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August 7, 2013

Mary Alice Drees

Mary Alice Drees, 84, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Aug. 5, 2013. Mary was born November 21, 1928, in Franklin, Mo., to Edward H. and Rose M. Gross.

 After graduating from high school in Boonville, Mo., she attended Marymount College in Salina, Kan., where she graduated with a degree in math. While attending school, she met the love of her life, William L. Drees. They celebrated 62 years of marriage. She and William moved to Wichita, Kan., where they lived and raised their family. Mary loved her children very much and especially her grandchildren. She taught elementary school and ran a home day care for many years. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church where she was an active member of the Altar Society and Harvest House organizations.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Eunice M. Miller, of Sedalia, Mo., Irene M. Savage, of Kansas City, Mo. and infant brother, Joseph Gross. 

She is survived by her husband, William; sister, Frances O’Brien, of Kansas City, Mo.; seven children, William E. (Betty) Drees, of Overland Park, Kan., Jean Snyder, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Tom J. Drees, of Wichita, Kan., Kevin P. Drees, of Stillwater, Christine A. (Thomas) Sanders, of Hutchinson, Kan., Nancy L. (Scott) Nixon, of Frisco, Texas, Rick J. (Marci) Drees, of Wichita, Kan.; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. We are all going to miss her pleasant smile, warm heart and compassionate personality.

Visitation with family present is 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary with Rosary to follow at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anne Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at www.devorssflanaganhunt.com.

 

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