Edith Louise Mainprize, a retired businesswoman and entrepreneur, died January 14, 2021 at the age of 84.
Edith is survived by her husband of 43 years Harry D Fox, her daughters; Natalie Hunter (husband Daryl) of Warsaw, MO, Renee Mainprize (husband Ron Farrell) of Deepwater, MO, Stepson Kevin Fox (wife Kimberly) of Colorado Springs, CO, Granddaughter Jacquelyn Livingston and Great Grandson Steven Nathaniel Livingston of Blue Springs, MO. Grandson’s Alex Hunter of Sedalia, MO and John Hunter of Clinton, MO.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents Chief Petty Officer Charles McCloud and Zetta McCloud, brother James Morris, and Grandson Christopher “Nathaniel” Mainprize Cripps.
Edith was born October 24, 1936 in Koshkonog, MO. She was crowned Miss Organ County in 1952 and caught the eye of Jack H. Mainprize. They were married from 1953 – 1970 and resided in the Kansas City, MO area. Edith was a long-time resident of Platte County for over 54 years. In 1977 she met “the love of her life” Harry D. Fox and they married six months later and have been together ever since.
Edith began her real estate career in 1965 when she and her husband, with a partner, became co-owners of Gaslight Real Estate in Independence, MO. Then in 1968 they were co-owners of Starlight Real Estate in Blue Springs, MO. In 1974 Edith and her business partner Howard Fields opened Motion Realty in Kansas City, MO and then in 1980 Coldwell Banker Escrow Services hired her to run four closing offices in the KC Metro area.
In 1985 Edith once again ventured out on her own and opened Financial Title & Escrow Services. In the Northland she was known as the “go to person” in matters of real estate and title issues. In 1993 Old Republic Title Company of Kansas City hired her to run their Gladstone office and work as their PR person promoting their business. She loved meeting with Real Estate Professionals and sharing her wisdom and experiences.
Edith retired three times before it finally stuck all the while maintaining her Missouri Brokers license and taking in-person continuing education classes until her death.
Edith made many friends during her Real Estate and Escrow career. During retirement she enjoyed her early morning breakfasts and luncheons with her favorites, Nancy, Sheryl, Mike and Beth. She loved you all dearly and genuinely believed “you could do anything”.
Cremation has been entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. She will be laid to rest at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, MO at a later date. Memories of Edith and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com