In Memory of

Denise M. Kinnison Gentry

January 21, 1970 - October 7, 2023


Denise M. Kinnison Gentry, 53, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 7, 2023. Denise showed her amazing strength while fighting breast cancer for many years.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 11th, at Unity Village, Atrium Chapel, 200 Unity Cir N, Unity Village, MO 64086. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and the celebration service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Denise was born January 21, 1970, in Kansas City, MO to Melvin Carson Kinnison and Merial Anne Jones Kinnison. Denise graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and enjoyed living and raising a family in Lee’s Summit. She was active in supporting her community through her children’s extra-curricular activities, PTA, family organizations, and church events; as well as working for the Lee’s Summit school district Purchasing and Distribution Services. Growing up, Denise spent many summers at the Lake of the Ozarks and would always enjoy getting away to the lake. Spending time with family was important to her, and anytime she could be with family would make Denise happiest. Denise was a wonderful, loving, and supportive daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She will be greatly missed.

She was proceeded in death by grandparents, Paul and Louise Hamilton Jones, Dallas “Si” and Doris Simpson Kinnison, and Jessie Speir Kinnison; and nephew Curtis Cole Goble. Denise is survived by her husband, Stephen Gentry; children Savannah and Nicholas; parents Carson and Merial; siblings Guy (Rhonda), Ralph (Julie), Lisa Goble (Jim), and Kim Harris; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

If sending flowers, please deliver to Unity Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Unity Way, Unity Village, MO 64086.


Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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Stephen, Savannah, and Nick, I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. Denise was one of the kindest people I ever met and I can’t imagine the terrible grief of losing her. I pray that everyday you will cherish your memories of her and those memories will bring you some peace and comfort.

Stephen, Savannah and Nick,
I am so sorry for your loss. So sad that she had to leave your lives. Hold tight to your memories and she will always be there when you need her.
Denise used to hate being the center of attention and there was a time when all of us talking about her would have made her crazy. But the last time I saw her she made me laugh through my tears when she said her filter was gone now and “just whatever!”
Although I am glad she is no longer fighting her battle with cancer, I miss her and am grateful for so many years of friendship and memories.

Denise and I were Lake of the Ozarks swim buddies for nearly our whole childhood. Denise was an awesome human being even back then. My sympathies to her parents, siblings, family and friends.

Carson and Muriel, so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. My heart breaks for both of you. I hope knowing you have so many caring friends and loved ones will easy the pain you are feeling. Love and hugs Millie

Steven, Savannah and Nicholas,
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Sending much love and prayer. Jeff and Kathy

It was an honor to get to know Denise. She had a kindness and warmth that would be impossible to forget. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I wish we met under different circumstances. Prayers to her friends and family ❤

I’m so sorry for your loss! Denise was a beautiful friend, strong woman, and giving soul. May fond memories and her laughter bring you comfort and warmth! She will be missed!


Saturday, November 11, 2023
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Unity Village Atrium Chapel
200 Unity Cir. N.
Unity Village, MO 64086


Saturday, November 11, 2023
11:00 AM Celebration of Life
Unity Village Atrium Chapel
200 Unity Cir. N.
Unity Village, MO 64086