Mary Jane “MJ” Supplee, 86, of Leavenworth, died at her home, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, surrounded by family, after a brave fight against cancer and emphysema.
Mary Jane “MJ” Supplee, 86, of Leavenworth, died at her home, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, surrounded by family, after a brave fight against cancer and emphysema. She was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Leavenworth, the second of three daughters to Ambrose and Gladys (Ryan) Birmingham.
Raised in Leavenworth, she graduated from Immaculata High School in 1949. MJ had four sons, Vinton (Suzanne), Timothy (Susan), Matthew (Linda) and Douglas (Julie) from her first marriage. She met the true love of her life, career Army officer Charles Robert Hatch "Bob" Supplee, while working at Fort Leavenworth for the Department of Transportation. They married June 11, 1960 and soon deployed to West Germany, where they added two daughters, Karen and Penny (Pat), to the bonded family. MJ is also survived by a sister, Penny Corley; a brother-in-law, Fred Retter; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
They returned to the United States in 1963 and lived in various locations during Bob's assignments to include Virginia, Nebraska, Indiana and Kansas. She kept the family together and whole during his two year-long combat deployments to Vietnam.
After Col. Supplee's retirement, they resided in Leavenworth, Kansas City and Clayton, Missouri, as Bob pursued a second career as a stockbroker and branch manager, finally settling in Leavenworth in the 1980s. Bob preceded her in death in in 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carole Retter.
MJ was known not only for her great sense of style and design, but for her striking beauty which surpassed the surface as she devoted her life to the loving care of her husband, children and parents. After Bob passed away, her children and grandchildren were a great source of joy until the end of her life. She was the heart of the extended family and her love and spirit will live on in them. She will be greatly missed by every one of them.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Church or the National Resources Defense Council.