2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

Choosing a funeral home or cemetery can be an overwhelming decision, especially at an emotional time. That's why it is important to know that there really is a difference. Floral Hills Cemetery was founded in 1929, and the funeral home was added in 1954, making Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery the first funeral home/cemetery combination facility in Kansas City. This means families have the added convenience of making all arrangements from one beautiful location. Today, the staff continues to provide families with quality, compassionate care.

At Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery, we offer complete funeral services and cemetery options for all faiths. We are proud to also offer aftercare services including community bereavement programs. Our spacious 14,000-square-foot funeral home includes four visitation rooms, two arrangement rooms and a chapel that can accommodate 150 guests. Burial options include traditional ground burial, mausoleum entombment, cremation niches and scattering gardens. Fifteen different statues/monuments are located throughout the cemetery on 130 acres of ground, and our Memorial Day flag display is the largest in the United States. Ample parking is also available to accommodate friends and family.

Families can be assured that they will receive personalized, individual attention when making arrangements with Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery. Our professional and caring staff members understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience, and are here to help. At Floral Hills, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program—an easy way to handle an important responsibility.


Our Obituaries

Daisy Fern Roan

January 12, 1938 - January 23, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Rita M. Peters

May 25, 1933 - January 23, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Bruce B. Burdick

February 23, 1930 - January 23, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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James Richard Hankins

July 6, 1919 - January 23, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Elizabeth Marie Jones

November 3, 1950 - January 22, 2015

ELIZABETH M. JONESElizabeth M. Jones, 64, of Kansas City, MO, passed away January 22, 2015. Funeral Mass 10AM on Wednesday, January 28, at St. Anthony Parish, 318 Benton Blvd. Visitation 6-8PM on Tuesday, January 27, with Rosary at 6PM at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Beth was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Keith Jones, and her daughter, Anna....
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William Preston Noah

September 18, 1920 - January 22, 2015

WILLIAM PRESTON NOAH JR.William Preston Noah Jr., 94, passed away January 22, 2015. Funeral service will be 12 Noon, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Floral Hills. Burial with military honors. Visitation will be at 11am. He leaves to mourn: his children: Leon, Larry, Debbie and Steven; along with their mother, Windy Noah; brothers: Lawrence and Rollie; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren....
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Iola Jane Joy

January 23, 1922 - January 22, 2015

IOLA JANE JOYJane Joy passed away on January 22, 2015, one day before been her 93rd birthday. Jane was born on January 23, 1922 in Springfield, IL, to Royce and Genevieve Ackerman. Her father was a civil engineer for the Missouri Highway Department and moved every few years to various parts of the state. As a result, Jane lived in various communities while growing up. She graduated in 1939 from...
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Doris M. Woodworth

February 13, 1928 - January 21, 2015

DORIS MAE WOODWORTHDoris Woodworth, 86, passed away January 21, 2015. Funeral service will be 2pm, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Floral Hills. Burial will follow. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Woodworth; and eight siblings. Survivors include her children: Michael Woodworth (Gloria); Earlene Modlin, Evan Woodworth (Jenni); 8...
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Doris Ruth Smith

February 12, 1934 - January 20, 2015

DORIS RUTH SMITHDoris Ruth Smith, 80, of Independence, MO passed away on January 20, 2015. Visitation will be Friday January 23 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs from 6-8pm. Services will be Saturday January 24 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs at 10am with burial to follow at Floral Hills. Doris was born February 12, 1934 to Lillian Webb and Lysle Showalter. She was a graduate of...
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I. Fern Lewis

October 23, 1918 - January 18, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Nancy A. Barlow

October 11, 1952 - January 17, 2015

Nancy Barlow, 62, passed away January 17, 2015 at her home. Nancy was born October 11, 1952 in Belleville, IL the daughter of Ralph W. and Marion (Sweglich) Klein. On October 2, 1971 she married Robert W. Barlow. They shared 43 years of marriage together. She is preceded in death by her mother and sister, Jane Wilcox. Nancy is survived by her father, husband Robert; a brother Dan Klein (Brenda);...
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Helen M. Rincker

