Mary Leona Handke of Harrisonville, Missouri was born on July 19, 1934 in LaMonte, Missouri the daughter of Charles Glover and Dora Sophia (Walbourn) Ward. She departed this life on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at North Kansas City Hospice House, North Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 88 years and 4 months.
On December 21, 1992 Mary was united in marriage to Kenneth Dale Handke in Harrisonville, Missouri.
Mary was employed as a polisher for Firestone Optic, North Kansas City, Missouri until her retirement. She was a huge wrestling fan and enjoyed attending wrestling matches in St. Joseph, Missouri and later in Kansas City, Kansas. Mary was a member of the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. She enjoyed the outdoors, her garden, flowers, mowing and attending country music shows at all local fairs and especially the Pleasant Hill Opera. Mary had lived in Kansas City, Missouri Northland before moving to Harrisonville in 1989.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; a daughter, Teresa Shaw; a brother, Arthur Ward; three sisters, Jessie Freeman, Lucy Owens and Juanita Willis.
Mary survived by her daughter, Tena Pappan, Kingsville, Missouri; 2 grandchildren; Shawn L. Sullivan and Joshua A. Ryun; 2 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
A Graveside Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Missouri.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Monday, November 28, 2022 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri.