Mary Jane Withers

Mary Jane Withers, 77, of Independence, Missouri, passed away May 9th, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Lee’s Summit. Mary was born on August 17th, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Raytown High School and attended Baker University. She worked for many years at the Target Corporation that produced diamond saw blades and retired from there at the age of 66. Mary was a very beautiful, kind, loving and sweet lady and loved and adored her family more than anything. Her many talents and interests included interior decorating, and even at the age of 77, was always on top of the latest fashions which she loved. Mary was a sweet, good natured person who had a song for every occasion. Her sweet voice will be greatly missed. She was one of a kind.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents John and Frances Jeffrey of Kansas City, Missouri. Her survivors include her beloved husband of 58 years, John Withers, Sr. of Independence, Missouri, her loyal brother John and Helen Jeffrey and sweet niece, Robin Jeffrey of Ozark, Missouri, her dedicated son, John Withers, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri, her loving daughter, Wendy and Dave Williams of Pleasant Valley, Missouri, and her most treasured and loving grandson, Johnathan David Williams of Kansas City, Missouri. She will be missed tremendously…There was a private memorial service for immediate family. Condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Wendy Williams on May 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love you Mom and will miss you terribly…thank you for your unconditional love.

  2. Dave Williams on May 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Good Bye Mary .You will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved you .

  3. Mary De Shon on May 13, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Dear Wendy,

    I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting you, yet; but feel like I know you from all the wonderful things David says. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I lost mine in 2006 and still think about her everyday. The obituary reflects the depth of love your mom was surrounded by. Know that she will be in your heart always. I prayed to my mom to be there for your mom as she entered Heaven. You can never have enough friends. You two look so much alike. I share your grief and pain.

    Hugs and warm thoughts,
    Mary De Shon
    NKCHS Class of 1971

  4. Tim Williams on May 13, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Dear Wendy,

    My heart is very sad for you right now at the passing of your wonderful Mother. Even though I met Mary many times through the years I was never able to spend much quality time with her. Yet I feel like I did know her well…because I know you and I think you are very much like your Mom…in the way you care about your family, the way you treat your friends and the love you show to everyone you come in contact with. As my Sister-In-Law for all these years…I have always loved you and appreciated the way you have shown your love to Dave, Johnathan, me and my family. They say the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree…and I think that’s true when it comes to you and your Mom. I’m so sorry for your loss. You can never replace her…only try to repay her…for all she did for you…by living your life the way she taught you….with love and kindness in your heart. My prayer is that God will hold you tight through these tough days ahead. We love you very much!

  5. Johnathan D Williams on May 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I love you granny. I hope someday to see you again and hear your sweet voice.

  6. Kenn Ashcraft on May 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Even tho’ we never crossed paths, Dave assures me I would have been proud to call you my ‘Mom’. Ally my prayers and thoughts go out to you an dyour family.

  7. deedee mclaughlin on May 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    wendy, i know you remember me.. rhs, we have not seen each other since maybe class reunion… eianna(other name) i hope you and yours are making it ok .. i know how you feel now and my thoughts are with you… you have my email…………… deedee

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