Mary Elizabeth Kirk

Mary Elizabeth LeCluyse Kirk, avid Royals’ Fan, passed away on May 12.


Born to Charles & Cora LeCluyse on August 12, 1918 she was 99 years & 9 months old.  She graduated from St.Teresa’s Academy & in 2015 was honored at the annual school reunion as the only attendee representing the 80th year. In ’39 she married Paul Edward Kirk. Mary was a strong, supportive wife as they moved to Canada with their first child where “Ed” trained as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After Pearl Harbor, he transferred to the US Navy. They were stationed in Florida & then California adding 2 children along the way. Moving back to Kansas City after the war they settled in Merriam raising 7 children who attended St. Joseph Catholic School. An excellent seamstress Mary sewed most of hers & her children’s clothing. She loved to bowl and carried an average of 154. Mary belonged to the Kansas City Art Association & was an accomplished watercolor artist. She had showings at the Art Images Art Gallery in Westport & exhibited at the Prairie Village, Metcalf & Atchison Art Fairs. She was a weekly adorer at Adoration Chapel, St. Joseph Catholic Church (Shawnee) & volunteered with the Church Resurrection Choir, Card Ministry & St. Mary Food Kitchen.


She is survived by her brother Ed LeCluyse (Anne), children Mary Beth Dolan (Terry), Paul Kirk (Jessica), Cathy Cain, Tom Kirk (Vickie), Marty Bichelmeyer (Joe), Jenny Harris (Rick), Joyce Gonzales (Marty), 20 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, with two on the way.


Ed predeceased Mary in 1965. She is also preceded in death by three brothers, Chuck LeCluyse Len LeCluyse, Bob LeCluyse; two sisters, Joanne Poster and Julia Helms; two grandsons, & several great grandchildren.  When Ed died Mary was left to raise 4 girls still at home. She took a job at Lang Heating & Cooling & learned data entry skills. Taking up golf in her late 60s she played until she was 95. When she retired she began playing twice a week. She also started playing bridge & traveled with a group of friends. Mary was admired & loved by many who are grateful that she touched their lives. 

Visitation and Services

A Rosary will be held Thurs. May 17 at 5:30 pm with visitation following from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr, Shawnee. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Fri. May 18, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee. 

Memorial Contributions

Donations in Mary’s name may be made to the St. Joseph Guardian Angel Tuition Fund, 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203

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9 Comments on “Mary Elizabeth Kirk”

  1. Pierce Family Says:

    Joyce and Family,

    So sorry for the loss of your cherished mother. May you rest in the comfort and peace of the Lord.

  2. Jean Fuller Says:

    I am sorry that all of your family members and those of us at Westchester Village have lost Mary. She was a fine example to all on how to live a long life and be joyful and thankful each day. May she rest in peace and my prayers and thoughts are with each of you.

    God Bless each of you,

    Jean Fuller

  3. Kathy Finnegan Says:

    What an honor and joy it was to know and spend time with Mary and her family. Her devotion to our faith was a true gift that she shared with others. While I will will miss her I know she is happy with her family in heaven. Remember, Mary Kirk I love you.

  4. Mary Connelly Says:

    Paul_Jessica What an amazing woman you called Mom. I am thinking of you and all of the Kirk family.
    I hope this poem brings you comfort as it does me.

    ***ALL IS WELL***
    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Everything remains as it was.
    The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no sorrow in your tone.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
    There is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
    just around the corner.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting,
    when we meet again. All is Well.

    (Source: derived from a sermon written by Henry Scott Holland and delivered in St. Paul’s (London) on 15 May 1910, at which time the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster.)

    I send you my love & God’s Blessings. Mary

  5. Marie Cisper Says:

    Baby Shiloh and I will miss your Mom on our lovely Wednesday mornings. I cannot say what a joy it has been to know you both! Her faith, love of life and family was reflected in her beautiful life. God Bless, sincerely Marie

  6. Larry and Paula Hollenbeck Family Says:

    Grace to Marty, Joe, and all who loved Mary, as mother and grandmother,

    Your Mother leaves behind a true legacy of a Life Well Lived in faith, family and community. She was always an inspiration to talk with and her help to the catering business reflected her desire to keep her skills sharp doing what she loved in work and play. May God Bless her on her next journey as she feels peace and complete love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss and celebrate the gift of her life.
    Love from Paula & Larry Hollenbeck, and all the Hollenbecks

  7. Judi and John Purcell Says:

    May time ease your pain and your memories keep you warm. Your family will be in our prayers. Your Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma really led a full, loving and caring life.

  8. Gary VanHercke Says:

    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful mother. It’s been a few years since I last saw her but I always remember as a very loving woman. AgIn I’m so sorry and God bless you all. Gary & Angie VanHercke

  9. Kell Phelps and Family Says:

    Please accept our condolences from the entire Phelps family. Praying for the peace that passes all understanding for the entire family and loved ones.

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