July 22, 1926 - January 17, 2015

Helen Maxine Rincker, 88, passed away January 17, 2015 at Hidden Lake Nursing Home. Helen was born July 22, 1926 in Peace Valley, MO the daughter of Earl and Opal Mae (Johnson) Eblen. She attended Lakewood Way Community Church for over 50 years. Maxine is preceded in death by her parents and step father Wes Lung; a brother John Eblen and two sons Robert and Barry Loveall. She is survived by two...
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Dean E. Sproull

August 12, 1949 - January 17, 2015

Dean E. Sproull, 65, lost his battle with cancer Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Long Beach, California and spent most of his adult life living in the Kansas City area with his wife Gina. Dean served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran, lead machinist at Gill Studios and a car enthusiast. Dean had a wonderful outgoing personality. He was a great mechanic and fabricator, spending...
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Cindy L. Owens

December 11, 1944 - January 16, 2015

CINDY L. OWENSCindy L. Owens, 70, of KCMO passed away on January 16, 2015. Services will be Thursday January 22 at 2pm at Floral Hills Funeral Home with burial to follow.
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Jessie Blanche Patti

April 27, 1918 - January 16, 2015

(JESSIE) BLANCHE HOLDER PATTI(Jessie) Blanche Holder Patti died on January 16, 2015 at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence. A visitation will be held at Newcomer’s Floral Hills at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 24, followed by a service at 12:00 pm. Contributions may be given to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus Music Ministry. ...
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Howard Eugene Pressly

December 24, 1933 - January 15, 2015

HOWARD EUGENE PRESSLYHoward Eugene Pressly, 81, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away January 15, 2015, at his home. Arrangements for A Celebration of Life service are pending. Memorial tributes may be directed to Ascend Hospice. 783 NE Anderson Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, (816)353-1218 www...
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Catherine Helen Taylor

August 6, 1918 - January 15, 2015

CATHERINE H. TAYLORCatherine H. Taylor, 96, of Kansas City, MO, passed away January 15, 2015. Graveside service at 12PM on Tuesday, January 20, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. (816) 353-1218
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Kenneth C. Thompson

August 3, 1923 - January 15, 2015

KENNETH CLYDE THOMPSONKenneth Clyde Thompson, 91, of Grain Valley, MO passed away on January 15, 2015. Visitation will be Thursday January 22 at Floral Hills from 11-12pm, service at 12pm, and burial to follow.
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Charles W. Burns

April 6, 1926 - January 14, 2015

CHARLES W. BURNS April 6, 1926-January 14, 2015Charles W. Burns, age 88, of Independence, MO, passed away January 14, 2015. Memorial service at 2PM on Friday, January 23 at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Charles retired from Associated Wholesale Grocers after being a driver for 32 years. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Connie L Burns; two Brothers, Darwin Seymour and Robert Burns; and one...
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Darlyne K. Dozier

December 21, 1939 - January 13, 2015

DARLYNE DOZIERDarlyne Dozier, 75 passed away, January 13, 2015 at the Kansas City Hospice House. Darlyne was born December 21, 1939 in Sweet Springs, MO. She served in the US Navy. She resided in Lee’s Summit, MO for 40 years and retired from Western Electric where she was a member of the Communication Workers of America. She was a loving mother to one daughter, Jill Dozier, throughout her...
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Charline H. Marnett

November 24, 1925 - January 11, 2015

CHARLINE O. MARNETTCharline O. Marnett, 89, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Centerpoint Medical Center. She was born on November 24, 1925, near Concordia, MO, to Henry and Hulda Klingenberg Oetting and had lived in this area for most of her life. She was married to Henry R. Marnett on June 7, 1958, and they were married for 55 years. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2014A memorial...
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Ruth E. Brelsford

June 26, 1931 - January 10, 2015

Ruth E. Brelsford, 83 passed away January 10, 2015. Visitation will be Jan 23, 2015 from 9 am until service time at 10 am at Turning Point Church, 9150 Blue Ridge Blvd, KC, MO. Ruth was born June 26, 1931 the daughter of Charles E. and Bertha (Sanders) Myers. On May 5, 1950 Ruth married the love of her life Melvin Brelsford in West Plains, MO. They shared 64 years of marriage together. She...
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Alice L. Jones

March 4, 1927 - January 9, 2015

ALICE L. JONESAlice L. Jones, 87, of KCMO passed away on January 9, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Lillie Worthey; beloved husband, Johnny Jones; and brother, Harrell Worthey. She is survived...
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Manuel Falcon Perez

