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Janice L. Downs

October 18, 1942 — January 8, 2023


Janice L. Downs 80 passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023.  She was born in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Southeast High School in 1960.  She attended Baker University and Kansas State University where she met her first husband Glen Pinkston.  They had two children, Mike and Suzanne. Janice worked for the Johnson County Mental Health Department over 15 years as secretary for several social workers.  She often credited that position and people with learning about life.  She married Michael Downs who she was married to for 45 years and learned the love of snow skiing and water skiing taking their children with them at all times.  Janice joined international sorority Beta Sigma Phi in 1964 in Manhattan, Kansas.  She held many chapter offices during her membership including president, and often being honored Woman of the Year and Chapter Sweetheart.  She was truly loved by all.  She dedicated her life to her husband, children and friends.
Prior to becoming a member of The Church of the Resurrection, she and Mike belonged to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lenexa.

She is preceded in death by her parents Norman and Nota Mae Sherwood.  She is survived by her husband Michael K. Downs, children Mike Pinkston and Suzanne Darrah, grandchildren Devon, Alec Ashleigh Covell, Kyra Pinkston and Corrine Recalde and 4 great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jackson, Falco and Eevee.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Church of the Resurrection Wesley Chapel on Tuesday, January 17th at 1:00pm. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Unleashed Pet Rescue:
Venmo: @Unleashed-Rescue

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United Methodist Church of the Resurrection-Wesley Hall

13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224

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