Frances Grigsby

November 3, 1927July 21, 2018

Frances Grigsby of Parkville, Missouri, passed peacefully at home with family by her side and Angels on her pillow, July 21, 2018.

Born Frances Genser, November 3, 1927 in Joplin, Missouri, she was the fourth of eight children of Mathias and Helen (Easley) Genser. Married to William W. (Bill) Grigsby in 1949, in 1954 the couple moved with their first two sons to Kansas City and continued to raise their family. A devoted Catholic, she blessed her children with the gifts of compassion, spirituality, music, Nature and art. Always intellectually curious and bright, she loved to sing, entertain friends and was always gracious and soft-spoken, with a quit wit. She developed a long and close relationship with friend Ginny, the two often walking the paths of English Landing Park.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Bill, after 61 years of marriage, as well as siblings Mary Benton, Margaret Schaeffer, Elizabeth Illidge and Edward Genser; in addition to 14 dogs (She was just wild about Harry), various chameleons and other assorted pets, resting in the Grigsby pet cemetery known as ‘The Happy Hunting Grounds’.

She is survived by sister Geneva Cusack, of Joplin, Ann Stults of Phoenix and Mathias Genser of Daniel Island, South Carolina. Also surviving are Fran and Bill’s five children and spouses: Jim Grigsby and Kathryn Kaye, Paul and Jody Grigsby, Ann and Mike Handelman, Jane and Tony Rivers and Bill and Maria Grigsby. Her seven grandchildren include Kate Grigsby (Nate Mender), John Grigsby, Sarah Handelman (Tom Loughlin), Paul Handelman, Esa, Giulia and Anna Grigsby and Natalie and Arianne Cordray, one great granddaughter, Ella (Mender); and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Fran’s last years were spent making new friendships and bonds at Stonecrest at Burlington Creek in Kansas City. She loved and was well-loved by the staff at Stonecrest, who were welcoming, loving and like part of the family from the day she arrived. The family extends their gratitude to everyone at Stonecrest and the staff at Crossroads Hospice for their love and support.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, July 26th at 9:30am at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Hwy 9, Kansas City, MO 64152 with a Rosary at 10:45 am; Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Crossroads Hospice, 14310 East 42 Street, Unit 600, Independence, Mo., 64055 or a Charity of Choice.


  • JIm Grigsby and Kathryn Kaye, Son
  • Paul and Jody Grigsby, Son
  • Ann and Mike Handelman, Daughter
  • Jane and Tony Rivers, Daughter
  • Bill and Maria Grigsby, Son
  • Kate Grigsby (Nate Mender), Granddaughter
  • John Grigsby, Grandson
  • Sarah Handelman (Tom Loughlin), Granddaughter
  • Paul Handelman, Grandson
  • Esa Grigsby, Granddaughter
  • Giulia Grigsby, Granddaughter
  • Anna Grigsby, Granddaughter
  • Natalie Cordray, Granddaughter
  • Arianne Cordray, Granddaughter
  • Ella Mender, Great Granddaughter
  • Siblings;Geneva Cusack, Ann Stults and Mathias Genser; numerous loving nieces and nephews

  • Crossroads Hospice
  • Charity of Choice


  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Rosary Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Tony Rivers

July 26, 2018

Such a beautiful person. Inside and out. I am a better person for having known her. Rest in peace sweet lady.

Nancy Quitmeier

July 25, 2018

My husband and I were fortunate to spend many dinner events in the community with Fran and Bill - we loved their company. I have a quote from Bill Grigsby, perhaps from his book, on my bulletin board: Looking back I consider the success of my family our greatest accomplishment- but the kids succeeded on their own. My children are proud of my accomplishments perhaps but no more than of their mother’s quiet and consistent demeanor, patience, and love. With our combined personalities, we sent our children on their own ways with confidence. I like to think this relates also to my family. Love to you all!

Sheri and Bill Dunbar

July 22, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady.

Bernice Williams

July 22, 2018

I never had a sister, but Fran was as close to me as any sister could have been. We shared
over 45 years of friendship, affection, trips, telephone calls and a close bond that was a
wonderful part of my life. Fran and Bill and my Preston are continuing that bond.
May God's blessings and my prayers be with them and their family.

Bernice Williams

Mary Schaeffer Thurber

July 22, 2018

I have great memories of dinners and fun times with the Grigsbys, Schaeffer and Illidges on Woodland and then Thanksgivings in Parkville. Aunt Fran always was calm and happy in the midst of countless people and chaos and cooked delicious huge meals for all of us. She was one of the beautiful Genser girls and as the saying inside and out goes it is so true of Aunt Fran. She raised 5 wonderful children, my cousins Ann,Jane, Jim, Paul and Bill. Her Catholic faith was so important to her. She is with Uncle Bill again, missed by all of us so much. I send my love, hugs and prayers to my cousins and all of the family.

Bob Illidge

July 22, 2018

With aunt Fran’s passing, I like to remember olden days when all the Genser girls and spouses sat out in the kitchen at The Grigsby’s house while all the cousins stayed in the other rooms. I remember listening to all the laughter, the smoke and the drinks. I also remember there was that unwritten “understanding “ that no children were allowed at that particular moment. I was in 2nd grade and that memory has never left me. Sending love to all my cousins ....