Sarah Jane (Ott) Matthes, 77, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on February 12, 2020, at Willow Creek Memory Care Center surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with Alzheimer ’s disease. She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) Matthes of Lee’s Summit and two children, Mark William (wife Kathi) of Pleasant Hill, MO and Julie Jane Lane of Kansas City, MO and their children Jesse and Wyatt Matthes of Pleasant Hill and Johnathan Rhett Lane of Kansas City, MO.
Also surviving her are two sisters, Dee Ann Herde (Edwin) of Manhattan, KS and Novella Perrin of Warrensburg, MO; two nieces, Sandra Herde (Sue) of North Fort Myers, FL, Nancy Navrat (David) of Manhattan, KS; and one nephew, Christopher Perrin (Christina) of Merriam, KS; and four great nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Harriett (Deane) Ott of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Preferring to be called Jane, she was born on September 1, 1942, in Harrisonville, MO. She graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1960, and attended Central Missouri State University (now UCM), earning her teaching degree in secondary education, majoring in speech and English, with an elementary education teaching certificate. She began her career at Russellville High School in Russellville, MO teaching speech and drama. She returned to Lee’s Summit when she married Bill on August 2, 1964, and began teaching at Hazel Grove Elementary School, in Lee’s Summit.
She left her teaching passion to stay home with her two children through elementary school. She soon returned to teaching elementary students at Summit Christian Academy, in Lee’s Summit, where she became principal.
Jane was a participant and leader in many activities. She was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, and served many years as Outreach Coordinator, was member of Joy Club and many other committees; president of the International Reading Association; program chair of Delta Kappa Gamma (a sorority for outstanding teachers); and a volunteer for the Lee’s Summit Hospital Auxiliary; Lee’s Summit Police Department; Lee’s Summit One Good Meal, which she helped start; and Lee’s Summit Mental Health Clinic.
Jane was one of the kindest and most giving persons you would ever encounter. She offered her time, talent, money, and service to anyone who was in need. She will be greatly missed by her family, church, and community.
Services will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, 2 NE Douglas Street at 11:00AM with visitation beginning one hour prior to the funeral at 10:00AM. Her ashes will be interred in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. There will be no graveside services. Arrangements are being coordinated by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit. Suggested memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, Greater Kansas City Alzheimer’s Association, and Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care.