Sheila Suzanne Honig, 68, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri unexpectedly passed away on February 9, 2023, with her family at the bedside after a sudden stroke earlier in the week. Sheila was born in Centralia, Illinois December 27, 1954, to Ruby and Verne Hord, and grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri with her three siblings. As a child, she most enjoyed traveling to Webster, South Dakota and playing on their family farm with her siblings and cousins.
Sheila graduated from Oak Grove High School and attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where she met her husband, Ron Honig. She graduated with an English degree and got her master’s while Ron finished his engineering degree. On February 28, 1981, she and Ron were married at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Oak Grove, Missouri. Ron and Sheila welcomed their baby girl, Rachel, on December 16, 1992, and have lived in Lakewood for 41 years.
Sheila taught English at UMKC for over 40 years. She emphasized to her students and daughter that “sincere critical engagement” and education of any type were the “keys to the kingdom.” She was well read, articulate and observant. She was a dedicated Missouri Tiger sports and Kansas City Chiefs football fan. She loved traveling, spending time in coffee shops with Ron, and talking on the phone every evening with Rachel. She always knew how to make people feel included and consistently surprised us all with her dry sense of humor. All her family and friends, especially her adoring husband and devoted daughter, will lovingly remember her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Shannon. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Honig; daughter, Dr. Rachel Honig Krakosky; son-in-law, Nick Krakosky; and her grandson, Alexander Krakosky, who will enter the world in the coming days. She is survived by her sister Marcy Hord; brother Bryan Hord; sister-in-law Dianne Hord; nieces Brooke Brooks and Amanda Dowler; great nieces, Kendall Brooks and Waylon Brooks; great nephews Jackson Dowler and Aidan Dowler; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Greg and Kimberly Honig; and cousins Colin Johnson, Lance Johnson and Deborah Canton.
Please join us for a visitation on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 10AM with a service to follow at 12PM at Langsford Funeral Home (115 SW Third Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063). After the service, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Honig home (4019 NE Woodridge Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064) featuring Kansas City BBQ and Sheila’s favorite red wine. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Sheila Honig’s name to the American Heart Association or the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” —J.K. Rowling