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Joan G. Cantrell, 79, of Leawood, Kan., passed Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe, where the family received friends from 1-2 p.m.
There will also be a visitation to celebrate Joan's life on Sunday Sept. 4, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Church, 900 Pullen St., Royse City, Texas.
Joan was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Rockwall County, Texas, to Oland (Sugar) and Runelle Shaw. She grew up in Royse City and graduated as valedictorian of Royse City High School class of 1954 before moving to Rockwall where she married Levi Cantrell on Feb. 6, 1956. They moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 1957 where they raised their family until Levi's retirement in 1995. Their next adventure saw them in an RV traveling the United States for a few years before settling in Alamo, Texas, until Levi's death in 1999. She then moved back to Royse City for several years and to Overland Park, Kan., in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen, in 1961; her father in 1988; her husband in 1999; her sister,, Sandra, in 2014; and her mother in 2015.
She is survived by her children; Candy Rudolph (James) of Riley, Kan., Kyle Cantrell (Melanie) of Olathe, Kan., and Tobin Cantrell (Marti) of Pittsboro, Ind.; grandchildren Laura Reece (Steven), Joshua Parker (Jenny), Kyler Cantrell and Conner Cantrel; and great-grandchildren Piper, Naomi, and Gunner. She is also survived by her brothers, Jerry Shaw of Rockwall and Ronald Shaw (Barbara) of Arlington, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
To leave a special message for her family, visit www.PenwellGabelOalthe.com.
Published on August 15, 2017
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