Obituaries: July 18, 2019

Helen Marie Brown
Nov. 27, 1941 – July 5, 2019

Helen Marie Brown, Harrisonville, was born Nov. 27, 1941, in Dodson, the daughter of Roy James and Loeata May (Roper) Skivers.
She died July 5 surrounded by love and family at the Kansas City Hospice House at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 8 days.
May 1, 1957, Helen was married to Paul Theron Brown in Ogden, Utah.
Helen was employed as a spot welder for General Motor Leed’s Plant until her retirement in 1983.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville. Helen’s grandchildren were her life and she supported them in all their activities. She had lived near Latour before moving to Harrisonville in 1976.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul T. Brown, Aug. 29, 2012; a son, Charles E. Brown; a grandson, Benjamin Brown; seven brothers; and two sisters.
Helen is survived by two sons, Paul T. Brown, Jr., and Gary A. Brown and wife, Dianna, and a daughter, Genie M. Bylina and husband, Edward, all of Harrisonville; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Rudy Skivers, Peculiar; a sister, Thelma Kennedy, Independence; other relatives and many friends.
Cremation. A celebration of life service was July 13 at Heartland Baptist Fellow-ship, Harrisonville.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Susie Ellen House
Nov. 18, 1966 – July 10, 2019

Suzie Ellen House, 52, Greenwood, formerly of Harrisonville, died July 10 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. A memorial visitation was held July 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Suzie was born Nov. 18, 1966, in Marion, Indiana, the daughter of Raymond and Herbetta (Bowman) Marley.
She married Shawn House Nov. 19, 1997, in Wabash, Indiana.
Suzie attended MedTech College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and was certified as a medical assistant. She also received an associate’s degree in accounting. Suzie worked as a medical assistant in Wabash before moving to Harrisonville three years ago.
Suzie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, LeAnn Marley; and a nephew, Joel Marley.
She is survived by her husband, Shawn, of the home; a son, John Wilcox, War-saw, Indiana; a daughter, Deidre Ivy, Greenwood; a brother, Charles Marley, St. Joseph; two grandchildren, Masen Ivy and Dylan Ivy; stepmother, Paulette Mar-ley, Pleasant Hill; siblings, Carmen (Clint) Carver, Harrisonville, Stacy (Dennis) Beasley, Garden City, Carrie Collins, Garden City, and Teddy (Danielle) Mar-ley, Pleasant Hill.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Joseph F. McNally
Aug. 24, 1935 – July 6, 2019

Joseph F. “Joe” McNally, 83, Harrisonville, died July 6 at Meadow View of Harrisonville. Graveside services were July 13 at the Freeman Cemetery in Free-man.
Joe was born Aug. 24, 1935, in Chillicothe, the son of John and Tennis (McIntyre) McNally.
He was a 1953 graduate of Chillicothe High School. Joe served one tour in Germany during his time in the Army and also served with Elvis Presley.
He married Joan Harper White March 8, 1963, at the Grandview Baptist Church in Grandview. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church.
Joe was a landscaper and gardener at local nurseries. He liked to hunt and watch the turkeys on his farm and enjoyed going to the casino and shopping with Joan. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters; two brothers, Louis and Bob McNally; two sisters, Tessie Howe and Peggy Bates; and his wife, Joan, Nov. 2, 2005.
He is survived by stepson, James “Bo” White, Cleveland, Louella Tanner, Free-man; two stepdaughters, Mary Burkhart (Bill), Windsor, and Jamelene Sanders, Springfield; two brothers, Jim McNally (Sue), Kansas City, and Bill McNally (Sharon), Chillicothe; a sister, Shirley Seifeit, Wheeling; five grandchildren, Mike King (Lynette), Jeri Hester (Jim), Beth Burkhart, Erin Qualls and B.J. Burkhart (Bethany); seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Carol Nesbitt-Higgs
Sept. 24, 1943 – July 2, 2019

