Nov 25, 2019 3:08 AM

Mary Anna Smith 1927 - 2019

Posted Nov 25, 2019 3:08 AM

Mary Anna Smith, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away November 20, 2019.

Mary Anna was born on March 10, 1927, in Galesburg, Illinois, to the late Edith and Harold Smith of Rea, Missouri.

In addition to her parents, Mary Anna is preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Leonetti of Eugene, Oregon, and lifetime friend Kathleen R. "Willie" Wilson.

Mary Anna graduated from King City High School in 1945. She is a 1948 graduate of Missouri Methodist Hospital, School of Nursing and a graduate of South Missouri School of Anesthesia, where she received her certification as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She worked for one year at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. She then moved to St. Joseph and worked at the Thompson, Brumm, Knepper Clinic as a nurse anesthetist. Mary Anna stayed with the same anesthesiology group, working at both Missouri Methodist and Sisters Hospital, and eventually Heartland Hospital until retiring in 1988. Mary Anna was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church; a 50 year member of Eastern Star of Whitesville, Missouri No. 538 and loved planting flowers and working in her yard.

Survived by nephew, Rev. Stephen J. (Judy) Leonetti of Alhambra, California and two nieces: Kathleen (James) Doty, Alhambra, California and Ruth (John) Edsall, Vancouver, Washington; and dear friends, David & Diana Slawson, Betty Schneider, Wendy Batteral, Rick & Beth Ream, Marlene Miller, Melanie Keith and Robin Duvall.

Mary Anna has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. There will be a celebration of life at Wyatt Park Christian Church at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The family suggests memorial contributions to Wyatt Park Christian Church or Freudenthal Hospice.

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Jo Ann Estes  1933 - 2019

Jo Ann Marie Estes, 86 of Hemet, California passed away on November 17, 2019, at Hemet Valley Medical Center..

She was born Jo Ann Marie Duncan, on October 21, 1933, in St. Joseph, Missouri. After graduating from Lafayette High School, Jo Ann married her sweetheart, Dean Estes. They were blessed with two sons, Lynn and Ricky. Jo Ann and Dean settled into small town life in Merryville, Missouri in 1957. Home is where the heart is, and Jo Ann made hers a happy one. There were Little League games and cupcakes for school activities.

California was their ultimate home and the family moved there with hopes of starting anew in a warmer climate. Jo Ann worked at an accounting firm for many, many years.

Jo Ann and Dean loved adventure and so, after their retirement, they hit the open road. Their expeditions, traveling with their 5th wheel, took them all over the country. They were members of the Good Sam Club and enjoyed life to the fullest. On their 40the wedding anniversary, in 1992, they basked on a cruise to celebrate.

Jo Ann loved her puzzle books and the Los Angeles Angels. Jo Ann will rest beside her beloved husband at the Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jo Ann will be missed and remembered by her sons, Lynn and Ricky, and by her grandchildren, Natosha, Ricky, Lauren and Dane. 9 great-grandchildren survive her.