Stella Virginia McKeone
Stella Virginia McKeone
  • March 18, 1933 - July 7, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Stella Virginia McKeone, born March 18, 1933, passed from this world July 7, 2017 at 4:26pm age 84. She was surrounded by family at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She resided in Kansas City, MO with Mary McKeone, her beloved daughter and caretaker.

She was born in Harden, MO to her parents Jasper and Floye Hayes Mallory. Her sister, May Mallory Spahr was born October 29, 1936. The family eventually moved to Kansas City, MO where Stella continued to live for her lifetime. She graduated from Central High School. She met her husband Richard McKeone Senior in 1950 and they married on January 13, 1951 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. They bought their first home in 1957 where Stella lived for the remainder of her life. Stella’s husband was enlisted in the Marine Corp and was a Korean War Veteran.

Stella took pride in her family. She worked hard raising her six children. She loved reminiscing and telling stories about the antics of her children. Stella deeply loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed watching them play sports. Caring for her friends and family was Stella’s greatest passion. Friends and acquaintances of the McKeone family often say that Stella was “everybody’s mom”.

Stella is preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, grandmother Floretta, and niece Trish.

She is survived by many family members. Her children: Richard McKeone Junior and wife Suzi of Marietta, GA; Virginia Davis and husband Rob of Lee’s Summit, MO; Bill McKeone and wife Ali of Sheboygan, WI; John McKeone and wife Lesley of Greenwood, MO; Mary McKeone; and Robert McKeone and wife Vicki of Lee’s Summit, MO. Her grandchildren: Michelle McKeone of New Orleans, LA; Timothy Askew Junior and wife Ashley of Kansas City, MO; Amy Grego and husband Anthony of Lee’s Summit; Matt Davis and wife Ashley of Lawrence, KS; Ricky McKeone and wife Lanea of Calhoun, GA; Zach McKeone of Atlanta, GA; Lyndsey McKeone of Marietta; Brenden McKeone of Greenwood; Bryce McKeone of Greenwood; Beckett McKeone of Sheboygan; and Quinlan McKeone of Sheboygan. Her great-grandchildren: Colton, Tatum, Olivia, Landon, Bennett, and Susi. Other special family members surviving Stella: brothers-in-law Jack, Bernard and Robert; sisters-in-law Sharon and Shirley; cousins Judy and Karen; and niece Deborah. Stella will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4101 E. 105th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64137 starting at 6pm on Tuesday July 11, 2017. Funeral mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish starting at 10am on Wednesday July 12, 2017. Graveside services will be held immediately following mass at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64138. The family invites those paying respects to return to St. Catherine of Siena Parish following Graveside services for lunch.

The family extends gratitude to the medical team at the University of Kansas Medical Center for the exceptional care and support provided to Stella and family. Stella was cared for by many wonderful physicians and nurses and the family is appreciative of their years of service.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life” – Ephesians 6:1-3.