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Ginn, Frances Leona Whiteaker

Ginn, Frances Leona Whiteaker

June 14, 1927 — August 13, 2022

Frances Leona Whiteaker Ginn, 95, of Liberty, Missouri, passed peacefully in her home at Laurel at Norterre on August 13, 2022, surrounded by loving family.

Frances was born June 14, 1927, in rural Dekalb County, Missouri, the younger of two daughters of James and Pansy Taylor Whiteaker. She graduated Valedictorian from Maysville High School in 1945 and received several college scholarships.

Soon after graduation, Frances began her first job as Deputy Circuit Clerk and Recorder for Dekalb County, where she worked six years.

On June 24, 1951, Frances was united in marriage to her childhood friend, Reverend Harland K. Ginn. They were blessed with four children, Elizabeth Ann, Rebecca Leona, James Whiteaker and Martha Lynn. Their first baby, Mary Ruth, passed at birth.

Frances soon began a ministry alongside Harland as he pastored Baptist churches for six decades. The churches they served included New Friendship in Albany, Alanthus near Stanberry, First Baptist in Hardin, First Baptist in Excelsior Springs, First Baptist in Camdenton, and 26 years at Winnwood in the Kansas City Northland. Following Harland's retirement, they served 13 interim churches. At each church, Frances joyfully played the piano and organ, often with Harland singing at her side.

Frances worked for 12 years as Insurance Claims Processor for Vilmer and Vilmer Orthopedics in North Kansas City.

In May, 1980, Frances proudly graduated summa cum laude from William Jewell College, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.

Frances and Harland became faithful members of Second Baptist Church in Liberty in 2005. At Second, Frances taught a senior women's Bible study class and participated in Women's Missions.

In her free time, Frances enjoyed quilting, reading, religious study, crocheting and playing the dulcimer. Most importantly, being with her family and her many friends brought abundant joy.

Along with her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harland, and her sister, Elsie Cornelius. Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Hager (Pete), Rebecca Starnes (Gary), James Ginn (Jim Segaar) and Martha Puckett (Craig); grandchildren, Lana Hager, Luke Starnes, Aaron Puckett (Hillary McQuade), Abby Metcalfe (Adrienne) and Tami Jones (Jeff); great grandchildren, Faith Williams, Onyx Metcalfe and Kessler Puckett; sister-in-law, Carol Harris; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the staff at Liberty Hospital, Laurel at Norterre/Preston floor staff and residents, and Ascend Hospice caregivers.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, August 18, at Second Baptist Church, 300 East Kansas Street, Liberty, Missouri. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Friday, August 19, at Second Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 pm at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Maysville, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Reverend and Mrs. Harland Ginn Scholarship Fund at William Jewell College, Second Baptist Church, or Ascend Health Hospice Care.

You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, August 18, at Second Baptist Church, 300 East Kansas Street, Liberty, Missouri. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Friday, August 19, at Second Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 pm at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Maysville, Missouri.

Ginn, Frances Leona Whiteaker's Guestbook

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words about our wonderful mom and for your condolences. Becky

Becky Ginn Starnes

Always enjoyed seeing her at First Baptist in Seattle and wished we could know her better. Her life was a wonderful example to the world and especially her children. We mourn and rejoice with you. Mike and Linda Zaugg, friends of Jim and Jim‘s from Seattle

Linda Zaugg

The service was beautiful. I am sorry that my back pain overtook my playing of Amazing Grace. Your check of appreciation was far too much and I will send it to the Rev. and Mrs. Harland Ginn Scholarship Fund at William Jewell College. Love In Christ, Ken Bost

Kenneth E Bost

We are truly sorry for your loss. The Lord was there with open arms welcoming her home along with your dad. We were married at Winnwood Baptist Church by your father. I will never forget you mom was there that day. She caught us with a bottle of champagne. She calmly told us we couldn't have that in here. Smiley face. Your mom and dad were important parts in my Christian life. I was also baptized by your dad. Sending you love at this time and hope you find peace.

Douglas and Pamela Wiltfong

Mrs. Starnes, I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of your mom (and dad) from our Third Grade Club. Your mom was an amazing person.

Brandee Jones Hammontree

Your mother was a wonderful person. I have many happy memories of being your neighbor in Sherwood. I regret I will be out of town and unable to attend the memorial. May peace and love fill your hearts, Liz, Becky, Jimmy, and Martha.

Joy Brooks

Your mother was such a dear women and a very caring person. She will be missed by so many who loved her. Seeing your father preaching and your mother always by his side was a always a joy to our family at Winnwood. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mother was a true Angel. Your friends from Winnwood Baptist Church

Loretta Monahan, Jeff and Debbie Williams (Monahan) and Ron and Cindy Walker (Monahan)

Frances was a very nice neighbor in Sherwood Estates. Janie and I are so thankful we visited with her and Becky last year.

Norma Nicholson

so sorry for your loss. Your mother has a wonderful legacy in her family. Safe travels Jim and Jim.

Sue Koning

Becky and Gary, so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Your mom was so pretty.

Sherry Bradford

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