Anne Gleason LeCluyse, 91, of Overland Park – devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend – died on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Kansas City, MO, surrounded by family and loved ones. Anne was born on September 10, 1930, in Kansas City, and lived in the Kansas City area most of her life. She also lived in San Diego and St. Louis in the 1950s.

Anne was a graduate of Redemptorist Grade School and then High School, and she was quite proud that she had worked on her associate’s degree at Penn Valley Community College. Anne was bright and independent; as a teen she worked as a teller at First National Bank in downtown Kansas City (she was proud of the fact that, as a young female, she was manager of older male coworkers).

She met the love of her life, Ed, in 1950, and they married two years later. Anne and Ed were married more than 67 years at the time of his death in 2020. She spent her entire married life serving her family as a stay-at-home mother.

Anne was the central figure – albeit in a quiet and unobtrusive way – in the lives of her children and, even more so, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a star in their eyes and that’s all that mattered. Anne was a talented quilter, making countless beautiful quilts for many in the family.

She was gracious and selfless with her time, volunteering more than 40 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, many years for the Ladies of Charity, as well as a number of school boards. Anne’s lifelong passion for local history was evident in her volunteer work for the Jackson County Historical Society – her grandpa Gleason for instance had been a deputy sheriff in Independence, MO, during the era of Frank and Jesse James. To her, it was important to pass along accurate family stories and history.

Anne’s faith was critical and alive, epitomized in her constant concern for helping others. The Gospel phrase, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” is no exaggeration of her life legacy.

Anne loved the holidays and making them special for her family. Her pies were stellar – we’ve never been able to replicate her crust – and her Christmas cookies were legendary. She was a veritable culinary “rock star.” We will treasure our memories of mom’s Spaghetti a La Rose, Chicken Tetrazzini, Napoleons, Cheese Cake, Sunday morning breakfasts (including her homemade biscuits), her “glue” and animal-shaped birthday cakes, her mother’s “loaf meat,” and many more. We will do our best to continue these gastronomical delights.

As if seven children were not enough, she fostered two children as well (Dennis and Rosie). Anne truly loved babies.

Friendships were golden for Anne, marked by her deep devotion. Her fun-loving crew of grade school and high school friends were known as the “Ladies of the Lake” for their regular trips to the Lake of the Ozarks, where they filled the cove with love and laughter.

Anne was preceded in death by her husband Ed, two sons, Dan and Gerry, her parents and her eight siblings. What a reunion!

Anne is survived by three daughters: Chris (Chuck) Frank, Pat (Terry) Bisbee, and Amy (Jeff) Latz; two sons: Ed Jr. (Jean) LeCluyse, and Jim (Mary Beth) LeCluyse; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


The family requests no flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to Bishop Sullivan Center, 6435 Truman Road, KCMO, 64126.  Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.

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