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In Memory of

Thelma Louise Gadberry

April 5, 1924 - May 8, 2017

Obituary


Thelma (Cox) Gadberry, 93, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 8, 2017 surrounded by caregivers at Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City, Missouri.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1924, Thelma moved to Kansas City after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She worked in personnel for Mid-Continent Airlines at Kansas City's downtown airport before marrying Howard M. Gadberry in 1952.

A full-time wife, mother, and homemaker while her two children were growing up in Overland Park, she and Howard later became finish line volunteers for the Mid-America Running Association of...

Thelma (Cox) Gadberry, 93, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 8, 2017 surrounded by caregivers at Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City, Missouri.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1924, Thelma moved to Kansas City after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She worked in personnel for Mid-Continent Airlines at Kansas City's downtown airport before marrying Howard M. Gadberry in 1952.

A full-time wife, mother, and homemaker while her two children were growing up in Overland Park, she and Howard later became finish line volunteers for the Mid-America Running Association of Kansas City. Thelma also volunteered on East 4, the orthopedic ward at St. Luke's Hospital for nearly four decades, receiving two "Volunteer of the Year" awards in 1986 and again in 2016.

Thelma survived her husband of nearly 50 years, Howard, after his passing in 2001. In 2012, she moved from the suburbs of Overland Park to Bishop Spencer Place near the Country Club Plaza. She enjoyed helping others, had a strong love of the outdoors, wildlife, nature, dogs, wine, food, and travel. Thelma was an avid sports fan, following not only all of the professional sporting teams in Kansas City, but was also a fierce and loyal fan of the University of Kansas men's basketball team. Never one for fancy attire, she could be seen most often in a KU Jayhawk sweatshirt as she ran errands around Kansas City for much of her life.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Karen Gadberry (Denver, CO), her son, Alan Gadberry (Teton Valley, ID), daughters-in-law Kelly Gadberry and Michelle Finnerty, and her only grandchild, Kayla Gadberry.

A reception for Thelma will be held at Mount Moriah Cemetery South, 10507 Holmes Road, from 10:00-11:00 am on Thursday, May 18, 2017, with graveside services to follow. In lieu of flowers, Thelma would wish for her friends to consider volunteering for a worthy cause that has heart and meaning to them -- or to make a donation to any one of our U.S. National Parks, which she loved dearly and are in great need of preservation and funding today.

Arrangements under the direction of Mt Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.