Mary Louise Blessing

Mary Blessing of Lawrence, Kansas passed on January 11 in Lawrence at the age of 78. She was born February 12, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Southwest High School where she met her husband of 58 years James Henry Blessing. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955 with an education degree. She and Jim have four children: Parthy Evans of Overland Park, Kansas; Julia Ford of Springfield, Missouri; James Blessing, Jr. of Lawrence, Kansas; and Melissa Rubin of Los Angeles, California. The family lived in Chanute, Kansas from 1959 to 1973 where she was active in Grace Episcopal Church, the Girl Scouts of America, and other organizations. She was a pioneer of professional women earning a law degree in 1975 from Washburn University while raising four children. Her career was primarily at Atlantic Richfield Corporation (British Petroleum) where she was a land man and natural gas marketer. She and Jim retired to Table Rock Lake in Southwest Missouri where she enjoyed serving in various church and charitable organizations. She is survived by her husband, children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. There will be a family grave-side service in Lone Jack, Missouri. The family has requested that any memorial gifts be directed to the Lawrence Humane Society.

Messages & Condolences

From Todd and Trisha Brabender...

My condolences to you all. I have such fond memories of Mary. She kept me on my toes and kept me laughing when I would visit for her physical therapy sessions last year. I am grateful that I got to know her. You are all in my prayers.

From Cliff and Sharon Broeder...

Dear Jim and family
Sharon and I send our deepest condolenses in the loss of Mary. She was a lovely woman who we liked and appreciate very much. We hope you and the kids are doing all right.
Cliff and Sharon Broeder

From Mary Hupp Sharpe...

Mary was a wonderful person. She made a big difference in my life. It was with great sadness that I learned of her passing. I wish I could be there to hug all of you.

From Dr. Marc Scarbrough...

I am so sorry for you loss. I hope that you are blessed and I am honored I was able to meet her.

From Barbara Kiddoo-Busenbarrick...

Julie and Parthy and family,
I am so sorry about your Mother. My heart is with you.

From Rob Edmiston...


I am sorry to read of your mother’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

Take care, Rob Edmiston

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