Mary Kramer

Obituary of Mary Elizabeth Kramer

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Mary Elizabeth Kramer was born to James A. and Dorothy A. Cox on April 24, 1957 in Excelsior Springs, MO. She passed away at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, on May 25, 2022. She grew up her family’s century farm in Lawson, MO with her sister Judy Harrison, whom is now married to Don Harrison and living in Richmond MO, and her brother James R. Cox, whom passed away in 2018. Mary Beth was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Maurice and Cleo Smith of Excelsior Springs and Earl and Ida Cox of Lawson. She is survived by her chrished husband of 22 years, Danny Roy Kramer, living in Grandview, MO. She has 6 nieces and nephews and several cousins, all with families and children of their own. She graduated from Lawson High School in 1975, where she enjoyed playing softball and studying history. She graduated with an A+ scholarship, which she put toward her study program with the Research Medical Nursing Program at age 18. She graduated with a Nursing degree in 1977 and continued to work Research Medical Center in Kansas City for 35 years, during which time she mended many injured Chiefs players, worked as private nurse for Dr. John Yost, and served as Head Nurse in Orthopedic Recovery. She grew up attending the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Lawson, and volunteered for in a summer camp for Muscular Dystrophy. Always wearing an outgoing smile, Mary Beth maintained many lifelong friendships and close relationships with her large family. An avid historian, she could tell countless stories about the history of her farm, and each member of her family, going back generations. She had the greenest thumb around, and with Danny, devoted most of her spare time and retirement years to gardening and tending houseplants. Also a skilled crafter, she handmade treasured gifts for her brother and sister, and all their children every Christmas. She kept the entire family supplied in beautifully crocheted hats and scarves, which she’d stitch up while either listening to or watching the Royals. She never missed a game. She modeled intelligence, limitless love, strength, ceaseless generosity, devotion, the importance of keeping a light heart. She is deeply loved and missed. Her memorial stone will be placed in the Old Union Church Cemetery in Lawson, MO.
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