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MARY KATHRYN FARRIS ZAKOVICH Obituary
MARY KATHRYN FARRIS ZAKOVICH Mary Kathryn Farris Zakovich, age 82, of Independence, MO, formerly of Clinton, MO passed away February 13, 2014. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 16th, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17th, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 11001 Greenwood, Lenexa, KS. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery South. Mary has been a long standing member of St. George as well as a member of the Sveta Petka Kolo Society (ladies club). Mary graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton, MO where she was voted the prettiest girl in her Senior class, was selected as the football queen and served as the bands drum majorette for five years. She is a member at large of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was selected Valentine Queen in 1976. Mary was an apprentice Red Coater for the Kansas City Chiefs working next to her husband Ray for over 25 years and on December 13th, she was very honored as she was officially presented her Red Coat at the last season game at the Chiefs Stadium by Mr. Clark Hunt, Chairman of the Board. Mary enjoyed a very successful career, as Administrative Assistant to the Chairman of the Board, Puritan Bennett Corp. for eighteen years, retiring in 1982. She later went to work as Assistant to the Director of Corporate Finance, Piper Jaffray Corp. retiring in 1998. Additionally Mary was selected to be the first secretary of the Jackson County Drug Task Force which was formed by the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. After retirement she joined her husband, Ray, as Vice President, Zakovich & Associates, an executive protection/special investigations company. She traveled extensively with her husband, President of Zakovich & Associates and their son, George. On her travels she was in charge of the command post and handled the accounting and payroll for the company. Her husband, Ray had the protection of NFL Great Joe Montana when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the mid nineties (1993). On game day Ray and son George would pick Joe up at his home in Hallbrook at 7 a.m. and begin the route to the Chiefs Stadium. Joe would furnish the coffee and Mary would bake fresh poppy seed rolls for him which he loved. He would ride in the back seat on the ride to the game while enjoying his coffee and poppy seed rolls. Occasionally Mary would also bake Povitica Bread (nut bread), which was also a favorite of Joe's wife, Jennifer. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Loretta Farris, formerly of Clinton, MO. She is survived by her husband Ray Zakovich; sons Gary Helwig and wife Susie, and David Helwig; stepson George Zakovich and wife Joni; stepdaughters Cindy and Paris Zakovich; seven beautiful grandchildren Katie Munger and husband Larry, Matt Helwig and wife Margaret, Raymond Zakovich, Holli Thompson and husband Bruce, Zane Helwig and Nikola, and Andjelija Ranick; five great- grandchildren Peyton, Ellie, and Kamryn Munger, Haven Helwig, and Grayson Zakovich. She is also survived by her sisters Liz Kirk and husband Ralph, Pat Trottier and husband Ron; brother Jim Farris and wife Pat; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary will be greatly missed by her family whom she loved dearly. She and her husband Ray were best friends. They went everywhere and did everything together, whether it be church, dancing, exercise, football games, traveling, etc.; they just enjoyed being together. Contributions may be made to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Building Fund, 11001 Greenwood St., Lenexa, KS 66215, (913) 469-9200. M
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 15, 2014
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