June 7, 1923 - January 9, 2015

MANUEL “PERRY” FALCON PEREZManuel “Perry” Falcon Perez, 91, of KCMO passed away on January 9, 2015. Visitation will be Wednesday January 14 at Floral Hills from 5-7pm with service to follow at 7pm. Burial ...
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Michael Ray Sheets

June 12, 1953 - January 9, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Earl Henry Harris

June 22, 1930 - January 6, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Lindsay Carel Henderson

August 31, 1924 - January 5, 2015

LINDSAY C. HENDERSONLindsay C. Henderson, 90, of Raytown, MO, passed away January 5, 2015. Funeral to be held at 12PM on Friday, Jan. 9, at Floral Hills, with visitation at 11AM. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Lindsay was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice. He is survived by his children Michael Henderson of Tulsa, OK, and Janet Hendren (Randy) of Leland, NC;...
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Robert W. Simpson

January 16, 1930 - January 5, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Andrew Frank Colletti

July 3, 1937 - January 4, 2015

ANDREW “ANDY” COLLETTI Andrew “Andy” Colletti passed away on January 4, 2015 at home surrounded by his daughters and sister. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 11th from 2-6 pm at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow on Monday, January 12th at 10:00 am also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memorial...
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Corrjean Lingenfelter

September 19, 1922 - January 3, 2015

CORRJEAN (JEAN) LINGENFELTERCorrjean Lingenfelter, 92, a longtime resident of Raytown, died on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in St. Charles, MO. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lingenfelter, in 1990. She is survived by her daughter, Phyliss Lund (Larry Sr.) and grandson, Larry Lund (Bobbi) and two great-grandsons, all of St. Charles; and sisters, Margaret Fox of Kidder, MO and...
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De Etta M Liggett

March 27, 1930 - January 3, 2015

DE ETTA M. LIGGETTDe Etta M. Liggett, 84 of Independence, MO passed away January 3, 2015. De Etta was born March 27, 1930 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Virgil Dixon. She grew up on a farm in New Cambria, MO. She met the love of her life in Kansas City and married George Liggett. They shared 67 years of marriage together. To this union four children were born, George Jr, Sharld, Stephen and...
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Emmar May Mehaffey

March 16, 1919 - January 3, 2015

EMMAR MAY MEHAFFEYEmmar May Mehaffey, 95, of Sugar Creek, MO passed away on January 3, 2015. Visitation will be Thursday January 8 at Floral Hills from 11-12pm, service at 12pm, and burial to follow. She was a life-long resident of Sugar Creek, MO and an active member of Sugar Creek UMC. She is preceded in death by her husband, William. She is survived by her brother, James (Sue) Shoate; and many...
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Helen Carol Taylor

July 13, 1924 - January 2, 2015

Helen Carol Taylor passed away January 2, 2015 at the age of ninety. She was in good health and actively involved in life, enjoying family and friends until her time came to depart this life. Carol is survived by two daughters and three sons, Sharon (Pat) Harmon and Shelley Taylor (Dan Doran), Terry (Ellen) Taylor, Derek (Sandy) Taylor and Kent (Miriam) Taylor. Her seven grandchildren are...
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Patsy J. Staton

September 3, 1932 - January 1, 2015

Patsy J. Staton, 82, passed away January 1, 2015 in Independence, MO. Patsy was born September 3, 1932 the daughter of William B. and Nellie Ragan. Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Hunter and daughter-in-law, Mary Staton; three grandchildren, William Staton, Maria and Shaina Kirkwood and Nikki and David Barber, eleven great grandchildren, Maritza Staton, Ramon Staton, Michael Schroader, Dale...
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Debra J. Stevenson

December 27, 1954 - January 1, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Bonnie Lorene Jones

January 9, 1924 - December 31, 2014

BONNIE L. JONESBonnie L. Jones, 90, formerly of Independence, MO, passed away December 31, 2014. Visitation to be held 1PM-2PM Saturday, Jan. 10, at Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, memorial service at 2PM.Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Paul Jones, sons Jay Jones and Robert Jones. She is survived by her daughter Pauletta Doll and son Doc Courser, 8 grandchildren and 8 great...
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Michael Connor

July 9, 1945 - December 28, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Phyllis Marie Sanders

