Sep 16,1925---Apr 23,2021

Mary Elizabeth (Transue) Davis was born September 16, 1925, to Ira James Transue and Margaret Elizabeth (Byrne) Transue. Mary had two brothers, Leonard and John. Mary was born and raised in Summerfield, KS, graduating from Summerfield High School in 1942.  She worked with her brother, Leonard, at an airstrip in Belleville, KS.  She also worked at Fort Hayes as an airplane tech log clerk during WWII.

Mary met her husband, Bill, when the motorcycle she was riding had a flat tire along Highway 36 in Kansas. They attended a street dance at a nearby town while her motorcycle was being fixed.  They instantly hit it off.  They married on October 28, 1946, at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Belleville, KS.  Mary and Bill showed movies in the parks of small rural towns in the early years of their marriage.

Mary and Bill lived in Athol, KS, when their first child, James, was born. They moved to Hamilton, MO, soon afterward.  Their second child, Mary Maureen, was born.  Later, they moved to Lenexa, KS, and then to Overland Park, KS, where their third child, Jacqueline was born.  Mary and Bill lived in Overland Park until their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They moved to Marion, KS, and lived there until Bill’s death in 2009. Mary lived with her daughter Maureen for four years in Lubbock, TX.  Mary then moved back to Kansas in 2013 to live with her daughter Jacqueline.

Mary worked for Dickinson Theaters and Western Electric until the birth of Jacqueline.  Mary sold real estate for several years in Johnson County.  Mary raised and trained purebred Norwegian Elkhounds for nearly 20 years.  Several of her dogs were AKC Champions.  Mary dedicated many years as a 4-H Leader, managing the countywide 4-H Dog program. 

Mary loved all mediums of art, but particularly enjoyed oil painting.  She attended classes at Johnson County Community College and earned an Associate of Arts degree.  She was also a member of the Senior Arts Council. 

Mary and Bill were active in the Good Sam Club and toured the United States in their motor home.  When they moved to Marion, they became active members of the Marion Lake Chat and Dine Club.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Davis, her son, James W. Davis, two grandsons, John Cortright II and Samuel Cortright, her brother, Leonard Transue, and her parents.

Mary is survived by her younger brother, Dr. John R. Transue, her daughter Mary Maureen Blandin, her daughter, Jacqueline (Bret) Cortright, her daughter-in-law, Jan Davis, grandchildren: William Davis, Michele (Cal) Seadeek, Jamie (Brian) Penning, James (Elizabeth) Davis, Jessica (Derek) Euwer, Mary Beth (John) Taylor, Mark (Sara) Allen, Theresa (Tanner) Franklin, Bret (Jessica) Cortright, Jr., Jacob (Maria) Cortright, and Margaret E. Cortright, and 22 great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Angels Catholic Church (small church building), located at 15438 Leavenworth Road, Basehor, KS, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  Visitation will be at 9:00 am, the Rosary will begin at 9:30 am, the family’s Eulogy reading will begin at 9:50 am, and Mass will follow at 10:00 am.

 Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, 61st & Quivira Road, Shawnee, KS. 

 

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to:  Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, 3221 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI 53235-3799 or Our Lady Queen of the Holy Angels Adoration Chapel, in care of Holy Angels Catholic Church, 15438 Leavenworth Road, Basehor, KS 66007

 



Condolences

Patrick Transue Apr 26 ,2021

Nephew ,MCLEAN ,Virginia

Condolences to Mary's family. As a kid, I remember so fondly visiting Aunt Mary and Bill at their home in Overland Park. Us Transue kids always felt welcome, and Mary always seemed to have a smile on her face. One summer while visiting we captured a bunch of bull-frogs on their farm and Mary fried up frog legs for us! The obituary is amazing - she had a wonderful life, and will be missed. Take care.

Michele Seadeek Apr 26 ,2021

Granddaughter ,Fairview ,Montana

Love and prayers to all of you.

John (Jack) Transue Apr 26 ,2021

Brother ,Falls Church ,Virginia

Mary always liked animals, especially dogs. I remember when we were just kids Mary trained her dog to climb a ladder and, on command, jump into her arms. She was a kind, generous, and humorous person. We all will miss her.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Holy Angels Catholic Church
Address:
15438 Leavenworth Road
City:
Basehor
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66007
Date:
Apr 28 ,2021
Time:
9:00 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Angels Catholic Church
Address:
15438 Leavenworth Road
City:
Basehor
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66007
Date:
Apr 28 ,2021
Time:
10:00 AM
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