Frances Woodward Moody, Age :93
Apr 05,1927---May 19,2020

Frances was a long-time Kansas City, MO resident. She was the wife of the late Perry (Jud) Moody, Jr. Frances was born in Brooksville, MS, raised in Downers Grove, IL and graduated from William Woods College in 1946. Frances was an only child. When her parents moved to Kansas City in 1946, her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Moody sold them their home.  Mrs. Moody had three boys at home just back from WWII and she was looking for wives for them. So thus Frances was invited to dinner and met Jud.  They were married August 31, 1947.  Together they ran Jud's Schwinn Cyclery on Wornall Road in Kansas City for 20 years. After selling the business, Frances followed her son to Illinois and then to Florida. 


Frances had a busy life in retirement; she was an accomplished painter and enjoyed visiting art gallery's - especially the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City and the Art Institute in Chicago.  She always had a small dog in her life - all rescue dogs that she showered with love. Her faith was important to her; she was a long time member of the Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. She traveled often, including a cruise to Alaska as well as trips to Hawaii and Canada. She was especially fond of her trips to Israel and Germany to see the Oberammergau Passion Play. She had many friends that she kept in touch with long after she left Kansas City and made new ones wherever she went. She had a smile for everyone and often a joke of some sort as well. She enjoyed family and had special relationships with two of her grandchildren: Paige and Elise.


Frances is survived by her two children and their spouses: Perry & Paula Moody (Sarasota, FL) and Melissa & Jeff Walsh (Danville, CA);  her six grandchildren: Joe  Cervantes (Jessica), Paige Cervantes, Elise Robinson, Megan Majeski, Brian Walsh, and Caitlin Crowe (Ben);  her eight great-grandchildren: Christian Cervantes, Karli Cervantes, Adam Holm, Cierra Holm, Brett Robinson, Ashlyn Neumann, Oakley Allen, and Jackson Majeski. 


Frances will be interred at the Lenexa Cemetery with a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in her name to the scholarship fund for staff at: 

Westminister-Point Pleasant, Attn: Sue Hardesty, 1533 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, Fl 34205.  

Checks should be made out to Westminster Foundation and in the memo it should read Point Pleasant Scholarship Fund in memory of Frances Moody. Frances spent her last 7 years at this retirement home and the staff were exceptional right to the end.


Pamela Paige Cervantes May 22 ,2020

Granddaughter ,Arlington Heights ,Illinois

I don’t have enough words to express how I feel about the loss of Grandma Frances. I am comforted knowing that not only is she where SHE wanted to be... more importantly, she’s right where our beloved Heavenly Father wanted her to be. For that, I have peace of mind, yet my heart is still heavy and saddened that I couldn’t be there to hold her hand or give her one last kiss before she went Home. I will forever miss her laughter, her quirkiness and the times we shared singing Christian songs when I’d take her to her favorite thrift stores. “Sweetberries” will not be the same without her. All I can say is, “Well Done” Grandma Frances, well done. I love you.

Jan O'Brien May 24 ,2020

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Frances was a cherished friend of mine, although she was close to my mother's age. We met at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kansas City in the 1990s when it had a growing, vibrant congregation. We became prayer partners. and as captured in this obituary, our conversations always included her love of the Nelson Art Museum (and their scones), her passionate faith journey and her love for her family. Later we both transferred to Christ Church Anglican and she was also blessed and a blessing to others by her time there. When she moved to Chicago we stayed in touch and i was able to visit and stay with her a couple of times when on business trips. After she moved to FL, we still stayed in touch and would talk several times a year. I had always hoped to visit her there but life got very busy for me after I adopted two girls. In recent years, it was usually only her birthday that I called. I knew her memory had been failing but she still remembered me. The last two times times we talked, she said she was "ready to go' but in a contented, peaceful way. This year was the only year that I ever missed calling her on her birthday and I had a feeling that she may have been nearing her time to go. I precious woman that I was privileged to know. I will miss h er but I know she is where she always longed to be, in the presence of her loving God. My condolences to all of her family at this time of loss.

Julie Buonserio May 24 ,2020

Friend to Melissa Walsh family ,Martinez ,California

Sorry for your loss. Best wishes, Julie

Carol Becker May 24 ,2020

Friend ,Melbourne

So sorry for your loss. She will be missed.