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Jane K. Hess

May 14, 1926 - July 24, 2022


Margaret Jane Kirkpatrick Hess, 96, of Prairie Village, KS (formerly of Leawood) died July 24, 2022 in Advent Shawnee Mission Hospital.  Jane was born May 14, 1926 in Butler, PA to Paul Eugene and Margaret Scott Rumberger Kirkpatrick.  A memorial service will be held at Village Presbyterian Church on September 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM.


Jane graduated from Butler High School (1944) and received degrees from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (1948), and Katherine Gibbs Executive Secretarial School in Boston. 


While in Boston she attended Westminster House for Presbyterian Students and Covenant Presbyterian Church where she met Taylor Hess (Harvard 1947). She met the Hess family at his graduation from Harvard in 1949.   Jane worked for Kauffmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh, PA for 3 years before they were married August 1, 1952 in Butler in a double wedding with her brother Richard and her Pittsburgh roommate, Dorothy.  While her husband completed law school at the University of Pennsylvania (1953), she worked on the university’s FHA project, “Industrialization of Bucks County” regarding the lack of provision for schools and churches in the Levittown Area. 


Jane was a member of Village Presbyterian Church and received the award of Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women (P.C. USA) in 1992. Her cremains will be placed in the church yard.    She volunteered at every church and other activities her children were involved in as well as the League of Women Voters, AAUW, P.E.O., and Tri Psi. She enjoyed cruising the world with her husband. 


She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers John Kirkpatrick (Mary) and Richard Kirkpatrick (Dorothy), sister-in-law Marguerite H. Morris (Garland), and brother-in-law, Robert Hess (Mickie).


She is survived by her husband, Taylor, and 4 children: Paul Taylor Hess (Nina Kopach), George Kirkpatrick Hess (Cathy), John Hibbs Hess (Angela), and Margaret Gwendoline Hess. 


She is also survived by grandchildren Sara Hess (Drew Schad), Amanda Hess (Jenny Sorich), George Andrew Hess (Sarah), Emilie Jane Cox (Josiah), Daniel Hess (Alison), Victoria Hess, Gwendoline Gregg, and Ellazan Gregg as well as 7 great grandchildren (Madeline Grace and Georgia Rose Hess; Crosby Taylor, Timothy Kirkpatrick, and Frances Ann Cox, and Nora Kay and Hayden Mae Hess).


Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund, Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208.

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Village Presbyterian Church
6614 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village
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Date of Service:
Sep 10 ,2022
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2:00 pm
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Julie Jennings Aug 01 ,2022

FAMILY FRIEND ,Kansas city ,Missouri

I'm sending Big Hugs to Taylor and the family. In my life since age 5. My best friends parents. I will surely keep you all in my prayers that the fun times and adventures bring you warm memories of Jane.

Barbara Bollier Aug 07 ,2022

Friend from Especially for Women class ,Tabernash ,Colorado

It was a privilege to get to know Jane in the Especially for Women class at Village Church. Her passion for justice and for continuing to stretch her faith throughout her life was an inspiration to me. Sending great love to all of you as you mourn her passing yet celebrate her amazing life.

Lynn Roh MD Aug 10 ,2022

Physician ,Leawood ,Kansas

It was a pleasure and a privilege to care for Jane and her husband Taylor for many years. She was a delightful individual. My deepest sympathy.

Glenda R Watts Aug 10 ,2022

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

My condolences to Taylor and family. Jane has been a friend and sister to me for many years. We met at Village Church and worked together in Presbyterian Women for years, attended many Christian Ed classes. I had the privilege to travel with Jane and Taylor to Israel and Egypt, then Greece and Turkey with Village Church groups in 1986 and 1991. We have been P.E.O. sisters since 1994. I miss her terribly. She will always have a special place in my heart! My favorite picture of us is at the top of Masada with the Dead Sea in the background.