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WILMA MARIE HAGEBUSH (CRUSE) Wilma Marie Hagebush (Cruse), 85, passed away Thursday October 13, 2016. Born Nov. 8, 1930, to Chester F. and Mary Jane (Weightman) Cruse, Wilma was a life-long resident of the Kansas City, Mo., area. She was married for 42 years to the love of her life, Harry Hagebush, prior to his death in 1992. Together they raised three children and pursued their passion for traveling the world. A woman of many talents, Wilma also enjoyed golfing, singing, playing the piano, painting, reading, genealogy, sewing, playing bridge, spending time with her family, and serving her church and community. Wilma graduated from Central High School in 1947 and attended two years of college before marrying and starting a family. She progressed in her career from clerk-typist to become a Business Specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration educating the business community on the Federal government procurement process. Wilma received the GSA Honor Award for Excellence in 1990 and retired in 1992 after more than 30 years of service. Learning and higher education were important to Wilma and Harry. After seeing her children graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Wilma was determined to finish her education. She took classes at UMKC for several years while working and obtained her bachelor's degree in 1984. Wilma also supported Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., a college for women. She served as president of the Raytown P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women, and established an endowment for student scholarships at the college. An active member of Southwood United Church of Christ for more than 50 years, Wilma played an instrumental role in the life and growth of the church. She served in numerous capacities including multiple positions on the church council, the women's fellowship group and as a choir member. She participated in several church mission trips helping those in need and spreading God's word. Wilma's curiosity led to decades of travel throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She visited the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Majal and Panama Canal. Wilma loved to embrace the local culture and enjoyed sharing pictures and stories about the people she encountered on her many adventures. When she wasn't traveling, Wilma found time to volunteer as a reading mentor at Spring Valley Elementary School, serve meals at homeless shelters and raise funds for the local public television station. Wilma was a long time member of the Kansas City Turners organization, local Red Hat Societies and Teetering Rocks golf community. She was a dear friend to all who knew her and her kind and generous spirit were sure to bring a smile to everyone she met. Wilma was always ready to go on a new adventure, cultivate a new talent, play a game or pitch in where needed. Wilma is preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson, Scott Shockley. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Gary Hagebush (Jane) of Omaha, NE, Terriann Shockley (Steve) of Marietta, GA, and David Hagebush (Elaine) of San Ramon, CA, and grandchildren, Megan (Hagebush) Krome, Stacy Shockley, Rachel Hagebush and Chris Hagebush. The family will receive visitors from 4;30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64133. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Southwood United Church of Christ followed by burial at Floral Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Scott Shockley Foundation, PO Box 72672, Marietta, GA 30007-2672 or to fund pediatric cancer research or Southwood United Church of Christ, 7904 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 64138. Arr.: Floral Hills Funeral Home (816) 353-1218. N
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