Longtime Parkville resident Frances Grigsby passes away

Frances Grigsby, the wife of Kansas City Chiefs announcer and Parkville legend Bill Grigsby, has died at the age of 90.

 Grigsby died Saturday, July 21, with services held Thursday, July 26 at St. Therese Catholic Church. She was born Frances Genser on Nov. 3, 1927 in Joplin, Mo. And married Bill Grigsby in 1949. In 1954 the couple moved with their first two sons to the Kansas City area, settling in Parkville. The couple had five children, all of whom survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2011.

 Frances Grigsby

Frances Grigsby

Grigsby loved to sing, entertain friends and was always gracious and soft-spoken, with a quick wit. She developed a long and close relationship with friend Ginny, the two often walking the paths of English Landing Park.

Fran’s last years were spent at Stonecrest at Burlington Creek in Kansas City. She loved and was well-loved by the staff at Stonecrest, who were welcoming, loving and like part of the family from the day she arrived. The family extends their gratitude to everyone at Stonecrest and the staff at Crossroads Hospice for their love and support.

Her surviving children and their spouses are Jim Grigsby and Kathryn Kaye, Paul and Jody Grigsby, Ann and Mike Handelman, Jane and Tony Rivers and Bill and Maria Grigsby; grandchildren include Kate Grigsby (Nate Mender), John Grigsby, Sarah Handelman (Tom Loughlin), Paul Handelman, Esa, Giulia and Anna Grigsby and Natalie and Arianne Cordray; and one great-granddaughter, Ella (Mender).

Donations in Grigsby’s name may be made to Crossroads Hospice or a charity of choice.