Carol Theresa Nesbitt-Higgs, Harrisonville, was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Pitts-burgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Albert A. and Iona Ruth (Smith) Nesbitt.
She died July 2 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City, at the age of 75
years, 9 months and 8 days.
Carol was a loving and kind soul. She never passed up the opportunity to speak to anyone that happened to walk into her range of vision. She would introduce herself and carry on so many conversations which all ended in either a loving hug or a warm pat on the face and shoulder with her generous smile and laughter to follow. She was always giving to those in need and regardless of what money she did or didn’t have, she was always giving to those individuals in need on the numerous street corners and sidewalks of Kansas City and the cities she would visit in Missouri.
Her love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was always at the forefront of her conversations. There wasn’t a day that went by where she wasn’t speaking of her love for us all.
Every evening she would lie in bed reciting her rosary and praying for her family and those that may need help to find their faith. Her favorite pastime was grocery shopping and visiting the many expeditions and events that were going on every weekend in Kansas City and the surrounding areas.
She held the love of the many doctors and nurses she encountered during her long haul of health issues for the last five years of her life. She struggled, but she fought and was a true warrior. Her spirit has always remained strong but in the end, it was her body that could not continue on.
She will be continuously loved and sorely missed by all that have come into contact with her during her time on this planet. God has granted her the wings that she surely earned- may she soar high and long as she watches over her children from the Heavens.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol is survived by 10 children, Lee Danforth, III, Katy, Texas, Michael Danforth, Galveston, Texas, Cheryl Wills, Sunrise Beach, Kevin Danforth, Upland, California, Carol Treccariche, Raytown, Allan Danforth, Kansas City, Glenn Danforth, Spring, Texas, Kimberly Anderson, Harrisonville, Jamie Higgs, San Diego, California, James Higgs, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Nesbitt, Putnam, Connecticut, David Mura, Point Blank, Texas; other relatives and many friends.
A rosary was before the funeral mass July 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the City Union Mission.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

James “Jim” O’Connor
Nov. 30, 1939 – July 2, 2019

James “Jim” Robert O’Connor, Garden City, was born Nov. 30, 1939, (Thanksgiving Day) in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Leo and Gertrude (Carter) O’Connor.
He died July 2 at Carnegie Village Rehab and Health Center, Belton, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 2 days.
May 25, 1977, Jim was married to Loretta Loy Gaddy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jim was a businessman throughout his entire life. He worked for Seldin Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska, as General Manager of the Restaurant Division.
From there, he developed and operated a chain of pizza restaurants, The Pizza Keg in Nebraska and Pucci’s Pizza in Iowa, which his friends and family will fondly remember forever. At The Pizza Keg Restaurants, Jim made it mandatory company policy that all kids get a free toy.
During this time he also started several movie rental stores in Nebraska and Iowa known as Movie Center.
He later worked for PepsiCo as an area manager in Kansas City until the late 1990s where he managed the Seven Stop for Gene and Beulah Buerge in Garden City. He later purchased the store and had operated it with great joy until his death. Jim was a person that loved his work, but more important to him, he loved those around him. He loved his family, his friends, his employees, customers, associates and even those who gave him grief.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah O’Connor, and a brother, Richard O’Connor.
Jim is survived by his wife, Loretta O’Connor; of the home; two sons, James O’Connor, Garden City, and Brent O’Connor and wife Jinny, Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Kara, Brent, Mason and Dylan O’Connor; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Ensley O’Connor; brothers-in-law, Larry (Kris) Gaddy, Steinauer, Nebraska, Bill Gaddy, Belton, Ron Gaddy, Gunn City; sisters-in-law, Evelyn O’Connor, Ashland, Nebraska, Erma Herndon, Cleveland, and Wanda Gaddy, Adrian; several nieces, nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. – Here is your “round to it”. Go Do It.
Funeral services were July 8 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Orient Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.