Mary Jo George

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Mary Jo George, 80, formerly of Parsons, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at her home in Columbia, Missouri.

On March 29, 1939, Mary Jo Stephenson was born to George and Frances (Farrell) Stephenson in Parsons. Growing up in Parsons, she attended St. Patrick Catholic School and graduated from St. Patrick Catholic High School in 1957.

Upon graduating from high school, Mary Jo worked for the telephone company. She later was the office manager at the State Farm Insurance office in Parsons for many years. In 2000, she and her husband, Ted, moved to Columbia, Missouri, where she continued to work for State Farm until her retirement.

Mary Jo was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church while living in Parsons. She became a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia after moving. She was an active member of both parishes.

Her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her grandchildren and her dog, Bentley. She also enjoyed painting, spending time at the lake, sewing, crafts, reading and cooking. 

She and Charles T. “Ted” George were married on May 24, 1958, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2011.

Survivors include a son, Eddie George and his wife, Kay, of Smithville, Missouri; a daughter, Robyn Hatley and her husband, Chuck, of Columbia, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jamis George and his wife, Brooke, Malorie Summa and her husband, Matt, Lauren Smith, all of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kennedy Smith of St. Louis; five great-grandchildren, Kensington, Drake and Fallon George and Skye and Stone Summa; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Stephenson of Clearwater, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted George, on Dec. 8, 2011; her parents; a brother, Jim Stephenson; a daughter, Becky George; and a granddaughter, Darcy George.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic School Endowment Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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