Mary Louise Mickel

Mary Louise Mickel, age 85, passed away on March 1, 2019. She was born on January 11, 1934 in Emporia, KS. Mary was one of eight children.

Mary was from Emporia, KS and graduated from Emporia High School. After high school Mary traveled but later moved back to Kansas to be close to her family. Mary worked for the Topeka School District, Ray Christian Jewelers and then took a job at Payless Shoe Corporation for over 20 years, until she retired. After retirement, Mary cared for her grandson Nicholas three days a week and volunteered at Midland Care and the Topeka Rescue Mission on her days off. She was a longtime member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka.

Mary was busy raising two daughters and working full time, but she always made time to lead a Scout troop, run a 4-H class, teach Sunday school or help a friend. It wasn’t an easy job but Mary embraced the challenge, and always put her job as a mother first. Mary was a living example of perseverance. Her strong work ethic, her gentle spirit, the kindness she showed others and her unwavering Christian faith provided a wonderful foundation for her daughters Kim and Jackie.

Mary treasured time with her family. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and helping others. Her bible study group was especially dear to her. Mary’s life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32-“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God forgave you in Christ.”

Mary will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Jacquelyn (Brad) Mickel, Kim (Larry) Liotta, grandchildren Lindsey (Cody), Joshua (Courtney), Jacob, Matthew, Nicholas and Alexandra, great-grandsons Henry, Emmett and Caleb, her sisters Betty Blex, Catherine (William) Spriegle, Margaret (Mike) Martini and Emily Vander Velde, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents William and Irene Roberts, brothers William Roberts and Richard Roberts and one sister Patricia Duncan.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Mary to The Topeka Rescue Mission 600 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608.

Messages & Condolences

From Sherrie...

Your mother was the sweetest person I’ve ever met and I’m so lucky I got to know her. God bless you all!

From Joan Bliss and Family...

When Mary came into our lives she already her own sisters, but she enveloped us like she had none. She was always smiling, patient and just so very sweet to us. On her own, she raised two amazing daughters who are also incredibly awesome…She was loved by us and we feel so lucky to have had her in our lives even though we lived far apart.

From Kathy Watts...

Mary was a precious sister-in-law and loving friend. She leaves behind an amazing legacy of faith and love for life.

From Cheryl Liotta Tusia...

Mary, you will be missed in Franklin, MA. You touched our lives and made it better. Sending you hugs in heaven. Cheryl, Jim, Adam, Alex, Jean & Frank

From Donna Kinsey...

Mary was a very special sister-in-law and dear friend for
many years. She saw only the good in everyone and was
a great lady, and a wonderful mother and grandmother.

From Susan Wallace...

Mary was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. She always saw the best in everyone. The world will be a little darker without her.

From Ruth Barnes...

Heaven is made brighter but oh how I miss this lady. We were very close friends for many years, sharing laughter and tears. The most trusted prayer warrior ever. My sympathy to daughters and grandchildren.

From Gayle Stine...

Jackie your Mom was such a sweet soul. I know you will miss her terribly. Sending you hugs and prayers.

From Robin Duncan...

I’m sorry to see her go

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