Josephine Pace Horner – Obituary

A memorial service for Josephine Pace Horner of Prairie Village, formerly of Lake Quivira, was held April 14, at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse, with private inurnment as at Forest Hill- Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Horner, 91, passed away, March 26.
She was born in New York City on February 22, 1921, to Harry Herbert Pace and Ethlynde Bibb Pace. Josephine graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. degree in Psychology and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Josephine received her M. A. degree in Merchandising from Columbia University in New York City.

After her education, Josephine moved to San Francisco, where she was employed by the White House Department Store as Assistant Personnel Manager. It was in San Francisco that she met her future husband, Dwight Cooke Horner. They were married on May 16, 1950, at Trinity Church. The couple resided in Wichita for a short time before moving to Kansas City.

Of their 58 years of marriage, 35 were spent enjoying life while raising their daughters at Lake Quivira. Josephine loved traveling, sailing with Dwight, participating in her girls’ activities and spending time with extended family and friends. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Turner School District and later became manager of an Olsten Temporary Employment office. She also served as a volunteer at multiple educational and charitable organizations.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Harry Herbert Pace, Jr., her sister-in-law, Barbara Pace and her beloved husband, Dwight. She leaves behind her daughter, Gail Gage, son-in-law, Hires, daughter, Lisa Franciskato, son-in- law, David and five grandchildren, Andrea Horner, Jason Ziegenfuss, Bailey Gage, Logan Gage and Paul Franciskato. Josephine also leaves behind her brother-in-law, William Horner, sister-in-law, Adrienne, along with many nieces and nephews and a cherished group of old friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 3846 West 75th St., Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or The Children’s Place, 2 East 59th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64113. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the excellent care provided Dwight and Josephine at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village.