September 18, 1930 - December 28, 2014

PHYLLIS MARIE SANDERSPhyllis Marie (Wiseman) Sanders, 84, of Overland Park, KS, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Funeral 10AM Wednesday, Dec. 31, with visitation at 9AM at Floral Hills. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Phyllis is survived by her spouse of 67 years, Richard A. Sanders; sons and daughter-in-laws Chris & Debbie Sanders, Danny & Liz...
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Ross Harris Cole

June 17, 1921 - December 27, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Cemetery, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Martha Jean Jagow

February 22, 1931 - December 27, 2014

MARTHA JEAN JAGOWMartha Jean Jagow, 83, Linn Valley, KS passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at her daughter’s home. A celebration of Martha’s life will be Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Linn Valley Community Church in Linn Valley, KS. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 am with services starting at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Linn Valley Community Church...
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Ross H. Cole

June 17, 1921 - December 27, 2014

ROSS HARRIS COLERoss Harris Cole, 93, of Raytown, MO passed away on December 27, 2014. Visitation will be Friday January 2, 2015 from 11-12pm at Floral Hills, service at 12pm, and burial to follow.Ross is preceded by his wife Virginia; son, Rex; and grand daughter Lexie. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Bill Williams; daughter-in- law Gail Cole; grandchildren Billy Williams II,...
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Ted McBee

October 1, 1939 - December 26, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Cemetery, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Earl Clark Julo

August 30, 1933 - December 26, 2014

EARL CLARK JULO JR.Earl Clark Julo Jr. was called home by our Lord on December 26, 2014, after an illness. He fought Crohn’s disease for much of his life, but always had the faith that he would improve. Earl was surrounded by family and friends in the last days of this part of his journey as he prepared to meet his God and continue the everlasting life with Him. Earl was considerably...
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Theodore F. McBee

October 1, 1939 - December 26, 2014

THEODORE F. MCBEETheodore “Ted” F. McBee, 75, of Raytown, MO, passed away December 26, 2014. Funeral to be held 2PM Friday, Jan. 2, with visitation at 1PM at Floral Hills. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Ted worked as a sheet metal worker, retiring from Metro Air Conditioning Company in 1999.Ted is survived by his wife of 57 years Sandy; 2 sons Stephen McBee of Kansas City and...
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Ruby Mae Dowell

March 18, 1916 - December 25, 2014

Ruby Mae Dowell, 98, passed away December 25, 2014. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Floral Hills. Burial will follow. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time. She was preceded in death by husband of 41 years, Cecil R. Dowell. Survivors include her two sons, Ronald R. Dowell (Marsha) of Goodyear, Ariz., and David W. Dowell of Blue Springs, Mo.; and daughter, Linda...
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Avery G. Shirley

March 24, 1939 - December 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Ronald Herbert Williams

September 30, 1940 - December 23, 2014

In Loving Memory Ronald Herbert Williams9/30/40 – 12/23/14Ronald H. Williams, 74, passed away on December 23, 2014 in his home in Leawood, KS. He is survived by his daughter Anna Williams. Funeral services will be performed at Floral Hills Funeral Home on Monday Dec. 29th at 2pm, visitation at 1pm; burial in Floral Hills Cemetery.Mr. Williams was born in Kansas City, MO. He enjoyed spending...
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Elizabeth J. Clemmons

February 6, 1927 - December 23, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Christian M. Lentz

October 8, 1965 - December 22, 2014

CHRISTIAN MICHAEL LENTZChristian Michael Lentz, 49, passed away December 22, 2014. Funeral service will be 10am, Monday, January 5, 2015, at Floral Hills. Visitation will be Sunday, 4-7pm, at the funeral home. Chris was loved and respected by many. He was known for his wit, humor and compassion. Chris was recently preceded in death by his father, Michael Lentz. He is survived by his daughters,...
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Carmen M. Buehler

October 9, 1941 - December 21, 2014

CARMEN M. BUEHLERCarmen M. Buehler, 73, of Independence, MO passed away on December 21, 2014. Visitation will be Saturday December 27 at Floral Hills from 9-10am, service at 10am and burial to follow. She is survived by sister, Dessa Guggisberg; daughter, Jennifer; son, Bryan; grandson, James Wolf. She is preceded in death by husband, Wolfgang Buehler and parents, Dick and Evelyn Jones. Memorial...
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Bill F. Holloway

