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Mary C. (Riordan) Guthrie
February 15, 2014
Mary C. (Riordan) Guthrie, 64, of Lee’s Summit, the adopted daughter of Mickey & John C Riordan of Kansas City was born on October 26, 1949. She was the second of two children.
She passed away on January 8, 2014 with members of her family in Chandler AZ, following a long struggle with Lupus and a recent stroke.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her second born child, Philip Chambers and her third grandchild, Mathew Kirmse, both of whom died of SIDS.
Mary’s eclectic personality matched her working endeavors which included everything from building construction, acting credits, writing gigs to her most important legacy, the creation of Giant Step. Giant Steps was a program for children and young adults with special needs in Lee’s Summit, MO
Mary will be remembered for her quick wit, unrestrained humor, neighborly assistance for anyone requiring some help and her advocacy for those with special needs.
Mary will be especially missed by her older brother, Mike Riordan, her children; Terri Lynn Chambers, Mickey Lee (Cloyd Tallman Tavenner IV), and son, Allen Lee Guthrie. Five grandchildren, Brittany Shelton, Jeremy Kirmse, and Anna, Molly & Blake Tavenner, as well as her two great-grandchildren, Blake & Gavin Shelton.
A “Guthrie Gala & Celebration of Life” will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Longview Mansion, 1200 SW Longview Park Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO.
Friends of Mary who have loved and admired her are invited to attend this uplifting event. Black, formal attire is discouraged in favor of extravagant and exuberant fashions of purple and yellow. Faux pas and outrageous outfits are encouraged
including the use of any accessory item intended to cause unexpected smiles and fits of laughter.
The Guthrie Gala will include a cabaret show, roasting comments, and delightful strolls down memory lane by those who were touched and inspired by the life and love of this remarkable and unique person.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
905 SE Third Street
Lee’s Summit MO 64063
Made out to: Cloyd Tavenner
Memo Line: Account #1234571797
Kristen Merrell of Lee's Summit Elementary and 2011-12 Lee's Summit R-7 Teacher of the Year