Gloria L. Kniffen, 63, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2022 at her home in Blue Springs, MO, with her family by her side. She was born April 8, 1959 in Sedalia, MO, the daughter of Raymond and Betty (Taylor) Rodick.
Gloria graduated from Shawnee-Mission South High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and later her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO. While at Central Missouri State University she was active in Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority where she held many offices as well as being active in Criminal Justice groups. She had served as a Legal Analyst for Sprint for 33 ½ years. Gloria was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs and was active in both Vesper Voices and Gospel Singers. She could be also found serving as a volunteer in several capacities as well as involved with the Church’s Cancer Support Group and Crafting Group. Within the community, she enjoyed playing Bunco with friends, doing crafts, and quilting and was in the Block of the Month group at Hunters Quilt Mart and a member the V.F.W. #6603 Ladies Auxiliary, Blue Springs, MO. Gloria was also an avid Chief’s fan, following every game, and hosting with her husband, over 20 annual Super Bowl parties with a packed house every time. Most of all, she cherished being with her family, especially her grandchildren as they entered into her life. She loved them deeply, treasuring each visit, experience, and event as only she could.
Gloria was the beloved wife of Martin Kniffen, married on October 12, 1985, in Mission, KS. Survivors include her husband, Martin Kniffen, Blue Springs, MO, her daughters, Brenda Mutert and husband Sean, Nixa, MO, Jeanette Kesler and husband Chris, Holden, MO, her “chosen” daughter, Lindsey Cernech and husband Kevin, Blue Springs, MO, three sisters, Cheri Kenney and husband Jim, Overland Park, KS, Marilynn Hemenway and husband Rick, Overland Park, KS, and Pamela Landau, Overland Park, KS, as well as four grandchildren, Brody, Allison, Carter, and Maelie and her numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Cremation is planned and a visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 28, 2022, all at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015. Inurnment will take place at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO on Friday April 29, 2022. Gloria requested that people wear sports gear such as jerseys, shirt, etc. of your favorite sports team. She also requested that anyone who she had made a quilt for please bring it, “sew” her warmth and love can fill the room. Memorial contributions in Gloria’s name are suggested to First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. Memories of Gloria and words of comfort for her family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.