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It is with great sorrow that the family of Genie (Hodes) McCowen announce her passing on April 15, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 11, 1939 at home in Kansas City, MO to Katherine Rose and Herman J. Hodes, the 7th of 9 children. She attended Visitation Grade School and graduated from St. Theresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Loretto Heights in Denver, Colorado. She met and married her high school sweetheart H Patrick McCowen and they had 5 beautiful children. She was a gentle, loving, and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother known as Namaw and Mama Genie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Mary Louise Growney and Margie Donohue and brother Bob Hodes. She leaves her loving husband Pat, son Patrick William, daughters; Diane Kusman, Mariane Watkins Nelson (Paul), Carrie Kine (Rich), and Katie Orscheln Owens (Chuck). She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Jason, Lisa (Harrison), Emily, Christie (Derrick), Katy (Derek), Riley, Ryan, Michael, Ashley, Alex, 2 great grandchildren, Easton and Ella Kate. She also leaves sisters; Karosie Ismert, Betty Ismert, Martha Hodes and brothers Bill and Steve Hodes.
Genie would say that her greatest accomplishment was her marriage of 60 years and her 5 children. She was a friend to everyone. Genie is most remembered for her contagious laugh and love for the people around her. She was a quiet and selfless servant to her family and devoted to her Catholic faith. She had a lifelong circle of friends who were loyal to the end including; Ann McShane, Arden Weiss, Loretta McCarthy, Judi Scanlan and many others. After her children were raised, Genie enjoyed working in retail and eventually obtained her Real Estate license. She enjoyed many trips to Ireland with Pat and made countless memories with family and friends at their weekend home at the Lake of the Ozark’s.
Visitation will be from 9-10:30am on April 18, 2018 followed by the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial all at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, Kansas. The family suggests donations to Sisters Servants of Mary, Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church or Bishop Miege High School.