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Jessie Pearl Howell Empson, 95, Kansas City, Missouri passed away on February 20, 2022 at her home. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Empson was born in Benton County, Missouri on September 7, 1926 to Wilbur and Ethel Howell. Jessie married Geuane Empson on December 24, 1945. Jessie started her teaching career at 17, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse; and ended her career as a teaching assistant at Longview Community College. She was famous among family and friends for her dinner and cinnamon rolls. A devoted Christian, she enjoyed providing monthly dinners for her Southview Baptist Church Family, where she was a member for more than 50 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Geuane “Joe” Empson, a sister Helen Curtright and brothers Wilbur, Jr., Glen and Leroy.
She is survived by her three children; Rick (Neila) Empson, Teresa Wood, and Kenny (Shelley) Empson; her four grandchildren Jason (Tammy) Empson, Marissa (Doug) Lewis, Brett (Amy) Wood and Josh (Katie) Wood; and four great-grandchildren Jorden (Hannah) Empson, Mitchell Empson, Miranda Lewis and Aiden Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to any local food pantry, or a charity of your choice in Jessie’s Name.