Wednesday, December 13, 2017

David Loyd

(From Ferry Funeral Home)

David L. Loyd, 72, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. David was born April 20, 1945 in Wichita, KS to Fred and Leva Vivian (Koblitz) Loyd. He married Janie Barbour on February 17, 1995 in Miami, OK and she survives of the home.

David was raised in Schell City. He attended school in Schell City and Walker graduating from Walker High School Class of 1963. David farmed and operated Loyd’s Trucking Company for most of his life. He was a member of the Nevada BPO Elks #564, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3770, and Southwest Missouri Team Penning Association. He was a member of the Schell City Christian Church.

In addition to his wife Janie, he is survived by four children, Jimmy Loyd, Nevada, Bryan Loyd, Nevada, Sherry Hutson and her husband Doug, Neosho, Kristi Townsend and her husband Brad, Clinton; 8 grandchildren, Shaun McConnaughey, Neosho, Ryan McConnaughey, Neosho, Cody McConnaughey, Neosho, Trayce Bowling, Bronaugh, Josie Faibian, Nevada, Taylor Townsend, Rockville, Clayton Loyd, Sheldon, Judd Loyd, Sheldon; seven great-grandchildren; mother, Leva Loyd, Nevada; one brother, Randy Loyd, Metz; seven sisters, Linda Luther, Metz, Sharon Hardy, Nevada, Connie Gerster, Walker, Debbie Keely, Phoenix, AZ, Julie McCullick, El Dorado Springs, Kimma Hopkins, Yukon, OK, Vivian Morgan, El Dorado Springs; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Lonnie Loyd.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Schell City Christian Church in Schell City, MO with Pastor Roger Beach officiating. Interment will follow in Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Betty Bartholomew

Elizabeth June “Betty” Bartholomew age 88 of Pittsburg, Kansas passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Betty was born June 7, 1929. She attended school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated High School in 1947.

Betty graduated from Mt. Carmel Nursing School in 1950. She received advanced training in surgical nursing which was her chosen field for many years.

In 1981, she became the alcohol and drug coordinator at Crawford County Mental Health and was instrumental in bringing awareness to the community related to how addiction affects the family.

She started the first Adult Child group in the state of Kansas, and held numerous workshops and presentations throughout the state and was a guest instructor at Pittsburg State University. Betty retires from the Mental Health Center in 1993, to go into private practice lasting until 2008.

She was known to many who attended her groups as “Mom”, and touched their lives with her ability to guide them to recovery.

She is survived by her daughter, Wylie Zupon and husband Tony of Pittsburg.

Other survivors include a sister, Carol Falletti and husband Donald from Tulsa, OK, a brother Jim Kastler and wife Chris of Joplin, MO, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved and enjoyed.

Betty is also survived by her longtime friend and Business Partner, Bobbie Dillon. Betty and Bobbie were in Private Practice from 1993 to 2008 known as the Bartholomew and Dillon Counseling services.

Betty was the recipient of many awards and accomplishments including:

1981 Woman of the Year-Metro Business and Professional Women

1982 First lady of the year XI PI Sorority

1982 NIAAA Regional Committee Chairwoman on Presentation and Education

1986 Appointment to Kansas State Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol

Started first (ACOA) Adult Children of Alcoholics support group in the state of Kansas.

Nationally Certified Alcohol Counselor

1982-93 Presenter of programs, related to addiction, for University of Kansas Health Education Center Southeast region.

Betty’s Irish humor was always beneath the surface, we all enjoyed our laughter. One of her favorite Saints was Saint Blessed Mother Teresa and she often quoted her. She reminded us “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.”

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 22, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick York as Celebrant. Parish rosary will be at the church just before the services. Condolences may be left at www.bathnalyor.com. The family suggest memorials be given to the charity of their choice; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.

Linda Boyer

(From Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home)

Linda C. (Montgomery) Boyer, 74, Neosho, MO., went to be with the Lord on December 11, 2017.
Linda Carol Montgomery was born May 20, 1943 in Seneca, Missouri the daughter of Roy B. and Mildred J. (Corp) Montgomery. Linda was a lifelong resident of the Seneca and Neosho areas. She is a graduate of Seneca High School. She was a homemaker and loved her children, grandchildren, birds, flowers, cooking, antiques, genealogy , and fishing. 
 
Linda married James Boyer August 1, 1980 in Neosho, MO. and he survives.

Additional survivors include her children; William “Bill” J. Boyer, Stark City, MO., John G. Epperson, Grove, OK., Lisa D. (Boyer) Sharp, Neosho, MO., Matthew B. Epperson, Joplin, MO., and Jennifer L. (Boyer) Vigil, Chula Vista, CA.; grandchildren, Autumn Ramos, Chula Vista, CA., Torre Vincent, Joplin, MO., Anne Dee Boyer, Olathe, KS., James Allen Boyer, Neosho, Zachary Sharp, Neosho, Parker Epperson, Carl Junction, Nian Wheeler, Joplin, Cullen Epperson, Grove, and Eden Grace Vigil, Chula Vista, CA.; one great-grandchild, Brock Vincent, Joplin, Cousin, Rosemary (Montgomery) Goswick, Racine, MO. and host of extended family and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mildred Montgomery; two brothers Gayland Montgomery and Monty Montgomery.

