After living a full life of 84 years, the world lost a truly kind soul. Mary Aileen Ham passed away on January 30, 2020 in the arms of her husband, James Ham.
Mary was born on October 15, 1935 in St. Joseph, Missouri to John Francis & Aileen Rose Powers. Mary grew up with 5 siblings – John, Rosanne, DJ, Warren, & Marita. Mary was very close to her siblings and they all attended Blessed Sacrement Catholic Church. She attended Blessed Sacrement grade school and graduated from Bishop Lillis High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon graduation, Mary began a career in the insurance industry and was well-liked by her co-workers at Hartford Insurance.
In 1972, she met James Ham, and they married in February 1973. Mary left work to help raise Jim’s boys, Dan & Craig. For their first anniversary, Mary & Jim welcomed a son, John Patrick. Mary loved raising these boys and doted over all three of them.
Mary and Jim loved traveling and went on several cruises. Mary also enjoyed hosting friends and playing cards around the dining table. Mary had many friends and people loved being around her. Dorothy Blottman was her oldest friend, and they have remained close since meeting in grade school.
Mary was very proud of her sons and was happy when they married and added some other girls to the family. Once Carrie, Anita, & Wendy joined the family, Mary was happy to sit around and chat with the girls and have some new shopping buddies.
Very soon after the girls married in, Mary’s grandsons began arriving. Dan and Carrie welcomed Jake and Dylan. Craig and Anita welcomed Jackson & Jordan. John and Wendy welcomed Zane, Zander, Zaiden, & Zaxby (who called her “Mimi”). Mary loved when her grandsons would pop in. She always had a treat for them such as strawberries with “dippy-dips” (sugar) and hot tea.
Mary was very strong in her faith. Her grandsons would always call her first when they lost even a simple toy, and she would immediately pray to Saint Anthony. She taught the boys this prayer, and the toy always appeared. Mary attended Saint Bernadettes in Raytown, Missouri for many years as she raised her sons. Mary was also a founding member of Saint Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She also attended First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with Jim. She was a high-standing member in their Sunday School Class. Mary was also the recipient of the Bishop’s Award for teaching CCD for 20 years.
Mary was welcomed home by her parents, John Francis & Aileen Rose Powers. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, James Ham. She is also survived by her 3 sons – Dan Ham & wife Carrie and their sons – Jake & Dylan; Craig Ham & wife Anita and their sons- Jackson & Jordan; John Ham & wife Wendy and their sons – Zane, Zander, Zaiden, & Zaxby.
She is also survived by her siblings: John Powers (Marianne), Warren Powers (Linda), DJ Powers (Gretchen), Rosanne, & Marita Deatsch (Ivan), and many nieces and nephews, with whom she was very close.
Mary will be remembered for her kind heart and gentle spirit. Every one who met Mary loved her. She had a drawer full of greeting cards that she enjoyed sending out for every occasion. Every morning, she looked forward to sitting by the window and reading her Bible. She also was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed making clothes. Mary loved when her family visited, and her favorite time of year was the holidays because she was able to be with those she loved most.
The world was better for having had Mary in it. She touched many lives and those that knew her were changed for the better. Her family adored her, and her grandsons loved their time with her. Mary was truly an angel on Earth, and she will be missed by many.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Floral Hill’s Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.