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Mary Patricia Custer Lynch

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Mary Patricia Custer Lynch Obituary
Mary Patricia Custer Lynch, 86, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on November 25, 2013 with family & friends by her side.

A memorial service is scheduled for noon, December 27, 2013, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 South Lee's Summit Road, Independence, Mo., with lunch immediately after. Visitation at the church from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Mary was born on June 14, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa, to Charles & Caroline Buescher Custer. She attended St. Paul High School in Burlington, graduating in 1945 at the top her class. After high school she worked as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell while attending Burlington Junior College. She earned her Associates Degree at Burlington Junior College and then moved to St. Louis to attend the Saint Louis University. In 1949 she was accepted into the Stewardess Program for Mid-Continent Airlines and moved to Kansas City to begin her life of travels. It was while working a flight that she met her future husband, Robert Eugene Lynch. They were married June 21, 1952; lived for one year in Rock Island, Ill., and then moved to the Kansas City area. After her last child started school, Mary returned to the workforce, starting at the Internal Revenue Service in 1976 and then in 1982 moving to the Social Service Administration where she worked as a Benefits Authorizer until her retirement at age 80 in 2007. A lifelong Democrat, Mary volunteered on the campaigns of Barack Obama & Claire McCaskill. She loved to travel, visiting her children & grandchildren across the country and traveling to England, France, Germany, Italy & Mexico. Her Catholic faith was extremely important to her.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband and 8 brothers & sisters. She is survived by her 6 daughters, Catherine Lynch of Independence, Mo., (Gregory Dennis); Mary Elizabeth Lynch of Fairfax & Virginia Beach, Va., (Mark Thurston), Joan Lynch Luckett of West Des Moines, Iowa, Cecelia Lynch of Long Beach, Calif., (Thomas Warnke), Loretta Lynch of San Francisco, Calif., (Jack Davis) & Monica Lynch of Union City, N.J.; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Lynch Wilcox & Theresa Lynch; 10 grandchildren, Laura, Caroline, Sarah, Ryan, Michael, Audra, Daniel, Devin, Brigid & Aidan and two great-grandchildren.

Mary was dearly loved by friends & family and will be remembered as warm, fun and strong-willed, devoted to her daughters, committed to justice, but not averse to a night on the boats playing the slots. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mother's Refuge, 14400 E. 42nd St. S., Suite 220, Independence, MO 64055 www.mothersrefuge.org or Animals Best Friends, P.O. Box 493, Independence, MO 64051 www.animalsbestfriends.org. Online condolences may be left at www.mcgilleysheil.com.
Arrangements: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133.
Published in The Examiner on Nov. 30, 2013
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