Dana Lynn Masinton
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Dana Lynn Masinton , Age: 66
July 04, 1951 -- February 18, 2018

Dana Lynn Masinton was born in the land of Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, on a hot July 4th, 1951. The fourth of July was always her favorite day (although she really celebrated her birthday all month long!), complete with fireworks, watermelon and white cake with white icing.

Even more than her birthday, Dana loved music. She played piano and sang all throughout her life. A first soprano, she developed her voice performing with numerous church and school choirs. During her years at Springfield High School, she was a soloist for her high school choir and loved performing with her A Capella Choir, the Singing Seven.

Dana went to Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated with a degree in mathematics. SMU is where she met and married Michael Dallmeyer. After settling in Mike’s hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri, they had three children, Melissa (Missy), Matthew and Mitchell. Always involved and a natural leader, it’s here where she organized the kids’ school PTA, led the choir at Central United Methodist Church and was a member of P.E.O. Chapter HM Jefferson City.

She moved to Kansas City with her children in 1987. It wasn’t long before she discovered her true professional calling when she joined Reece and Nichols real estate, where she met colleagues who would become some of her best friends throughout her life. She loved helping people buy and sell houses, and she loved working among her fellow realtors. This was also when she met her current husband of now 28 years, Richard (Dick) Masinton.

To know Dana was to love Dana. Besides being the life of the party, some of her favorites included singing along to Mitch Miller’s Christmas album while putting her silver bells on the tree, spending time with her mother (Nurse Bonnie), escorting her son on the field as a member of the homecoming court, traveling with her husband, performing with the Junior League Notables choir, drinking wine (or cosmos!) with her best friends and baking cookies with her granddaughters.

A little less than a decade ago, some of those favorite activities began to change. She and Dick had recently retired and had moved permanently to Scottsdale, Arizona, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, she moved back to Kansas City to be close to her children and friends who could help care for her as her memory faded and her disease progressed.

She made a wonderful home at the “Ladies House” (think Golden Girls) at Senior Care Homes with caregivers who managed the house and cared for the ladies as if they were one big family. They played the piano and Dana still sang. It’s amazing how the words to her favorite songs weren’t forgotten.

It was among this new family and her children that Dana, 66, went to meet her Savior Jesus Christ on February 18, 2018 after a nearly 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. We can all feel comfort in the fact that she’s now in a place where every day feels like the fourth of July. She’s home, where she can laugh and hug and dance and feel and sing and finally remember, especially all those who loved her.

Dana is preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie and Harold Hawkins, and her special grandmother, Elsie Reeves. She is survived by her husband, Richard Masinton of Scottsdale, Arizona; by her children, Melissa Novak (John) of Leawood, Kansas, Matt Dallmeyer of Columbia, Missouri and Mitch Dallmeyer (Candice Pettit) of Jefferson City, Missouri; and by her stepchildren, Dawn Vanderberg (Mark) and Greg Masinton (Lael), all of Denver, Colorado area. Dana is also survived by her sister, Alice Smith (Bob) of Aurora, Colorado; her niece, Robin Bartels of Leesburg, Virginia; her nephew, Steve Smith (Nicole) of Olathe, Kansas; and her grandchildren Mary Novak, Molly Novak and Michael Dallmeyer.

Visitation will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Memorial Services following at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia St. Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, Dana’s family suggests memorial contributions to a fund for her Senior Care Homes caregivers: Senior Care Homes Newport Staff (for Dana Masinton) 5200 W. 94th Terr., Ste. 115 Prairie Village, KS 66207. A donation in her memory can also be made to Alzheimer’s research at The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.

Additional Service: Visitation
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 8535 Monrovia St.
City: Lenexa
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66215
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm
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Additional Service: Memorial Service
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 8535 Monrovia St.
City: Lenexa
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66215
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Additional Information:
Google Map: Click Here to see Location on Map.

Susie Wolf February 21, 2018

coworker Overland Park , Kansas

Melissa, we share the death of our mothers. My mom died on February 18, in 1975 (44). She, too, died too young. I pray for her and her now new memory. I pray for you and your family, especially your daughters who lost their grandmother too early. I send blessings to you all in this difficult time.

Robin Bartels February 21, 2018

Niece Leesburg , Virginia

I remember her beautiful smile, and she always had positive words to say to me. My prayers for all of you during this time of loss. What a nice remembrance letter you wrote. I know she is singing in heaven.:). We will always think of her on 4th of July!

Jeff Danforth February 21, 2018

Friend of Matt Dallmeyer Enter your city , Missouri

Matt. So sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family. Lost my Dad when I was 28, he was 62. Cherish the memories, it helps to ease the pain of your loss.

Mary Hall Coleman February 21, 2018

Friend Jefferson City , Missouri

My most sincere sympathy to Missy and family, Matt and Mitch and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories you shared with your mother.

Nancy Baker February 21, 2018

Co-worker with daughter Melissa Novak Kansas City , Missouri

Melissa, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have you and your family in my prayers. What a beautifully written obituary. It read like a wonderful story of your mother's very full life...after I read it I felt like I knew her.

Rachel Ramsey February 21, 2018

Caregiver & Friend, Seniorcare Homes Shawnee , Kansas

Miss Dana was truly beautiful, inside and out. It was an honor to care for her, and She will absolutely be missed. Her entire family is in my thoughts and prayers ♥️

Cari Coy February 22, 2018

Friend Lake of the Ozarks , Missouri

Missy, Matthew and Mitchell.....I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege to call my friend. Dana and I worked together in Jeffeson City for many years and became very close. My husband and I got together with your parents at least once a week and, Missy, we even babysit you many times when you were just a toddler on!! Mitchell....you may not know this, but your mom and I actually planned our pregnancies together cause she said it would be more fun to be in the hospital together! We even found out on the same day that we were both pregnant! You all have my deepest sympathy....I have wonderful memories of Dana and only wish we had kept in touch to make more. Keep your precious memories of her in your heart....they will help you get through this very hard time. Prayers and hugs!

Dianne Lowry February 23, 2018

Friend Jefferson City , Missouri

My heart goes out to Dana's family! Praying for comfort and peace for you all. I fondly remember Dana's ability to organize anything, her beautiful singing voice, and her love for life.