May 09,1949---May 10,2022

Jill Eliason passed away peacefully in Overland Park, Kansas, on May 10, 2022, at the age of 73. She was the devoted wife of Daniel, sister to three brothers, daughter of Pete and Dolores Kirkman, mother of Amanda and Nicolas, grandmother of eight and friend of many others. She was born in Great Bend, Kansas on May 9, 1949, and began her life as a farm girl on the north edge of town. Lots of dogs, cats, horses, and little brother, Donnie to hang out with. She attended St. Patrick school and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1967. In the fall, she moved to Manhattan where she attended Kansas State University.

Always with a sense of adventure, following her sophomore year her father found her a summer job in Yellowstone Park. It was there that she met her soul mate. She and Daniel were married in St. Patrick’s Church in Great Bend on September 30, 1972. After a bitter cold winter in Bozeman, they moved back to Great Bend where Dan started a construction company and Jill raised their family. In 1986 they moved to Overland Park, Kansas. They attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and later joined Ascension parish. Jill began her career in retail sales, first at the Plaid Elephant and Presents and for 10 years at Williams Sonoma. She retired in 2013. She and Dan traveled regularly with friends across the US, Europe and the Holy Land, and could often be seen in the mountains of Colorado.

Jill is survived by husband Daniel, daughter Amanda Cushenbery, son Nicolas Eliason, and grandchildren Vail, Asher, Ruby, Zander, Mamie, Winnie, Charlie and Liam.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St. Overland Park, KS.  Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.


Mary Dodd May 13 ,2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear family of Jill Eliason, We were so shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a wonderful mother and grandmother! Frank and I send our love and sympathy to those she left behind!! Through Serra, we had a the opportunity to spend an evening with Jill and Dan just a few weeks ago!! We are grateful for those memories and the beautiful wedding of Katie and Nic which seems like yesterday! Blessings to Jill and her family who will continue to mourn a life well-lived! Frank and Mary Dodd, Regan, Ryan Reilly and Rustin🌺

Mick Kelly May 14 ,2022

Friend of Dan ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dan: Please know that all of us up here on our retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte are praying for you and for your family. May the peace of Jesus be with you and your family at this solemn time.

Linda and Gary Crain May 14 ,2022

Friend ,Grove, Oklahoma

Dan, Amanda, and Nic- We are so sorry to hear of Jill’s death. Always remember her and how funny she was. We spent many hours at Westwood at the pool back in the day. Quite the Sun goddesses! I know she will be deeply missed by many. Our prayers are with you all- hugs! Linda (Thompson) Crain

Funeral Mass
Church of the Ascension
9510 West 127th Street
Overland Park
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May 17 ,2022
10:00 AM
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