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Marvina P. (Shoup) Flora

Marvina Pearl (Shoup) Flora was born October 13, 1931 in Gunn City, Missouri and departed this life, surrounded by the love of her family, on February 9, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Marvin H.  and Goldie May (Graham) Shoup.

Marvina spent her younger years in the Gunn City area where she attended grade school and became a member of the Gunn City United Methodist Church. After grade school, Marvina attended high school in Harrisonville, Missouri where she was a 1949 graduate.

On December 7, 1949 Marvina was united in marriage with Lloyd Wesley Flora in Bentonville, Arkansas. After their marriage they lived in Pleasant Hill, Missouri where Marvina obtained a position in the Colonial Poultry Farm office. Later they moved to a farm in the Gunn City/East Lynne area where their three children, Susan Marie, John Lee and Patricia Dianne were born. In 1966 the Flora family moved back to Pleasant Hill to make their home. Mr. Flora passed away on August 17, 1970.

In the spring of 1972, Marvina was united in marriage with Jon Sims, they later divorced.

Marvina worked as a shoe salesperson for Davison Shoes in Pleasant Hill for several years, then she took a position with Robinson Shoes at the Blue Ridge Mall in Independence, Missouri where she worked for six years.  Later, Marvina went to work as a salesperson for the Family Center in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Marvina was a very gifted musician, teaching herself to play the mandolin and the piano by ear. While still a teenager, she played in a band with her father, Marvin and sister, Maxine. Marvina was a talented floral arranger, creating breathtaking flower arrangements, and an accomplished seamstress.

Marvina was introduced to crappie fishing by her dear friend, Bill Hammons. Marvina and Bill loved to crappie fish and spent wonderful times together at their place at Truman Lake. They fished in tournaments and even won a few!

Marvina enjoyed working in her yard and with her beautiful flowers. Chances are, on any given day in the spring and summer, if you drove by her house you would see her working in her yard. Marvina loved nature and enjoyed watching and interacting with the wildlife that surrounded her home. She was also known as an avid KU basketball fan.

Marvina lived life to the fullest and enjoyed each and every day. Her motto was “staying busy is the key to staying young!”

In addition to her husband, Lloyd Wesley Flora, Marvina was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Goldie Shoup and sisters, infant Rose Shoup, Ella Maxine Hedgpeth and Wilma Dean McGahan.

She is survived by her devoted friend and loving partner of 43 years, Bill Hammons of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; her three children, Susan Ballard and husband Virgil, John Flora and wife Judy all of Holden, Missouri, and Patsy Reinsch of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Shellie Peck and husband Mike of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Tami Thieman of Holden, Missouri, Jody Davis and husband Adam of Charleston, South Carolina, Tracy Gilcrest and husband Jack of Holden, Missouri, Monica Capizzi and husband Joe of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Chris Ballard and wife Carrie of Cumming, Georgia; ten Great-Grandchildren; special cousin, Kenneth Graham of Terre Haute, Indiana, other relatives and many friends.

Per Marvina’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Life Service in Memory of Marvina Pearl (Shoup) Flora will be held at 1:oo p.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri with Rev.Clifford Woolery officiating. Inurnment will be private.

Memorial contributions “In Memory of Marvina Flora” may be made to Support/Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center/United States at

22 Messages

  • Kathy Kelliher Posted February 17, 2021 8:42 pm

    I only met Marvina and family one time many years ago when Kenny and I were invited to her home for Thanksgiving. We had a lovely time with delicious food. I so enjoyed meeting the family. My condolences to all of you.

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 19, 2021 2:08 pm

      Dear Kathy, on behalf of Susie, John and I, thank you for your kind, caring words. Than was such a special Thanksgiving years ago with so many family and friends with Mom. We remember you well and we all dearly love Kenny. Mom would be thanking you, too, Kathy!

      • Susie Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:15 pm

        I also want to thank you for your kind words Kathy, and want you to know it means a lot to us!

