Wilma W. Townsend

Wilma W. Townsend, 86, Merriam, KS passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Advent Health Shawnee Mission.

Wilma was born on August 19, 1933 in Agra, KS to Fred and Ethel Miller. Wilma married Gerald H. Townsend on June 2, 1956 in Manhattan, KS. He preceded her in death, on July 15, 1997. Wilma was also preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Marangelli, on March 29, 2019; her siblings, Leonard Miller, Warren Miller, Abby Schrueben, Kay Gates. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (John) Adair of Cincinnati, OH and sons Kent (Ellen) Townsend of Topeka, KS and Alan (Anita) Townsend of Inola, OK. Wilma is also survived by grandchildren; Ty (Amy Townsend), Leslie (Mack) Mondesir, Steven (Haley) Townsend, Josh Townsend, Melissa (Travis) Walker, Luke Townsend, Jordan Adair, and step-grandchildren Michael Marangelli and Marissa Marangelli and three great grandchildren.

Wilma spent most of her married life as a housewife while working some at Johnson County Community College. Wilma was very involved in the life of Overland Park Christian Church serving on many committees and she especially enjoyed her time as a Stephen’s Minister, calling on members and serving communion. Wilma will be remembered for how much she enjoyed going out to eat, happy hours and being able to travel with family and friends.


A visitation will be 9:00-10:00 am, Saturday, August 1st with a service to follow at 10:00 am at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203.  To watch the service click here.


Memorial contributions may be made to Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W. 75th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66204 or a charity of your choice.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and safety precautions, we are limiting the number of people in our chapel to 45 for the funeral service. We will be rotating people through the chapel during the visitation as best as we can if more than 45 people are in at once. We ask that people respect and comply with social distancing and the mask requirement. 

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Wednesday, Jul. 29th 2020 | 14 Comments »

14 Comments on “Wilma W. Townsend”

  1. Ron & Carol Blecke Says:

    We are very sorry for your loss.

  2. Lynn & Tracy Teeter Says:

    Sorry for your loss of a special lady.

  3. Dana Elaine Carr Says:

    Your mother was so proud of her family and you are all such a great legacy to her. She was a good co-worker and a good friend and she has been missed and will continue to be missed. I am so sorry. There is no good age to lose a parent.

  4. Gordon and Iline Toms Says:

    She was A long time friend

  5. Sheri Marangelli Says:

    Love, hugs and prayers for the entire family during this time and the days, months and years ahead. Wilma, was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed.
    In deepest sympathy,
    The Marangelli Family
    Goose Creek, SC

  6. Donald & Geanie Smith Says:

    We will miss you when we go to dinner Wilma! The phone will not ring but we will always remember your sweet smile.

  7. Gayle Loya Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Wilmas passing, but I have so many fond memories of our fun times together. She was such a special person! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Lee Schruben Says:

    I still remember Aunt Wilma and Uncle Gerald getting married at our house when I was 10 years old. I couldn’t imagine anyone more happy and beatiful. She was always upbeat and cheerful with ready laughter, easily casting joy about her.

  9. Ken and Betsy Scott Says:

    Dear Townsend family, so sorry for your loss. You are all blessed to have her in your life. Take care.

  10. Judy Southard Says:

    To Wilma’s family,

    We were saddened to read of Wilma’s passing in the Kansas City Star. I assisted her in the Sunday morning nursery many times when our family were members of Overland Park Christian Church from 1994 to 2003. I will always remember how much she enjoyed caring for the little ones of the church. We will keep you all in our prayers in the days, weeks, and months to come.

    Judy and Paul Southard
    Shawnee, KS

  11. Brian and Lynne Kaiser Says:

    Condolences to the entire Townsend family. Our prayers are with during this time.

  12. Dale L. Schruben Says:

    I vividly remember sewing with Aunt Wilma on an old foot pedal machine at granddad Miller’s farmhouse. Wilma, Teresa,and Alan would visit Leonard and Abby in Manhattan and we would all go to the drive-in movies. In Kansas City we walked around Aunt Wilma’s yard with Lisa and Kent. We watched Kent do some fancy bicycle jumps. There are fond recent memories of meeting Aunt Wilma in KC for lunch and lively conversation. She would show us photos of her travels on her iPhone. Aunt Wilma was energetic and perceptive. She will be missed.

  13. Jon & Jnell Rice and Family Says:

    We were very surprised to hear of Aunt Wilma’s passing. I will always remember your family visits to Phillips County. Aunt Wilma always had a smile for everyone and let them know she was so happy to have them in her life. She made one feel as if it was “OK” to be yourself and better if you could smile, laugh, and have fun doing it. Our daughter (Jennilee) said she knew we were going to have fun when we got together with Aunt Wilma! We will all miss her!

  14. Nancy Phipps Says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. We had a wonderful friendship and I always enjoyed visiting her while at Brookdale and then Silvercrest. We had so many wonderful memories and laughs. I will truly miss my dear friend.

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