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Mary Ann Schenk, 72, of Lee’s Summit, MO departed this life peacefully on the morning of May 11th. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph and her parents Wilson and Ann Mack. She is survived by daughters, Debra Schenk, Michal Ann Rhodes; son, David Schenk; grandchildren Fabianne Schenk and Joseph Rhodes; brother, John Mack; nephew, David Mack; sisters-in-law (and heart) Barbara Tomlinson, Dorothy Johnson, and Marilyn Mack. She will also be missed and remembered by many wonderful friends, both old and new. Mary Ann received her degree in nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital. She and Joe raised their family at Lake Lotawana. They loved the lake life and shared a passion for bridge. Their home was a gathering place for Saturday night “Hootenannies” in the 60’s. Following her husband’s death in 1976, Mary Ann joined the State Department and served as a Foreign Service nurse for 13 years. She was posted in Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, Egypt and Thailand. She earned the love and trust of her diplomatic communities with her compassionate nursing, her flair for entertaining, and her ready laugh. She leaves behind many treasured friends from those years. Upon retirement from nursing, Mary Ann was able to enjoy and share her artistic talents working in the floral industry. Her artistry wasn’t limited to flowers, as she had a special flair for interior design. Mary Ann loved a good movie, a good book, a good song, and most especially, good company. She loved to entertain and she set a beautiful table. Mary Ann moved to John Knox Village in 1994, where she remained active with committee work and volunteer activities. She enjoyed playing bridge and dining out with her friends and neighbors in the Village. She was our mom, our Grandmary, our sister and our friend, and she will live on in our hearts and our memories. In her honor and in celebration of her life, an informal memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Visitation will precede the ceremony at 5:00 pm, and continue after until 7:00 pm at the Silent Unity Chapel, on the northwest grounds of Unity Village in Lee’s Summit. The chapel can best be accessed from the Blue Parkway entrance into the Village. For on grounds directions, inquire at the Information Desk/Bookstore. Reqretfully, the family cannot accept floral arrangements. On Mary Ann’s behalf, please extend a gesture of kindness to someone you love.
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