Oct. 31, 1956 ~ Sept. 17, 2019

Mary Laird, loving wife to David Laird and devoted mother of Katie and Lauren, lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia on September 17, 2019.

Mary was born on Oct. 31, 1956, in Mt. Vernon, IA, to Franklin and Shirley Langdon Brown. Her family moved to Independence in 1968. She graduated from Van Horn High School in 1974 and attended the University of Missouri.

While raising her daughters, Mary volunteered on numerous boards and commissions in Lee’s Summit. She also served on the Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Board (1998-2009) and City Council (1997-1998). Her grace and grit helped influence the growth and focus of today’s Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Department. She was passionate about her work at the Mid-America Regional Council, where she had worked since 2003. Mary was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Mary is survived by her husband David of the home; daughters Katie Shaw and Lauren Hawkins (Travis) of Jacksonville, FL; sister Sarah Shepherd (Ted), Hinsdale, IL; brothers David Brown, Ft. Lauderdale, and Jeffrey Brown; in-laws Robert and Carole Laird; and many nephews and nieces. 

A graveside service will be held at the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery at noon on Oct. 1.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, made payable to The University of Kansas Health System, Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 305, Westwood, KS 66205 or online at www.kansashealthsystem.com/giving. Donations made in memory of Mary will go toward the hospital’s Blood & Marrow Transplant Fund.



  • Greg Fensom

    September 19, 2019 - 8:39 pm

    I have fond memories of Mary during our childhood days growing up in Manor Oaks. She touched the lives of everyone of everyone who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Rest In Peace my friend…

  • Anne Noth

    September 21, 2019 - 8:48 am

    Dear Sarah and family,
    Jim and I want to tell you how sorry we are for your great loss regarding your sister Mary’s passing over.
    We know you all have experienced deep sorrow having worked valiantly to beat Mary’s cancer.
    We also know how very dear she has been to you all of your life.
    She is now with your mother in heaven, and both will be angels to guide you in life as you move forward. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for peace for you, and that your grief be lessened.
    Love to you always,
    Anne & Jim

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