Gary Layne Jenness
Gary Layne Jenness, age 58, Webb City, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019, at Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness.
Gary was born April 6, 1961, in Joplin to Betty Ann (Watkins) Jenness and the late Earl Wayne Jenness. He had lived in the Joplin area most of his life.
Gary worked as a registered nurse for over 27 years, mostly at various medical facilities in the Joplin area. For a time, he also enjoyed working as a travel nurse.
Gary was a passionate writer and poet. He enjoyed music and loved animals. His favorite pastime was collecting playing cards, which began when he was 6 years old. He had an extensive collection of over 1500 decks.
Family was most important to Gary. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.
He married Helen Meeker on June 18, 1999, in Ithaca, New York. She survives at the home. Additional survivors include Shira (daughter) and Jason Blalock and Quinn (grandson), Jane, Missouri; Betty Jenness (mother), Joplin; Vicki (sister) and Terry Nicoletti, Vincennes, Indiana; Dr. Jeff (brother) and Terri Jenness, Jonesboro, Arkansas; Traci (sister) and Ron Hadley, Joplin; and Pat Meeker (mother-in-law), Ithaca, New York.
Services are planned for Friday at 1 p.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Doug Wilkerson officiating. Interment follows in Burkhart Cemetery, Racine. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until service time.
Make memorial contributions to the Joplin Humane Society through Parker Mortuary.
Published on October 30, 2019


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Teresa Heath
Nov 07, 2019
I was sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a great co-worker.
Bob Wells
Nov 04, 2019
Dear Helen and family, I was shocked to hear that Gary had passed and am sending you my deepest sympathy. Gary was always a pleasure to be around and you and he were a great couple. May God bless you. Sincerely, Bob Wells
John and Suzanne Bowling
Oct 31, 2019
We are so sorry for the loss of Gary.