OBITUARY

Jill Lee

December 20, 1979June 12, 2021
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Jill Lee, age 41, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away June 12, 2021, at Olathe Health Hospice House after an inspiring and courageous battle with colon cancer. Jill was born in December 20,1979 in McPherson, Kansas. She attended Canton-Galva school district and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. She worked as the Director of Communications for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

On October 6, 2012, she married Matthew Lee, a minister of the Gospel and the love of her life. On June 28, 2018, Jill welcomed her beautiful boy, Jake, into the world. Jake was her pride, joy, and the most important part of her life.

Jill was an accomplished writer and an avid runner. She spent almost a decade communicating stories of faith from the world of professional and collegiate sports as the editor of FCA’s Sharing the Victory magazine and published a book by the same name in 2011. Jill’s transparent, vulnerable writing style encouraged and inspired many. It was her deepest passion to help people understand how much they are loved by God and how much they are worth to Him. She communicated in word and deed that not one single person—young, old, black, white, man, woman, single, married—is more or less valuable to the Lord of all Creation than the next, regardless of what he or she had done and that no one is any more or less useful to Him, either.

As a runner, Jill completed multiple half marathons and five marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2010. She loved to run. Even while on chemotherapy and battling cancer, Jill would run five miles per day up until a couple of weeks before her passing.

True to her way with words, Jill liked to nickname those she cared about the most. Jill is survived by her husband Matt “Pants” Lee, her son Jacob “Chi Chi” or “Tiny” Lee, her mother Wendy “Momsy” Brotton, her step-father Kim “Papa Bear” Brotton, her sister, Jami “Famous” North (Jami’s husband Adam and daughter, Anna), her step-mother Jackie “J-ma” Ewert, her aunt Georgia Unruh, three nieces and five nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Ewert, her uncle, Jim Unruh, and her grandparents.

Jill will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her. A funeral service is scheduled for 1:00PM on Thursday, June 17 at Central Church of the Nazarene at 12600 W 87th Street Parkway in Lenexa, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 11AM to 1PM preceding the funeral service. A graveside service is scheduled for 10:00AM on Friday, June 18 at Canton Township Cemetery at 1541 27th Ave, Canton, Kansas.

  • DONATIONS

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (online donation website)
  • Olathe Health Charitable Foundation (Olathe Hospice House)
  • Olathe Hospice House (Online Donation Website)

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

Memories

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Bootsie Griggs

June 21, 2021

My prayers are with the family during this difficult time. I remember meeting Jill when I was in NSC for training. God has a plan, hold to the promise.

Dorie Scofield

June 18, 2021

Matt, Jake, & family,
Jill was such an amazing teacher to our daughter, Carissa. Jill’s teaching style for Eng. Comp. left a lasting impression on her. Carissa really admired her, and she misses her so much! I (Dorie) remember when Jill spoke in chapel at KCC and when she held a workshop at HHYC. What struck me was how open and vulnerable she was when she shared her life story and testimony. We loved her enthusiasm for life, and we know that she impacted so many people with her godly spirit. You are in our thoughts and prayers for healing during this difficult time and for the years to come.
Love, John and Dorie Scofield

Katie Yeldell

June 17, 2021

Jill and I were roommates (she called us roomies) for a couple of years when we were both single and working in KC. I’ve been playing a lot of Tom Petty this week- it reminds me of her. (So does Keith Urban, but I never liked him - which she couldn’t believe…)

Jill, so many of us will miss your beautiful bright smile and ‘heart so big’. Your life has touched so many. This isn’t right. Or fair. Yet you showed such beauty, faith, and strength during this journey. I think of you and pray for your family and friends now when I jog. I’m sure you have discovered some amazing routes to run in heaven. Lots of love, Katie

Christina Allen

June 17, 2021

Sweet Jill, Rest well in Gods loving arms. I met Jill and Matt when our church lost our beloved Pastor in a traffic accident. Matt led our hurting church for awhile and helped us through the hardest journey we have had to face. Jill was always by his side, she had a welcoming smile and was the glowing sunshine behind Matt. We appreciated that kindness and love. We prayed with all their friends for little Jake to come and bless their lives. We watched them and the sparkle in Jill's eyes as she cared and loved her family. We prayed for her recovery from cancer, and watched as she fought to the end. Heaven received another Angel. Our condolences to the families, and all that are feeling this enormous loss.
Jon and Christina Allen

Michele Ball-Grekousis

June 16, 2021

One of my memories of Jill is when my daughter Jacqueline was a senior in high school and she wanted to attend KU, and I was nervous about her going there. Jill shared with me that I didn’t need to worry - that Jacqueline would grow in her faith at KU. Then we prayed together and I had peace about it after that. God sent Jill to encourage me that day. I’m sure God used her many times to encourage people. That was one of her gifts. ❤️💙 p.s. Jill was right about KU.