  • Sue Thurman Posted February 17, 2021 9:48 pm

    Susan, John, Patsy and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your Mom. My sister Lucille and I have fond memories of spending time at your house and visiting with your Mom and your family years ago. She was a very nice lady. With Sympathy Sue and Lucille

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 20, 2021 5:52 pm

      Dear Sue and Lucille,
      The Flora family thanks you so much for your caring words and support. Mom sure thought so much of you and your wonderful parents.

      • Susie Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:21 pm

        Sue and Lucille, you both are the best and mom thought so much of you and your family. I am thanking you both so much for all of the love and support you have shown to us during this sad time in our lives. You both are very special friends to me and I can’t thank you enough! Love, Susan

  • Carrie Ballard Posted February 17, 2021 11:17 pm

    Grandma was such a special person that I had the pleasure to know for almost 20 years. I fondly recall visits to her home in Pleasant Hill, sitting outside enjoying her beautiful yard and patio, with her great grand children (Grant and Madeline) in tow. Grandma was always a gracious hostess and I will always remember how she would bring out her brag book of grandchildren and great grandchildren each and every visit. It is evident that Grandma loved her family so much. Grandma would have the KU basketball games on from time to time during our visits, I will cherish special memories of Grandma and offer my deepest sympathy to the Flora family children and extended family. Love, Carrie Ballard (wife of Chris Ballard)

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 20, 2021 5:46 pm

      Carrie, thank you for your sweet tribute to Grandma. She loved all of you dearly.

    • Susan Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:44 pm

      Carrie, grandma just loved the visits whenever you all came back. I know you all will treasure them forever. Grandma loved all of you so very much! Mom and Chris had that special love for KU basketball and would always comment I wonder if Chris is watching the game. Thank you for the lovely memory of grandma. Love, Sue

  • Marcella Ellifrits Posted February 19, 2021 2:34 pm

    Susie,John,Patsy and all the family, I’m so sorry for your loss of your Mother and Loved one. Prayers for you all.May your. Great Memories Comfort you now and in the days ahead. Marcella(Schmidt)Ellifrits

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 20, 2021 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Marcella. We do have such wonderful memories of Mom to hold onto.

      • Susie Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:12 pm

        Thank you Marcella for your sweet kind words. It means so very much to us at this sad time in our lives.

  • mike and marilyn terry Posted February 19, 2021 5:34 pm

    very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing you are all in our prayers

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 20, 2021 5:54 pm

      Susie, John and I thank you so much for your kind, caring words.

      • Susie Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:02 pm

        Mike, I just wanted to add how much mom thought of you and the Terry family. She would always say, I want Mike to help me at the bank! Thanks so much. Susie

  • Pete Montgomery Posted February 20, 2021 12:16 pm

    So sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers!!!!

    • Susie Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 2:06 pm

      Pete, thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers. The Flora family

    • Patsy Reinsch Posted February 22, 2021 5:58 pm

      Susie, John and I thank you so much for your kind words.

  • Susan Ballard Posted February 21, 2021 3:15 pm

    I lite this candle for you dear mom in remembrance of the amazing woman you were. You have been my inspiration-I thank you for that and for being such a wonderful mother.. You will forever be in my heart and a light shining from above, always and forever. Love you and miss you sweet mom, Susie

  • Patsy (Flora) Reinsch Posted March 11, 2021 11:47 am

    My dearest Mom, it’s been just over a month since you went to be with our Lord, but not an hour passes that I’m not thinking of you. I’m so relieved and happy you’re free of pain and with all your family and friends that passed before you. You are so missed here on Earth, but I have so many constant reminders and wonderful memories of “wonderful you”! I know you hear me talking to you, it’s just not on the cellphone, but I will always carry this special warmth in my heart for our strong, faithful love. For the millioneth time, thank you for being the “Best Mom” ever! I will always strive to be as strong as you. And don’t worry, Mom, I’ll keep cheering on the Jayhawks for you! Rest In Peace, dear Mom.

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