In Memorium

Well known and beloved Kansas City actress Deb Bluford (Debra Susan Johnson) passed away following a brief illness.

Soon after arriving in Kansas City, as she recalled from a New Theatre Facebook post, “I pulled out the yellow pages, looked up ‘live theater’ and called the dinner theater to set up an audition with Dennis Hennessy.” 

Deb made her Kansas City debut playing Aunt Ethel in “Harvey” at the former Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse.

John Pearce - December 5, 2019

John Pearce, a long-time member of the Guild, passed away December 5, 2019. He was one of the original FOD’s (Friends of Dodie) and served on the board of directors from 2005 To 2008 holding the position of Fundraiser. He enjoyed his experience on stage at the New Theatre with other members of the Guild as an extra in Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, and Arsenic and Old Lace. John was known for his love of travel and theatre and would try to see a stage production if he was in a city for more than one day.

Betty Scherzinger, one of the original members of the “Friends
of Dodie”, passed away January 26, 2020. Betty was a loyal member of the Guild and could be spotted at all Guild sponsored events.

Jordan Bushman - March 28, 2020

Jordan Bushman passed away peacefully at home on March 28. Jordan and his wife, Betty, have been devoted members and generous patrons of the Guild since the beginning. They attended benefits and were actively involved in Guild meetings and events. In 2006, Betty and Jordan established the Michelle Bushman Scholarship at UMKC in honor of their daughter. Jordan was very congenial and made many friends in the Guild. He will be missed.

Evangeline "Babe" Thompson - May 17, 2020

Evangeline “Babe” Thompson passed away May 17, 2020. Babe and her husband, Frank, were long-time members and supporters of the Guild.  In 1997, they generously donated an automobile to the Guild for a successful fundraising raffle.

Robert L. Meeker - July 25, 2020

Robert L. Meeker passed away July 25, 2020.  Bob and his wife, Pam, have been in the Guild for many years. Pam served as a board member and was a Benefits chairman in 2010.

Arlene Krings was dedicated to the Guild mission and served in several positions on the Guild Board, including, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, Benefit Chair,  in support of that mission. She and her husband Gary established a scholarship in their name at UCM.

Arlene’s family meant everything to her! Gary has been her soulmate for 29 years; she always placed his needs above her own and helped him in every way. Some of the most memorable times in their marriage were traveling all over the world.

Death of Our Friend- Arlene
She may be gone from life today, But in our hearts, she’s here to stay. Her death is tragic that we know, Though her memory shall live through sun, rain, and snow. She wouldn’t want us to cry for long. She would want us to remember her through a happy song. She impacted many throughout her life, Helping them with their toils and strife. Never has someone given so much love. Our memory of her is as beautiful as a shining white dove. S.M.

Buddy Myres, August 11, 2020

Buddy Myers, little red headed brother of Dolores  Myers (aka, Dodie Brown) passed away, August 11, 2020. “He was the BEST little brother ever” said Dodie, “He never told anyone my age”. Buddy will be missed by many, but most of all by his loving family.

JoAnn has been a Guild member for over 10 years. JoAnn was born on Monday, February 11, 1929. In her 91 years, She has been a member of many organizations, a big band singer in her high school years, SugarPlum the clown, a renowned storyteller, married to Gerry C. Shook who passed on July 26, 2016, but to us, most importantly, our Mom. JoAnn will join her husband at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Betty Bushman. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Betty and Jordan were long time members and generous supporters of the Guild’s Scholarship Program with their established Michelle Bushman Scholarship for their daughter at UMKC. The Guild will miss one of their cherished founding members.

We are sad to announce the death of the Guild’s first President, Shirley Brown Lammers. She and Henry Lammers were active in attending the Guild’s events until his death in 2018 and her moving to Sacramento to live with her stepdaughter, Stephanie.

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