Mark David Avery

Memorial Mass for Mark David Avery, 26, Lawrence, 11 am, Monday, August 12, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Lawrence, KS. A Visitation will
be from 6-8 pm, Sunday August 11, 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died August 2, 2019.

Mark was born April 20, 1993, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Rachel Zamarripa and Stan Douglas Avery. He graduated from Lee’s Summit West High School in 2012.
He later attended Pittsburg State University.

He enjoyed cooking, camping, hiking, and everything outdoors.

Mark is preceded in death by his grandfather Walt Avery; grandmother Patricia Avery, and uncle Carl Mosley all of Diamond, MO.

He leaves behind his parents; sister Anna Avery (Chris Coffman), nephew Liam Swiercinsky, step mother Fran Avery, grandparents Arturo and Ofelia Zamarripa, Independence, MO, Susan and Tom Davis of Golden City, MO; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society or Global Awakening, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Frances Avery...

MARK DAVID AVERY
NO MATTER WHAT HE DID, YOU COULDN’T BE MAD AT HIM. HE WAS IRRESISTIBLE.
HE WAS A GENUINE HUMAN FROM START TO FINISH. I SAW THAT IN HIS EYES AT LEAST ONCE BUT ONCE WAS ENOUGH.
HE DIDN’T NECESSARILY KNOW WHAT A RENAISSANCE MAN WAS BUT HE WAS ONE.
HE WAS INSATIABLY CURIOUS.
HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD.
HE WAS RESPECTFUL AND KIND.
AND HE WAS EMPATHETIC, TOUGH AND FEISTY.
HE IS WATCHING US STILL, WONDERING WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT, APOLOGIZING ON A LOOP FOR MAKING US DELIRIOUS WITH GRIEF.
WE HAVE UNILATERALLY AGREED THAT MARK IS FINALLY AT PEACE.
HE HAS NO MORE QUESTIONS, NO MORE ANGER, NO MORE CONFUSION ABOUT HOW TO LIVE THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIFE.
MARK’S LAST TWO WORDS WERE WRITTEN; THEY WERE PERFECTLY MARK, EMBODYING NOT ONLY THE COMFORT HE WANTED TO GIVE BUT THE LEGACY HE WANTED TO LEAVE.
HIS LAST WORDS WERE “JUST LOVE” AND OF COURSE HE DREW A HEART BEHIND THEM IN CASE THERE WAS ANY QUESTION.
HE LOVED RECIPES AND HE WAS LEAVING US HIS.
AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOR HIM EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY UNTIL WE SEE HIM AGAIN BUT TO “JUST LOVE”.
HE IS MAKING WAY FOR US, HAPPILY RUNNING BAREFOOT IN THE WOODS UNTIL WE SEE HIM AGAIN.
HE EXPECTS US TO STAY A WHILE TO HELP MAKE WAY FOR THE OTHERS. DON’T LEAVE US BEFORE YOU’VE DONE YOUR JOB.
JUST LOVE.

From Jason & Melissa Tanking...

Mark brought a lot of people happiness. He shared his calm and patient traits with those around him. Mark was a hard worker and he brought positive vibes to those he worked with. Mark, you were a bright star in the moments we knew you. You are loved. We pray that your family can find peace through this hard time, knowing that you really made a difference to those who got the chance to know and work with you!

From Lynn Stewart and Family...

Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you travel through this grief and loss process. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we are all here for you. I just simply can not imagine your pain and struggles. May you find peace as those around you share memories, stories, pictures and joys along the way. We love you Stan and are thinking of you daily. May you feel God’s love and presence by you side.

From Vince Daniels...

Mark had a great smile and a warm kindness that was noticed by those around him. His talents were so vast, diverse, and so impressed me. I had the utmost confidence in him and the role he played in our lives. Mark was a very special young man. You all have been in my prayers, along with many others praying for peace and comfort.

From Whitney Albright (SLE)...

Stan, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Sybil Avery...

Stan, I am so sorry to hear about Mark. My heart breaks with you. Death can take away your love one ,But not the memories. Hold fast to God and your memories. I’m praying for you and your family. Love You, Aunt Sybil

From LaShaundra Conley...

So sorry for your family’s loss. I pray that you find peace and you have sweet times remembering your son, bringing joy in the midst of pain and grief. My deepest condolences.

