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JoAnne Baumgardner Gentry


Funeral services for JoAnne Baumgardner Gentry, 85, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday December 31, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She died Friday, December 27, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

JoAnne was born April 22, 1928 in Lima, Ohio the daughter of Clarence A. and Esta Gayle (Roush) Baumgardner.

She received her nursing diploma from the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC in 1948. She worked as a registered nurse. She retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital with 30 years of service.

She married Merle Allen Gentry on July 2, 1948 in Baltimore, MD. He preceded her in death February 4, 2000.

Survivors include her children, Camillia Ann Gentry and husband, Steve Otto, Wichita, KS, Denise Gentry, Lawrence, KS, Fred Gentry, Kansas City, KS, Brian Gentry and wife, Amy Lockman, Kansas City, KS, Marsha Gentry Hesany, Florida, Clinton Gentry and wife, Vanessa, Piper, KS; one sister, Alice Mae Hiner, Florida; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Volunteer Service and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


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  • Vince Brown says:

    My mother, Maxine Brown, worked with Mrs. Gentry for years at LMH. I remember her being very nice to me whenever our paths crossed at the hospital. It’s nice to think of them working together again. Wrap yourselves in the memories, that’s where the smiles are.

  • Helen Pendleton Rumbaut says:

    Cam, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I know that pain. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ surround you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Melinda Maturo says:

    I am so sorry for your loss; I know it was quite a shock. I have fond memories of your mom and her molasses cookies. May good memories comfort you all and may you know she is at peace and with your dad. I will see you Tuesday. Love to you all.

  • Terri Burkhead Cooper says:

    Clint and Family-
    I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

  • Kimbra Johnson says:

    Cam, Steve and Family please know my heart goes out to each of you. I am glad your mom enjoyed Christmas and got to see all of you together before God called her home. Take care, Kim Johnson

  • Margaret Ann Gentry Elliott (Mrs. R.S.) says:

    So very sorry to read of your loss. Our sympathies to your family.

    (I am the daughter of Edgar and Frieda Gentry, Oskaloosa, KS)

  • Kristin Sen says:

    Cam and Family: I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My heart goes out to you all. Thinking of you.

  • Tim Rasmussen says:

    Fred, Brian, Clint, and family
    My condolences to you all. Your mom has left a great legacy.