Mary Moody

September 6, 1921January 8, 2019

Mary L. Moody

September 6, 1921 - January 8, 2019

Mary Lee (Taylor) Moody, 97, born September 6, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri passed away on January 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Interment will immediately follow at Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens.

Mary was born in Clay Township in Holt County, Missouri on September 6, 1921 to William Benjamin Taylor, who was a farmer, and Lettie Celestia Williams. She was the youngest of eight children.

Mary graduated from Mound City High School on May 15, 1940. Seven days later she and Marvin Martin Moody were married on May 22, 1940.

They lived in Kansas City, Kansas where Marvin was a switchman for the Rock Island Railroad. Mary worked at Cambell's Hat Shop and then at KU Medical Center as a medical clerk.

They had two children. James Marvin Moody was born on August 31, 1941, and Janet Ellen (Moody) Welch was born on October 31, 1944.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Marvin Moody; her son James Moody; her daughter Janet (Moody) Welch and son-in-law Phil Welch; and her two brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Hendricks, her daughter-in-law Sandy Moody, her four grandsons Philip Welch, Doug Welch, Steven Moody, and Blake Moody, and her granddaughter Rachel Moody, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Fond memories and condolences for Mary may be left at as arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112.


  • Marvin Moody, Husband
  • James Moody, Son
  • Janet Welch, Daughter
  • Phil Welch, Son-in-law
  • Dorothy Hendricks, Sister-in-law
  • Sandy Moody, Daughter-in-law
  • Philip Welch, Grandson
  • Doug Welch, Grandson
  • Steven Moody, Grandson
  • Blake Moody, Grandson
  • Rachel Moody, Granddaughter
  • Mary also leaves behind many more family members and friends to cherish her memory.

  • Philip Welch
  • Doug Welch
  • Steven Moody
  • Blake Moody


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 14, 2019

Mary Moody

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Sandy Moody

January 15, 2019

Mary has reached her final destination in life where there is no suffering and no pain. She was the closest link I had to my husband and her son, Jim. It broke our hearts to lose her but she did not go alone. My brother Steve had such a comforting presence and I asked him to guide her to the door that leads to Heaven. He is the one that held her hand when I told her about Jim's passing. I know she will give Jim and Janet a warm embrace from me! I will miss you all every day you are gone and you will be in my heart forever. I will think of you when I see the sparkling stars at night.

Debbie Abbott

January 10, 2019

As a small child I really loved my Aunt Mary. My Mom, (Dorothy) will tell you how embarrassed she was when I went to kindergarten and told my teacher that "my Aunt Mary likes to pick boggers". My Dad (Ralph) and Uncle Marvin were always such close brothers that our two families always lived next door to each other. From the time I could walk if Mom couldn't find me all she had to do was go next door cause I was always over at Aunt Mary's. I miss the entire family, I think of Janet so often and the fun we had as kids and adults. You are finally home Aunt Mary with your family, let the good times roll. Aunt Mary, Uncle Marvin, Jim and Janet, till we meet again, you are truly missed and loved.