Sheila Renee Mardis, 51, died Dec. 18, 2012, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 22, 1961, at Pratt, to Merlin Dean and Sylvia Ann Merriman Mardis. She grew up in Preston, graduated from Pratt High School in 1979, and moved to the Kansas City area after attending Kansas University. She was a legal assistant for National Crop Insurance and most recently helped manage the family farm near Preston. She loved to play the piano and paint.

Survivors include: two sons, Maximillan Mardis, 29 Palms, Calif., and John Gilliam, Overland Park; two brothers, Lawrence "Larry" Allen Mardis, Overland Park, and David Harms, Brenham, Texas; two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Mardis-Mbroh and Nancy Mardis Fisher, both of Overland Park; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary, with the Rev. John Havens presiding. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery, near Preston.