Melodia Kay (Cookie) May Whitmore, 56, of Lenexa, KS passed away at her home on May 17, 2014 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Melodia was born November 1, 1957 in Boonville, Missouri, the daughter the late H. T. May and Estelle Jackson May.
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Melodia was a graduate of Boonville High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology-Audiology at University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale, IL; and earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Missouri at Columbia. She was nationally board certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Her varied career involved work in the states of Missouri, California and Kansas in several private and public schools, convalescent and rehabilitation hospitals as well home health services. She most recently retired from the Shawnee Mission School District in Shawnee Kansas due to failing health.
She became a member of the Boonville Morgan Street Baptist Church at an early age. She was most recently a member of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, Kansas City Kansas.
Her father, H.T May, preceded her in death. Her loving and devoted husband Michael of nearly 29 years, her son Jared, and daughter Michaela, all of Lenexa KS, survive her. In addition she is survived by her mother Estelle May of Boonville, MO; sister, Kathy May of North Kansas City, MO; brother Tom May (Jennifer) May of Columbia, MO; sister Sherry Chapman of Columbia, MO; sister-cousin Ninette (Frank) Campbell; uncles Melvin (Charlotte) Butler, Marvin (Samantha) Butler, Orlando Coleman; aunt Etta (George) Webb; mother-in-law Levora Whitmore of Kansas City, MO; brothers-in-law Byron Whitmore Sr. of Raytown, MO; Calvin Whitmore III of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law Marshia Torres of Henderson, NV; nephew, Howell (Kasey) May , nieces Brittney May, Morgan Tinsley and great niece, Nia Rose May and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements are as followed: Visitation services on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Home 1800 East Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation services on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am. Funeral Services at 11:00am at Morgan Street Baptist Church 811 East Morgan Street Boonville, Missouri. Interment at Bethel Memorial Garden in Speed, Missouri.
Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapels - Kansas City
1800 E. Linwood Blvd At Woodland Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109
Published in Boonville Daily News from May 20 to May 28, 2014