Mary M. McKown 1937 ~ 2019

          Mary Frances Moore was born September 9, 1937 to Sid F. and May (Walker) Moore.  Her older sister was Nancy Jo.  They all lived in Isabel, Kansas, where her father coached at the High School, but the hospital where Mary was born was in Nashville, Kansas. 

          The family later moved to Spring Township (rural Anthony, KS) where her father coached at the High School.  (He had graduated from there.)  From there they moved to Bentley, KS where her father was Principal of the High School.  In 1944, they all moved to Planeview (a government housing district in Wichita, KS) where her father again was the High School Principal.  Mary attended school in Planeview until the finish of her 9th grade.  They had moved away from Planeview the year before.  Mary attended Wichita High School East, where her father again was the Principal.  She graduated in 1956 and attended Wichita University for a year and a half.

          Some of her jobs were - The Driver's License Bureau, Wesley Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department, and the Wichita Clinic in Pediatrics/PBX. 

          Mary married Richard H McKown December 28, 1963 and three children were born - R. Steven, Timothy Lee, and Ruth Ann.  Mary was then a contented stay-at-home mother but she still earned extra money by mending china and successfully cartooning for national magazines.  When the children were in high school, Mary returned to painting. 

          In 1986, their first grandchild was born and in that same year, they obtained legal custody of her (Melyssa Karen McKown) who continued to live with them as their daughter.  During this time, Mary displayed and sold her paintings in more than 100 open and juried art shows where she sold artwork and won numerous awards.  She has paintings in 21 states plus, Korea, Japan, London, Spain, and Sweden. 

          In October 1992, the 3 of them moved to Anthony, Kansas where both of Mary's parents had been raised.  They all three joined the Anthony Christian Church. 

          Mary's father died in 1992.  Her mother came to make her home with the McKowns in 2002, and lived with them until her death in 2008 at the age of 98.

          Richard and Mary moved back to Wichita in 2008 and transferred their membership to the Countryside Christian Church.  Since it was then to difficult to travel to art shows, Mary put her paintings and prints online, still selling some from her home.

          Mary passed away July 26, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 81, exactly one year after her husband, Richard passed away.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, Sam Britton.

          Mary will be deeply missed by her son, Steve and wife, L.K. and twin daughters, Sydney Shook and husband, Nate, and Kasey McKown; son, Tim and wife, Karen and daughter, Trinity McKown; daughter, Ruth Olson and sons, Jason Taylor and Richard Olson and his children:  Alexander, William and Theodore; daughter, Melyssa Dill and husband, Jeff; sister, Nancy Britton; three nieces, one nephew and their families; and a host of other relatives and many friends. 

          Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony.  Burial will follow at the Burchfiel Cemetery.  There will be no viewing or visitation. 

          Memorials in memory of Mary may be made to the Sid F. Moore Memorial Scholarship or to the WSU Endowment Association, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. 

          Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements.


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