Jessie Pearl Howell Empson

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.


  1. Patti Barnes on February 27, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Teresa, my deepest condolences to you and your family. You did such a wonderful job of taking care of your mother and helped her live her life the way she wanted. May God bless and be with you during this difficult time. Love and hugs to you.

  2. Thomas Stoffers on February 27, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I know your mother’s passing is painful but knowing your mother had faith in God she is now in heaven with our Heavenly Father and she is smiling down on her children and grand children. May God Bless your mother and her family.

  3. Carletta Empson on February 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Teresa, Rick and Kenny,
    This is heartbreaking news. I loved Aunt Jessie so much. My heart hurts for alol of you and your extended families. May the Lord give each of you the strength that it takes to go through this hard time and may each of you bask in your memories of Jessie.

    Love you all

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