Frances Mae Hite, 100, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed peacefully away December 9, 2016, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Frances was born July 2, 1916, in Weston, Missouri, to Alvin and Ella Gabbert. She graduated from Weston High School in 1936. That same year she met and married the love of her life, R.O. Shenkner. They were together until his death in 1967. They had two daughters, Ruth (Shenkner) Yunker, and Susan (Shenkner) Albin. Frances married Ben Hite in 1970; he passed away that same year. Frances was a homemaker during her married life. She then went to work for eight years at Hallmark Cards, followed by twelve years at Red Bridge Health Care as a cook and loved every minute of it. She delighted in helping the elderly, neighbors and friends. She loved to share her special dishes and baked goods with them. Frances held her family close and was never happier than spending time with them. You would never leave her house empty handed; she was always very giving to everyone. In her later years, she continued to cook, clean her house and grow her flowers. Frances was particularly proud of her roses, iris and peonies. Frances loved sports; she attended many Royals games and was an avid Chiefs fan. She was there when the Royals won the Pennant in 1985. She celebrated her 100th birthday this past summer with a barbeque luncheon at the Stonehaus Winery in Lee's Summit, followed by attendance at the Royals on July 7th. Frances attended Armour Heights Baptist Church; she was a member of the Messengers and Golden Futures. She belonged to the Tower Park Homes Association of Waldo, Service Partners at Research Hospital, and the Weston Museum Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, R.O. Shenkner and Ben Hite, and six brothers and sisters. Frances is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Shenkner) Yunker, and husband, Kenny, of Blue Springs, Susan (Shenkner) Albin, and husband, Frank, of Clinton; four grandchildren, Kenny Yunker III, Jason Yunker, John Albin and Steve Albin; great-grandchildren, Brynn and Bennett Yunker; Tyler, Tanner and Lanie Albin; stepchildren, Dylan and Dalton Camp; and one sister, Dixie Gabbert of Kansas City; as well as several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Services and burial were conducted at Mount Moriah of Kansas City, Missouri.
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