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Mary Margaret Mylar Arends (November 8, 1944 – September 28, 2021). Mary was born on November 8, 1944, to Olive Barrows Mylar and James Hoyt Mylar of Independence, Mo. This beautiful, shy girl grew up quickly after her father’s death and helped to raise Wilma, her little sister, while their mother taught elementary school and took care of the family farm, and Nancy, their sister, worked in St. Louis. Mary graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1962 and began a decades-long career with Southwestern Bell. Mary was a talented cook and seamstress who donated her time, talent and treasure to many charitable causes, including Kansas City’s Project Warmth, the Community Blood Center and Operation Breakthrough.
Mary is preceded in death by her grandchildren, Brieanna and Devan Williams, and her sister, Wilma Debus. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Evansher, children, Susanna Guzman (husband Mark Guzman), and Sara Leonard (husband Tony Leonard), and her grandchildren Kendra Werst, Javier Guzman, Alex Guzman, Hayden Leonard, Stella Leonard, and Liam Leonard.
Mary and her family are grateful for any memorial contributions that may be made to Operation Breakthrough.