Frances Maureen Gish Wissel of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on January 2, 2021 at the age of 67. She was born on June 30, 1953 at the Base Hospital, Hamilton AFB, California where her father was stationed. At the early age of two months, she made a fast trip by car across the mountains, desert and plains and got to Kansas City as quick as she could. She has been the best daughter, mother to Brian, and friend anybody could have asked for. She was truly an “Unsinkable Molly Brown”. No matter what life would throw at her, she always rose to the top, regrouped and found a way to overcome anything. At times she would be juggling three jobs at a time in order to take care of her son.
Maureen attended Warford Elementary School in Hickman Mills and graduated from Ruskin High School in 1971. She attended CMSU in Warrensburg and graduated in 1974 with a teaching degree in Physical Education and High School Math. After substitute teaching dried up, she got practical and went to work for Mercantile Stores both in Kansas City and Cincinnati, Ohio for 20 years. She then took a job at Best Buy’s Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN where she worked for 18 years with the company’s internal computer systems. She was an expert in the universal bar code system and had been involved with it since its early beginnings. She loved the cold weather and snowstorms in Minnesota. She moved back to Lee’s Summit in 2015 and quickly found her old friends and made a lot of new ones. She worked for One World, a company out of New Jersey, for three years after she returned home to Missouri. She was a volunteer guide at the Nelson Art Gallery. She loved art, reading, eating out with old friends, Broadway shows, all her cats, traveling the world, her home, her garden and especially Chihuly’s art glass and traveling the country to see his shows.
Maureen was preceded in death by her father David J. Gish of Griffin, GA in 1999 and by her maternal grandparents Art F. and Vera Adams of Kansas City; her paternal grandparents Jewell W. Gish of Kansas City and LaVern Gish Anderson of Adrian MO. Also, her beloved uncle Professor John Kenneth Adams of Columbia SC.
She is survived by her son SSG Brian Christopher Wissel USA Fort Roberts, California and his wife Tennille. She is also survived by her mother Mary Frances Gish Penechar and her stepfather S. Joseph Penechar of Overland Park, Kansas; her brothers David A. Gish of Griffin GA and Christopher S. Gish (Susan) of Randolph NJ. She leaves two stepsisters, Cathy Bartholow (Martin) of Olathe, KS, and Amy Penechar Boyden (Jon) of Salt Lake City, UT; her aunts Virginia Olson of Adrian MO and Jane Adams Ferril of Sheridan WY; her nieces Kayla Gish Dennis (Greg) of Griffin GA and Sidney Gish and Perri Gish of Randolph NJ; two cousins, Debi Ferril Draland (Duanne) of Clarkson KY, and Victoria Ferril Erbschloe (Don) of Sheridan WY, and so many special friends and neighbors from all over the world. She was a loving and giving person always.
Memorial Contributions can be made to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Educational Scholarship Fund.