Noel Frances “Skippy” Blauw

Noel Frances “Skippy” Blauw

Noel Frances (Skippy) Blauw, 80, formerly of Lake Tapawingo, Mo passed away at St. Mary’s Manor, Blue Springs on April 27, 2017. Skippy was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo to Noel and Louise (Hensley) Burrows on June 12, 1936. After graduating from Fremont High School in 1954 she moved to Kansas City and started working for Hallmark Cards. In 1958 she married John A. Blauw and they had four children, Gretchen Bjorvatn, John Burrows Blauw, Jennifer Blauw and Jerry Blauw.
After marriage she became a stay-at-home Mom. Later, out of her love of antiques she became co-owner of antique shops, conducting estate sales and at the request of many she would appraise their antiques. She was well known and respected in that circle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 30 years and daughters Gretchen and Jennifer. She is survived by her two sons, John Blauw (Barbara) of Leawood and Jerry Blauw of Blue Springs. Grandchildren Jesse Blauw, Jackson Blauw, Ellie Bjorvatn, Stein Bjorvatn and Victoria Bjorvatn. Siblings Nancy Blauw (Jerry) Indianapolis, IN, Jack Burrows (Carolyn) of Van Buren, MO, and Sally Hile (Mike) of Shawnee, KS. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and her very dear friends Timmie and Bruce Trask.
Skippy had a huge heart and had many friends. Through her two-year battle with cancer she never complained and was a favorite among her hospice nurses and caretakers at St. Mary’s Manor and to them we say thank you for the wonderful care during her time there.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation services provided by Heartland Cremation, Raytown, MO.


  1. Linda Vermillion Norton. on April 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    To Skippy’s family. I am 4 years younger than Skip and spent all my school years wanting to be just like her. She was so pretty and good at everything she did. Cheerleading, Volley ball playing, her laughter. Years have passed since those days, but memories are forever. I am glad she was one of my favorite cousins. I pray for love and peace to the family.

  2. Mary Kay Hartgraves on April 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. What a sweet, sweet lady. Although I didn’t get to see her as often as I would have liked she will forever be rememered as a special cousin. What a wondergul reunion Mom, Dad and daughters are having in heaveb

  3. Sarab Stuart on April 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    What a sweet lady! I only remember her smiling and happiest with her family sitting on the porch at the lake. What a loss for those still living and a blessing to those with her now in heaven.

  4. Janie Blood on April 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Praying for comfort for your family knowing she is no longer in pain. Sounds like she was an amazing beautiful women loved by many. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. Cee Cee Welsh on May 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Heaven has a new Angel to look after beloved family and friends. She was an Angel here on Earth and her sweet loving spirit will be forever in our hearts.

  6. Owen Smith on May 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I,too, attended school with Skippy in Fremont and was a classmate of Nancy’s. I remember many birthday parties and other fun times with her. Although I was a couple of years younger Skippy always treated me with kindness and joined in when Nancy and I and others were there. Will be praying for the family in this sad time.

  7. Marana Keith on May 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Skippy was a wonderful friend to my parents, Larry & Pat Wiebusch, for many many years. She was a wonderful person with a gracious heart! She will be greatly missed! Thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time.

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