Another recent memory is when Jill and her family would come to Flapjacks for breakfast. Jake loves the silver dollar flapjacks. It was always a blessing to see her. She had a beautiful smile and presence that lit up our restaurant! 🥰 We will miss seeing her. 😥

Matt, Jake and family - We are so sorry for your loss of sweet and spunky Jill. 💔 She was an inspiration to us and will be missed tremendously. Heaven gained an angel. 😇 Jill will continue to touch lives and be a part of those who love her. May God be close to you and comfort you during the difficult times ahead. You are all loved and in our prayers. We are here for you. 🙏❤️ Hugs from George, Michèle and kids

Sherry Borchert

June 16, 2021

I met Matt and Jill a few years ago when our church needed them. They connected with so many at Cornerstone, making everyone feel special. I am heart broken for this brave family who love 💕 so transparently.

The picture in my mind is of Jill’s beautiful smile that lit up the room. She had a unique sense of humor which she shared with everyone and she was really funny! The joy she experienced with Matt and Jake beside her was never hidden. Family meant everything! I always enjoyed watching Matt and the way he looked at Jill with immense love radiating from his face.

I feel fortunate to have shared a small piece of their life and blessed that God gave all of us this gift in Jill. Although my heart is raw with emotion for the pain you are having to endure, we know the greatest miracle is now Jill’s, eternal life!

You are in my thoughts and prayers
Love 💕 and hugs 🫂

Lisa Ingelse

June 15, 2021

Rest peaceful in Jesus’ arms, sweet Jill. I can’t wait to see you again when He returns to wake you up and take us all Home. I’m going to laugh and yell sweet victory as I see you grab your darling Jake and Matt into your arms. And I’m going to take a long run with you around Heaven and hold you close as we stop to see Abba Papa and He tells us the rest of your story. —Because your story is just beginning. I love you big, my Friend. Jesus is with you. Still. Always. Always. 💕♥️
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I’ll always remember meeting Jill when she was a barista at Starbucks. She made a fast impression on me and I considered her a friend from the start. Then she introduced me to Matt, and then along came sweet Jakey. Oh, how she loved you two!! And then she and I continued as friends on Facebook and would see each other around town, and then …this journey… and I saw God take it to a new level. I got to see Jill a last time—as she shared some baby items of Jake’s for my grandchild. (I pray every time I see that bouncy seat and know it’s blessed with her love and zest for life!) We talked in the sunshine—and her smile lit the sky. We prayed, laughed, cried a little. And hugged each other close. Every time I see a Starbucks, I smile and think of Jill —and I think of these past months and her “Starbucks with Jake” times. —Jake, now I’ll be praying for you each time I see the mermaid, and thanking God for your sweet Mama. What a beautiful and lasting difference she’s made in my life. The light has dimmed a bit without her. But she will shine again!

Matt and Jake, and precious family—I’m so very sorry for your terrible hurting. Thank you for sharing Jill with our world. I am grateful for her. And I can’t wait to see you all together again in Heaven!! I can’t wait to see her smile light the sky once more! 💕♥️

Misa Daily

June 15, 2021

I’ll always remember the passion we shared for college basketball. It was always so much fun talking about our Duke KU rival. She was such a sweet and fun spirit. She’ll be deeply missed, prayers for her family. There is no doubt she’s in heaven!

Fouad Faris

June 15, 2021

I am saddened about the loss of Jill and had prayed for her on a mostly daily basis for the past number of months. I appreciated her dedication to the Lord and her family and her service through FCA, which is where I got to know her. Praying for Matt and Jake and the rest of the family. May you all sense the presence of Jesus as you walk this tough road. Know that you are being thought of and prayed for.

Sarah O’Malley

June 15, 2021

Jill, you were such a beautiful, authentic, inspiring and loving human. Three years of weekly coffee dates impacted my life in ways I cannot express in words. You taught me so much about the world, about God, and about friendship. You were the truest friend I will ever have. I know the ultimate gift is eternity with Christ. I miss you friend. I love you dearly. I can still hear your laugh and see your smile. I send prayers and love to Matt and Jake. Forever your SO.

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