Mary Alice Geise

Mary Alice (Edward) Geise, 83, passed away at home Friday, May 20, 2016.

            Mrs. Geise was born in El Dorado, KS Dec. 6, 1932. She grew up in Wichita, KS attending East High School, graduating in 1950. Then going to Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS; graduating in 1954 with a Secondary and Elementary teaching degree.

            She married Dudley A. Geise on her graduation day, May 30, 1953. They celebrated 54 years of marriage during which time they raised four children. Enjoyed sports, traveling and many friends in Overland Park and at their lake home in the Ozarks.

            Mary Alice begin her teaching career in Kingman, KS 1954-56. Then taught in Hays, KS in 1957. She spent ten years raising the family at home; then resumed teaching in 1967 in Shawnee Mission, KS Cherokee Elementary School. She enjoyed the trust and faith of the children at this level. Retired in 1994 with 31 years of teaching.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley Geise in Nov. 2007, her father, Mendal Edwards of Boulder, CO, mother, Dorothy (Chadwell) Oliver of Anchorage, AK and step-mother, Edith Edwards of Muskogee, OK.

            Mrs. Geise volunteered in many areas of the church. Prairie Baptist Church, twenty-five years and Overland Park Christian the last twenty-five years. Also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Serving on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City for eight years. She was a member of P.E.O. of Bonner Springs and volunteered eight years at Shawnee Mission Hospital.

            Mary Alice was honored by Ottawa University in 2013 for the Esther Ruth Alumni Award for her work at the university, church and community.

            Survivors include three sons, Rick and Kristi Geise, Dillon, CO, Randy Geise, Laurie, MO and Terry and Lori with for grandsons, Andrew, Aaron, Adam, Austin, and granddaughter, Ann Marie, Shawnee, KS; daughter, Tamara Selk and grandson, Christian Selk and granddaughter, Sydney Selk, Desoto, KS.

            Mary Alice loved life and was blessed by Gods direction during her wonderful lifetime.

Funeral Service and Burial

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Overland Park Christian Church; burial in the Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS.


Memorial Contributions

The family suggests contributions be made to either Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W. 75th St., Overland Park, KS 66204 or Ottawa University, 1001 South Cedar, Ottawa, KS 66067-3399.

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12 Comments on “Mary Alice Geise”

  1. MIke West Says:

    Mrs Geise was one of the most loving and genuine people I have ever been blessed to meet . She and her husband Dudley were dear friends of my parents. Mrs Geise was very caring and thoughtful of others. I remember how thoughtful and caring she was during my fathers illness . My thoughts and prayers are with your family .

  2. Marijane Green Says:

    We will miss you Mary Alice as you hosted our Overland Park Christian Church Circle 2 women’s group in your home many years. I will miss you friend who is now home with Christ.

  3. sheila and ken schmitz Says:

    mary alice blessed so many in her lifetime. her joyful spirit and amazing servant heart sets a high standard for everyone to follow. we are privileged to be her friend…now and always

  4. Bob Hug Says:

    Mrs. Geise was a dear sweet lady. Her son Randy has been a friend of mine since our college days. I will always remember the good times in the Geise home, where Dudley & Mary Alice welcomed me like I was part of the family. It is my great fortune to have known both of them.

  5. Dave Hale Says:

    Mary Alice had a GREAT smile..always upbeat..last time I saw her was at Wilson Field House, Ottawa Univ..she was/is a winner, a credit to her family!

  6. Norma Harrod Says:

    Mary Alice and I shared many good times at Ottawa University and cherished memories during the years that followed. Our husbands were always bonded by their basketball adventures and Mary Alice and I by are great experiences in cheer leading. Mary Alice, you will be missed, but great memories will always be there!

  7. Brent Wiebe Says:

    Mary Alice always had a special place in her heart for my brother Drew. I think she knew he was special in many ways and I pray for her soul to sainthood in Heaven, and that she will pray especially for Drew “Drewer” Wiebe. God blessed us with an eventful childhood with the Geese’s and their pet duck. I just have one thing to ask, “Do they still keep the key to the house tucked up under the driveway light?”

  8. Bob Corder Says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary Ellen passing – the Geise’s hold a special place in my heart – what a wonderful family.

  9. Jeff Anderson Says:

    I remember Mrs. Geise being the coolest Mom when I went to Randy’s house for dinner! (back in the 70’s!) Their house was full of love and grace. My condolences to all of the Geise family. May God be with you and comfort you during your loss.

  10. Becky Kinney Says:

    Mary Alice was a dear friend and mentor to me. She was such a great example of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

  11. Peggy Todd, Manager of Volunteer Services Says:

    We have many fond memories of Mary Alice. She was a part of our SMMC Volunteer Services family for 7 years, gave over 4,000 hours of service, and was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer in 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. –SMMC Volunteer Services Staff

  12. Foreman Mader Says:

    Mary Alice was wonderful to my family, and to me…as we visited or stayed at her KC and lake home numerous times..She always “flitted” about w/ great enthusiasm and energy, taking great care of everyone…She was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed…

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