Mary Frances Crosbie Ferree

Mary Frances Crosbie Ferree


Mary Ferree lived a life of faith, hope and love, passing away peacefully September 10, 2012 at the age of 94. Born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1917, Mary was the middle child of Harry and Reppa Crosbie. Mary graduated from Westport High School in 1934. She worked as a bookkeeper at Western Auto and as a receptionist at Cammel Taggert where she was introduced to her husband, Lawrence (Larry) L. Ferree. They were married in 1942 in San Francisco, where Larry was stationed in the Navy. Mary and Larry raised their family in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kirkwood, Mo., where Mary lived for 43 years. Mary was a homemaker, who delighted in the care and nurturing of her three children, her 6 grandchildren and her many friends. She was a member of P.E.O. and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years; her brother, Harrison Crosbie; her sister, Martha Kellogg; her parents and her grandson, Jackie Weyforth. She is survived by her children, Mary Ann Weyforth (Jack) of Overland Park, Kan.; Larry Ferree (Sherry), Leawood, Kan.; and Janet Burton (Jay), Leawood, Kan. She is also survived by grandchildren Katie (Andy) Vanlandingham, Carolyn (Mark) Glanville, Nathan Ferree, Ryan Ferree, Jessica Burton and Meredith Burton, and great-granddaughter, Avery Vanlandingham.

Mary’s faith in God guided her steadfastly through her long life. She recognized God’s handiwork in nature, appreciating birds, flowers, fresh air, and time spent with family at the Lake of the Ozarks. She exhibited hope in an ever optimistic outlook, her gentle humor and gratitude for smallest kindnesses. Her love for her family was unceasing and ever present.

Her family greatly appreciates the care Mary received from her long-time caretaker, Kathy, the staff at Grace Gardens, Leawood, Kan., and Odyssey Hospice. Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd, Overland Park; KS, 66210, or to Cottey College, 1000 W Austin, Nevada, MO. 64772. Private services.


  1. Sue Kelly Salomone on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Mary Ann,
    It was with sadness that I learned of
    your mother’s passing. Please accept my
    sincere condolences. Wonderful memories from our days as Mariner Scouts
    could only have been possible because
    of Mom’s like yours.
    You are in my thoughts,
    Sue “Kelly”

  2. Thomas Marecek on September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Mary Ann,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was always so nice to me. She was a calming influence on us sometimes exuberant teenagers.

    Thomas Marecek

  3. Ern and Jane Dunning on September 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Mary was a special lady and will be missed by many. We have many happy memories of Mary and today was one of them.
    We have just returned from attending the Kirkwood Greentree Festival. For years Mary and Larry were gracious and invited us and our children and grandchildren to park at your house and then watch the parade. What fun we had. We count those as special moments. Our love to all of you. We have 6 great grands now.

  4. Phil Greene on September 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Your mom was such a warm, loving person with a wonderful smile and friendly laugh that always made me feel welcome at your home. I think I spent more time at your house on Clay than I did at my own. Whether we were playing catch in the front yard or kibitzing in the kitchen late at night, she was there to prod us or support us whatever we needed. She had wonderful, well grounded advice for us all and heaven knows I needed a lot of that. I am definitely a better person for being able to share in the unconditional love that was the foundation of her life.

    Our condolences to your entire family. I know she will be greatly missed by everyone.
    Phil & Caroline Greene

  5. Karen Lowe Adams on September 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    With deepest sympathy to your family. Larry (and family), may the memories of your mom always make you smile.
    Karen and Sharon Lowe

  6. George and Pat Wallis on September 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Our sympathy and prayers to all of your family. We remember all the fun times with you at the Lake of the Ozarks camping with your Mom and Dad and others.

  7. Caroline Polster Chamberlin on September 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you.

  8. Steve Woodard on September 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The thoughts and prayers of the entire Woodard clan go out to all of you! I particularly remember the Ferree homestead at Clay and Essex. Many of us will be right next to it watching the Greentree parade on Saturday. My oldest son Adam lives just two houses away.

  9. Charlotte on September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My sincerest condolences to your family.

  10. John and Debby Calvert on September 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Larry and Sherry, We give thanks for the life of Mary who has been so important in your lives. I know she was a wonderful lady because Sherry has always only had kind words about her. I know this time is hurtful for you and your family and I pray that you will find comfort in the happy memories you have of Mary. Please let us know if we may be of help in any way. Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Kathy Smith on September 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of your loved one. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. It is never an easy time, but know that God will help you throught this time.

  12. Sheila Sonnenschein on September 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was well loved and she loved you all. May her memory be for a blessing. Sheila (a friend of Janet)

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