Mary C. Ragsdale
March 3, 1928 – May 2, 2018
Mary C. Ragsdale, 90, of Independence, MO went back to God on May 2, 2018. Services will be held at Nativity of Mary Church, 10010 E. 40 HWY, Indep., MO. Visitation will be from 6-8pm Sunday, May 6th with rosary recited at 7:45pm. Mass of Christian Burial 11am Mon, May 7th with entombment following in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mary was born March 3, 1928 in Kansas City, MO at St. Vincent’s Maternity Hospital. She grew up in Northeast Kansas City, MO and attended St. Stephen’s Grade School (now Our Lady of Peace) and graduated from St. Agnes Academy (later Cardinal Glennon High School). After graduation, Mary went on to work for Butler Manufacturing Co. where she met her future husband, Don Ragsdale.
Don & Mary were married at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church on August 5, 1950. She was very active in both, St. Stephen’s school and church. Mary also volunteered for Meals-On-Wheels Program, Our Dear Lord Shut-in Program, a Judge in many Kansas City elections, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a volunteer at the Sisters of St. Francis in Independence, MO.
In 1982, along with Mary’s mother, Ann Haffey, they moved to Independence, MO where they joined Nativity of Mary Parish and became very active parishioners. Mary was a member of the Altar Society, the Little Parish Group and the funeral dinner committee. She volunteered at Nativity of Mary School, where she was known as “Art Grandma”. In 2007, Mary moved to Foxwood Springs Retirement Community and became a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Lee’s Summit, MO.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Don Ragsdale in 1993; her parents, Con Haffey (1981) and Ann Haffey (1983) and her sister, Anna Margaret Haffey (1946). Mary’s memory will be cherished by her children and their spouses, Mary Ann Jonas (Matt) of Lee’s Summit, MO and Mike Ragsdale (Missy) of Lee’s Summit, MO. Grandchildren and spouses, who knew her as Mary C. and Grandma C., Jason Jonas (Molly of Lee’s Summit, MO, Alyssa Pack (Steve) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Meghan Nook (David of Brighton, England and Michael C. Ragsdale (Kelsey) of Kansas City, MO. Grandma C. had 7 great grandchildren, Aidan, Jonathan & Mathew Jonas, Ethan and Jonas Pack and Rosie and Tessa Ragsdale.
Mary was very proud of her Irish heritage. She and Don traveled to Ireland many times. She was a good friend to many…always willing to listen…a kind and gentle soul. Our family was blessed to have had her in our lives. She will be dearly missed by many.
There are not enough words to express our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Foxwood Springs retirement Community and Catholic Community Hospice for their loving care and to the Eucharistic Ministers from St. Sabina’s Parish.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name can be made to any of the following: Foxwood Springs Retirement Community, 1500 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO 64083 Nativity of Mary Church, 10017 E. 36th Terr., Independence, MO 64052 (Attn: Fr. Robert Stone) Nativity of Mary School Scholarship Fund, 10017 E. 36th Terr., Independence, MO 64052 (Attn: Principal) Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 Bishop Sullivan Center, 6435 Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64126 (Attn: Tom Turner, Director)
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133, 816-353-6555.
- Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2018
- Rosary Service Sunday, May 6, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, May 7, 2018
- Committal Service Monday, May 7, 2018
Mary C. Ragsdale
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