MMF is committed to revitalizing Mayview by encouraging a clean, safe
environment for citizen and business growth.
Helen and Albert bought a Mayview area farm in 1991. Their
children attended the Mayview school until it closed. There
are currently three generations of Ryuns living in the
Mayview area. They, also, own a rental house in Mayview.
Albert and both sons, Jeff and Russell, are involved in the
Mayview Fire Department. A grand-daughter is involved
in the Fortyville 4-H Club. Helen is active in the
Tina Ussery-Franklin lived in rural Mayview and attended the Mayview school from K-6th grade. Her parents, Hattie and Kennie Ussery, moved the family to town when Tina was in 5th grade. Tina graduated from Odessa High School and attended college at Missouri State University, graduating in 1984 with a BS in Business Management and a minor in Marketing. She married Wade Franklin, also from Mayview, in 1984.
Tina spent most of her career working at American Century Investments based in Kansas City, MO. She held a variety of management roles and was the head of the Project Management Office prior to her retirement in 2021. Tina is also involved with the Kansas City not-for-profit Community LINC which is focused on ending homelessness in KC. She was on the Community LINC board for 9 years and served as board chair in 2019. Tina joined the Mayview MO Foundation in 2021 and is greatly enjoying her work on the board as well as re-connecting with people in the community.
Denise moved to the rural Odessa area, began attending, and
became a member of Zion UCC in 1974. In 1975 she did her
student teaching at Mayview Elementary and began her
teaching career at Mayview in 1976. She taught at the building
until it was closed at the end of the 1996-97 school year.
She has continued to be a part of the Mayview community as a
member of Zion and as a teacher with the Odessa R-7 School
District until retiring in 2013. Her Children, Christina and Brad
Begemann, attended K through 6th Grade at Mayview Elementary. Her husband Bill Bainbridge is a past board member of the Odessa School District.
Elaine's great-grandparents began attending church In
Mayview in the 1880s. After the consolidation of the country
schools with Mayview, she then attended school in Mayview
6th thru 12th grade. Elaine has a degree from University of Missouri in Education plus other certifications from a career in the life and health insurance industry. Her dad served on the Mayview School Board during much of that time and her mother taught Elementary school in the '60s. She lived in many places before returning to the family's Mayview Century Farm in the mid-'80s. She is active in the UCC Church at local and state levels.
The Clouse Family arrived in the Mayview area in 1901.
Lloyd was born and raised in Mayview, leaving in 1971 for
the Military. In the 70s, 80s and '90s he was a small
business owner (retail, construction, commercial real
estate and property management). In the 2000s he owned
a group cruise company. He sold his last business in
2009 and retired. In 2014 Lloyd returned to Mayview
and is a managing partner in “Friends of Mayview LLC
and is actively helping to revitalize our city.
Kenny was born and raised in Mayview. His parents were
Bill and Malinda Rinne. The family belonged to the Zion
UCC Church. He graduated from MHS in 1954 and married
Nancy Allison in 1955. She graduated from MHS in 1955.
They have three children, Kevin, Ken and Karla. He started
his own business, building houses in 1962, and then had a
sign company. He and Nancy now live in Higginsville, but
his heart is in Mayview. Kenny is active in the
revitalization of his beloved hometown.
Martha's paternal grandparents came to Mayview in 1904 and
settled southwest of town. Her maternal grandparents
settled south of the 40-ville area before the Civil War. She is a
1958 graduate of MHS and attended KC Junior College. She is
married to Ronnie Hawthorne, also of Mayview. They have
one son who lives west of town. Martha was employed by
Mayview High School, Odessa R-7 District, the Mayview
Elevator and worked for a CPA in Higginsville for 25 years.
For 38 years she was a 4-H Project Leader and remains
involved in Zion UCC and in the community.
Opal was born and raised in Mayview, as were her parents
Costello and Lutie Turner Johnson. She was one of twelve
siblings, some who still live in and are active in Mayview.
