Jennifer Chapman

Jennifer J. Chapman

Thursday, October 13th, 1960 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Mrs. Jennifer Jo Chapman, true servant of Christ, passed away on June 11, 2020 at her home in Holts Summit, Missouri. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018, she fought diligently, with faith, until she was called home. Jennifer spent her final days surrounded by family and friends, showered with love.

Jennifer was born on October 13, 1960 in San Francisco, California to parents Paul and Patricia (Kegwin) Downs. She spent her formative years in Dixon, Illinois. After graduating from Dixon High School, Jennifer continued her education at Burge School of Nursing. Her ever growing passion for helping others then led her to study at University of North Dakota where she graduated from the Physician Assistant Program in 2003 and the University of Nebraska, Medical School, where she obtained a Master of PA Studies in 2004.

Jennifer provided care as an RN at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri for 10 years, and as an Emergency Department RN (13 years) and Physician Assistant (5 years) at St. Mary’s in Jefferson City, Missouri. Most recently, she worked 12 years for the University of Missouri as a Physician Assistant in the UM Urgent Care, Pre-op Clinic, and Quick Care Clinics.

In 1982, Jennifer married the love of her life, Rollin Chapman, in Grand Detour, Illinois. Together they raised a son and daughter, Jordan and Jayme, in Jefferson City, MO.

An adventurous spirit, Jennifer loved to travel for both work and pleasure. During her junior year in high school she traveled to Brazil as an international exchange student. That experience helped develop her passion for missions. Her mission trips for construction and health care included destinations of Brazil, Mexico, and El Salvador. For fun, Jennifer especially enjoyed visits with her family to Hilton Head, South Carolina and proclaimed the beach as her “happy place.” She also liked reading and strived to learn something new each day. A caregiver at heart, Jennifer was a mother to many and a friend to all.

Jennifer is survived by: her husband, Rollin Chapman; their children, Jordan Chapman (Becca Chapman) and Jayme Voliva (Paul Voliva); three grandchildren; her sister, Melissa Kress; and brother, Paul Thomas Downs.

Following a private graveside service at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, a Celebration of Life honoring Jennifer will be held at 12:00 PM Monday, June 15, 2020 at First Assembly of God, 1900 State Hwy C, Jefferson City, MO 65109, with the Reverend Lowell Perkins officiating. All are welcome to celebrate her life with family and a reception will follow her service at First Assembly of God.

A webcast of Jennifer’s service will begin at 12:00 pm Monday for friends that are not able to attend by going to First Assembly of God’s website at and click “watch live”.

Jennifer had a great passion to serve the youth of Jefferson City. Jennifer and the family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Jefferson City Young Life:

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19

“Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.” II Peter 1:11

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Service

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, June 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    First Assembly of God
    1900 Highway C
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    A webcast Jennifer’s service will begin at 12:00 pm Monday for friends that are not able to attend by going to First Assembly of God’s website at and click “watch live”.
    The Reverend Lowell Perkins
  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.


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Jeanelle James-Millender and Mary Lester

Posted at 04:10pm
Im really glad I got the chance to know Mrs. Chapman on the long rides to AAU basketball practices & tournaments. Sending our love and prayers!
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Randy Dresel

Posted at 09:47pm
Jennifer, probably one of the nicest and talented nurses I have ever known. My condolences to all her family and friends. Randy Dresel - Paramedic

Dan Hermann

Posted at 08:20pm
Jordan, saddened to hear of your mother's death. Hope you are doing well.
Dan Hermann

Laura Castleberry

Posted at 07:55pm
Mama Chapman was an amazing woman and has the most amazing family! Love yall so much and Praying for yall.
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Thomas J. Cooper

Posted at 07:24pm
Greetings Family and Friends,

There is just no way that I can fashion an appropriate message about my experience with Jennifer as a nurse and Great friend. My Heartfelt Sympathies are directed to the family and my prayers foe Comfort Strength and Courage in Abundance. May Peace & Love fall as gentle as a snowflake upon your Hearts.

Thomas & Sharlyn Cooper.

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