In Memory

Elaine Lierly (Jones)

Elaine Lierly Jones

August 16, 1954 ~ September 15, 2018


Hint: Click on Elaine's paintings to access her webpages



The beautiful light of Elaine Lierly Jones whose light touched so many left this world this morning. I know how much she meant to all of you. Your comments on my last post are a testament to that. There will be a celebration of her beautiful spirit in a few weeks. Thank you for all of your love and support. It means so much to us. ~ Pat Jones  (From Pat's Facebook entry)



Elaine Lierly Jones 64 passed away on September 15th 2018 after a 6-year struggle with ovarian cancer.  She is survived by her husband of 36 years Pat Jones of Gardner, Ks, Mother Patty Lierly of Overland Park, Ks and Brother Glen Lierly of Dallas, Texas.

Elaine was a special light in this world.  Her spirit touched everyone she met. She was a member of the Warrior Women Kansas City and they supported her until the end of her life.

From early as she could remember she loved to draw and loved art.  She studied her passion her entire life. I will let her tell you in her own words.

From a very young age I wanted to be an artist. Schools included Kansas University and Fort Hays State University where I earned a BA in art therapy.  In 2000, after going to an open studio event in Kansas City.  I talked with an artist who encouraged me to join a local art group.  The first workshop I attended was in pastels.  It was love at first “touch” and began taking classes in 2001.

I believe rhythm is life as in a heartbeat, in music, and in design.  I want to somehow feel the rhythm in my paintings, totally immersed and totally in sync with something greater than myself.  Gaining skill and confidence led to entering juried shows.

Her beautiful art work can be seen on her website

Some notable life events include:

·         2015, Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award for outstanding wildlife artwork, AWA National Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ.

·         2014, Prairie Art winning entry for the Symphony in the Flint Hills commemorative poster

·         2013, Grand Prize in the Pastel Journal Magazine’s 14th Annual Pastel 100 Art Competition, First Place (Animal/Wildlife category) and Honorable Mention (Landscape category)

·         2012, diagnosed with Stage IIIc Ovarian Cancer

·         2011, Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal Magazine’s 12th Annual Pastel 100 Art Competition (Animal/Wildlife category)

·         2009, Grand Prize Purchase Award in the Paint the Parks Mini Top 50

·         2008, Juror’s Choice Award in the Paint America Mini Top 50

·         2008, Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 25th Annual Art Competition (Animal/Wildlife category)

Art Memberships:

·   MidAmerican Pastel Society

·   Pastel Society of America

·  American Women Artists

·  Missouri Valley Impressionists Society

·  She has been involved in the Raymer’s Red Barn Studio artist-in-residence program since 2010.

·  Olathe Visual Artists


Her life will be celebrated on October 21st from 2-4 pm at the Irene B. French Community Center 5701 Merriam Drive Merriam, Ks 66203.


In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Vicki Welsh Fund for Ovarian Cancer at  in her honor.



CELEBRATE!! The beautiful life of Elaine Lierly Jones. Join us at her celebration of life on Sunday October 21st at the Irene B French Community Center 5701 Merriam Dr. Merriam, KS 66203 from 2-4 pm.
We will laugh, cry, and tell stories and jokes. We will even dance! Elaine loved Jazzercise and everyone at Jazzercise loved her. We will be Jazzercising! Please do not bring food, Refreshments will be provided. We just want you to come and celebrate her beautiful life.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Vicki Welsh Fund for Ovarian Cancer in her honor.
            ~ Pat Jones  (From Pat's recent Facebook entry)


If you knew Elaine and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post comment"). 

Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators

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09/18/18 06:36 AM #1    

Becky Thomas (FaTout)

I can still see Elaine at the 40th reunion, dancing, laughing and having the time of her life, that is how I wish to remember her.  Her beautiful pictures, some so life like you could reach in and touch the subject.  She fought the good fight, thankful that she is at peace, no pain, no worries.  My thoughts and  prayers to her family.  Becky Thomas Fatout 

09/18/18 11:15 AM #2    

Bill Ray Lewis

Elaine, too, was a work of art!  Heaven has been made even more beautiful because of her!  I remember her well as an inspiration to many!  We'll always see her brushstrokes in an evening sunset!  Bill Ray Lewis

09/18/18 03:11 PM #3    

Alison Richey (Pearse)

Elaine and I first came to know each other in our soph. math class-I think we were still at Trailridge.  There weren't enough desks and since we were usually the last two in the classroom, we had to race to get to the last desk.  After a while, it became a joke between us.  This started a friendship that lasted throughout high school and into college.  We roomed together at Oliver Hall our soph. year.  After not seeing Elanie for several years, we came back in contact volunteering for a wildlife rehab in De Soto.  Elaine was a kind and wonderful person.  She was also a talented artist-her cattle artwork was my favorite.  We lost a great class member.






09/21/18 07:59 AM #4    

Janette Wiest (Kling)

Precious Elaine
my longest friend
for fifty-nine years
now grievously missed

Will evermore
be the treasure
locked in many heart's
and stored memories

Elaine's beautiful
life portfolio
is alive with

time and again
by husband Pat her
heart's desire

Her loving mother
dear brother Glen
family and those
considered as such

Elaine's lasting
connections will
stay remembered
with fond reflections

By countless friends
fellow artists
pastel painting fans
K thru college Classmates

All those that she touched
from work to good works
Lenexa Homegirls
and closet friend Cathy

Precious Elaine
is truly loved
by all that knew her
Please count me as one, too

Janette Wiest Kling

10/04/18 09:00 AM #5    

Ronald Poplau

It is a sad day when we lose another Cougar!  We are all better people for the memory of this life.  She like so many others will live on in our school song:  WE ARE THE NORTHWEST COUGARS, KINDS OF MOUNTAINS--COUGARS NOW AND FOREVER!

                                                     Ronald W. Poplau

10/05/18 10:08 AM #6    

Mette Holmboe (Cook)

I never had the pleasure of knowing Elaine. But through Facebook I felt like I knew her a little. I loved seeing that smile! Even not personally knowing her I saw her bright light and how many people she touched! Rest in peace beautiful soul. My prayers go out to all who loved her.

10/05/18 06:33 PM #7    

Dennis "Mac" McDaniel

Photo from: 2012 Class Reunion by: Sarah Klein on Flickr

Elaine with her husband Pat Jones

"To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die."


May Elaine continue with her talents from painting of the beautiful Flint Hills to her splendid and life-like cattle in the Kansas meadow, as Elaine's brush touches the Heavens.   

Elaine, was a gift from God to all of us, she always had a smile (just like the one in this wonderful picture). With my deepest condolences to those that knew and loved her.  

09/12/21 09:32 AM #8    

Janet (Jan) Butler (Klein)

I still think of Elaine and her spirit.  She was so easy and nice to work with as we prepared for the 40th Reunuon in 2012 and helped make the artist display so wonderful with other Cougar artists at the dinner night of the weekend.  She had a quiet exuberance for life.  I did not know Elaine in High School as she had come from Trailridge - I had 2 years at Hocker Grove after my family moved to Shawnee -- they were the two main junior Highs that most Cougars came from to be placed together at SMNW.  Her kindness came through the e-mails we exchanged.  Living out of state I was so sad but hopeful hearing of her battle with cancer.  As others have said here on our condolence page and memories, if you are in our hearts, you live forever.  Elaine is in our hearts forever ♥️. 

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