March 29, 1923 - December 20, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Basil Bunyard

February 16, 1914 - December 20, 2014

BASIL C. BUNYARDBasil C. Bunyard, 100, passed away December 20, 2014. Basil was born February 16, 1914 the son of James and Nellie A. (Small) Bunyard. Visitation will be Friday, December 26, 2014 from 11 am until service time at 12 pm at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee’s Summit. The family suggest memorial donations be made at usshouston...
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Angela R. Deshotels

May 1, 1970 - December 20, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Jessie M. Shaughnessy

April 2, 1921 - December 19, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Cemetery, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Jessie M. Shaughnessy

April 2, 1921 - December 19, 2014

Jessie M. Shaughnessy, 93, passed away December 19, 2014. Jessie was born April 2, 1921 in Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Richard E. Browning and Clifford Shaughnessy, a son Leonard H. Holbert, Jr., and one grandson, Eric Michael Holbert. Survivors include a daughter, Florence Latta; four grandsons, Terry , Jerry, Rick Latta and Todd Holbert, six great grandchildren...
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Anna Belle Mason

February 21, 1928 - December 19, 2014

ANNA BELLE MASONAnna Belle Mason, age 86, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away December 19, 2014. Funeral 10AM, Tuesday, Dec. 23, with visitation 6-8PM, Monday, Dec. 22, at Floral Hills. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.She was preceded in death by her sisters Jean, Jane, Nancy; brothers Leslie and Yewell; and son Mark Mason.She is survived by her husband Paul Mason; children Andy Lung,...
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Meta Claressa Mainey

February 5, 1923 - December 18, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Mary K. McCoy

March 4, 1927 - December 18, 2014

MARY K. MCCOYMary K. McCoy (Katie), 87, passed away December 18, 2014. Katie was born March 4, 1927 in Blytheville, Arkansas the daughter of William and Edith (Hardin) Rhea. On June 17, 1944 Katie married Herbert M. McCoy. They shared 65 years of marriage together. He preceded her in death in 2009. In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Chester, Wesley,...
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Diana Staudenraus

January 8, 1947 - December 18, 2014

DIANA K. STAUDENRAUSDiana K. Staudenraus, 67, of KCMO passed away on December 18, 2014. Visitation will be Sunday December 21 at Floral Hills from 4-6pm. Services will be Monday December 22 at Floral Hills at 12pm with burial to follow. She is survived by her father, Weldon J. Beale; 2 children, Christopher J. Staudenraus and Angela M. Matney (Rand); 4 grandchildren, Randi, Cori, Oliver Matney,...
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Sally S. Larkin

June 21, 1938 - December 17, 2014

SALLY SUE LARKINSally Sue Larkin went to be with our Lord on December 17, 2014. She is preceded by her father, infant son, and infant granddaughter. She is survived by husband James Larkin, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, mother and brother. Visitation will be at Lenexa Baptist at 10am, service at 11am Tuesday, burial at Leavenworth Nat’l Cemetery 2:30pm.
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Dorothea L. Meredith

May 30, 1921 - December 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Dorothea L. Meredith

May 30, 1921 - December 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Cemetery, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Joseph E. MONTEIL

February 2, 1946 - December 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Douglas E. Commino

July 1, 1934 - December 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Mary Ellen Scott

October 4, 1914 - December 15, 2014

MARY ELLEN MIZELL SCOTT-SCHLUETER Mary Ellen Schlueter Scott died December 15, 2014. Visitation 1:00 p.m., Memorial Service 2:00 p.m. Friday January 16 at E 39th Street Community of Christ, Independence, Missouri.Mary Ellen was born October 4, 1914 in Escatawpa, Ms. She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Scott, son-in-law Dr. Ronald Turner and grandson Gregory Turner. She is survived by...
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Mary Sanders Nickell

September 23, 1926 - December 15, 2014

MARY S. NICKELLMary S. Nickell, 88, of Independence, MO, passed away peacefully at the Groves December 15, 2014. Funeral 12:30PM Friday, Dec. 19, at Floral Hills, with visitation at 12PM. Burial to follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Clyde. She is survived by her sons Steve (Susan) and Russ (Geri); 5 grandchildren and 1 great...
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Dorothy M. Connole