From Connie Stilson...

Our daughter died in 2004 at age 26 from flu invading her heart. The grief never goes away but over the years it becomes different. I pray God blesses each of you daily in your futures.

From Lori Guffey RRT...

Rachel, I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark. Sounds like he took after his mom’s way. Always smiling, helping others and smart.I know you miss him dearly already and I hope God will hold you in the palm of His hand to help you through.

From Delaney Swanson...

Thoughts and prayers with Mark’s family and friends during this painful time. May God bring comfort and solace through the presence of each other.

From Brenda Smith (surgery scheduler)...

I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy in your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May you have many good memories of Mark to hold near to your heart to help ease each passing day.

From Alexis Peterson...

I only knew Mark for a short period of time. But I saw how caring and nice he was right when I met him. I always looked forward to running into him at Merchants and talking with him for a bit while he was working. He will be missed so much. I am keeping his family & Lacey in my thoughts.

From Kris Miller...

We are so sorry for this tragedy. My family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and hearts

From Mindy Thomas...

Dear Stan and Family- my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved son Mark. May you find solace in the beautiful memories of him and hold eachother close. I’m praying that God surrounds you with His light and provides you with His strength; and may you find peace and take comfort in knowing that Mark is now and forever your angel.

From Whitney Watson (Liam’s Aunt) & Family...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you all during this tragic time. Sending our deepest condolences. If we can do anything please let us know.

From Doug and Cristen Shelton...

Many thoughts and prayers for Mark’s family as they go through this difficult time.

From Annette Hilderman...

So sorry for your loss, you’ve been in my thoughts & prayers since I heard this sad news. If there’s anything we can do, please reach out and let us know.

From Larry Daniels...

Mark was a great kid and we had

Mark was a great young man. We had a lot in common and talked a lot about hunting and fishing. He had such great potential and a great future. I will really miss him and I pray for his family during this tough time.

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From Rose Garcia...

Mark was a caring , thoughtful and and bright young man. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. When he was a young boy I would always bring him and his sister Anna pies. It was such fun watching him devour his piece. My heart and prayers go out to every member of his family.

From Frances Avery...

“If you are led into the woods, that is such of you as may be spared for awhile, break the twigs on the bushes as you pass, and make the Marks of your trail as broad as you can, when, if mortal eyes can see them, depend on having a friend who will follow to the ends of the ‘arth afore deserting you.” – The Last of the Mohicans

From Lori Hixon...

I only met and spent time with Mark for one day. That was all it took to see what a wonderful young man he was. Kind, funny and an instant friend. It’s a shame I won’t get to know him better. He was definitely one of the good guys. I know he will be missed by many. I also know his memory will live on the hearts of the many lives he touched.

From Nick Taylor...

Mark was a good friend and a hard worker. He had a caring way about him and his positivity was contagious. He was always there for you and ready to help out no matter the inconvenience to himself. He was smart and handy and could figure out how to build/fix just about anything. We already miss him a lot. We love you 30 pack!

From Alyssa Cook...

Mark made the world so much brighter. His kind words and heart will live on in the memories and connections he made. No matter what was going on, he always made everything feel a little more positive. The bright spot on a bad day. You will be miss dearly, Mark.

From Larry and Monica Thornburg...

We have grown to love Mark so much. He always demonstrated a loving and caring attitude. We will miss him, his smile and his hugs.

From Kati...

Mark was amazing, this news broke my heart. He could fix anything, and would fix anything for anyone. He was kind and very giving, he was also a great friend and an active listener. I always felt like mark was thoughtful and open to connecting with just about anyone. He always offered to help in any way he could, and for his friendship I am forever grateful. When I think of mark I think about India palace and the many meals we shared together, I think about that one time he brought back creme brûlée at 1 in the morning, and when he decided to spontaneously build an oven. He will be so missed, my heart is with his family who I know he loved very much.

From Chelsea Fowler...

I always looked forward to working with Mark. We miss him so much, but I am so thankful to have met him, even if I knew him briefly. The way he lived his life is how I aspire to live mine – kindly, with purpose and positive intentions for others. He left us too soon.

From Scott and Christie Smith...

Mark was such a bright spot in everyone’s lives. He will be missed more than words can express. You have our prayers and support!

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