Mary L. Demarest

Mary L. Demarest, age 91, died peacefully on April 23, 2018 at Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg, MO. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 1pm at Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Stroke Foundation

Mary was born October 20, 1926 in Brookfield to parents Hershel and Dora (Barnett) Nickerson. She married Lewis Demarest on November 30, 1946 in Troy, KS. The couple made their home in Brookfield where they raised two daughters, Becky and Betsy. You might remember their business on S. Main called Mary's Cafe. In 1969 Mary and Lewis sold their cafe and moved to Excelsior Springs, MO.  Mary was in the shoe business when Lewis passed in 1980 and decided to move to Kansas City, MO to be near her daughters.  Mary retired from the Hush Puppy Shoe Store at Antioch Mall in 1988 and moved to Liberty, MO. In 1992 she moved back to KC to live with daughter Betsy. 

During the ten years that followed you might have seen Mary at Hampton Inn Airport serving breakfast, selling flowers at Tobler's, or hosting a dance at Moe's. She continued to work until she was 75 years young. In 2002 she met Darrell Kauer. Later they found the Gardens in NKC. Mary helped Darrell settle in and in doing so she found her next home. Mary lived at the Gardens, enjoying the Morning Glories breakfast group and Saturday morning coffees until 2013 when she moved to Wexford Place in KC North. At Wexford Mary enjoyed bean bag baseball and Friday afternoon happy hours. She loved being part of the festivities.

In 2016, daughter Betsy got married and moved out of KC so Mary moved to Country Club Care in Warrensburg. You could always find her playing bingo or railroad spelling. Her mind was sharp but her body was weak. She definitely slid in home saying, "Oh what a ride!"

Mary is survived by her daughter, Betsy Brown of Kingsville, MO, sister, Wilma Jean Elliott of Olathe, KS, sister-in-law Doris Demarest of Brookfield; three nephews and three nieces.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Demarest, daughter, Becky Johnson, and mother and father, Dora and Hershel Nickerson.

Joyce Fuller

Joyce Fuller, age 84, of Smithville, formerly of Laclede, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City.

Funeral services are pending at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield.

Helen Anna Walsh

Helen Anna Walsh, age 94, of Brookfield, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Life Care Center of Brookfield.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Brookfield, with Father Gerald Kaimann officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; with a rosary beginning at 5:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to Immaculate Conception Church and may be left at or sent to Rhodes Funeral Home, 216 Linn Street, Brookfield, Missouri 64628. On-line registry

Helen Anna, Daughter of Edward Schreiner, and Katharine (Kordick) Schreiner, was born on January 30, 1924 in Timberlake South Dakota. On August 7, 1943 she was united in marriage to Gene Walsh in Brookfield, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 15, 1998. Helen was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Church, Brookfield, as well as a member of the Alter Society, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Stains Club. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, embroidery, and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie Walsh and wife Mary Ann, KCMO; Roger Walsh and wife Cindy, Brookfield; Randy Walsh and wife Donna,  Platte City, MO; one daughter in law, Linda Walsh, Kearney, MO; one son in law, Vic Quigley, Liberty, MO; Eleven grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Helen was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Bob Walsh; one daughter, Regina (Sis) Quigley; six brothers; and one great-granddaughter, Anna Sprague.

Marilyn Buckman

Marilyn Buckman, age 81, of Linneus, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Life Care Center in Brookfield.

Funeral services are pending at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield.