Obituary of Flona Jane Palmer

Flona Jane “Jani” Palmer, age 68, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 4, 2023, at her apartment in Cavalry Crossing.

She was born October 11, 1954, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of J. E. Douglas Palmer and Clara Christine Honaker Palmer.

Janie had lived primarily in Maryland where she worked for a time in childcare and also as a bus driver; however, her most important job was being a mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed arts and crafts – there was never a craft she would not try.  She especially liked painting and drawing as well as crocheting and cross-stitch.  In 2016, she moved to Kansas to be near family.

The last year and a half were spent at Cavalry Crossing.

Jani enjoyed playing marbles and participating in activities with the other residents.  She enjoyed reading and had recently reorganized the apartment complex’s library.  Some of her favorite times were spent at the beach.

Survivors include her three children, Michael Guns, Jr. (Julie) of Delaware, Christine Guns of West Virginia and Douglas Guns (Melissa) of Ft. Scott, Kansas and ten grandchildren, Michael Guns III, Morgan Guns, Alyssa Haymaker, Grayson Guns, Liam Guns, Douglas Guns, Jr., Zander Guns, Emma Guns, John Guns and Lincoln Guns.  Also surviving are a sister, Connie Callahan of Spokane, Missouri and three brothers, Rick Palmer, Cherry Hill, Maryland, Douglas Palmer, Jr., Onalaska, Texas and Ronald Hancock of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Janie was preceded in death by her parents.

There was cremation and no public service is planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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