Racye Modena Sanford

December 11, 1923February 5, 2019

Racye Sanford, 95, died February 5, 2019 in her apartment at the Garden Villas of Lenexa and went to be with her Lord. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Salvation Army of Olathe, The First Christian Church of Olathe or Interim Hospice.

Racye Modena (Thompson) Sanford was born on December 11, 1923 in Hoxie, Arkansas, the daughter of Homer and Vinnie Thompson.

Racye attended school in Thayer, Missouri and graduated from Thayer High School in 1941. She enjoyed singing in Mixed Chorus and being a member of Glee Club. She played girls’ volleyball and the team during her senior year won at the state tournament in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was a nanny for a family in Springfield, Missouri after high school. Later, she attended the Springfield College of Commerce.

Being from a railroad family, she rode the Frisco line back home to Thayer for the weekends. It was on the train where she met her husband-to-be, a young soldier, Stanley Sanford from Amoret, Missouri.

Racye met Stanley on December 8, 1941 on the noon train from Thayer. Racye was going back to business school and Stanley was in his Army uniform. She quickly remarked to her waiting mother, “I’m going to marry that man.”

Stanley took a seat next to Racye on the train and asked to read her newspaper. Stanley was shipping out from Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland to Bora Bora and sent his personal items to Racye.

She took a job for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. as a civil service employee She was a Government employee for over 25 years in Washington, D.C., Yuma, Arizona and Kansas City, Missouri.

Racye and Stanley were married on July 17, 1943 at the post chapel at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Stanley’s post military work was with the railroad as a brakeman. Their daughter Vicki was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1947. In 1958, they had a second daughter, Deborah in Kansas City.

As a couple, Racye and Stanley took many car trips across the country. From truck camper to travel trailer they saw almost all of the states. Of all her travels, she loved the God created beauty and geography of Utah. The Sanfords enjoyed the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. With her daughter ,Vicki, Racye took an Alaskan cruise.

Racye was a member of the First Christian Church of Olathe. Prior to that, she was a member for more than 25 years at The Ridgeview Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. She served in The Ladies Auxiliary of the Salvation Army in Olathe. Racye had many pastimes in her life. She was a loyal KC Royals fan especially during the days of Frank White and George Brett. She loved seeing a game at the beautiful Kaufman stadium. Reading was enjoyed until her last days, starting each day with the KC Star. For years Racye played the card game “Pitch” with four or five close girlfriends several times a month. She also enjoyed watching television game shows.

Racye was preceded in death by her husband Stanley of 49 years, her parents, her only brother Harold Thompson and her sister-in-law Wilma Jean Thompson of West Plains, Missouri and son-in-law Ed McCloskey of Newport News, Virginia.

She was the mother of two daughters, Vicki McCloskey and Debbie Jodts (Chuck) of Overland Park, Kansas , five grandchildren: Michael McCloskey (Pam) of Mesa, Arizona,; Shaun McCloskey (Jenny) of Wildwood, Missouri, Kerry Seck (Jason) of Raytown, Missouri, Brad Jodts (Danielle) of Overland Park, Kansas and Jennifer Hardy (Adam) of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mamaw had 13 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


  • Homer W. Thompson, Father
  • Vinnie Elizabeth (Holder) Thompson, Mother
  • Stanley Sanford, Spouse
  • Vicki McCloskey, Daughter
  • Ed McCloskey, Son-in-law
  • Debbie Jodts, Daughter
  • Chuck Jodts, Son-in-law
  • Michael (Pam) McCloskey, Grandson
  • Shaun (Jenny) McCloskey, Grandson
  • Kerry (Jason) Seck, Granddaughter
  • Brad (Danielle) Jodts, Grandson
  • Jennifer (Adam) Hardy, Granddaughter
  • Harold Thompson, Brother
  • Wilma Jean Thompson, Sister-in-law
  • Mamaw had 13 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren

  • Ladies Auxilliary of The Salvation Army
  • First Christian Church of Olathe
  • Interim Hospice


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Racye Modena Sanford

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Dan Thompson

February 11, 2019

Dear Vicki and Debbie - I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Aunt Racye was such a wonderful and thoughtful person to all of us. I tried to stop by and visit with her a few times each year and we always ended up talking about our extended family. During those visits, she shared many memories, stories and photos. She was not only our aunt, but also stand-in grandmother to our girls when grandparents day rolled around at their elementary school in Olathe. She was also the sister our Mom never had. They were such close friends. We will all miss her. Dan

Sherry McGlaughlin

February 10, 2019

The church family of FCC Olathe offers our sympathy to your family in your time of loss. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God's grace overflow in abundance as you celebrate the precious gift of Rayce's life.
Pastor Sherry McGlaughlin
FCC Olathe

Stanley McHenry

February 10, 2019

The most memorable memory of Aunt Racye was as a kid she would watch us kids at her house and she fixed potato soup for us for lunch and i thought it was so good. that was the first time i had it.

Donna Thompson

February 9, 2019

Dear Cousins Vicki and Debbie, it's difficult to select my favorite memories as all of them share a good place in my heart. Her contagious laugh is always what first comes to mind. I always looked forward to our family visits to your home on 10th Street and your family visits to our home on South Main. Momma so enjoyed being with Aunt Racye and talked a lot about their trip to California. Aunt Racye was a wonderful comfort to Momma when Daddy was no longer there.

My heart is sad but the consolation is that she shared a happy and rich life with Uncle Stanley, two wonderful daughters, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My love to you, Donna

Diane Anthont

February 8, 2019

Dear Vicki and Debbie - I am so sorry for losing Aunt Racye. The times we spent together growing up will always have a warm place in my heart. I’m so glad you got to have her in your and your beautiful family’s lives for so many years!! Take comfort in all the wonderful memories. Love. Diane.