McGilley Memorial Chapel-Midtown

20 West Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO


Mary Bernadine Stanley

May 8, 1923October 1, 2019

Mary “Bernadine” Stanley, 96, passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family on September 30, 2019. Bernadine was born May 8, 1923, to Walter J. and Bernadine W. (Murray) Mendon at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Bernadine lived a life full of love, laughter, and adventure. She attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and Bishop Ward High School before enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII where she served as a WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Yeoman Second Class Petty Officer. During her service, she was secretary to former President Gerald Ford, Lieutenant Commander at Glenview, IL at that time. After the war, she married Charles G. “Doc” Stanley in 1944. They moved back to Kansas City after he completed medical school where they became fixtures at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church, raising 10 children and serving the community. An avid Royals fan, Bernadine caught nearly every game on television and attended her first “Opening Day” in 2015 as the “Salute to Service Honoree.” (she was the good luck charm for 2015)! And, while many tried, no one ever beat her in Jeopardy! She is survived by her children Gerry (Midge), Jim (Vicki), John (Kath), Barney (Barb), Marian Kipper (Jim), Trish Soltys (Damon), Joe, K.C. Lynn, and Denny; 28 grandchildren; and, 17 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way. She is preceded in death by her husband Chuck “Doc”, son Chuck and his wife Laura and son-in-law Dick Lynn. Visitation at Redemptorist Catholic Church on Thurs., Oct. 3, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM; funeral at Redemptorist Catholic Church on Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 9:30AM, followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Donations can be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Charitable Trust, “The Redemptorist Foundation”.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 4, 2019


Mary Bernadine Stanley

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Mary Ellen Finnane

October 3, 2019

To all the Stanley Family we have so many wonderful memories of your Mother and Father.,Weddings,births many breakfast,and hanging out at their home.Dolores always kept us informed what was happening at Stanley home.know they are having a great reunion. And of course with Doc. we treasure all. God Bless love Mike and Mary Ellen (Mittelstadt)Finnane Winfield ,Il

Margaret Clardy

October 2, 2019

I knew Bernadine thru Martha Jackson. May the Lord make His face to shine upon your family and give them His peace.
I was so blessed to have known your family and share events of your life. Bernadine you were a remarkable woman.
You will be missed. Prayers to your family.

Your friend,
Margaret Clardy