November 22, 1910 - December 15, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Elsie L. Kempinger

December 26, 1925 - December 14, 2014

ELSIE LEE (SANDERS) KEMPINGERElsie Lee (Sanders) Kempinger, age 88, of Kansas City, MO passed into God's hands on December 14, 2014. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to laugh, take road trips across the country, enjoy long visits over coffee, and listen to her many favorite songs. She would do anything for her family, giving her time, help, hugs,...
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James L. Trober

June 7, 1944 - December 11, 2014

JAMES L. TROBERJames L. Trober, 70 passed away December 11, 2014. James was born June 7, 1944 in Dell Arkansas, the son of R.B. Trober and Martha Davis. On March 1, 1971 James married Anna (Brown) Trober, they shared 36 years of marriage. She preceded him in death August 31, 2007. James worked and retired from Wonder Bread/Hostess Cake. Survivors include two daughters Stacey Aufner (Carl) and...
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Grover Hewlett

August 30, 1924 - December 10, 2014

GROVER HEWLETTGrover, age 90, passed away December 10, 2014. Funeral 2PM Monday, Dec. 15, with visitation at 1PM, at Floral Hills. Burial to follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Grover was a World War II veteran. He served in the Navy as a signalman and was stationed on the U.S.S. Logic. He retired from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad after serving 36 years as a train dispatcher. He leaves...
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David Shepard

February 13, 1964 - December 9, 2014

David Alan Shepard, Jr., was born February 13, 1964, to his loving parents, Judy and David, Sr. He joined sisters Cindy and Stephanie as the third child. Dave grew up in Kansas City, MO, and attended Hickman Mills schools from kindergarten on. In 1982 he graduated from Hickman Mills High School. He was close to his grandparents, Roy and Betty Kristianson, and Ben and Edna Shepard. We know they...
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Fern E. Harrison

November 6, 1931 - December 8, 2014

FERN ELLEN HARRISONFern Ellen Harrison died peacefully surrounded by family in Brookdale Senior Living Center on December 8, 2014 in Overland Park, KS. She was 83. Fern was born on November 6, 1931 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to her parents, Paul and Gladys Heichelbech. She trained to be a lab technician at Scott and White in Temple, TX. She married Bobby Harrison on November 26, 1952. They moved to...
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Jean S. Hartley

July 18, 1928 - December 8, 2014

JEAN ANN STAFFORD HARTLEYJean Hartley, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, December 8, 2014. Jean was born in 1928 to Katherine (Rogers) and Robert Stafford II, in Kansas City, MO. Jean graduated from Central High School in 1945 and then attended Baker University and later became Province President of her chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. Jean married her high school...
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Imogene McKee

October 18, 1928 - December 8, 2014

IMOGENE MCKEEImogene McKee, 86, went home to be with Jesus on December 8, 2014. She died surrounded by her family in her home in Raytown, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Jewell (Martin) McCroskey and her loving husband of 59 years, Wayne Glen McKee. She is survived by her twin daughters, Susan and Sondra McKee, of the home. Visitation will be held at D.W. Newcomer's ...
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Raymond Gustaf Erickson

June 1, 1928 - December 6, 2014

Raymond Gustaf EricksonBorn June 1, 1928 in Salina, Kansas. He began fighting liver cancer in August of this year. He lost the battle and made his transition December 6, 2014, at his home in Raytown, Missouri. He was 86 years of age. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Joan, and five children: Cathy Boney and children Matthew, Melanie, Seth, and Alex; Connie (Steve) Lee and children Kristopher,...
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Mary Elizabeth Stehwien

November 26, 1967 - December 6, 2014

MARY “BETH” STEHWIENMary Elizabeth Stehwien, “Beth”, 47, of Holden, MO, passed away December 6, 2014. Funeral to be held at 12PM on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Floral Hills Funeral Home, with visitation Tuesday 6-8PM. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Beth may be made to the music department of the Holden R-3 School District.She is survived by her...
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Sandra Marie Botello

August 22, 1947 - December 6, 2014

SANDRA MARIE BOTELLOSandra Marie Torres Botello,67, of KCMO, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Vitas Hospice. Visitation will be Friday, December 12 from 6pm – 8pm with rosary at 7:45pm at Floral Hills. Funeral Services at St. John Francis Regis at 11:30am on Saturday, December 13, 2014. She graduated from Redemptorist High School 1965 and was crowned Queen of the Sweetheart Dance. As a...
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Margaret Finney

