Jane Mahoney, June 2, 1948 – September 27, 2019
Alice (Jane) Mahoney passed away on September 27, 2019 in Prairie Village, Kansas at the age of 71. Jane was born in Owosso Michigan on June 2, 1948 and moved to Kansas as a young child. Jane grew up in Johnson County but spent many summers in Michigan. Jane was fun loving and athletic. She played softball for many years. She was known for the many and diverse baseball hats that she wore. She had a baseball hat for all occasions – even for church functions. She cherished the hat given to her by the Archbishop and would wear it on special occasions. She was rarely seen without her hat.
After high school she became an accountant and had a long and successful career with United Utilities Incorporated which would eventually become Sprint. She was a loyal, energetic and well–respected accountant and retired after 40 years of service. She continued to work for a small accounting firm for several years. Jane and a good friend then went into business and had a thriving business cleaning houses and providing home health care, and finally retired in 2014.
Jane was generous with her time and money. She volunteered for many charities. She served as a volunteer at the Sanctuary of Hope, Kansas Department of Corrections, the March of Dimes, the AIDS Foundation, the American Heart Association, community fundraisers as well many other charities and community events. She worked at soup kitchens and cooked lots of meals for those in need. She had a diverse group of friends: many Catholic priests, a Jewish Rabbi as well as Protestant pastors. She considered herself a “Jewish Catholic Christian”. Many of the friends she leaves behind are inmates at the Kansas prisons (Lansing and the women’s prison in Topeka) where she volunteered on a regular basis.
Jane loved the Chiefs and the Royals – through good years and bad years. She especially liked to spend time with good friends at the Blue Moose where she would watch the games, discuss politics and sports with her herfriends who gravitated to Jane because of her wit and her kindness. Everyone knew where Jane stood on the issues – yet Jane did not allow politics to separate her from getting to know someone. She had many friends – conservative and liberal, Jewish, Catholic, Christian and atheist. Her quick wit, her kindness, and the twinkle in her eye when she would banter, drew friends to her. She loved country music, especially Garth Brooks. She was Irish through and through. She loved the Irish Tenors and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Jane was multi– talented. She was a great cook and an avid gardener. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed going to the farmers market, and to be sure, many of the patrons and the exhibitors will miss seeing this little lady in the baseball hat. She supported the vendors by buying lots of produce, honey and wine – not for herself, but to give away to friends.
Jane loved animals – especially her black Labrador, Gabbie and her cats, Puddles and Pearl, who predeceased her. Savanah, the cat will miss her, but not to worry, Savanah has been placed in a good home.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Shirley Mahoney and her brother Peter Mahoney. She leaves behind two brothers, JamesMahoney and John Mahoney, and several nephews and nieces. She will be remembered by many, many friends from all walks of life and stations in life. If you knew Jane, you will not forget her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Jane on Thursday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas.
Any memorial donations in memory of Jane Mahoney may be made to prison ministry fund of the Archdiocese of Kansas City 12615 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC