KATHERINE ANN GROH CHAPMAN
Katherine Ann Groh Chapman, 45, of Kansas City, MO passed away June 1, 2015. Visit. 1-2 pm, celebration of life at 2:00 pm Sat. June 13 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton. Contributions are suggested to Freedom Service Dogs for Vets, 2000 W. Union Ave. Englewood, CO 80110.
Katherine was born July 24, 1969 in Smithville, TX to Larry and Mary Ann Phillips Groh. She was a retired RN with research oncology. She enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo. Katherine was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.
Preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Chapman in 2011. Survived by son, William (Sonja) Marple, Belton MO; father, Larry (Melanie) Odom-Groh, Bellemeade KY; mother, Mary Ann (William) Porcher, Austin TX; sister, Laura (Mike) Groh-Grey and Benjamin; half-brother, Matthew (Kate) Porcher and daughters, Molly and Alice, Austin TX; granddaughter, Riley-Joy Marple; her dog, North Dakota Smokey Roscoe Goofy Chapman. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 816-966-0250
JOHN C. JEFFRIES
John C Jeffries, 80, stepped into Heaven from this temporary life here on Earth on May 20, 2015. He was born June 25, 1934 in NE Missouri. As a pre-teen he gave his life and heart to Jesus Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior. He graduated from Gorin High School in Gorin, Missouri in 1952. He then served in the US Navy and returned home to attend college in Kirksville, MO.
John graduated with his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and his Master’s Degree from Northeast Missouri Teacher’s College. He became a high school teacher and basketball coach. He taught his first 10 years in Gorin, Revere and Wyaconda, Missouri. Upon marriage to his wife, Sandi, they moved to Raytown, MO where he taught and coached for another 25 years in the Raytown School District. He also earned his Specialist Degree from Warrensburg, Missouri. John is survived his wife, Sandi, of 47 years; also surviving him is his two daughters by his wife, Bertha Bibby: Jana Muntz of Memphis, MO and Jerri Skinner (Dave) of Raytown, MO. He then had one daughter, Juli, and one son, John M Jeffries (Candace) of Kearney by his marriage to Sandi. John was preceded in death by his and Sandi’s daughter, Juli Rebecca Cholak, his parents and 8 brothers and sisters.
John was blessed to have 6 grandchildren: Candice Mozley Coit (Chris) of Lee’s Summit, Derrick Muntz, of Memphis, Mo., Garrett, Grace and Grant Jeffries and Blake Cholak all of Kearney, Mo. He had a Great Granddaughter, Kinley Coit who also brought great joy into his life.
Besides being a teacher John loved his work as a Basketball Coach. He devoted endless hours helping his young players learn the benefits of hard work and commitment. John was a member of First Baptist Church of Raytown all 47 years. He taught some as a youth Bible study teacher. John loved his church and supported it for the many years he lived here.
COACH was known for his quick wit and sense of humor that brought joy and laughter to those who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, former students and basketball players.
Funeral service will be 11:30 am Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Raytown with visitation 9:30 to 11:30 am. Burial will be in Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Mission of Hope Dental Clinic. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
RAQUEL M. LEFFLER-GOMEZ
Raquel M. Leffler-Gomez, 67, of the Bronx, NY but was currently living in KCMO passed away May 6, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery, Raymore, MO. Raquel was born August 6, 1947 in the Dominican Republic, the daughter of Samuel Marmolejos and Altgracia Paez. She is survived by her husband Marcelo Gomez; daughter, Darlene Santiago-Dotson (Terry); son, Ian Leffler; brother Samuel Jr., sister Vilma , niece Ana Maria and nephew Gabriel , five grandchildren, Raquel, Mark, Selena, Marco and Ian Jr. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
BARBARA J. SHAFER
Barbara J. Shafer, 62, of Oak Grove, MO passed away April 28, 2015. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Friday, May 1, 2015 in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, 13901 Blackbob Road, Olathe, KS 66062. Barb was born December 14, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of William and Betty Thompson Misner. Barb was preceded in death by her father; husband, Richard L. Shafer in July 2003; and son, Michael Shafer. She is survived by her mother, Betty Hemmer; two sons, Jacob Shafer and wife Jamie, and John Shafer; two daughters, Kim and Kelli Shafer; and nine siblings; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
NANCY B. FLEMING
Nancy B. Fleming, 75, of Kansas City, MO passed away March 7, 2015. Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at South Haven Baptist Church in Belton, MO. The family will receive guests at a visitation immediately preceding the service at 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Nancy was born February 23, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Roland P. and Nancy O. Walker Willbanks. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Randall L. Fleming and daughter, Nancy G. Giguere. She is survived by her son, Charles Fleming (Norma); daughter, Bonnie (Beth) Fleming; sister, Margaret R. Masoner; half-brother and sister, Paul and Elizabeth Willbanks; grandson, Ian Fleming; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
PAMELA CHARLINE ASHLEY
Pamela Charline Ashley, 80, died at her home in Kansas City, MO on March 2, 2015. She was born in rural Cassville MO on November 7, 1934, daughter of Robert Lee and Laura Ellen Greer. She was united in marriage to James Gailey Ashley Jr. on April 24, 1958 in Cassville, MO; he preceded her in death on June 20, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Lorie Cox; two sons, James Gailey Ashley III and Greer Myron Ashley; her brother, Donald L. Greer, and 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Visitation will be held at the Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore MO from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Visitation will be held at the Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville MO at 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Private family graveside will be at the family farm.