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Mary Truman Gracey

February 12, 1942 — June 15, 2023

         Mary was born, February 12, 1942, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri the second of six children born to John Curtis (J.C.) and Mary Agnes Higbee Truman. Mary spent her formative years growing up in Independence, MO, not far from her great-uncle Harry S. Truman’s home.

         She attended grade school and high school at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School in Independence, MO. She became a cheerleader for the school’s sports program and during the summer, working for her great-uncle Harry at the Truman Presidential Library.

         After high school Mary attended St. Mary’s College in Xavier, KS. for a year. She came home and started working for the vice president at Commerce Bank in downtown Kansas City, MO.

         Mary started dating Joseph Patrick Gracey once home from college. Mary and Joe were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church August 22, 1964, and remained married for 56 years. Mary and Joe welcomed their first child into the world, daughter Terri Lynn on June 22, 1965. Less than two years later, their son Paul Jay was born on January 17, 1967.

         Mary was a devoted wife and mother. Her family and faith were incredibly important to her. She loved spending time with all her family, in-laws, and especially her children. A fantastic hostess, her personality would shine brightly in these moments. With her keen, playful sense of humor and quick laugh, everyone felt welcomed and appreciated.

         As the children grew up and she gained some time to herself she took up oil painting as a hobby. Mary painted rich landscapes which she happily shared with family.

         Mary was an amazing woman of God who devoted her life to her family and living by God’s commandments. Mary regularly attended The International House of Prayer of Kansas City where she was a Prayer Room Assistant for three years. Later she was on the staff at The International House of Prayer in the Healing Ministry. Mary with members of her prayer group also spent time ministering and helping the homeless in Kansas City, MO. Mary and Joe later moved to DeSoto, Texas where they became members of Mountain Creek Church in Dallas. Mary and Joe established and led the Prayer Mountain Healing Ministry at Mountain Creek Church. After Joe’s passing, Mary continued to lead a healing prayer service every Saturday for anyone who wanted prayer. She dedicated her life to helping others especially those in need.

         Mary was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Gracey, son Paul J. Gracey; parents J. C. and Mary Truman, brother John Truman; niece Annette Moser; brothers-in-law Michael Gracey and Ralph Deloach.

         She is survived by her daughter, Terri Gracey Buffa, and her husband Carl Michael, of Overland Park, KS. Three sisters: Rita Truman Moser and her husband Carl of Kansas City, MO. Loretta Truman DeLoach, Overland Park KS, Jean Truman Zimmerman and her husband Doug, Kansas City, MO; brother: Gil Truman and his wife Pam, Overland Park, KS; sister-in-law Linda Truman, St. Louis MO; brother-in-law: James Gracey and wife Anthea, Aurora, CO; and sister-in-law Evelyn Gracey, Kansas City, MO; and countless other family members.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Mary’s name to:

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store of Dallas, TX; or City Union Mission, Kansas City, MO.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday June 21st, 2023, at the Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th Street, Leawood KS 66209. Please visit the following link to view the live stream once Mass begins at 10:00 am: https://www.kcnativity.org/onlineevents

Burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64138.

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