Opal graduated from Odessa High School. She has one son,
Corey, a daughter-in-law Dr. Danielle Johnson. Both are
alumni of MU and KU. She has two grandchildren. Opal is
an active member of the Zion A.M.E. Church in Mayview,
is on the Lafayette County Children Services Fund Board,
she has been a Mayview City Alderman and a member of
the Mayview Community Betterment Committee. Opal has
been on numerous committees in the area and also at
Honeywell FM&T where she is employed and has been
for 35 years. Opal is looking forward to the revitalization
of the Mayview area as a resident and someone who cares.
Larry was born and raised on a farm northwest of Mayview
and graduated from MHS in 1959. He went to work for
Hallmark after graduation and retired in 1995. Larry met
and married his wife, Karen, in 1964 and they were married
for 52 years before her passing in 2016. In addition to the Mayview MO Foundation, Larry is an active
member of the Lions Club and Zion UCC Church.
Jenna Soendker lives in rural Higginsville, Mo with her husband, William and 2 year old daughter Callie. She grew up in the small town of Drexel, Mo and knows what it means to keep a small town thriving. After graduating from Drexel High School, Jenna went on to study and get a degree in Agri-Business Management from the University of Central Missouri.
After college, Jenna accepted a full-time position with the USDA Rural Development in Higginsville, Mo as a Business Program Specialist. Rural Development strives to strengthen rural America. Jenna attends and is involved in her church, Odessa Church of Christ. Along side her husband, they have a small cow-calf operation and row crop consisting of corn and beans. Jenna joined Mayview Mo Foundation in late 2021 and is excited to work along side others that take pride in the Mayview community.
Tim Barnes lives in rural Mayview with his wife Amalee and their son, Blake. Tim is a lifelong resident of Mayview. He attended kindergarten through 6th grade at Mayview Elementary. He graduated from Odessa High School in 2001, then attended Missouri State University graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture Education. Upon graduating college, Tim returned home to farm. He has a row crop farming operation growing corn
Tim’s grandfather, Ronnie Bertz, was a founding board member of the Mayview MO Foundation. Tim appreciates the opportunity to serve the Mayview community through
the Mayview MO Foundation. He and his family are committed to the revitalization of Mayview and are excited to be a part of beneficial projects and opportunities for the people of the Mayview area.
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I am so happy to have been invited to be a MMF member. I attended and graduated from Mayview School. I hope I can be an asset to the foundation. I served on the Board of Directors of West Central for several years and most recently have been serving on the Round-up Committee. Members round up their electric bill and we collect those pennies and use them for grants to groups after we evaluate their applications. When my parents passed, I was instrumental in establishing a scholarship fund in their memory at the Crest Ridge school district. My grandson's family established another scholarship fund when he was accidentally killed in a vehicle accident. My family has always had an active role in working to make our school district better by working for the good of the community. I believe the community is lost when it loses its school. I retired from USPS after serving as a rural carrier out of the Centerview office. I have always been involved with my husband and our sons in both our farming and construction business. So far, I have had reasonably good health and can help in most all ways to the benefit of MMF. Please put me wherever I can be of the most benefit. I'm glad to be involved!
John graduated in May 1964 and enter the Navy following graduation. He served for one tour in Vietnam and was discharged in May of 1967. In December of 1968, he married the love of his life, who passed away in July of 2019, after 50 years. For 18 years he worked on automobiles and trucks for different shops. Then went to work at Whiteman AFB in May of 1985 as a ground's maintenance technician and equipment operator, retiring in December of 2005, after 20 years.
Members may attend any Board Meeting and have voice and vote on issues and planning for the success of the Foundation. An Annual Meeting for members will be held each January for electing board members, reviewing financial data and planning for the future. Membership is also open to community organizations who believe in our mission. Each would send a representative and have one vote. Annual Membership fees are $10.00 per person or organization.