Janie S. Thomas

Janie S. Thomas, 49, of Kansas City, Missouri, left us for heaven on December 13, 2012 in Kansas City.

Born in Odessa, Texas on November 27, 1963, Janie was adopted by Rebecca Thomas in August 1976. Janie prayed for a wonderful family, and in her words, “no one could ask for a better family than mine.” Janie attended Center High School where she played the clarinet belonging to her mother. She graduated in 1983 and received the John C. Miller Award, given to a student with disabilities who has shown meritorious achievement.

In her youth, Janie was an active member of “KC Purple”, a sports wheelchair team. She was a qualifier for the Paralympics 200 meter race. She loved spending time at her grandparents’ Iowa farm and watching movies with her family. She attended vocational school and community college. She was a member of Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.

She worked at various jobs through the years and really enjoyed her volunteer job at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The pride of Janie’s life was her daughter, Morgan. Janie said that she lived her dream of dancing and cheerleading through Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arnold and Julia Thomas.

Janie is survived by her daughter, Morgan Thomas; mother, Rebecca Thomas and sisters, Laura and Amanda Thomas all of Kansas City. She is also survived by her Iowa aunts and uncles, Sharon and Randy Spotts and Claudia and Wes Niles. Also surviving are many cousins, special friends Larry Scott, Roberta Lancaster, Suzanne Chaput, Susan Hawks, Barbara Evans, and a host of others.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM, Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Leawood Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coon Rapids.


  1. Brian Rex on July 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Mrs. Thomas. The date today is July 7th and I just found out today of the passing of Janie. Can you please email me or call me? I’d like to talk to you if that is ok.

    I posted this on my facebook today:

    I just saw on Jim Lammers post that he put up on some 1983 classmates that have passed away. All of them are sad and heartbreaking. One in particular jumped out to me I guess because I didn’t know about it. Dear sweet Janie Thomas. Especially for those of you who went to Boone Elementary will remember her. Here is my comment to Jims post:

    ” I am literally blown away and sick to my stomach. I had no idea she passed away. I just saw her last fall. probably with a month or two before she passed. (I just looked it up on-line). I saw her at Heartland Community Credit Union. When I saw her we both smiled and I gave her a huge hug. we were such good friends in grade school. and often through grade school and jr high we had the greatest conversations. I remember thinking that after we parted ways that day thinking that she did not seem herself. She was kind of down. Who knows what she was going through. God I loved her so much. I am just so thankful that I got to see her that day and bring her a smile. I don’t know why but I just kept hugging her and cracking her up. She even said something like, “Brian you always cracked me up.” I watched her walk out of the credit union and telling everyone in there what a great person she is. wow.”

    I will miss her smile dearly.

    I lived in Santa Fe Hills and grew up with Janie.

  2. Chuckie Wilson on January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Janie will really be missed… I loved working with her when Joe and I ran KCWAC… You have my condolences…


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