Maxine Bullard, 59, Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at her home following an extended battle with cancer. She was born to Raymond and Ruby MacKay on March 17, 1948. She is survived by her children, Christopher and Parker Bullard and Jennifer Dennis; two grandchildren, Vaughn and Liam Dennis; daughter-in-law, Mali Bullard; and son-in-law, Paul Dennis. Also by her sisters, Kathy Ward of Moore, Okla., Linda MacKay of Douglas, Kan., Mary Hackler of Overland Park, Kan., Lois McClure of Cedar Vale, Kan., Karen Carter of Topeka, Kan., and Margaret VanDorien of Wichita, Kan.; as well as by her mother.
Following her graduation from Harding University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she was married to Chris R. Bullard for 36 years until his untimely death on Sept. 14, 2006. In addition to being married to and fondly supporting a nationally well known and well loved minister, Maxine conducted her own unique personal ministry of touching lives in deep and meaningful ways. Like her husband, she had a passion for sharing her belief in God with others and never passed up an opportunity to do so.
Maxine was an active, dynamic and humble leader in several venues. First of all in her family as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Secondly as a friend and encourager to literally thousands of people, especially among the women of the churches in which her husband served, but also as an active board member of the Christian Youth Theater in the Northland. In addition, she was a Mary Kay director with a mission not only to represent that company well but also to minister unselfishly to the emotional and spiritual needs of those with whom she worked and served.
Even during her final months of failing health, she warmed and inspired all who came to see her with her faith, her love, and her cheerfulness. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Harmony Vineyard Church, 600 NE. 46th, KCMO. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Overland Park Church of Christ, 119th and Pflumm. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Gladstone, Mo. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the World of Jesus Institute or purchase materials of Chris Bullard on the following website: http://www.getinkc.org/store. All funds will go to the family. Arr.: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 648-6224.
Online condolences for the family may be left at http://www.dwnewcomers.com
Published in the Kansas City Star on 12/1/2007.