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Mary L. Andes

October 14, 1935 — December 20, 2023

 

Mary L. Andes, a remarkable individual whose kindness and leadership touched the lives of many, passed away on December 20, 2023, in Grain Valley, Missouri. Mary's journey began on October 14, 1935, in Blue Springs, Missouri, where she was born to loving parents. Throughout her life, Mary embraced various occupations and roles, leaving an indelible mark wherever she went.

Education played a vital role in shaping Mary's character and future. She graduated from William Chrisman High School - alongside her future husband, Myron Andes - laying the foundation for their lifelong partnership rooted in love and devotion. From a young age, Mary demonstrated her leadership skills. Even during her teenage years at the local Five and Ten Cent store, she effortlessly assumed positions of authority. As time passed, she continued to flourish professionally at Kmart and United Parcel Service. However, her dedication to nurturing and caring for her family led her to dedicate herself primarily to homemaking. Mary took immense pride in creating a safe and comfortable environment for her loved ones and cherished friends. One could say that everything Mary touched turned to gold. Her generosity knew no bounds as she selflessly cared for everyone in her life. Her empathetic nature made her a trusted confidant and a source of strength for many who had the privilege to know her. Not only was Mary an exceptional leader in her career, but also within the realm of relationships. Amidst all these accomplishments, Mary found solace and purpose in her faith. She became an ordained elder at the Community of Christ congregation in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served diligently in many roles, including as Pastor. Her dedication extended into teaching pre-baptismal classes for young children—an opportunity through which she imparted wisdom and spiritual guidance to countless young souls.

Amongst her many hobbies and interests, square dancing held a special place in Mary's heart. Together with Myron, they formed a talented couple who garnered much respect in the local square-dancing community. Through their commitment and passion for this art form, they proudly served as presidents of their square-dancing club. Not content with this achievement alone, Mary also became the secretary for the Heart of America Federation of Square Dance Clubs. Creativity flowed through every fiber of Mary's being. She channeled this talent into sewing, crafting intricate costumes not only for her square dance club but also for her children. Her son's award-winning clown costume, adorned with her creations, brought joy and admiration to all who saw it. Mary's home reflected her creative spirit as well. She possessed a natural talent for decorating both the interior and exterior of her house, but it was during Christmas that she truly shone. Her unparalleled skills transformed her home into a mesmerizing wonderland, drawing friends and family together during the holiday season to witness the beauty she had created. However, Mary's talents extended beyond the realm of costumes and decorations. The kitchen became her stage for culinary mastery, where she delighted everyone with her delicious creations. She became renowned for her peanut brittle, forever etching its delectable taste in the memories of those fortunate enough to have experienced it. Mary is preceded in her passing by her parents; Marion and Gladys (Helm) Bolton, her beloved daughter; Anita Marie Andes, her siblings; Shirley Gerber, Irene Ingersoll, and J.W. Scarborough, and her grandparents; Homer and Sarah (Chapman) Helm. Her legacy is carried on by her husband and the love of her life; Myron D. Andes, her son; Myron Andes Jr., Wanda Hagman, her "daughter"; and her sister, Della Briggs.

 

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