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.