Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee DeCann, 77, of Overland Park, KS passed away
peacefully Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
Jackie was born in Morehead City, NC June 21, 1944 to Clarence and Crystal
Matthews and then as a child moved with her family to Newark, NY.
Jackie met the love of her life, Myron “Mike” DeCann in high school and
they were married December 11, 1965. In 1972, after many struggles to have
children, they were blessed with a son, Michael David DeCann, the center and
joy of their life. Myron’s work aspirations moved them away from upstate
New York to Shawnee, KS in 1974 where they made a loving home to raise
Michael. The distance did not come between Jackie and her family. She
remained very close traveling back to New York a few times each year to spend
time with them. She also enjoyed hosting her mom and brother’s family in
Kansas City, planning fun excursions around town, and making each trip
special and memorable.
Jackie carried many titles throughout her life, daughter, granddaughter,
sister, cousin, bride, wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandma, aunt, friend, and
coworker. She was a natural nurturer and she loved taking care of her family.
Myron and Jackie built a strong marriage and made a beautiful life together.
Myron adored his Bride, as he would lovingly refer to her, knowing he had it
good, never taking her for granted and appreciating her as an amazing wife
and mother. The family enjoyed traveling each weekend as a getaway from the
city to the Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed entertaining, swimming,
fishing, and boating. Jackie created a welcoming lake home for Michael and
his friends, referred to as the “lake family”, to spend time together,
offering plenty of entertainment, good treats, and space for all of them to
be together. Jackie was proud to be considered a second mom and felt blessed
having them in her life.
Jackie excelled in her role as a medical office receptionist at Pediatric
Associates. She loved seeing and getting to know the families during office
visits over the years. She was a friendly face, smile, and laugh for all that
entered. She truly enjoyed her job and showed off her creativity by
decorating for every holiday, planning office celebrations including
anniversaries, birthdays, and any other reason to celebrate her work family.
Jackie treasured the lifelong friends she made before she retired after 33
years in the office.
Jackie’s favorite job was being “Grandma Jackie”. In 1999, Jackie and
Myron built their retirement home in Overland Park, KS to be near Mike, Kim,
and the grandsons. Family was Jackie’s world, spending all her time
watching soccer, baseball, soapbox derby, or attending scouting events. She
was quick to sign up for school events, field trips, or driving the boys and
their friends places. She loved listening to their conversations and made
sure to ask a lot of questions to ensure she got all the juicy details. She
was known as “Grandma Jackie” by all the boy’s friends and adored by
all of them. Beyond all the boy time, Jackie and Kim could be found enjoying
girl-time: going to movies, shopping, and getting away on memorable vacations
to the ocean, Disney, New York, and the Southwest. Jackie was always up for
Jackie is survived by her brother Jerry Matthews (Kathy), daughter-in-law
Kimberly DeCann, grandsons Nicholas DeCann and Alexander DeCann, niece Sarah
Duffyk (Dale, Derek, Jenna), nephew Jerry Matthews Jr (Aria, Frankie,
Manny, Marcelo) and many cousins. Jackie was preceded in death by her
parents, Clarence and Crystal Matthews, infant son, Myron DeCann lost at
birth, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Colacino, husband, Myron DeCann, and son,
Michael David DeCann.
Private burial is arranged at East Newark Cemetery, Newark, NY.