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 1996-1997 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.
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 MO 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.
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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.
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.
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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.