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1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
ANNE DELORES STARR MAURIN Our loving, creative and spontaneous mother died peacefully on Mother's Day, May 8, 2016, after seeing her family one last time. Anne Delores Starr Maurin never revealed her age, but we can now state she was born in Philadelphia to Walter and Mary Starr on Jan. 21, 1921. She felt it impolite to ask a woman her age. Losing her father at a young age instilled in Anne a determination to reach her goals. A scholarship to Vassar College lasted only a year before taking a job at Corson Laboratory. Though Anne loved chemistry, the lab did not satisfy her "joie de vivre" like TWA did. There she worked as a trainer, then an Air Hostess on the Lockheed Constellation, the "Connie." Based in New York, she transferred to Kansas City where she met a handsome young bachelor, Dan Maurin. The rest is history. Though she was forced to "retire" when she married, she found other adventures. For 55 years these kindred spirits made a life raising three children, traveling and giving back to their community. Every year they loaded their children into the family car and traveled to all 49-mainland states, including a sojourn to Alaska and the Arctic Circle. They also cruised to the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, and trips to Europe and Mediterranean. Anne made a point of exposing her children to the arts and athletics. Summers were sailing at Lake Quivira and water skiing at their beloved Lakeview. She also made trips to Philadelphia to visit her mother Mary, brother Walter and sisters Helen Talunas and Angela Starr. Anne was an innovator and a leader. She served as President of various organizations including Clipped Wings - KC Chapter and International, Bethany Hospital Auxiliary, Notre Dame de Sion Mother's Club, Women's Kansas Day, the Jaycee Jaynes, and Chairman of Council of Clubs and Regional Woman's Council of Heart of America United Way Campaign. Active in the community, she served on boards of the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Fireside, the Sarah Jacobs Milk Fund and worked on political campaigns for Bob Dole, Nancy Kassebaum, Jan Myers and Governor Bob Bennett. Anne was a Republican girl in Democratic Wyandotte County. Although those were noteworthy achievements, her most cherished role was as mother. She was a mentor and cheerleader for her children, and will be remembered for being the wind beneath their wings. Anne is survived by her children, Gayle Maurin, Dan Maurin (Martha) and Marianne Kilroy (Terry), grandchildren, Abby (Ben) Spell, Kyle (Joel) Nelson, Albert Charles Maurin, and Katherine Kilroy, and one great grandchild, Daniel Bennett Spell as well as loving nephews and nieces. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 85th and Wornall, proceeded by visitation at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingswood Foundation or Grace Hospice. The family wishes to thank the staff at Kingswood and Grace Hospice for their love, comfort and care. Condolences may be left at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Home & Crematory, 1835 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS (913) 621-6400. P
Published in Kansas City Star on May 11, 2016
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