Mary Anniece Stevens

December 8, 1929February 3, 2019

Mary A. Stevens, 89, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2019. Funeral services will be 3:00pm, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112, with visitation from 2:00-3:00pm preceding the service. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mary was born December 8, 1929 in Myron, Arkansas to William and Susie Hastings. She grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Violet Hill and Baker University. Mary was joined in marriage to Ernest N. Stevens on March 5, 1951. They later moved to the Kansas City area, where she taught for USD 500 for over 50 years, and retired after 37 years at White Church Elementary. Mary was a member of Sunset Hills Christian Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Susie Hastings; her husband of 49 years, Ernest N. Stevens; and her brother, Wilbur Hastings.

Mary is survived by her three children, Marshia Diane Sanders (Larry), Susan Marie Elmore (Nick), and Gary Neil Stevens (Victoria) all of the Greater KC area; her eight grandchildren, Melissa Kaye Blair, Jason Wesley Cook, Jesse T. Cook, Mark Anthony Cook, Nicholas Neil Cook, Robert Joseph Lamb, Caden Joseph Stevens, and Haylie Marie Hughes, all of the Greater KC area; her four great-grandchildren, Colan D. Cook, Zoey Raelyn Hecker, Bryson Dean Grippando, and Kelsey Diane Grippando; her two great great-grandchildren, Ja’Kazlynn Thompson, and Ja’Kenleigh Thompson; her brother, Donald Hastings (Myrlene); and her family friend, Analice Janea Reyes.

Fond memories and condolences for Mary may be left at, as arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 913-334-3366.


  • Jason Cook, Pallbearer
  • Bryson Grippando, Pallbearer
  • Jesse Cook, Pallbearer
  • Mark Cook, Pallbearer
  • Robert Lamb, Pallbearer
  • Caden Stevens, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019

Mary Anniece Stevens

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Linda Golubski

February 10, 2019

What a great lady! Some of my daughters had Mrs. Stevens at White Church. She was such a wonderful teacher and person. She taught them so much more than just reading, writing, and arithematic. I saw her often after she retired. I would pass her house on my way home from seeing my father. If she were out in the yard working, which she always was, I would stop and visit with her on the front porch. She will be missed by all.

Heather Valdez

February 8, 2019

Mrs. Stevens was my first grade teacher at White Church. I was so lucky to be one of her students. I have many fond memories of her to include the countless teeth she pulled for me.

Merry Meli

February 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Stevens at White Church Elementary until she retired. The students and staff loved her.

Cindy Miller

February 7, 2019

I was privileged to have Mrs. Stevens as my second grade teacher at White Church Elementary, 1965-66 . I wanted to thank Mrs. Stevens children for sharing her with countless students. She was loved by many, including myself.
Cindy Bettis Miller

Krystle Burnett

February 5, 2019

Well, there is no ONE good place to start when talking about our beloved Moore Family's Grandma Mary.
My Family Grew up near the Stevens and at some point marriage in the families made us all real family. But honestly IT isn't just certification or blood that makes someone family.... and with Mary, I would own her as my own Family any day of the week and doing so over 99%of my own Family. Sad but true. Mary believed in me when I didn't even trust me. She gave me a fighting chance to get clean off drugs and get my kids and I to a safe stable home so I could continue to raise them and stay sober. she never bugged for money simply just as I could afford it. Without this women, I Know I my self wouldn't be who or where I am today if this women didn't have the heart of gold and seeing the best in everyone. I know my husband can say the same. She blessed us in more ways than she ever got to really know. We all love you grandma Mary and may you rest in peace! All our Love and Hugs with you will always be remamber and greatly appreciated . From the Moore Family Dustin Krystle Mariah ,Michael and Malayna . You will be missed and always remembered !