Gwen (Story) Wisbey

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Gwen (Story) Wisbey, 95, of Shawnee, passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2019 after a brief illness. Her mind and sense of humor still intact until the end. Gwen was born in Waverly, NE on May 8,1924 to Henry and Mattie (Fowler) Story. She was the 7th of 9 children.  She married Dale (Dude) Wisbey, on April 25, 1943. They lived in Lincoln, NE, then moved to Salina in 1958. They celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary in 2018.

Gwen was a homemaker and helped Dude with his business. She was active in PTA for many years, was a volunteer for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, served on many golf committees and helped work on golf tournaments over the years. Gwen enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, playing golf, and playing bridge at the Salina Country Club, where they were members for many years.  She was the ultimate optimist and always looked for the bright side of everything.  What a great gift from God she was.

Gwen is survived by children Barbara, Dennis, Susie Hawkins and Jodi Myers (John), several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale (Dude) Wisbey, March 5th, 2019, her parents, sisters Elma, Inez, Coleen, Wilma, Avis; and 3 brothers, John, Chick, Jim and son in law, Rich Hawkins. 

We four children are very blessed to have had the most wonderful parents in the world (in our opinions), and we will miss them terribly but feel so fortunate to have had them in our lives as long as we did. 

Thank you to our friends and family who have supported us, prayed for us, sent cards, texts, phone calls, visits and brought food!!

Thanks also to these dear and special friends who helped enrich our parents’ lives over the past few years.  Your acts of kindness are greatly appreciated:

Laurie & Gerry Walker

Lauren & Phil White

Mary Ann & Dave White

Penny Jones

Dona Mandrell

Carolyn & Greg Bolon

Jan Marengo

Dave Wagenblast 

and thank you to their very special neighbors, Martha Engle & Judy Gensor.  

Use this link for to view the Tribute Page online with pictures:

Gwen requested no services.  Suggested memorials can be made to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.  They did a wonderful job of helping us take care of her.

Donations in Memory of Gwen Wisbey can be sent by mail or made online: 

Make check out to Kansas City Hospice Foundation

Mail to:


1500 Meadow Lake Parkway

Suite 200

Kansas City, MO  64114

Online donations:

Cards for the family can be sent to:

PO Box 14545

Lenexa, KS  66285





  1. Martha Engle on September 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Gwen was a great neighbor & friend. She was always so appreciative for everything done for her. She is missed.

    • Susie Hawkins on December 22, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, Martha for being such a great neighbor and friend and always looking out for them!

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