Mary Cromwell, 49, Blue Springs, Mo., passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at home early Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

Mary Cromwell, 49, Blue Springs, Mo., passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at home early Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

A memorial service for Mary will be held on Oct. 30, 2010, 11 a.m., at Cornerstone Church, 301 SE AA Highway, Blue Springs 64014.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cornerstone Church Food Pantry in Mary’s name.

The loss of our beloved wife, mother, sister, niece, cousin has come too soon.

Mary was welcomed into heaven by her parents, Betty and Murvyn Garvey; her mother-in-law, Ruby Cromwell; her grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Mary was born May 22, 1961, in Denver, Colo. She was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, with her brother, Marc, until she joined the Air Force in 1979. It was while she was serving our country in the Armed Forces that she met and married her loving husband, Steve, who was serving in the Navy in Sunnyvale, Calif. Mary loved the ocean and sunsets, but she especially loved helping others. She volunteered at Cornerstone Church, the Blue Springs School District, and at her daughter‘s cheerleading events. She was a deeply devoted mother to her children, Jaron and Tori. Her children and husband were the focus of her life. It is difficult to find empty space in their home for all of the family pictures and stained glass artwork that Mary created, framed, hung on the walls and placed on any flat surface.

Mary is survived by her much loved husband, Steve; her adored children Jaron and Tori; her brother, Marc Garvey of Dallas, Texas; Ruth Spence of Van Alstyne, Texas; cousins and friends in Texas, Wisconsin and New Orleans, La.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends in Blue Springs, Independence and Lee‘s Summit, Mo.

Mary wished to be cremated and the family will release her ashes at sunset at the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., at a later date.

Arrangements: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677.