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Eloise May Hemphill, 94 – Passed March 11, 2021

Eloise May Hemphill of Kansas City, Missouri, age 94, passed away peacefully and comfortable at her home on March 11, 2021.

Eloise was born in Valentine, Nebraska, to Martin Miller and Winifred Camm. Early in her life her family lived and farmed in South Dakota, and a few years later she remembered the long trip on a train when her family moved to Cabool, Missouri, as a teenager.

She met and married her love, Russell Hemphill, in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple purchased and settled in a home in the now historic West Plaza neighborhood and had two children, Shirley and Russell, Jr.

Eloise enjoyed her life as a homemaker and raising her children. She loved children and brought many into her home day care. One of her most cherished hobbies was crocheting and knitting. She loved playing board and card games with her grandchildren.

Eloise had one of the sharpest minds and her memory was second to none. Passing time with crossword puzzles and word searches would simulate her mind and relax her soul. She loved to communicate to others whether it be pencil and paper on letterhead, or more recently, through text messages and Facebook. Each and every day she would spend time reaching out to friends and family. She would reach out to share her companionship, her love, and her prayer.

Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Winifred; her two brothers, Charles and Raymond; her husband, Russell; and her son, Russell, Jr.

Eloise is survived by her daughter, Shirley Thompson; her three grandchildren, Christopher, Joseph, and Nichole; and her seven beautiful great-grandchildren.

A public visitation service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Mount Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. The family will hold a private funeral and gravesite service at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Doug Walters will be officiating. For more information and to leave condolences, please visit MtMoriah.net.