Mary Louise (DeVry) Bledsoe, 87 Mary Louise (DeVry) Bledsoe, 87, of Tempe, AZ, and formerly of Wichita, KS and Lake Ozark (Roach), MO, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017, at Friendship Village in Tempe, where she lived since 2014.

Mary Louise (DeVry) Bledsoe, 87 Mary Louise (DeVry) Bledsoe, 87, of Tempe, AZ, and formerly of Wichita, KS and Lake Ozark (Roach), MO, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017, at Friendship Village in Tempe, where she lived since 2014.

Mary Lou was born July 29, 1930, in Elgin, Illinois, the elder of two children of Henry William DeVry and Mary Jeanette (Crumley) DeVry. She moved to Kansas City with her family when she was nine years old and graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy. She later received her Bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College in Liberty. Her first job was working alongside her father at the family business, Memorial Park Cemetery.  In the late 1950’s, Mary Lou moved with her husband, Hap, to Wichita, KS, where they established Resthaven Memorial Gardens and later, Mortuary. She lived in Wichita more than 40 years, raising her three children, Mary Clare, Greg and Tom, while active in the community.

Her “retirement” years led to lake life in the Ozarks. At the lake, Mary Lou was a very active member of Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Mission and enjoyed those years living across the street from her daughter, Mary Clare, and family. Mary Lou moved to the Phoenix area in 2014 to live near her son, Tom, who along with others has been a devoted caregiver.  In Tempe, Mary Lou was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church where she and Tom attended Mass each Sunday.

Along with her parents, Mary Lou is preceded in death by her son, Greg.  She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and David Bollinger of Ashland, MO; son, Tom Bledsoe of Mesa, AZ; brother, Henry W. “Bill” DeVry, Jr. of Liberty, MO; grandchildren, Monica, Vincent and Colton Bledsoe, Michael and Daniel Bollinger; and great grandson, A.J. Bledsoe.

Mary Lou’s home and refrigerator were always welcoming her family and friends…many who also called her Mom. There was always room for an extra plate at the table, present under the tree and a pillow to rest. She was in her element when the house was full and laughter prevailed. Mary Lou was a remarkable mom and grandma, and will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 24, at the Park Lawn South Chapel, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.  A memorial Mass will be offered at a later date in Tempe, AZ.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home (816) 523-1234.