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Mary Frances (Shannon) (Lafferty) Stareck


Mary Frances (Shannon) (Lafferty) Stareck, 95, passed away quietly in her sleep on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

She was born on January 3, 1928, in Boonville, Missouri. She was the only child of Elza and Chella (McClain) Shannon. Her parents moved to Benton, Kansas in 1932. Mary attended school in Benton, where she graduated in 1946. She moved to Wichita, where she attended American Business College and worked at the Federal Land Bank for seven years.

In 1954, she married Eldon Lafferty and was a housewife until his death in 1964. Mary then returned to work as the principal's secretary at Wichita Heights High School for 24 years. She retired in 1988 and returned to Benton to live. In 2000, she married her high school sweetheart, Eldon Stareck. In 2022, she and Eldon relocated to Pittsburg, Kansas to be closer to her step-daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Eldon Lafferty.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon Stareck; step-daughter, Catherine Linaweaver; step-son, Ralph (Sherry) Stareck; four grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Benton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lord's Diner, 520 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.

Services in care of Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Share tributes online at: http://www.dlwichita.com.