April 21, 2011

(11/27/1930 - 4/10/2011)

Mary Magdalene (Mooney) Justice, 80, of Memphis, Missouri, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

She was born November 27, 1930 at home in Kahoka, Missouri, to Willis Oscar and Martha Beatrice Eagon Mooney. She attended Kahoka Elementary and Kahoka High School.

She married Leland Eugene Justice on February 20, 1947, in Kahoka, Missouri and to this union eight children were born.

Mary was a mother and a homemaker. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

One year prior to moving to Memphis in 1962, she and Leland purchased the Mackey and Williams Grocery Store and opened their grocery business under the name of Lee and Mary's Superette. After relocating to Memphis, Mary assisted her husband in operating their new enterprise; making many friends who first presented as their customers. After selling Lee and Mary's Superette, Mary stayed home to continue raising her family while Leland managed the Benner Grocery Store. In 1964, Leland and Mary started a new venture as owner-operators of the Authorized Sears Catalog Store in Memphis. While managing this business, together, they undertook the construction of a new home with Leland using what little spare time he had to work on the project because he also worked for the Shellor Globe in Keokuk during which time Mary would single handedly operate the Sears Catalog store. Through the years this business was housed in three different locations before a final move was made to a building on West Monroe Street on the south side of the square. On April 1, 1987, Mary and Leland sold the Sears Catalog store to Scott and Julie Wickert and in turn, bought property in Blue Eye, Missouri, which was located close to Branson.

Mom loved the front porch of her home in Blue Eye where she could see Table Rock Lakes and the many boats on the water. While sitting on her deck, she enjoyed watching the hummingbirds come to her many feeders which hung from the eaves and she particularly enjoyed a roadrunner who would come onto the deck and peer in the living room window. While in Blue Eye, Mary worked at Shepherd of The Hills Gift Shop. She thoroughly enjoyed having her children come for visits at which time she would take them to the many attractions Branson had to offer including the opportunity to attend many of the shows on the strip when she could attain complimentary tickets. Mary and Leland moved back to the Memphis area in 2000, due to Leland's declining health.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and a past member of Eastern Star.

She is survived by six children, Pam Ulry of Reed Springs, Missouri, Marsha Monroe and her husband Kenny of Memphis, Rick Justice and his wife Gini of Independence, Missouri, Tony Justice and his wife Amy of Harrisburg, Missouri, William "Jobe" Justice and his wife Cindy of Memphis, Cindy Antal and her husband Mark of Lancaster; twenty-seven grandchildren; Sean Justice, April Lane and her husband Jacob, Amanda Jo O'Brien and her husband, Jeremy, Samantha Wroughton; Todd and Brandon Ulry and his wife Stacie; Melissa, Heather and Elizabeth Monroe and her fiancÚ Troy Carper; Nicole Vallejo and her husband Geoff, Kristin Ott and her husband Jim, Aimee Hamilton, Anastasia and Jaicee Justice; Russel Justice and his wife Jess; Michael, Jared, Jeremy, and Jessica Justice; Jacob and Kelsey Justice; Lacy, Kylie, Joey and Damian Antal; seven step-grandchildren, Jared Wilcox, Darian and Kiersti Neece, Jason Farris, Paige, Tyler and Jed Troutman; twenty-four great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister, Mildred Syferd and her husband Scott of Macon, Missouri; a brother, Joe Mooney and his wife Grace of Florida; a sister-in-law, Shirley Hagen of Minnesota; a brother-in-law, Ray Justice and his wife, Cleta, of Paola, Kansas; nieces, nephews, many friends and a very special family friend, Patty Ahland, of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two sons, Ernest "Bud" Justice and Stanley Eagon Justice; two grandsons, Thomas Dean Justice and Christopher Dean Justice.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Memphis, Missouri on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2 P.M. with Reverend Jim Campbell officiating. Music was provided by vocalists, Joe and Lori Fulk and pianist, Ann Luther. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery in Kahoka, Missouri. Casket bearers were grandsons and honorary casket bearers were granddaughters.

To honor Mary's memory, a memorial will be made to the Scotland County Hospital, the Scotland County Care Center or to the donor's choice and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be made to the Justice family by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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