Mary Jo Brown - age 79 of Liberty, MO passed away Monday afternoon, April 4, 2022, at The Laurel at Norterre in Liberty, Missouri with her family by her side.
Mary Jo was born on April 11, 1942, the daughter of Joseph M. and Helen (Horner) Coker in San Diego, CA. She grew up in Raytown, MO and was a 1959 graduate of Raytown High School. On July 12th, 1964, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, David Earl Brown. She was a homemaker until her daughters were school aged, at which time she obtained a CNA and worked at Cameron Hospital. She then took on the adventure of helping her husband run the grocery store in Kansas City North. After helping that be a success, she returned to school obtained a bachelor's degree in education Penn Valley Community College and where she found her passion for teaching preschool there at the Francis Child Development Institute. Mary was also a devoted member of the Lathrop First Christian Church, where she served as President of CFW, elder and helped with the children’s ministry. She loved to volunteer, and served through The Lathrop Community Outreach. Mary Jo would give you the shirt off of her back if she thought you deserved it. She could be all business to get things accomplished but still enjoyed having a good time being silly but was best known for her sassy side. Mary Jo loved her family and is so proud of them, especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband David Earl Brown; her parents; and sister, Penne Bradshaw. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Scoggins (Matt) of Rangely, CO and Christine Dial (Shawn) of Lathrop, MO; grandchildren, William Scoggins (Chelsea) of Parker, CO, James Scoggins of Pueblo, CO, Patrick Scoggins of Pubelo, CO, Mary Scoggins of Rangely, CO, Timothy Scoggins of Rangely, CO, David Robbins (Madison) of Kansas City, MO, and Samantha Robbins of Lathrop, MO; and brother, Ross Coker of St. Louis, MO; nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members also survive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Lathrop Community Outreach Backpack Program in care of the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Lathrop First Christian Church. The family will receive friends one-hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Lathrop Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Lathrop (816) 740-4658. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com
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