Jan 17, 2020 1:37 AM

Janice K. Pray 1934 - 2020

Posted Jan 17, 2020 1:37 AM

Janice was born on April 24, 1934 and passed away January 16, 2020 at home surrounded by family, friends and her precious dogs, Pippa and Heidi.

Janice was the only child of Edna and Harry Holihan and lived most of her life in St. Joseph but, loved traveling and spent many special times at the Lake of the Ozarks. She graduated from Central High School and from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

She married the love of her life, J. Gordon Pray in 1956 and has missed him every day since his passing in 1990. Janice and Gordon had two children, Jennifer (Jenni) and Brent (Buff), who have preceded her in death.

Janice was active in many volunteer activities throughout her lifetime. She served tirelessly with the St. Joseph Junior League, P.E.O. International, Albrecht/Kemper Museum, Noyes Home for Children, American Cancer Society, Pony Express Stables, and Missouri Western Ambassadors. Her contributions to the community of St. Joseph will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Angie Rowland (Randy), St. Joseph; her grandson, Johnathan Pray (Danelle), Branson, MO; granddaughter, Chelsea Rowland; great-grandchildren, Breanna and Alexus Pray, as well as countless friends

Private Graveside Farewell Service & Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Missouri Western Ambassadors for scholarships awarded in Jan’s memory, 4525 Downs Drive, Spratt Hall, Rm 108, St. Joseph, MO 64507 or the Noyes Home for Children, 801 N. Noyes Blvd., St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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Donna Jean (Akey) Duckworth  1947 - 2020

Donna Jean (Akey)Duckworth, 73, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away January 15, 2020.

She was born January 7, 1947 to Orville Eugene and Margaret Bridgette (Swords) Akey in Cameron, Missouri.

Donna married Richard L. Duckworth September 12, 1977.

She was a labor and delivery nurse for over forty years with Mosaic Life Care.

Donna was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed growing roses, gardening and the family farm. Donna was an avid KU Basketball fan and for 52 years had season tickets for the Kansas City Chiefs.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Katherine Frazier.

Survivors include Richard, of the home; stepdaughters, Shannon (Kevin) Lysaught and Jamie (Ray) Roberts; brother, Jim (Barb) Akey; grandchildren, Brooke and Grant Lysaught and Paige and Marissa Roberts; beloved English setter, Abby; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Monday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Hampton Cemetery, Platte City, Missouri. Parish Rosary 6:00 Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where the family will gather with friend 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society.