Mary Clements

On July 4, 1927, God sent a firecracker into the world. Mary Francis Weaver Clements was born to Leo and Thelma (Eytchison) Weaver in Kansas City, MO. She grew to adulthood in Kansas City, KS, and attended schools in the area. She graduated from Wyandotte High School. By her choice of K-State, she turned her mother from a KU fan to a K- State fan. Francie, as she was called, majored in Spanish and graduated from K-State. In June of 1951, she married John H. Clements at Crown Point, Indiana. They were the parents of Patrick (Pat) and Dennis, both of Blue Springs, MO; and Paul, of Newcastle, WA. After living in Illinois and Indiana, family moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1960 and has remained in the area. Senora Clements was one of the Spanish teachers at Truman High School for many years. For her students, she brought not only the language, but also the culture of Spain alive. Seeing a former student of hers was always a delight to her and to the student as well. Fran was an avid traveler and reader. She especially enjoyed her trips to Spain and other countries in Europe. In 1993, at the age of 66, she bought an RV and took off on an Odyssey around the US. With Fran, you never knew where you would end up whether it was a ride, a trip, or a conversation. Her curiosity was contagious and would surprise you and stimulate you. Fran was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, Leo and Thelma; her sister, Nancy; and a nephew. She is survived by her sons: Pat, Dennis, and Paul; four granddaughters; one grandson; and one great granddaughter. Also surviving is her sister, Michelle Paulsen, of Blue Springs, MO. Her nephews and niece knew her as Aunt Sister, and she is survived by four nephews, one niece, two great- nephews, and two great-nieces. She is also survived by many friends and her church family at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Clubhouse at Lake Tapawingo. Services will be 10 a.m., Wed., Sept. 16, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church. A private inurnment will be in Onaga Cemetery, in Onaga, KS. Memorial donations may be sent in care of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 Westbound 40 Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64014 for the Christian Children’s Fund. Mom, Fran, GranFran, GG, Sis, Aunt Sister, Senora Clements, you will be missed. But you will have the best seat in the house on the Fourth of July.(arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)

 

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  1. Doug, Sherri, Chloe & Jared Fitzpatrick on September 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    When we first moved in here next door to Fran 5 years ago she was the first neighbor we met. We wondered what kind of neighbors we had, and the very next morning she came over to welcome us with a warm pan of muffins! Turns out all our neighbors are great, but she was the first to extend a welcome and we’ve loved her ever since. You were a great friend Frannie, and we’ll miss you! Save us a seat in heaven!



  2. Ellen Brown on September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I am a teacher at Three Trails Elementary where Mikie works. I just wanted to express my sympathy and extend my prayers for the family. I’m sorry for your loss. She sounds like someone I would have liked to have known; a person who loved life and shared that joy with others!



  3. Ellen Brown on September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I am a teacher at Three Trails Elementary where Mikie works. I just wanted to express my sympathy and extend my prayers for the family. I’m sorry for your loss. She sounds like someone I would have liked to have known; a person who loved life and shared that joy with others!



  4. Ellen Brown on September 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I am a teacher at Three Trails Elementary School where Mikie works. I just wanted to express my sympathy and extend my prayers to the family. I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a person I would have liked to have known;someone who loved life and shared that joy with others!



  5. Jenny Woottan on October 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I’m (Paul) entering this for Jenny Woottan of Joshua Tree CA…”what a totally sweet lady she was, and the first words she said to me was,,,,”Gosh, this place is beautiful” and that not everyone appreciates the Desert,,,,,,, that she was sitting in the back of your pick up truck, how cold it was ,,,,,,,,,,and had it been me, she would have been doing the driving and you would have been in the back of the truck..Telling that to show what a truly sweet person she was. Probably just as well it didn’t “go”.. “” Love, Jenny



  6. Paul M Clements on October 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    For those of you who haven’t read mom’s obit, I think you will agree about her being a firecracker. She was also a person whom I’ll try emulate as I grow. At her visitation were students from 30 years prior, neighbors from the Kansas City days, and of course family and friends.
    One tribute I recall was the lady who had contacted some hospital infection when in for a procedure. Her bandages required changing daily and were on her back where she couldn’t reach them. Her friends and family had grown weary of the daily chore, but my mom helped that women every day for 3 months! What a women! I was in Germany the weeks after her buriel and recalled her every time a bell rang (and there are lots) as it was something she had taught me to appreciate. I was saddened because whenever I “discoved” something she was the one I wanted to share it with, and that’s no longer possible. But she does live on in us, and we are blessed, luckey or whatever you call it to have spent time with Mary Francis Weaver Clements.
    From a friend in Calgary “I was reminded of the touching card that Paul received from her in 2002 in NZ on the Tranzalpine train. Photo attached…
    – Luke”
    How did she get that card to me???
    Many of my friends from overseas, Canada, Washington, and California sent similar messages.
    She was loved!



  7. Ellen M Evans on October 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Eternal Rest Grant unto Her, Oh Lord, and may the Perpetual Light shine upon her. may her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God,
    Rest in peace.
    amen

    Aunt Fran,even though I did not get to know you well, you are in my prayers.
    God bless you now and forever.
    may your memory be eternal.



  8. Mary Carroll Burnett on October 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    She was a great lady and truly a firecracker. I know she is greatly missed by friends and family. I am sure that all have fond memories. I will take some time to celebrate her life. What a role model! Love, M.C.



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