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Amazing mom, grandma, business woman, world traveler, philanthropist, tennis champion, Passed away on April 14, 2020.
She was born to Nora Belle and Laurence Sharp in beautiful Weymouth, Dorset, England. She grew up playing tennis with her dad on the grass courts and qualified to play in junior Wimbledon.At 21, she wanted to travel the world and was hired by TWA as an Airline hostess for their international routes. Her 6 weeks of training was in Kansas City, but she met the love of her life, Jerome F.X. Waterman and six weeks turned into a lifetime.They were married and had two daughters, Stephanie and Kilmeny.She continued raising her daughters, playing and teaching tennis, eventually opening up one of the first tennis shops in the area, Open Court,Ltd., which then became The Wardrobe, in the Prairie Village shops. Her customers loved her vibrant and outgoing personality combined with her lovely English accent.Tragedy struck when her daughter was killed while studying abroad in Africa.She turned her grief and memories into a foundation to honor her daughter. She worked tirelessly for the Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation to provide mentoring and tennis to inner city, underserved children. She loved going to Operation Breakthrough to see all her tennis kids! They would run to Coach Waterman, the little blonde lady in the white convertible, who was always so present and loyal to them. When Jerry was diagnosed with cancer, she was strong and brave in the face of this terrible disease. She always had a smile on her face and an upbeat attitude.She was so welcoming to her new son-in-law Malachy, and dearly loved her four grandchildren. Jennifer is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry and her beloved daughter, Stephanie .She is survived by her daughter, Kilmeny and son-in-law Malachy; grandchildren Malachy, Kevin, Stephanie and Quinn; her sister Susan Zackon; and sister-in-law Marguerite Owens, and many nieces and nephews and cousins around the world.
We would like to thank the staff at Sunrise of Leawood and Ascend Hospice for their dedication to Jennifers care.
"Let your smile change the world , but dont let the world change your smile."
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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