Mary Ella Stuewe, 63, of Alma, Kansas, died Sunday, August 19, 2012,
at her home. Mary bravely fought cancer for eight years. She was a
member of the community for thirty-six years.
Mary was born August 8, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter
of Don and Ella Bundren Williams. She attended local schools and
graduated from Southwest High School in 1967. She then attended and
graduated from the University of Kansas with a Secondary Education
Degree in English. While at KU, she was head pom-pon girl and a
member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She remained a loyal Jayhawk
her entire life.
Mary was the Clerk of the Board of Education for USD 329 for over
fifteen years. Prior to being clerk, she also served as secretary and
treasurer for the board. Before moving to Alma, Mary taught Junior
High Social Studies in Great Bend. Mary loved to volunteer, she
especially enjoyed helping with Meals on Wheels and WARC. She also
spent several years as the financial advisor for the Kappa Alpha Theta
Sorority at Kansas State University. Mary was an active person and
loved to walk, swim and travel. She enjoyed watching football,
basketball and the Royals.
She married David A. Stuewe on December 28, 1971, in Kansas City,
Missouri. After 40 years of marriage, he survives at their home.
Mary is also survived by her daughter, Melissa Moodie and her husband,
Evan, Hutchinson; her son, Christopher and his fiancé, Melissa Papa,
Overland Park; her granddaughter, Allison Moodie; her sisters, Melinda
Trummel and her husband, Clarence, West Hartford, Connecticut, Sarah
Trench, London, England, Nancy Williams, Seattle, Washington and Jane
Pettersen and her husband, Lawrence, Newport, Oregon; her
sister-in-law, Dana Morton and her husband, Bruce, Petaluma,
California; eleven nieces and nephews, nine grand-nieces and nephews
and numerous friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 23,
2012, at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma, Kansas. Reverend Robert
Grimm will be officiating. The family will greet friends following
the service. They suggest memorial contributions to the Alma Area
Foundation for a scholarship fund to benefit area students, and those
may be sent in care of Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Online
condolences may be made at http://www.campanellafuneral.com/.