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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.