Shanthini  Bycroft


Shanthini Bycroft, age 64, of Joplin, MO, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Bycroft, daughter of the late Kanapathipillai and Murugappan (Rasamma) Rajathurai, was born on November 1, 1954 in Koddai Kallar, Sri Lanka. She grew up and attended school in Sri Lanka, graduating from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka with a bachelors degree in architecture. She worked for the Institute for Construction Training and Development Firm from 1994 until 1997.
Shanthini's life was devoted to leading others to Christ. She worked for Campus Crusade for Christ, in Sri Lanka, from 1987 to 1994.
Through her work as a translator for missionaries in Sri Lanka, she met Stephen Bycroft. They were united in marriage on March 12, 1997, in Sri Lanka. Together they dedicated their lives to missionary work in Sri Lanka. Shanthini attended Villa Heights Christian Church, in Joplin, during her time in the United States. She was a wonderful mother and even through her illness her life was dedicated to her children and spreading the love of Christ to all.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Bycroft, of Joplin; six children, Pushpalogini, Vijaykumar, Sowmiya, Tharsha, Tharshini, Prashanth, all of Sri Lanka; four brothers, Ranjith Rajathurai, of Oakland, CA, Vijith Rajathurai, of Koddai Kallar, Sri Lanka, Ajith Rajathurai, of Joplin, and Parijith Rajathurai, of Joplin; three sisters, Varathini Manoranjan, of Union, NJ, Jeythini Nijendranath, Arnhem, Netherlands, Nilojini Rajendram, of Bellville, NJ; her sisters- and brothers-in-law, Crystal Tibbs, Lincoln, IL, Harry Bycroft, of Roseville, IL, John R. (Dick) Bycroft, of Joplin, David Bycroft, of Caney, KS, and Penny Skaggs, of Joplin; and 31 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 19, at 11 a.m. at Villa Heights Christian Church, in Joplin, with burial to follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, in Joplin. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 18th, from 3 till 4 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, in Joplin.
To plant a tree in memory of Shanthini Bycroft, please visit Tribute Store.
Published on August 17, 2019
Plant a tree in memory
of Shanthini
Plant a tree

Obituary published in


Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.

Share your condolences and special memories.
The guestbook expires on August 16, 2020.

5 posts

Jane Collette
Sep 13, 2019
Steve and family, I am heartbroken over Shanthini’s passing. I will never forget her kindness to Keith and me when we were in Sri Lanka with you. She was a beautiful lady inside and out, so caring and loving of others and there was no doubt that God was the Lord of her life. I’m blessed to have known her. My prayers are with you all
Sue Huston McWhorter
Sep 05, 2019
Steve, I am so very sorry to hear about Shanthini. What a beautiful tribute to her life. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue Huston McWhorter
Amy Hass Duncan
Aug 19, 2019
Such a sweet lady. She will be greatly missed. Keeping the family in my prayers.
Aug 19, 2019
STEVE, We are so sorry for your loss, bless her, she has been through so much.

We hope to see you soon, again we are so sorry, but she is with her lord now!!

We love you!!

Mason and Roberta Jessip
Cheryl Lawson
Aug 19, 2019
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Shanthini Bycroft by Cheryl Lawson.  Send flowers