Ettamae (Huff) Mays, 94, of rural El Dorado Springs, passed away at Monterey Park Nursing Home in Independence on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Ettamae was born May 18, 1922, on her parents farm in Cedar County, the daughter of George Graham Huff and Clara Pansy Kennedy.

Ettamae graduated high school in El Dorado Springs. She spent most of her adult life caring for her family.

Ettamae married Cecil Eugene Mays on Sept. 17, 1941. They were married 52 years before Cecil’s passing in 1993. They had four children.

Ettamae was a member of the El Dorado Springs Methodist Church. She became a member of the White Avenue Methodist Church upon moving to Kansas City. Ettamae returned to El Dorado Springs after Cecil’s retirement.

She was a wonderful wife and mother to her children and was well known for her baking skills. She was frequently asked to bake pies for her church.

Preceding Ettamae in death were her husband, Cecil; her son, Bobby; her daughter, Kathleen; her parents; and six of her seven siblings.

Survivors include her sons, Gary Mays, of Olathe, KS, and Rowland Mays of Independence; sister, Marjory Sue (Huff) Brown; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Burial followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gary Mays, Rowland Mays, Doug Mays, Joseph Mays, Thomas Mays, David Mays and Graham Mays.

Memorial donations may be made to the Senior Center and left at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.