Obituaries detail

Carlotta Jane Reusser Davis
Dec 01, 1943 - Apr 26, 2021

Carlotta Jane Reusser Davis of Mission, KS was born December 1, 1943 to Norman Carl Reusser and Kathryn Wallace Kavanaugh Reusser in Boonville, Missouri. Jane grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, and attended Shawnee Mission East. She had a group of classmates with whom she remained close during her lifetime.



As a child, she loved frequently visiting her grandparents in Versailles and Jamestown, Missouri and would go on the train with her sister to stay for weeks at a time. She attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a degree in education. She was a member of Chi Omega. After college, she taught junior high school in Raytown, Missouri, and Livonia, Michigan, for several years.


Jane married John C. Davis in 1966, and they lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while he attended law school. In 1968 they moved to Prairie Village. They lived in a Don Drummond built home, and she loved the Drummond-style architecture. Jane especially enjoyed participating with neighbors in a Saturday morning grocery co-op buying vegetables at the City Market and dividing them up among the participants and in hosting, with three neighbors, parties on the Fourth of July. Their children, Tracy and Matthew, were born during this time.


After moving to Mission Hills, Kansas, in 1976, Jane considered becoming a medical doctor, and she attended Johnson County Community College to take science prerequisites and commented that being in class with younger students was lots of fun. She decided not to accept a place in medical school and, instead, focused her energies on her family and extensive volunteer work. She especially enjoyed volunteering for the Kansas City Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Jane also worked part time at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Demarche & Associates, and Miller Marley Dance Studio. She liked any job where she could talk to people.


After moving to Kennett Place in 2014, she made new friends and continued to be active in her church, the Village Presbyterian Church, and as a member of the UMKC Herman Johnson Scholarship Committee, and was an active book club member, even on Zoom meetings.


Jane and John hosted through People To People foreign military officers and their families, meeting families from Tunisia, Switzerland, Belgium and France. Jane enjoyed getting to know people from around the world and visiting them. In 1980, they visited their families in Tunisia and Switzerland, and Jane always said it was her best travel experience ever. She loved traveling, and more recently visiting and keeping in touch with artists and friends who are Hopi.


She is survived by her husband John, sister Teri Reusser Powell, children Tracy (Piep) and Matt (Paula), grandchildren Parker, Jack, Samantha, and Zachary, and many nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donating to a charity, including three of her favorites, The Nelson Gallery Foundation, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the Kansas City Symphony.


A service to celebrate Jane will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS and can be streamed online at the church’s web site, Social distancing and masks will be required if you attend in person.

Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village
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Date of Service:
Apr 30 ,2021
Time of Service:
3:00 pm
Additional Information:

A service to celebrate Jane will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS and can be streamed online at the church’s web site, Social distancing and masks will be required if you attend in person.


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Carrie Bumgarner Apr 28 ,2021

Cousin ,Columbia ,Missouri

Janie was a vital spirit. My thoughts and sympathy are with her family and friends. God bless🥰

Kathy Dunn Apr 29 ,2021

Friend and colleague through UMKC ,Liberty ,Missouri

John and family, please know my deep sympathy. Jane's passing brought back many UMKC-related memories. Her bright spirit is in many. May you be at peace today.

Jill Embry Apr 29 ,2021

Longtime friend ,Shawnee Mission ,Kansas

Will miss seeing my friend, Janie, who no matter the time between our encounters, took up wherever we left off… always so comfortable together. We grew up from being toddlers together at President Gardens, where our parents were close. Bless her soul. ❤️

Alicia Starr Apr 29 ,2021

friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I always enjoyed working with Jane in the Junior League. She always had a bright smile and cheery laugh. She was a delight to be with. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

Jim Davis Apr 29 ,2021

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

My wife Betty Lu and Jane were bridge partners at Junior League bridge. They were also good friends. I knew Jane and she was always cheerful. Jim Duncan

Spence Heddens Apr 29 ,2021

long time next door neighbor on High Drive ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Jane was the epitome of a perfect next door neighbor. Always friendly and helpful. She gave good advice on gardening as well as contractors. Susie and I enjoyed seeing her at Symphony concerts. She will be missed. Spence Heddens

Linds mcmullen Apr 30 ,2021

Friend ,Mission hills ,Kansas

Dear John, Tracy and Matt, I have fond memories of your wife and mom! I loved her gift for gab and always a smile on her face. Thanks for the memories, Jane. Fondly, Linda Mcmullen

Kathy Sawyer May 01 ,2021

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

I’ll always remember the good times we had visiting after attending services at Village Pres. The social gathering in the downstairs hallway over coffee was always interesting with our young children running in and out of the youth area with the Manka girls. Jane was always delightful.

Kay Moffat May 01 ,2021

friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

John I have very fond memories of my days in the Chi Omega house with Jane. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with you. Kay Moffat

Marilyn Mitchell May 01 ,2021

friend ,Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 ,Kansas

Jane was always so fun to run into. She would immediately light up as though she was delighted to see you. Then she would begin talking, and talk she could. Always upbeat and positive. I found her to be bright, intelligent and caring. I am sure she will be missed by many, many friends.

Katherine Schorgl May 01 ,2021

Junior League ,KANSAS CITY ,Missouri

I am so sorry to hear about Jane's passing (which was one day after her services). Jane was a beloved member of the Junior League and will be missed very much by many! My deepest condolences, Katherine Schorgl


Friend & Chi O Alum ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Visiting with Jane was always so much fun...upbeat, positive, warm & interesting. She will be missed!