Ms. Sheena Kauffman, 53, of Browns Summit, NC passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at her home surrounded by her partner, James Rumley and her two sisters, DeAnna Ouderkirk and Laura Schmidt. Her battle with medical issues in recent years showed her courage in facing life challenges with a smile and always pushing through despite the pain. An unexpected turn in her recovery from a recent hospital stay led to her sudden and unexpected decline.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Sheena, a good cup of coffee and breakfast with Jim and spending time on her porch with her dog Ozzy Pawsbourne, the latest of the many dogs and animals she surrounded herself with throughout her short life. A loving partner, mother, sister, cousin and dear friend. She was a kind soul and very hard worker. She worked in construction and on farms, she loved being outdoors and working with animals. Jim and Sheena enjoyed traveling and working side by side.
Sheena was preceded in death by her father, Gary Hasenbank formerly of Newton, KS.
Sheena is survived by her loving partner of 20 years, James Rumley of Browns Summit; her daughter, Kelly and Tyler Benson of Moraga, CA; her son John Welles Wilder IV “JW” of Burlington, NC; her son Juston Buster of Emporia, KS and her daughter Mickey Kauffman of Burlington, NC; Her grandchildren: Landin, Benjamin and John Welles Wilder V “Jonah”; her mother, Betty Hasenbank of Marion, KS, her brother Ron and Bee Hasenbank of Newton, KS; her sister DeAnna and Kevin Ouderkirk of Lenexa, KS; her brother Eric Hasenbank of Hillsboro, KS; her sister Laura and Doug Schmidt of Hillsboro, KS; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Since Sheena has very dear family and friends in Kansas and North Carolina we are hosting two services.
The first celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Friday, August 18, 2023 at Yazel-Megil Funeral Home in Marion, Kansas at 205 Elm St, Marion, KS 66861. Flowers can be sent to the Funeral Home or those wishing to honor her love for animals may make a donation in Sheena’s name to Wags and Wiggles Furever Animal Rescue via venmo at wagsandwigglesfurevr or directly at Tampa State Bank. Phone: (620)382-4040.
The second celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Friday, August 25, 2023 at Johnson Baptist Church at 5601 Turner Smith Road, Browns Summit, NC, with Pastor Larry Andrews officiating. Flowers can be sent to Pastor Larry Andrews at 5864 Ruralview Road, Gibsonville, NC or those wishing to honor her love for animals may make a donation in Sheena’s name to Guilford County Animal Shelter, 980 Guilford College Road, Greensboro, NC 27409. Phone: (336)641-3400.
Sheena your kind heart, determination and strength were admired by many. We miss you and love you always!