OBITUARY

Laura Faye Gessley Friar

June 11, 1925January 11, 2021
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Laura Gessley Friar, 95, Independence MO, passed from this life to eternal life in Heaven, January 11th, 2021.

‘Laura Faye’ as she was affectionately known by many, was born at home in Florence MO on June 11th, 1925 to Robert and Anna Cramer {Brodersen}. She was the 3rd born of 5 sisters, Ruby [Bremer], Martha [Cramer], Bobbie Jean [Stanton], and Patricia [Driskell]. She was preceded in death by her sisters Martha, Ruby and Bobbie Jean.

Laura loved school and was the Valedictorian of the class of 1943 at Otterville High School. Moving to Booneville after graduation and then onto Independence MO, she met the love of her life, Harold H. Gessley, and they were married in 1946. She gave birth to and raised 4 sons, Robert, David, Donald and Terry. She was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. They were married until his death in 1974. She also lost her son Robert in 2015.

Laura married Eugene Friar in 1978 and they made their home in Raytown and then later in Independence MO until his death in 2001. They enjoyed their church, traveling and their combined group of grandchildren.

Laura had a wonderful circle of friends and family and was always involved in church, choir and mission groups wherever she attenhttps://admin.mem.com/sso/newde/9996177#contententry/generalinfoded church. She was a longtime member of Maywood Baptist Church, First Baptist of Raytown and most recently Oakwood Baptist Church.

Laura, is survived by her sons and their wives: Cheryl Gessley [Robert], David [Vinnie] Gessley, Donald [Cindy] Gessley, and Terry [Mona] Gessley and Terry [Debbie] Friar. Some of her best times were spent with her 14 grandchildren: Jennifer [Mark] Gayman, Heather Gessley, Brett [Rachel] Gessley, Talia Woods [Michael Deardorff], Tara [Josh] Duncan, Daniel Gessley [Jessica Howard], Holly [Joel] Henderson, Christina [Jonathan] Keys, Jennifer [Joe] Rooney, Joshua Linn, Marlo [David] Wahbeh, Greg Curnett, Andy [Jessica] Friar and Katie [Brian] Murray. She was also blessed with 24 great-grandchildren.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be restricted to family only. We are grateful to Oakwood Baptist Church for graciously allowing us to use their facility so our large family could meet to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be made to Oakwood Baptist Church, 7600 Lee’s Summit Rd, Kansas City MO 64139 {816}373-4733.

A short graveside service will be open to whoever would like to attend: Saturday – January 16th at 2:45pm Floral Hills Memorial Gardens 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd Kansas City MO 64133 816-353-1218

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Lynne Gibbs McClelland

January 14, 2021

I remember as a child, going to uncle Harold and Aunt Laura's house just down the road from my grandparents house. In the summer, we would have these big picnics, spitting watermelon seeds and catching fireflies with the boys. Aunt Laura NEVER wanted her picture taken. Uncle Harold and my dad Richard Gibbs and the boys would sit around the piano and sing barbershop quartets. Some of my favorite childhood memories! My very favorite image that sticks in my mind is the look of love and pride she had on her face for her family!

Leslie Byam Gilbert

January 12, 2021

Loved your mom.
1. Your mom taught Sunday School to my mom at Maywood when they were young. When we lived next door to each other in the late 60s (in houses my dad built), I remember going to Sunday school/church with your family. Once, I thought you forgot me and made my mom take me, only to discover you were not there. Mrs. Beebe saved the day and took me home.
2. Making a May Day basket and leaving it on your door for your mom. She was outnumbered by all you boys in those days.
3. My mom had never had fried green tomatoes until your mom brought some over to share.
Fond memories. RIP Laura Fay.

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