Denise Kay Colhour: In Our Care - July 26, 2020

Denise Kay Colhour: In Our Care – July 26, 2020


Denise Kay Colhour, 51, of Easton, Mo. passed away on July 26, 2020, at K.U. Medical Center, after an unexpected aneurysm.  

Denise was born May 2, 1969 in St. Joseph, Mo. to Wayne and Judy (Chaney) Colhour.
She went to high school in Maysville,Mo., graduating in 1987.

She went on to earn degrees from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, including a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1991, Master’s in Special Education in 2000, and Specialist Degree in Special Education Administration in 2005.
In 2016, Denise earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University.
Her career in education spanned 28 years and was mostly spent helping students with special needs and their teachers.
She retired from K-12 education in June 2018 after 9 years as Director of Special Services with the St. Joseph School district. 

At the time of her death, Denise was teaching graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at Baker University and Northwest Missouri State University and worked as a CDS Specialist with MERIL.

Denise had a lifelong passion of education from her mom, a love of cars from her dad, and a love of rock-n-roll since high school.
She loved to travel and was always up for new adventures.  

Denise was preceded in death by her sister Tonya and her mom, Judith (Judy).
She is survived by her dad, Wayne; brother, Daniel (Heather), nephew Jesse (Shen), and nieces Catharine, Emily and Emilee; dear friend Victor Crespo, “sisters” Michele Turner and Kelly Eiberger and her best dog, Lola. 

Denise had a passion for helping others less fortunate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the Green Hills Women’s Shelter or a local Animal Shelter/rescue group.

Visitation will be held at The Turner Family Funeral Home on Thursday, August 6, 2020, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 pm.

Memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday,  August 7, 2020.
All will be held at Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville, Mo. 

Inurnment: at Later date in the   Stewartsville Mo. Cemetery


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13 Responses to “Denise Kay Colhour: In Our Care – July 26, 2020”

  1. Susan Rogers July 27, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

    Denise was a lovely person and educator. I had the privilege of being her major advisor during her doctoral studies at Baker. The field of education and special education lost a wonderful advocate. My condolences and prayers are with her family.

  2. Robert Newhart July 27, 2020 at 9:43 pm #

    I had the opportunity to know Denise in the short time while while working in the SJSD. Denise was an excellent caring professional educator! She was passionate about her students and families. She was very much an advocate for her special need students and the field of education. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  3. Frank owen July 27, 2020 at 11:40 pm #

    I very sad to hear this. What a very wonderful person Denise was. Love from an old friend.

  4. Bobbi Colhour July 28, 2020 at 4:35 am #

    Very sad to hear this! Denise was such a wonderful and caring person. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and condolences are with you in this difficult time.

    • Barbara Ganote July 29, 2020 at 11:56 am #

      Terribly sorry to hear this about Denise. Thinking of your family. Tony and Barbara Ganote

  5. Tom Young July 28, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    Wayne, so sorry about your daughter. Prayers for you and your family.

  6. vivian estes July 28, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you.

  7. Lynette Toombs Saxton July 28, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

    Prayers for Denise’s family and friends.

  8. Jenny Montoya July 28, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

    So very sorry, Wayne and Daniel and families. It’s a heartbreaking loss of a lovely woman.

  9. Gracie Feese July 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm #

    So sorry…prayin’ for the whole family.

  10. Melody Buersmeyer July 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. We loved Denise and were blessed to know her. Her selfless dedication to the children she came in contact With was inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing such an amazing daughter with the world. Tom, Melody and Drew Buersmeyer

  11. Katrina Byler July 29, 2020 at 3:35 am #

    Prayers for Wayne and family!May God bless and comfort you in the coming days.

  12. Jenna Merriman July 29, 2020 at 11:39 pm #

    My condolences to the family. I was in Denise’s class this summer, I have learned a great deal from her. Prayers for her family and all that knew her.

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