Lee Almeda Brady, born June 30, 1936, was the youngest daughter of William Carl and Roberta Pearl Brady, in Kansas City, MO, and granddaughter of Dr. William John Brady, who was instrumental in starting the Kansas City Dental College. She spent a period of time with her Aunt Nell and Uncle Orlow Sutton on their farm in Kansas, along with her two cousins Sue and Ronnie Sutton. She called them Sisco and Broco because they were like sister and brother to her. These were the best years of her childhood. When her mother remarried, she went to live with her in the Kansas City area. There were two redeeming features of the city, the Westport library and the Nelson Art Gallery. After graduation from Ruskin High School, she entered Trinity Hospital School of Nursing. Her mother later became an RN also, through General Hospital.

Lee Almeda Brady, born June 30, 1936, was the youngest daughter of William Carl and Roberta Pearl Brady, in Kansas City, MO, and granddaughter of Dr. William John Brady, who was instrumental in starting the Kansas City Dental College. She spent a period of time with her Aunt Nell and Uncle Orlow Sutton on their farm in Kansas, along with her two cousins Sue and Ronnie Sutton. She called them Sisco and Broco because they were like sister and brother to her. These were the best years of her childhood. When her mother remarried, she went to live with her in the Kansas City area. There were two redeeming features of the city, the Westport library and the Nelson Art Gallery. After graduation from Ruskin High School, she entered Trinity Hospital School of Nursing. Her mother later became an RN also, through General Hospital.

After Lee became an RN, she started on the road to an exciting and fulfilling life. She, first, was a charge nurse at Dricoll Foundation Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she cared for terminally ill children. She was in the inactive Reserves of the Navy Nurses’ Corps. Later she moved to California, and lived and worked in several interesting areas. She was fondest of Coronado, CA, and she deeply loved the ocean. In time, her instinct had her move back to Kansas City, MO. Her mother died shortly after Lee became the plant nurse at Thomas J. Lipton (now Unilever) in Independence, MO. The kindness of the employees made her decide to stay. It was there she met her future husband, Larry Kuestermeyer. They had two children, Nell Roberta and John Allen. When they enrolled in Holy Family Grade School, she started helping in the school library. She spent the next seventeen years as a full time volunteer in charge of the library. This was a wonderful experience. When, much to everyone’s sorrow, the bishop closed the school, she then started working in the reference department at Mid-Continent Public Library, North Independence. The employees and patrons became dear and caring friends. After fifteen years of service at the library, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) forced her to resign and caused her demise. Lee was a vegetarian and an animal lover. She did not kill any living creature, believing they too had a right to life. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua were ever at her call.

On April 17, 2011, Lee left behind is her beloved husband Larry, who cared for her through the disaster of ALS, as well as her equally beloved children, Nell and John (Angela) and her precious grandchildren, Alex Lee, Victoria, Luke and Ella Kuestermeyer, and Nell’s daughters, Leah Eckart and Brooke Horstman. Her close friends were indeed like family, Myrna Gover, June Bailey, Dan and Jennifer Eckart, and all the people from MCPL. Not to be forgotten is Larry’s Family, especially his sister Dana Taylor who provided care and support throughout her illness. Their prayers were offered every day, and helped a great deal.

Lee expects them all to join her in Heaven where she is in the company of her mom, dad and sisters, Lyda and Roberta, as well as Larry’s mother and father, brother, Leo and friends. She also hoped to soon get to meet Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Mass of Christian burial will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Independence. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rosary at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial to follow at a later date in Broadland Cemetery in Huron, South Dakota.   

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church or Altar Rosary Society or Animals Best Friends.

Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Noland Road Chapel, (816) 252-8900.