Dorothy Jean Koonce (Jeanie), a resident of southwest Missouri, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

Jeanie was born Dec. 7, 1938 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Dorothy (Brame) and Arthur Cross.

She graduated from Joplin High School in 1956. Jeanie married the love of her life, James Garland Koonce on Sept. 21, 1957.

After marrying in Missouri, Jeanie and Jim lived in many states including Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, and Delaware.

Together they raised their three wonderful children and were foster parents to 22 infants and children. She was happiest when she had a baby in her arms.

Jeanie loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company.

She enjoyed traveling and was even able to make many trips with her husband as the pilot.

Jeanie was a woman of strong Christian faith and lived her life serving others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was a beloved wife, devoted mother, loving sister-in-law and dedicated grammy and great-grandmother. The legacy of her love will live on through them.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary Frances Hager.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Jim Koonce; children, Karmen (Mike) Weatherford of Lewisville, Texas, Kamelle (Bobby) Jones of Tulsa, and Jim (Shelly) Koonce II of Lewisville, Texas; sister-in-law, Elaine French of Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren: Brett (Danielle) Jones, Dayton (Katelyn) Weatherford, Bryan Jones, Blair (Preston) Buntz, Blake (Emma) Jones, James Koonce III, Tara Koonce, and Kevin Koonce; precious great-granddaughter: Riley Jones; and will be remembered with love by many other family members and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City.