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Joanne Couture

July 8, 1937 — May 8, 2018

Joanne Couture, 80, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away due to injuries from a car accident on May 8, 2018. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial following at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 1001 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110.Joanne was born on July 8, 1937, in Kansas City to Edward and Alma (Sterbenz) Parrott. She was the youngest of five children, having one brother and three sisters. Joanne grew up in Kansas City, and spent her life here, although loved opportunities to travel abroad. She attended Bishop Lillis High School, then received her undergraduate degree from Avila University and her Masters Degree in English at the University of Kansas.She spent 20 years as a dedicated educator, serving children, parents, and her community as an English teacher at Bishop Hogan High School and Bishop Ward High School. She was a popular teacher, known for her wit and occasional snarkiness, but was a true softie beneath it all with a deeply caring heart. Countless students recall being inspired by personal conversations with her, where she encouraged them when things were rough, and also inspired them to believe in themselves. Many say they went to college because of her.Spending time with her family and beloved (if rascally) cats, gardening, tending to backyard critters, reading, and helping her neighbors, were a few of Joannes favorite things. As a huge Royals fan, their winning the 2015 World Series meant the world to her. She was a devoted wife of 51 years to her husband John R. Couture, Sr., who passed away almost exactly two months before her, on March 10th. She was also a fiercely loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Joanne was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alma (Sterbenz) Parrott; sisters Virginia Salmon ("Gee Gee"), Marion Tavernaro ("Nan"), and Alma Thompson ("AJ"); and husband, John Sr. Joanne is survived by her daughter, Amy Couture; son, John Jr., and wife Heather; beloved grandchildren, Leo, Kate, Bridget and Gretchen; brother, Edward Parrott ("Bud"); sister-in-law Elaine Wright; as well as her much-loved Hyde Park neighbors and friends.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Francis Xavier Parish. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.MuehlebachChapel.com.
Visitation St. Francis Xavier Parish

Thursday, May 31, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1001 E 52nd StreetKansas City, Missouri 64110
Directions Mass of Christian Burial St. Francis Xavier Parish

Thursday, May 31, 2018

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

1001 E 52nd StreetKansas City, Missouri 64110
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