© 2016 by William Ogan. 


Mayview was founded in 1866. The city was named for its scenic landscape, "when viewed on a May day". The Mayview Missouri Foundation is committed to the revitalization and success of Mayview through professional 21st century methods along with the experience and wisdom of the 20th century.

Helen Ryun

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

Mayview community.

Denise Bainbridge

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 1996-1997 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 to 6th Grade at Mayview Elementary.

Her husband Bill Bainbridge is a past board member of the

Odessa School District.

Lloyd Clouse
Business Manager

The Clouse Family arrived in the Mayview area in 1901.

Lloyd was born and raised in Mayview, leaving in 1971 for

the Military.  During the mid and late '70s, he was a small

business owner, the sales training manager for a national

California based company and worked with thousands of

small businesses. In the 1980s 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

Martha Hawthorne
Board Member

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.

Karen McAllister
Board Member

Karen's maternal great-grandparents moved to the Mayview

area in the late 1800s. Her paternal grandparents moved to

the Mayview area in the early 1900s. After moving away she

and her family moved back to the Mayview area, where her

oldest son started kindergarten in the same building where

his parents and maternal grandparents had gone to school,

and where his granddads had been on the Mayview School

Board as well as on the City Council. Karen's family moved

away again in the late 1970s. Even though she has not

moved back to Mayview, she is active in helping to

revitalize the hometown she loves.

William Ogan
Board Member

Will served 6 years in the Navy and graduated from MSU with

2 degrees in computer software/hardware. He is the Lead Soft-
ware Engineer for Magellan Health, based in St. Louis. He has

worked in the healthcare software industry for the last 6 years.

Although new to Mayview, he is married to Mayview

native, Beth Hoefer and they have 1 young daughter,

Adalyn Grace. They have recently built a new home

in the Mayview community.

Larry Neher

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.

Elaine Hudson

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. 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. Elaine continues to be active in the Zion UCC

Church and the Mayview community.

Kenneth Rinne
Project Manager

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.

Opal Johnson
Board Member

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.

Slade Baker
Board Member

Slade and Sallie have 1 son and live outside Mayview (where

he has lived most of his life) and is a 1991 graduate of OHS.

He is a salesman for Douglas Products in Liberty, MO. He sells

post-harvest grain protection products and has been in this

industry for 16 years. He graduated with a B.S. in Agribusiness

from UCM in 1996. He and Sallie are involved in Mayview

Community Betterment and Fortyville 4-H Club. Slade is Co-
Chair of the Mayview Picnic organizational committee, and were

instrumental in the success of Mayview's 150th Celebration.

Jessica White
Board Member

Jessica’s dad, Terry McCormack, was born and raised in Mayview.  He and his wife, Gloria, still lived in Mayview when     


Jessica was born, but they soon moved to Higginsville.  

Jessica graduated from Higginsville’s Lafayette County C-1 High School in 2005 and studied Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri until 2006. She completed her collegiate studies in 2008 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Agricultural Science. Since 2010, Jessica has worked for TruckMovers.com in Independence and is a Logistics and Load Planning Manager. 


In February 2016, Jessica married the chief of the Mayview Fire Protection District, Kris White, the eldest son of Warren and Mary Jo Hawthorne, at Zion United Church of Christ in Mayview. Kris, his daughter, Abby, and Jessica enjoy living on 26-acres just south of Mayview with their chocolate labs and horses. They are actively involved as a family with the 40-Ville 4-H Club.


Jessica’s grandparents, Wanda (Johns) McCormack and the late Jess McCormack, Jr., are long time residents of Mayview. Jessica spent most of her childhood weekends and summers with her family in Mayview and she is glad to have made her way back to Mayview and is proud to call it her home.


Jessica is very involved in the Mayview community and also volunteers for several other organizations in Lafayette County.  She serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Mayview Fire Protection District and is a member of the Ryun Cancer Crusaders fundraising team for the Lafayette County Cancer Coalition. Jessica is active on the Higginsville Country Fair Board and volunteers for the Higginsville Chamber of Commerce.  

Become a Member of the Mayview MO Foundation

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.