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Marilyn Kay Mayes, 56, of Kansas City, Missouri died peacefully, listening to the birds singing outdoors in an open-air chapel, with her family at her side at St. Luke’s Hospice House on June 26, 2015 after a battle with lung cancer.
Marilyn was born February 12, 1959 to James D. and Betty J. (Tracy) Mayes. She lived in the Independence, Nevada, Dedrick, Missouri areas during her life. She attended Northeast High School. Marilyn worked for Gunn and Richards Inc Distribution Services as the warehouse manager, where she was a beloved and respected member of the staff for 15 years.
She loved being outdoors, where she enjoyed hiking and gardening with her grandchildren. Marilyn’s “Joy Bringers” were her grandchildren; Sean and David Minton of Grain Valley, Missouri and Haleigh Worley of Sugar Creek/Grain Valley, Missouri.
Marilyn was preceded in death by; her parents and the love of her life, David Leonard. Survivors include; daughter, Kasie Leonard and Nate Hunley of Grain Valley, Missouri; grandsons, Sean and David Minton of Grain Valley, Missouri, Haleigh Worley of Sugar Creek/Grain Valley, Missouri; sisters, Myra Kerr of Kansas City, Missouri and Margaret Mayes of Independence, Missouri.
She is also survived by; stepson, James Leonard and wife, Dawn of Centralia, Missouri; niece Koren Jones and son Noah of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; nephew, Lloyd Kerr III, his wife Nicole and children Timothy, Emilie and Natalie of Kansas City, Missouri.
Marilyn leaves many, many friends and loved ones. Of special note is her buddy (and former son-in-law) Clarence Worley.
A come-and-go celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Blue Springs Lake, Shelter D. At the celebration of Marilyn’s life, from 2:00 – 2:10 PM a service of blessing and prayer will be held. Finger foods and sandwiches will be served. Please come as you are.
Deb Tracy says
Its so sad that she is gone but at least now she is not in pain and she is with her family in heaven. love ya all and hugs and prayers for all of you.
Rebecca Tracy Parra says
At Dad’s funeral Marilyn shared a special story with me. Grandma had told her the story about when Dad was born she swore that she seen our Grandfather at the foot of her bed saying “I finally have my brown eyed baby.” I am so grateful she shared that story with me. Although we didn’t see other often, I called her a few times to talk after Dad passed, she always made me laugh. I love her and will always cherish the story she shared with me that day. Rest In Peace My Cousin. I will miss you.
Myra and family,
I am so sad to hear about Marilyn’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories comfort you in this difficult time and always.
Much love from the Cole family
Debbie Kerr says
Kasie, Myra and Margaret
,we are so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a wonderful person and I am glad I got to know her. She is in a much better place. We will all miss her. All our Love and sympathy, Debbie and Daryl.
Pam Harrington says
Kasie, Myra, Margaret and family members we are deeply sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a good friend. We played and worked together for many years. I have some terrific memories of our times. Love you and will miss you my friend. Pam & Dave Harrington
Debbie Mayes Nims says
So sorry for your loss. You girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
For 11yrs we worked together and saw each other everyday. I knew her worries and joys and she knew mine. She was such a person of depth, love, laughter and intellect. I am a better person for having known her and I am proud to call her friend.
Kasie, I hope that during this difficult time you find comfort in God, family and friends, we (your postal family) are here for you.
Pam Dillon says
Kasie, Margaret, Myra & families: You know how much a part of my life you all are, and now I am missing a part. My heart is breaking with you, my prayers and love are with you. I am glad I was able to hear Marilyn’s voice before she went to the hospital but wish I could have kissed her goodbye. I love you all so very much. God grant you the peace and comfort only He can give in the days ahead.
Terri Y. Marchetti says
Marilyn and I attended the same High school “Northeast” but, we did not really get to know each other until we worked at Phelps Tool and Die. We had nick name’s for each other. One day as she drove past me on her Fork lift she yell’s at me, Hey Marshitti, I said, hey Merlin. We both started laughing and off she went. The last time I called her it was the middle of Feb. and yes, we still called each other Merlin and Marshitti. No one else was allowed to call me that, only my buddy Marilyn. I miss her laugh, our talk’s and good time’s together. She was a TRUE BLUE LOYAL FRIEND. John and I adored her. She was a faithful and loving mother and lived for her grandchildren. We are thankful to have her and Kasie in our lives. I also want to thank the family for the Celebration of her life on the 18th of July. That is the perfect way she would want it. Our Thought’s and Prayer’s are with the family. She was an amazing LADY.
Bev Hughes says
Marilyn was a very good friend and loved by many. I will always remember her spirit. It’s hard to think of her passing. I remember I once ask Marilyn if it bothered her that Kasey was around all the bad language and she said, Bev she knows the difference between hearing it and saying it.
Bev Hughes says
Marilyn was a very good friend and loved by many. I will always remember her spirit. It’s hard to think of her passing. I remember I once ask Marilyn if it bothered her that Kasie was around all the bad language and she said, Bev she knows the difference between hearing it and saying it.
Gloria Isles says
All of you have been a very big part of my life and I will miss Marilyn very much. She loved her daughter and grandkids a whole lot, and she was the best because she was so active she could do just about anything with them. I don’t know too many Grandma’s that would walk the Zoo or play in the back yard, pulling wagon’s with the kids in it. I pray that God gives you peace and strength as you try to heal ftom you loss. I love you all so much. Gloria.