Mary Ann Ponder

July 3, 1954October 14, 2018

Mary Ponder, age 64, of Kansas City, MO passed away on October 14, 2018. Mary was born in Kansas City, MO on July 3, 1954 to Nancy and WC Ponder. At a young age, Mary accepted Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Liberty, MO. She was a member of the graduating class of 1972 of Liberty High School. She later found her church home with Christ Temple North where she stayed until her passing. Mary worked for Foster's Cleaners for over 20 years and retired in 2004. Mary wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by her family and friends, but her greatest joy in life was being a grandparent. Mary is survived by her husband of 33 years, Richard Bostic; her children, Necole Ponder, James (Pam) Ponder, Monic Smith, and her two special children, Paco (Brandi) Marley, and Nikki Smith; her grandchildren, Shianne, Nekiesha, Chelsea, Lucas, Necole, Shaunna, Jaaron, Josiah, Erick, Shambria, and Kendall; her great-grandchildren, Ra'nyah, Xzaviah, Nicco, Jaelynn, and Maliyah; and her siblings, William (Sylvia), John (Pat), Shelton, Joyce, Emma "Cozy", Karen (William), Linda, James (Maedell), and Georgie; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Leonard Shepard; and one great-grandson, Jeremiah Richard Mason Ponder. A memorial service will be conducted in Mary's honor at Christ Temple North, 5703 N Flora Ave, Kansas City, MO 64118 on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM with a visitation starting at 10:00 AM.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Tim Donnelly

November 10, 2018

I have been out of town and just returned to the news of Mary's passing, my apologies for the lateness of this message......Mary was always a sweetheart in school (Liberty High) and it appears that she carried that love and kindness throughout her life. She was truly blessed to have such a large and loving family and it sounds as if she was one of the brightest stars in it! Rest in peace Mary and know that your love and kindness touched many lives!

Sherwyn Dodd

October 20, 2018

I will miss you my beautiful Highschool friend.
Now you rest ,for all your pain has end.
Just know I know you made it through.
Walk on in those Pearly gates
God's waiting for you. RIP.

Maedell Ponder

October 19, 2018

My Dear Sister, I will always remember how hard you loved others, most especially, your family with your whole heart no matter what. Those endearing qualities along with the sound of your laughter and the sharing of tears will forever be my fondest memory of you.

1John 3:18 says: Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

My Sister Mary trully matered that precept!

I honor you for the way you actively loved and accepted others into your whole heart.

Your Sister,

Melinda Griggs-Hardin

October 18, 2018

Another part of my childhood is gone as this is a woman who helped care for me and treated me as one of her own. Even as we grew up and she would see me, she always treated me withthe same kindness and grace. She was a wonderful woman. My prayers to the whole family. Nic and James, I'm so sorry I'm unable to be there with you, but know your both in my heart.

Sheila Brierley

October 16, 2018

Mary and I were classmates at Liberty high school during our sophomore and junior years . I always considered Mary one of my good friends and I hope she felt the same way towards me. I have great memories of my time in Liberty which many of those memories included Mary. I am deeply saddened by the loss of her and my heart and prayers go out to her family. Iā€™m so happy that she had such a large family to give her comfort and they were so blessed to have her love in their lives.
Sheila Brierley

Martha Ann Monroe Clatk

October 16, 2018

Mary Ann & I were school friends. We hung out having fun & getting in trouble. If you seen one you would almost for sure see the other. We were more like Sister's than friends. In years we grew apart but we were always there for each other. I love Nikki & James just like they are mine. I will always be here for them. Mary Ann will still be there for us. She has gone to join some special angels..

Keely Marshall

October 16, 2018

The firs time i met Mama P, she filled my belly and made me feel at home, I didn't want to leave šŸ˜ The Lord has a special place for this special Angel šŸ˜‡

Thea Wickline

October 16, 2018

Loved this woman. Such a kind soul. Family meant the world to her. Loved being at family functions and she was dancing and cutting up like she was a kid. She will definitely be missed.