Jolene Edwards, 66, St Joseph, Missouri, passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her family, who have no idea what to do with it. She never met a thrift store, antique shop, or estate sale that she didn’t like. So, if you are looking for 5 large clocks, an abundance of notepads and pens, Woman’s World magazines dating back to 1996, hotel soaps from everywhere she ever stayed, enough pots and pans to start your own restaurant, and lots of super heavy furniture, we ask that you wait the appropriate amount of time to get in touch. Tomorrow will be fine.
No, this isn’t an ad for a pawn shop, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother and Grandmother born on June 6, 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of Albert and Wilma Montemayor. She leaves behind an imperfect family that she was very proud of.
Jolene was world-renowned for her lack of patience; she never held back and had a knack for telling it like it is (for example, expressing her severe disappointment that no one provided her with a granddaughter to fuss over). She always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. She was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart, and yet she sugar-coated nothing. Her favorite saying to her daughter was “I’m just trying to make you think.” These words of encouragement, wisdom, and comfort kept us in line, taught us the “school of hard knocks,” and gave us something to pass down to our children.
She spent a huge chunk of her life, 37 years--employed by Heartland Regional Hospital all the way back to when it was St. Joseph Hospital. Working in a hospital, she didn’t cut slack for any minor illnesses from her children. If you weren’t bleeding or dying, you were going to school!
Jolene was married twice both to men named Tom (did she have a thing for Toms, or was that just a coincidence?) Ultimately, she found the Ying to her Yang in Don Donelson, spending 19 years together in unwedded bliss.
Her pride and joy were her Grandbabies, 4 boys that were her perfect little angels. In them she encouraged jumping on the bed, mass amounts of sugar, and gifts just because.
She will be sorely missed and survived by her daughter, Brandi Gilgour (Lee); grandchildren, Greyson, Colt, Gannon, and Caden; brothers, John (Ling) and Ted (Connie) Montemayor; sisters, Karen Dydell and Judy Plymell; half-sisters Christa Montemayor McNear (Sean) and Mikealee Lundgren (Jason); step-sister Julie Smith (Joseph); significant other, Don Donelson; step-children, Dustin and Ashley Donelson; and pupper dogs, Baby and Rusty Russellman.
She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Kinard; parents, Albert and Wilma (Townsend) Montemayor; sister, Barbara Ann Hawkins (Floyd); brothers, Karl and Keith Montemayor; and step-brother David Adams…all whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, laughter, and undying love for them.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please give through a financial contribution to the Missouri Transplant Network or registering to be an organ donor. Jolene’s son, Paul, gave generously of himself with his passing. Like he said “I won’t need it anymore.” Even though the thought that her son was not cremated whole did not sit well, it gave her comfort that in some way Paul is able to live on in the people that he was able to help with his donation.
Please note a change of address to her new place of residence, Meierhoffer Funeral Home, Memorial Park, 5005 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64506, just across from that delicious Barbosa’s restaurant
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