Dec 05, 1933---Jun 24, 2024

Elzora Elizabeth Jeffries (Momma, Grandma Sookie, Liz, Sookie, Smiling Sally, Aunt Zookie) passed away peacefully at her home on June 24, 2024.  Last year she set a goal of reaching 90 years of age which just like everything else in life she accomplished successfully this past December.  The love that she received from friends and family pushed her across the finish line!   Born to Marvin and Ruth VanBebber on December 5th 1933.  Elzora married the love of her life Ellsworth William Jeffries Jr in November of 1962.  Elzora loved her sports teams! 

 

Especially her beloved Royals, Jayhawks and of course the Chiefs.  Elzora passed her love for sports onto her son as well as her grandkids.  If you were ever at her house and there was a ball game on, it was going to be on her tv!  In fact, one day before she went to be with the Lord she was talking about the upcoming Chiefs season with her son and grandson and how much she was looking forward to another SB and parade.  On that very same day, Elzora was watching golf, for the record, she had never played golf nor did she understand the scoring system but it was a sport that involved a stick and a ball and it was good enough until the next ball game came on!  Elzora retired from Colgate Palmolive after close to 30 years of service in 1990 and began her second career as Grandma Sookie in 1992. 

 

Elzora is survived by her son Ellsworth (Nicole) William Jeffries III; grandson Tyler Jeffries; granddaughter Anissa Jeffries and two bonus grandsons; Jon (Jon Boy) Estrada and Noah Ortego.  Elzora is also survived by two brothers; Miles VanBebber and Richard VanBebber.

 

Elzora was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Ruth VanBebber.  Her husband, Ellsworth William Jeffries Jr.  Her brothers, Merle, Melvin, Ralph, Carl, George, Marvin and Alfred.  Her sisters, Marie, Helen, Juanita, Nora and Billie.

 

Elzora will be remembered as a loving mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend who would do anything to help out those she loved in a time of need.  Elzora’s door was always open and welcoming to her friends and family.  She passed her love for family on to her son and grandkids who will continue her tradition of “family over everything”.



Condolences

Ellsworth Jeffries Jun 26, 2024

Son ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Rest is paradise Momma. I love you so much that a piece of me went with you. I´m heartbroken but rejoicing in knowing that you´re with the Lord and back with dad. See you soon!

Cindy Knaus Jun 26, 2024

Girl ,Kansas city ,Kansas

I am gonna miss Liz. We had so much fun together. I remember the first time she called me girl. With Liz is she called you girl or boy it meant you were special to her. My grandkids called her grandma Liz the loved going over to her house because she always had goodies.And oh my goodness, the story she told about her growing up, she had a hard life. But I wouldn't change it for the world.

rick baker Jun 26, 2024

Prayers for Sookie and her loved ones. I am always sorry to hear of family passing. I am related to her on the VanBebber side of our tree. Rick Baker rickebj@hotmail.com

Frank Moran Jun 26, 2024

Coworker ,Kansas City ,Kansas

I met Liz,as we called her, in 1971 at Colgate. She was a very nice lady, that I never knew to get mad. My condolences to the family family Frank Moran

David Van Bebber Jr. Jun 27, 2024

Great Nephew ,Linn Valley ,Kansas

Aunt Zookie, was a woman who I knew from my earliest memories as a generous, outspoken, and protective person. She was a woman who had the respect and attentive ear of my father and someone who he listened to with a diligence that was not afforded to anyone else. I knew she was tough as nails but at the same time able to extend compassion and generosity beyond her own abilities. As a child and teenager not a Christmas or Thanksgiving went by without seeing her. Not a summer would pass without swinging by her home to pick up Royals tickets or to shoot off fireworks. In 2013 I was nearly killed in an accident and the first person in my room at ICU was this woman, my great aunt. I am fortunate; I had two grandmother’s and a mom at the time, but Aunt Zook beat them all to be there for me. She held my hand until my grandma’s arrived. It’s rare to find a great aunt who will be there for a a great nephew like that. But, she was not there merely for me. She had made a commitment to her family long ago to be there for each of them to the best of her ability and she followed through on that vow. And that is one of the many attributes that she is both to honored for and will be remembered for. I will reflect for the rest of my days on her witness: a love of family, neighbor, and the Lord. As all image bearers, she was imperfect yet pointed toward a perfect light; saved by grace; a sinner made a saint; eternally home and in the presence of a thrice holy God. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
1835 Minnesota Ave
City:
Kansas City
State:
KS
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jun 27, 2024
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Memorial Service
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
1835 Minnesota Ave
City:
Kansas City
State:
KS
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jun 28, 2024
Time:
11:00 AM
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