Mary Ann Easley

Mary Ann Easley (nee Moore) entered the gates of Heaven on May 29, 2020.

Born August 1, 1932 in Marshall, Missouri, the eldest daughter of Elwood and Catherine Moore. She was a devout Catholic and proud of her Irish heritage.

She married John Taylor Easley in 1953 and thus began a 67 year romance during which they gave life and love to six children, eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She loved babies, sunflowers, life on the farm, and Jayhawk basketball. She devoted her life to her family and spent all of her time as a wife, mom, and grammy. In her later years, she loved her work as a caregiver at Hilltop Child Development Center and her time in the pediatric practice of doctors Branson, Gilles, and Loveland.

Despite a long debilitating struggle with dementia, she never lost her sweet and sunny disposition. She is dearly missed by her family, especially her devoted husband John, her children John Patrick (Mary T), Dan (Tami), David, Tim, Mary Beth Diaz (Juan) and Matt (Carrie). She is also missed by her sister Sue Williams and her many nieces and nephews. She will live on in her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, Emily Sinkclear (Derrick), Grace, Erin Nelson (Chris), Molly, Samantha Diaz, Katie Diaz, Maddie, Callie, Harry, Emmy, Grayson, Ella, Morley Sinkclear, Josie Sinkclear, Vincent Nelson, Hadley Nelson, and Aiden. The family is grateful for the loving care provided during her final months by Faith and Gilbert Gathunguri, and the rest of the staff at Star Living Memory Care.

Funeral Mass will be at 1 pm Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Current distancing guidelines will be observed. Private burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be given to Little Sisters of the Poor, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Jan Farmer...

Mary Ann was my first Corpus Christi church friend. When I joined CC I sat in “her” pew (3rd pew on the Gospel side) and after a few weeks introduced myself. I looked forward to seeing her every Saturday Vigil Mass. She had a sunny smile for everyone. She rescued Rosaries. When she would see one at a garage sale or thrift store she would buy it and take it home.

I have missed you Mary Ann and you will always be in my prayers.

From Carl and Joyce Burkhead...

What a privilege it was to know Mary Ann. She is now with the Lord. We first met Mary as the wife of KU professor John. We didn’t know John until I joined the KU CEAE faculty. Turns out John went to Northeast High School which is where Joyce and I went. He also received his PhD from KU as I did. Mary went to Glennon High School near Northeast. John and Mary were a lovely and gentle couple. Now John must wait until he rejoins her but for all of us this won’t be very long. God bless the Easley family. They have been given a wonderful example of how Christ’s love can fashion their lives.

From Marilyn K....

So sorry foe your loss!,

From Sue Williams...

My sister Mary Ann was my first “teacher”. I came into the family as the 4th child when Mary was 5. In this already busy household, Mary was Mom’s helper and took charge of me (so I am told). The blessing was her teaching, helping attributes continued throughout our life. She was kind and she was fun to be with. She was a devout Catholic. She loved her John and their six children and has been a positive influence in my life and many others. I will forever treasure the many memories of time shared with her. As one of our daughters recently said “sisters are our best friends, even when we don’t agree on everything” . I will miss you Mary but I know where you will be….

From John Pohlman...

She would always offer a place at her table for Tim’s “orphan” friends at thanksgiving. My parents had moved out to San Francisco and I would go over there and enjoy a wonderful meal and a relaxing and accepting atmosphere. Mary of course would always set you at ease with her smile and her conversation. She made you feel totally at home. She was a real angel.
I’m out here in San Francisco and it’s impossible to make it back for the service but my heart will be there with the family and loved ones.

From Lori Krysztof...

I spent many hours sharing work, stories, and laughter with Mary Ann during our years together at Annunciation Altar Society bake sales and functions during her years in Baldwin City. She was warm and witty and always willing to lend a hand…even on many very frigid October mornings. Her love of John and her family was evident and she was proud of the family they raised and the fun they had together. I am sad to read of her passing but she will forever hold a special place in my heart. The smile on her face and in her eyes in this picture is how I remember her, as they did not change with age. What a blessing for you to have had such an amazing matriarch, and me a special friend. May God grant your hearts peace.

From Tracy Dethloff...

Where do you start? Well I will simply say of all my friends and I have many. Mary Ann was the standard of moms. During those awkward teen years when you didn’t really want to talk to parents. Which I have learned to regret because of the stories and knowledge that could have been gained Mary Ann just brought it out of you. Her openness and kindness made her so easy to talk to her. I remember telling her one time how much I admired Daves clothes. In those days Dave was wearing sport coats, vests and ties. next time I saw her she had been to a garage sail and bought me an outfit. Though I never wore them all together I wore them separately on many occasions. Frequently I wore the sport coat to school. While she garage sailed she would buy Tim some record albums as well. And I will say she had a good eye for vinyl. I can’t close without mentioning the hayrides on the farm. They were not only a great family gathering but one that included friends of the family and the children. I know my girls will look back at those as fun memories. She was truly a beautiful person and raised a wonderful family. My heart and thoughts are with you John and family.The Dethloffs

From Lori Bichelmeyer...

Mary Ann was always so sweet and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love to Dan and my dear cousins Erin and Molly.

From Judy and Eric Smith...

To the Easley family, we always enjoyed Mary Ann and John. We would see them occasionally walking at the Pavilion. Erin and Molly are our nieces. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

From John Pohlman...

What a beautiful wonderful woman she was.

From Susan Davies...

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mary Ann was such a wonderful and positive person. Her joyful presence left a lasting impression on those who were fortunate to have her in their lives.

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