surely loved her. Janet was a giver. Her heart was bigger than the moon. She is loved by so many people who are heartbroken and will miss her terribly. We all love and miss you, Janet. Enjoy your beautiful paradise above. I can't wait to see you again.