January 16, 1937 - December 5, 2014

Margaret Ann (Maggie) Finney, daughter of Kenneth and Mary Duker of Brookfield, MO died December 5, 2014, at her home.Maggie was born January 16, 1937 in Brookfield, MO. She married Ronald (Ron) Finney August 24, 1957.Maggie attended the University of MO, Columbia, where she received her degree in Child Development while also pursuing a degree in journalism. She taught at two pre-schools before...
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Clyde D. Hood

March 9, 1923 - December 4, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Evelyn L. Smith

November 9, 1921 - December 3, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Hamilton Youel Smith

January 23, 1929 - December 2, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Maxine W. NOLT

November 7, 1915 - December 2, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Opal Irene Purcell

September 3, 1920 - November 30, 2014

OPAL IRENE PURCELLOpal Irene Purcell passed away, 94, on November 30, 2014. Mrs. Purcell was born in 1920 in Olathe, KS, to Frank and Daisy Hulett Barrett. Her mother died when she was five, and Mrs. Purcell was raised by her single father who was a caretaker for the Olathe cemetery. She met her future husband at Olathe High School and married Lloyd L. Purcell in 1940. The couple made their home...
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David Pieratt

November 27, 1943 - November 29, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Lorraine W. Leftridge

August 8, 1922 - November 29, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Thomas C. Jones

July 21, 1923 - November 28, 2014

THOMAS C. JONES JR.Thomas C. Jones Jr., 91, of KCMO passed away Nov. 28, 2014. Visitation Wed. 11am at Floral Hills, service 12pm, burial following. Survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley Jones; brother, Norman (Carol) Jones; children, Patty (Ron) Bowen and Mark (Cheryl) Jones; grandchildren, Kacie, Michael, Jennifer (Quaid), Stephen; great grandchild, Emily; and nieces and nephews. He served...
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Guy V. Brantley

April 7, 1936 - November 28, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Polly Nan Arth

August 8, 1929 - November 27, 2014

POLLY NAN ARTHPolly Nan Arth,85, of Kansas City , passed away at home on Thursday, November 27th from pulmonary fibrosis, with family at her bedside. Polly worked at AT&T where she met her husband of 60 years, Firman Arth. Polly enjoyed jewelry, going to the beauty shop weekly for 40 years and spending quality time with her children, especially at their sporting events.She is survived by...
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Doris Jean Lyon

April 18, 1927 - November 26, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Jewell L. Tribble

September 1, 1926 - November 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Cemetery, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Phyllis J. Fermyn

January 7, 1940 - November 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Robert C. Cody

January 17, 1921 - November 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Jewell L. Tribble

September 1, 1926 - November 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Pauline B. Decker

December 13, 1924 - November 24, 2014

PAULINE BELLE “VANSELL” DECKERPauline Belle “Vansell” Decker, 89, of Holden, MO passed away on November 24, 2014. Pauline was born on December 13, 1924 to Charles H. and Gertie “Ashley” Vansell. She was 1 of 7 children. She was raised in Sedalia, MO and graduated from Smith Cotton High School. She married Leo Ray Decker on November 29, 1943 and moved to KCMO,...
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Charles A. Baker

April 8, 1926 - November 23, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Barry Jon Morris

August 31, 1959 - November 22, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Retha L. Hannah

April 7, 1921 - November 22, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Clyde Edward McIntyre

September 4, 1938 - November 21, 2014

CLYDE E. MCINTYREClyde E. McIntyre, 76, of Kearney, MO, passed away on November 21, 2014. Memorial service 12PM Thursday Dec. 4 in the chapel, followed by graveside at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
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Florence M. Tate

February 10, 1922 - November 20, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Funeral Home, KANSAS CITY, MO.
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Decius Randal Sanders

October 30, 1927 - November 20, 2014

DECIUS R. SANDERSDecius R. Sanders, 87, passed away November 20, 2014, after a short bout with cancer. His loving children were at his bedside at the time of his death. Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Monday, November 24, 2014, at Floral Hills. Private family burial. Decius was affectionately known as “Pete” by his family, and was known to his coworkers at Armco Steel as “Sandy&rdquo...
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