Laura Marie Kinsey

Laura Marie Kinsey passed away at home on January 11, 2021 at the age of 83.  She was born to Edward and Ruby Marx on September 4, 1937 in Springfield, Missouri.

Laura graduated from Redemptorist High School in Kansas City, Missouri.  Soon after, she met the love of her life and future husband Leonard at Draughon’s College of Commerce.  They married in 1957 and enjoyed 63 beautiful years together with their family.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife and mother, Laura also enjoyed playing cards with friends, bunco nights, trivia contests, book club and performing with the JCPRD Side by Side Singers.

Throughout her entire life, Laura held an unwavering faith in God, which she joyfully shared with those around her.  She attended Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kansas where she served in several ministries including the Food Kitchen, the Funeral Choir and as a Eucharistic Minister.

Laura is survived by her husband, Leonard; children, Dean (Catherine) Kinsey of Merriam, KS, Cathy (Vince) Plumb of Overland Park, KS, Toby (Sharryl) Kinsey of Olathe, KS, Brenda (Lynn) Rodenmayer of Wellsville, KS, Ken (Lesa) Kinsey of Prairie Village, KS, Ed (Michelle) Kinsey of Olathe, KS and Neil Kinsey of Lawrence, KS; 13 grandchildren and 5 spouses; 14 great-grandchildren and her brother, Ed Marx of Houston, TX.  She is also survived by several friends many of whom called her Mom.

A special thanks to all the nurses, doctors, therapists and other caregivers who have helped care for Laura over the past few years.

While Laura is no longer with us physically, please know that she will be asking for God’s blessing on you and your families.  Her spirit will never be far away.


A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, January 14 at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, KS.  A Rosary will be prayed at 5 PM.  Due to COVID protocols, the funeral home can only accommodate 45 people in their chapel at a time.  Everyone in attendance must wear a mask.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, January 15 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee, KS.  Burial at Resurrection Cemetery.  If you would like to watch a livestream of the service on Friday, please click here.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Britain Infant Development (AdventHealth), Children’s Mercy Hospital or the Good Shepherd Food Kitchen or Music Program.


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23 Comments on “Laura Marie Kinsey”

  1. Jim & Vivian(Gudenkauf) Martin Says:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. You
    are in our thoughts and prayers praying that God
    will give you comfort during your time sorrow.

  2. Bob and Barbara Vander Linden Says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Leonard and family on the passing of Laura. She was a very sweet friend and I enjoyed talking to most every week for many years. We will miss getting together for dinner and the playing cards. Hugs and prayers to all.

  3. Sharon Young Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. My late husband, Don, & I enjoyed many evenings with the Kinsey clan many years ago when our Girls were little. She was a wonderful hostess, mother & wife. I am thinking of all of you at this time.

  4. Debi Cook SBS-Friend Says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Laura.
    I will treasure the times I came to visit Laura and you!
    She was so kind, caring, supporting, and funny!
    I will miss your duets and watching your love for each other-so powerful!
    Truly, Laura was a woman of Noble character! (Proverbs 31:10-31)!
    She was a strong expression of God’s grace.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Love sincerely, Debi

  5. Jim & Mary Kay Allen Says:

    When we remember Laura, we think of faith, family and friends as her legacy. Beautiful way to treasure and remember a longtime friend.

    Our deepest sympathy to Leonard and family on their loss.
    May God comfort you.

  6. Donna J. Bolen Says:

    Sending love and prayers to the Kinsey family, I am so Sorry for the loss of Laura. She was such a wonderful friend, she was lovely, sweet and just a wonderful person.
    I loved her very much. I always loved to hear Laura and Leonard sing together. She would say what do you want us to sing, and had a couple of favorites and I Would always say one of those, she would just smile and say ok. We all loved to see their love for one another. She had a great sense of humor. Much LOVE

  7. Denny & Louise Egbert Says:

    We are so sorry about your loss. Laura was a dear friend and neighbor for many years and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

  8. Dwane Wills, Overland Park Says:

    Toby and families: Condolences on the passing of your mother Laura. I am a retired Johnson County Library employee since 2003 and worked with Toby for 13 years.



  10. Judy Sparks Says:

    Side-by-Side singers will forever miss Laura and her sweet voice as she sang with Leonard. She had a sparkling and friendly personality and she always let you know that she truly cared about you. An inspiration to all that she encountered. Pray for us, dear Laura, as you can now gaze on God’s face and have eternal peace!

  11. Roger and Pat Gruenke Says:

    Never have we known a more faith-filled and loving person. Leonard please know that Roger and my prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Kevin and Amara Kwasiborski Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My family and are praying for comfort and strength during this difficult time

  13. Lynne Hall Says:

    Remembering you today Mrs Kinsey, from a childhood view of about 50 years ago. I thank you for the sleepovers and fun times you allowed me to spend at your home with your daughter Cathy….I want you to also know how appreciative I am for making me feel a part of your family. Praying for you and your entire family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in the arms of our precious Lord and Savior Laura Marie Kinsey. Know that you made a positive difference in my life. Thank you and God bless you.
    Lynne Hall

  14. Pat & Dotty Healy Says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

  15. Burton Huerter Says:

    Leonard, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May the Lord grant you and your family PEACE and COMFORT.

  16. Marie Spies Says:

    So sorry to learn that Laura has left us to be in the presence of Jesus. She & Leonard were an inspiration & a wonderful example of Christian Marriage. Their singing together during Side by Side performances was
    beautiful & touching. May God comfort you during this sad time.

  17. Scott Yoder Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It was an honor and privilege to have known her. What a blessing she is to all who have known her, but especially to those closest to her.
    After a lifetime of servitude, it warms my heart to think of her receiving her reward as she begins her life in the presence of her Lord and Saviour… for eternity.
    May God bring you peace and joy through this difficult time.

  18. Alma Jacobsen Says:

    So very sorry to learn of your loss.
    May she rest in eternal peace.
    Prayers of comfort to her family.

  19. Barbara Smith Says:

    A group of us young women went to attend a neighboring church to learn more about their “altar society” and all that it entailed. Laura was the first to graciously greet us and invite us to join. And it was a genuine invitation. She remained friendly and smiling to all she knew. Laura, was a dear friend and will be dearly missed. Special thoughts to you Leonard for all the love you gave to Laura.
    Peace and love, Barbara Smith

  20. Darwin & Sara Fest Says:

    Leonard and The Family = You have our deepest sympathy. Laura was a beautiful lady. She expressed so much love on her face when she smiled at me. Sending a hug to you, Leonard.

  21. Gary & Kathy VanBlarcum Says:

    Our deepest sympathy go to you and your family! Laura was a wonderful person and we always enjoyed visiting with her. Our Thoughts, Prayers and Love go to all of you!

  22. Maxine Says:

    Sending prayerful thoughtsat this sad time.
    May she Rest In Peace.
    May the love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph give you
    Comfort, Strength and Peace!!
    Love Coisin Maxine Koehler

  23. Dianna & Steve Burke Says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Leonard, the entire family and their large circle of friends. Laura was such a peaceful and joyful singer in the Side by Side Singers. We only knew her a short time before her illness and passing but she left her mark on us as a fun little lady and a dedicated wife. May she be singing in the heavenly choir of angels.

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