73, Generous

Mary Ann is a woman who sees needs and gets things done. She does not want to be on committees but rather prefers to get to the heart of the problem with her own efforts. She spent 38 years as a Deputy Juvenile Officer for Clay County and is especially proud of being able to set up group homes for both boys and girls. During those years, she began a successful catering business that led to volunteering her culinary skills to her church, Saint James Catholic Church, for fundraisers and special events, and to cooking for the Mayor's Annual Prayer breakfast in Liberty. She volunteered her time to the Clay County African American Legacy Juneteenth Fundraiser, the Knights of Columbus Fundraisers, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese, and Liberty's Fellowship of the Concerned annual breakfast. Before Covid-19 hit she was hosting and preparing a weekly dinner on Thursday evenings for a group of 10-12 senior women, mostly widows, in her home for fun and fellowship in her large kitchen. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mary Ann has used her culinary skills to make a difference in her Liberty community by preparing comfort food meals for friends who are high risk senior citizens (cancer, heart disease, knee replacement surgery, dementia, Parkinson's) who benefit also from just seeing a friendly face while isolated. She shops grocery sale ads and delivers three times weekly to 10-12 persons. When asked why she does this, she said, "Because I can, because I have been blessed, and because it keeps me active."

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Kansas City, MO 64111

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