V. Gayle Mason Gillispie

15 August, 193827 September, 2020

V. Gayle Mason Gillispie, age 82, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM, with a visitation starting at 12:00 noon, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068. Inurnment will immediately follow services in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Gladstone, MO. During the visitation and service the church is requesting that you wear a mask at all times. With everything going on right now, my mom would completely understand if you do not wish to come or if you just come for the visitation and leave. She would not want you to put yourself at risk.

Verna Gayle Gillispie was born August 15, 1938 in Moberly, MO to James and Anna (Vallee) Mason. She met Ralph Gillispie when she was 13 and he 14 years of age. Her first job in high school was at Swarthouse Radio & Electric and later Orscheln's Break Lever in Moberly. She and Ralph married on September 11, 1960. They raised a deaf son and made sure he was driven 3 times a week to Children's Mercy Hospital for early childhood learning. Her and my dad were part of a task force which took the North Kansas City School District to the Missouri Supreme Court to make sure they hired teachers for the deaf..."No Child Left Behind" in the 1970's. She retired from Lift Truck Sales in Kansas City, MO. V. Gayle could light up a room with her laugh, her smile, her kindness and sweet spirit. She literally never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation everywhere she went. She never minded letting her kid's friends call her mom or grandma. She was strong in her faith and taught Awana with her great grandson for 4 years at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

V. Gayle was preceded in death by her Ralph, who waited patiently for her because he knew that she needed to be here so that Corey could know his great grandma; and also preceded in death by a son, Robert Gillispie; a sister, Connie Mason Carney; and brothers, Gary Mason and Jay Mason; and brothers-in-law, David Gillispie, Dick Carney and Donnie Gillispie.

Survivors include her daughter, Julie Ann Rash; granddaughter, Miranda Jade VanStratten and her husband, Bryan; great-grandson, Corey Landon VanStratten; sister, Roxann Mason Carver; and brother-in-law, Russell Gillispie. She was also an aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Julie Ann Rash, Daughter
  • Miranda Jade (Bryan) VanStratten, Granddaughter
  • Corey Landon VanStratten, Great-grandson
  • Roxann Mason Carver, Sister
  • Ralph Gillispie (Deceased), Husband
  • Robert Gillispie (Deceased), Son
  • Connie Mason Carney (Deceased), Sister
  • Gary Mason (Deceased), Brother
  • Jay Mason (Deceased), Brother
  • David Gillispie (Deceased), Brother-in-law
  • Dick Carney (Deceased), Brother-in-law
  • Donnie Gillispie (Deceased), Brother-in-law
  • Nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews

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KIm Higgins

October 1, 2020

My heart goes out to Gayle’s family. Someone who loves so deeply is missed deeply. Gayle was such a beautiful servant of the Lord and touched many with her love for Christ. She was warm and welcoming. A genuinely kind-hearted, loving woman who lived out her faith and was a wonderful role model. I am thankful to have known such a sweet spirit and pray you all feel comfort knowing she is resting in the Savior’s arms.

Stacy Davidson

October 1, 2020

Gayle was one of the sweetest and kindest people I’ve ever known. I’ve never witnessed her being negative about anything. She always had kind things to say about everyone. She was silly and funny. She loved her family with every fiber in her being. We all know Ralph was patiently waiting for the love of his life to join him. God gave us precious time with her, then took her to heaven when she was ready. Thankfully she’s no longer in pain. We were all blessed to have had her in our lives. Rest In Peace Gayle. You were deeply loved.

Elizabeth Rash

October 1, 2020

Gayle brightened every room with her cheerful smile and positive outlook. Everyone felt welcomed in her home. Gayle didn’t know a stranger...she was kind to every person she met. So easy going...she just went with the flow of everything. Heaven truly gained an angel and Ralph welcomed his beloved wife into his arms once again. Grandma Gayle will forever be in our hearts. 💕

Barbara Van Stratten

September 30, 2020

Gayle was always smiling and cheerful. Always made you feel welcomed. Sweetest person I know.


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