Mary Elizabeth Kammert

Mary Elizabeth “Maribeth” Kammert, 63, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on January 18th, 2023, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House, from metastatic breast cancer.

Services for Mary will be held Thursday February 16, 2023, at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way Lees Summit, MO 64064. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Her Memorial service will follow at 10:30 AM.

Maribeth was born on October 28, 1959, to Robert William “Bill” Cofer and Mary Carolyn (Crabb) Cofer at the Independence Sanitarium in Independence, Missouri. After Maribeth graduated from Truman High School in 1978, she went on to receive a B.S. in Education from SMSU in 1982 and a M.A. in Curriculum from UMKC in 1989.

After graduating with a degree in Education, she started her first job with the Independence School District as an Elementary School Teacher, kickstarting a 25-year career in Elementary Education.

In 1993, Maribeth married Jack Brian Kammert, Jr. at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence, Missouri. Maribeth and Jack went on to have two children, Ashley Marie Kammert and Scott Brian Kammert.

In 2008, Maribeth retired and spent her time raising her two wonderful children. She loved spending time with her friends in PEO Chapter IK and having fun with friends and family.

Maribeth was predeceased by her father, Robert William “Bill” Cofer and her mother, Mary Carolyn (Crabb) Cofer. She is survived by her loving husband, Jack; children, Ashley Marie Kammert and Scott Brian Kammert of Independence, Missouri; sisters, Carolyn (Brent) Kahler of Blue Springs, MO and Marcia Cofer of Independence, MO; brother, Robert “Bob” (Connie) Cofer of Independence, MO as well as beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service starting at 10:30 a.m., February 16th, 2023, at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to Saint Luke’s Foundation, 901 E. 104th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131 — Koontz Center Retreat Fund. Online memorial gifts: Donate Here (Saint Luke’s Foundation) (include Maribeth Kammert under tribute).

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  1. Charlene Helling on January 27, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Maribeth…no one could be sad or unhappy in your presence…you were a shining
    example of Gods love….always smiling, always compassionate….I know you’re in a better place now…and in the loving arms of our dear Lord…we are the ones who are lost….
    May God rest your soul and, may we one day see you again where there are no regrets, no sorrow and no tears..say hello to Chris….I bet you two are having a ball…???

  2. Val Foree Stingo on January 27, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    I will always remember Maribeth as not only my childhood neighbor but as a pure soul who was always there to help a friend, lend a hand, give a hug. She was a good Christian woman whom I enjoyed a long-lasting friendship. My prayers are with her beautiful family.

  3. Jana Waits on January 28, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Maribeth was a shining example of how to live a life filled with the spirit of God and love, light and humility of Jesus. Life is filled with challenges and disappointments, yet Maribeth always projected genuine joy, hope and love through her smile, laughter, twinkling eyes and hugs. Jack, Ashley and Scott, I know there will be a hole in your lives where Maribeth lived, but her influence, smile and love will always be there. What a blessing you called her wife, Mom and friend. I was blessed to call her PEO sister and friend. We will dearly miss her. Praying for your peace and comfort.

  4. Karen Denise Cole on February 11, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    I am sick reading this. I knew Mary Beth from the time she was young until she started teaching at Bryant Elementary. It was fun having another Cofer teaching again. I know her students must have loved her very much. Rest In Peace, Mary Beth.

  5. Joye Lyon Fitzgerald on February 12, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    I can still remember walking into my kindergarten class feeling a bit anxious as I had never been away from my parents. There was a sweet, adorable little blonde ,with a smile like the sunshine, who reached her hand out to me, and for 58 years she never took it back. She was always my cheerleader and I hers. We shared laughter mixed with life stories and watched our families grow. Maribeth was so proud of her husband and children. She was a blessing to EVERYONE who knew her. How I wish I could hold her hand one last time and let her know how much her friendship meant to me. Fly high beautiful soul.

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