Roma Lee (Sappenfield) Mullenioux died peacefully in her sleep on May 19, 2022 at the age of 93.
Raised in Blue Springs, Missouri, she attended Blue Springs High School and went on to graduate as a Registered Nurse from the St. Luke’s Nursing Program in Kansas City.
Married to a military husband for 55 years she raised three children while constantly moving from stateside posts to Germany with the U.S. Army. She loved traveling and had the opportunity to visit most of the United States and Europe cataloging each step with great memories of family and friends.
A brain aneurism resulted in a marked change in her personality in 2006. For those who only knew Lee in her later years, you didn’t know Lee as her family and friends of many years know and remember her.
Lee was a leader and demonstrated her love by volunteering to help those in need whenever and wherever possible. She used her genuine care for people as a Registered Nurse during 5 years at the Wentworth Military Academy Hospital where she would award a daily “sick call Gold Brick” award to the cadet actor who wanted to get out of class. For many subsequent years she enjoyed working at the Lexington Memorial Hospital, now Lafayette County Regional, helping the local community. A 53-year cancer survivor herself, Lee eagerly participated in Walk for Life fundraisers to help put focus on the need for cancer research.
Lee was very pragmatic and kept her cool in emergency situations, however she is remembered mostly for her great sense of humor. As a gracious hostess, to those fortunate to be invited to the Big Orange Bar, guests could be assured to partake in some good-natured fun, games and merriment. From pinochle to Balderdash, Lee jumped in wholeheartedly.
Lee loved her family and friends and…musicals. Even today, her children can sing every word of Lee’s favorites, they were played so often in the home.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents Andrew Toll and Agnes Genenin (Brooks) Sappenfield. her husband William Hamilton Mullenioux, Major (Retired), her brother James Kent Sappenfield and her eldest grandson Kasey Ryan Mullenioux. She is survived by her children Mark William Mullenioux, Michael Brent (Carol) Mullenioux and Marsha Lee (Jim) Mitchell and two grandsons Mason Hamilton (Thy) Mullenioux and Aaron Lee (Megan) Mullenioux.
A short celebration of life will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at The Parkway Senior Living, 550 NE Napoleon, for residents and staff at The Parkway and for friends and family in the area. For friends in the Lexington, Missouri area there will be another celebration at a date to be determined. A second service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the First Baptist Church of Lexington, 525 S. Business Hwy 13 #1437 Lexington, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The American Cancer Society or The Wentworth Military Academy Museum, 1128 Main Street, Lexington, Missouri 64067. Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with arrangements. Memories of Lee and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
Lee will be missed beyond words.