Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Friday, January 03, 2014

Dealing with the death of family and friends during the holidays

I got bad news this December as I lost my mother-in-law and a good friend. My mother-in-law, JoAnne Gentry, was sick in the hospital for the last six weeks. She got better a few times and really sick others. We figured she might die soon and she did two days after Christmas.
A few days later I got the news that a friend of mine, Tracy Langley died. I don’t know yet what killed her as she was not that old. She wasn’t a real close friend, but I did know her fairly well, so it was a bit of a shock when I heard she had died.
I’ve had enough of funerals and people dying for one year. After being in the hospital more than a month it has not been a good year for the holidays.
Maybe next year will be better.

JoAnne Baumgardner Gentry
She died Friday, December 27, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
JoAnne was born April 22, 1928 in Lima, Ohio the daughter of Clarence A. and Esta Gayle (Roush) Baumgardner.
She received her nursing diploma from the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC in 1948. She worked as a registered nurse. She retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital with 30 years of service.
She married Merle Allen Gentry on July 2, 1948 in Baltimore, MD. He preceded her in death February 4, 2000.
Survivors include her children, Camillia Ann Gentry and husband, Steve Otto, Wichita, KS, Denise Gentry, Lawrence, KS, Fred Gentry, Kansas City, KS, Brian Gentry and wife, Amy Lockman, Kansas City, KS, Marsha Gentry Hesany, Florida, Clinton Gentry and wife, Vanessa, Piper, KS; one sister, Alice Mae Hiner, Florida; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the mortuary.
The family suggests memorials in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Volunteer Service and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to

Tracy Emilia Langley
Langley, Tracy Emilia, 29, died Dec. 29, 2013. She was fierce. She was passionate. She had moxie. She is loved and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her mother, Terry Langley; father, Floyd Langley; step-mother, Tamre Webber; sister, Jennifer (Damian). Memorial Service will be held Sat. 10:00 a.m. at Old Mission Mortuary. In lieu of flowers it was Tracy's wish that memorials be made to Kansas ComCare.
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