Lyolene Joan Kirby


Lyolene Joan "Jo" Kirby, 83, of Liberal, Mo., passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. She was born September 29, 1935, in Runnelsville, Mo., to Alene Bernice (James) and Lyle Eugene Runnels.
Joan was baptized in Bill Flaker's creek then became a member of Nashville Christian Church and later Hannon Freewill Baptist Church. She was a SW Bell telephone operator in Joplin, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan.
She married James Dale "JD" Kirby February 19, 1956, in Nashville, Mo., at the Christian Church. She taught Sunday school and VBS. Jo enjoyed cooking and gardening and used these skills to help out her neighbors when needed.
Her eldest son, Tim Kirby, passed away in 1983. Joan is survived by her husband; a daughter, Kimbra (Randy) Brunk, of Arma, Kan.; two sons, Kyle (Cindy) Kirby and Scott (Melanie) Kirby, of Liberal, Mo.; grandchildren, Kirby, Josie, Kelsey, Kendall, Reed, Kale, Kennedy and Ty; great-grandchildren, Conner, Addison, Gage, Brody, Shelby and Carter; her brother; Jerry (Janet) Runnels and sister; Pam Runnels Gregory (Doug), of Runnelsville, Mo.; and Peggy Dickey, her caregiver. Her parents also preceded her in death.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Hannon Freewill Baptist Church, Church. Interment will be in Nashville Cemetery.
Donations may be made to The Nashville Cemetery Association or The Hannon Free Will Baptist Youth Group.
Arrangements under the Direction of Konantz Warden Funeral Home Lamar, Mo.
Published on January 8, 2019
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jIM Shaw
Jan 08, 2019
J D, sorry heaven is happy.
Janice has found her best friend again,Life goes on.