P.J. advanced to the National Spelling Bee, was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist and was a ferocious competitor in anything academic or intellectual, but more than that she was a warm, witty, artistic, fun-loving young woman who graciously lived with a disability in a way that touched everyone she came in contact with.
Tuesday, P.J. shed her decaying body and rose to live face-to-face with Jesus. We celebrate her victorious earthly walk and her triumphant eternal life.
We look forward to spending all eternity with P.J. dancing around God's throne. Until that day, we treasure as a precious gift from God each and every one of the 17 years we had with her on earth. She was a part of the body at Abundant Grace Church, Fort Scott.
Survivors include her parents of the home; six brothers, Levi Self and wife Mariam, Gardner, Kan., Zadok, Benjamin, Micah, Elijah and Isaiah Self, all of the home; three sisters, Leila Dixon and husband Noah, Joplin, Mo., and Zoe and Joy Self of the home; maternal grandparents Gloria and Gary McGinnis, Neosho, Mo., paternal grandparents Pam and Mark Sheingorn, Enfield, N.H.; and great-grandmother Wilma Setina, Joplin, Mo.
Also surviving is one niece, Ella Dixon; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pastor Steve Miles will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Fort Scott High School gymnasium.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to either Camp Barnabus or Muscular Dystrophy Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.