Feb 11, 1935---Jan 21, 2023

Barbara Joan “Jody” Kennedy, 87, Olathe, Kansas passed away January 21, 2023 at Olathe Medical Center.  She was born February 11, 1935 in El Dorado, Kansas the daughter of Victor Escher and Lena Rose (Akins) Semisch.

Jody was the most loving, caring, selfless, and kind mother, grandmother (Nanee) and friend.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved spending time with her family and friends. Jody spent 30 years working as a nurse for Drs. Myers & Abercrombie and caring for her beloved patients.  Jody had many talents and hobbies. She was an amazing painter and artist. Jody’s flower gardens throughout her life were something to be truly admired.  She was an exceptional cook and baker and always had delicious food for her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Phyllis Shanline. She leaves behind her loving children, Julie Kennedy, Dirk Kennedy and Valerie Kennedy. Her precious grandchildren, Jordan Mask, Eric Hampton (Morgan) and Kyle Hampton (Ginna) and great-granddaughter-to-be Hallie, as well as her five nieces and Shih Tzu, Sasha.

There will be a private family ceremony in Leon, Kansas this spring.

Jody would have wanted us to ‘pay it forward’ with love and kindness.  We will miss her terribly.



Jeff Hampton Jan 25, 2023

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

First and foremost, what a genuinely sweet lady. So many memories of her kindness. Second, while sweet is my first thought, Jody was such an incredible support to her kids and grandchildren. Finally, My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Nanee would want positve thoughts. She would want to know you are all well and doing well. God bless to all the family.

Penny Zadeh Jan 29, 2023

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

i’m so sorry to hear about Jodie‘s passing. She was a lovely lady. Aleays so kind and fun. Julie, Dirk and Vali, I hope you are doing ok. Hugs.