The family will receive friends from 11 am to 12 pm, December 16th at the Cave Springs Baptist Church on Iris Rd. Neosho, MO. Funeral services will follow at 12pm with Bro. Ron Bridges officiating. Burial will be in the Thrasher Cemetery, on the corner of Ibex and Iris Rd. Neosho, MO. down from Cave Springs Baptist Church with William “Bill” Boyer, John Epperson, Josh DeGeare, Jerry DeGeare, Jason DeGeare and James Allen Boyer serving as pallbearers. 

At the family’s request, this will be a closed casket service. Funeral services under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO.

Vera Leivan

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Vera Marie Leivan, age 77, of rural Lamar, unexpectedly passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at Freeman West Hospital following a short illness.

Vera was born March 16, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kansas, grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Raytown High School. Always creative and personable, she excelled and enjoyed working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for many years. In 1972, Vera married Ron Leivan and their made their home and raised their sons in Barton County. In Lamar, she had worked for KHST Radio, various convenience stores, and was an in-home caretaker. Her home was always warm and welcoming and her greatest joy was found in family and friends. She was at home in nature, whether working in her flower gardens, fishing, or just taking a walk with her faithful dog, Duke. Vera had a knack for photography and completed beautiful embroidery projects to be shared.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Anna Marie Leslie; her husband, Ron in 1996; and her son, Brett in 1997.

Survivors include two sons, Aaron Leivan (Tammy) and Brandon Leivan, all of Lamar; a brother, Lawrence Hill, Butler, Missouri; and two sisters, Mary Ann Daniels, Sherman, Texas, and Jeanne Hultman, Wichita, Kansas. Vera delighted in her grandchildren, Destinee, Arianna, Aaron, Hailey, and Aleea, and cherished the fellowship of many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 15th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leivan family in care of the funeral home.

Vera Marie Leivan, age 77, of rural Lamar, unexpectedly passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at Freeman West Hospital following a short illness.

Vera was born March 16, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kansas, grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Raytown High School. Always creative and personable, she excelled and enjoyed working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for many years. In 1972, Vera married Ron Leivan and their made their home and raised their sons in Barton County. In Lamar, she had worked for KHST Radio, various convenience stores, and was an in-home caretaker. Her home was always warm and welcoming and her greatest joy was found in family and friends. She was at home in nature, whether working in her flower gardens, fishing, or just taking a walk with her faithful dog, Duke. Vera had a knack for photography and completed beautiful embroidery projects to be shared.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Anna Marie Leslie; her husband, Ron in 1996; and her son, Brett in 1997.

Survivors include two sons, Aaron Leivan (Tammy) and Brandon Leivan, all of Lamar; a brother, Lawrence Hill, Butler, Missouri; and two sisters, Mary Ann Daniels, Sherman, Texas, and Jeanne Hultman, Wichita, Kansas. Vera delighted in her grandchildren, Destinee, Arianna, Aaron, Hailey, and Aleea, and cherished the fellowship of many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 15th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leivan family in care of the funeral home.

Betty Barker

(From Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary)

Betty Ann Meredith Barker, age 91, died peacefully in her sleep on December 12, 2017, at her home.

Betty was born in Joplin, Missouri, on April 21, 1926, to the union of the late Carey and Corinne (Bailey) Meredith. She was raised in Joplin and was a 1944 graduate of Joplin High School, where she was a drum majorette. Betty was also a talented piano accompanist. She worked in concessions in her earlier years at the Fox Theater and later worked as an elementary teacher after graduating from Pittsburg State University in 1963 with a BS in Education. Betty taught third and fourth grade students in the same classroom at the former Oakland Elementary School in Joplin. She was very involved in her church and her community. Betty was a 60 year member of PEO, a deacon at the first Presbyterian Church of Joplin, and she was one of the first that formed “The Closet”—a clothing collection through her church for those in need. Betty will be remembered as a strong and motivated woman who had a never-ending love for her family.

On July 7, 1966, Betty was united in marriage to Charles Barker. He preceded her in death in November 1999.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carol Muennig; and a brother, William Meredith.

Survivors include three daughters, Janet Davis and husband, Gary, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Laura Vinyard and husband, Tim, of Joplin, Missouri, and Sally Purvis of the State of Florida; six grandchildren, Carey Davis, Beth Hall, Cebelle Scott, Katy Spetter, David Purvis and Steve Purvis; eight great-grandchildren; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services for Betty are 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin, with Rev. Dr. John Nipper officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the PEO Education Fund through Cottey College, Nevada, in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent through our website www.thornhilldillon.com. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.

Charles Kennedy

(From Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home)

Charles J. Kennedy, age 73 of Carl Junction, Missouri passed away Monday December 11, 2017 following several months of declining health.

He was born July 12, 1944 in Melrose Park, Illinois to Charles and Rosemary (Stephan) Kennedy.

Charles worked for Waco Foods as a maintenance mechanic. He enjoyed working with his hands and doing anything for anybody. He had a great work ethic and was great with kids.

He married Sheri on February 18, 1966 in Wheaton, Illinois and she preceded him in death on July 8, 2012. He is also preceded in death by his parents and one son, William Ernest Kennedy, one daughter in-law, Brandy Kennedy.

Charles is survived by one son, Bob Kennedy, Carl Junction, Missouri; one daughter, Tania Koch and husband Jeff, North Port, Florida; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two step grandchildren; five brothers, Albert, Tim, Noel, Kevin, Steve, and four sisters, Rosemary Fenton, Joyce Cabral, Susie Tinault, and Marcella Ellison.

Following Charles’ wishes he will be cremated with private family inurnment at a later date.

Maxine Fortner

(From Parker Mortuary)

Bertha Maxine Fortner, age 83, of Joplin, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at her home.

Maxine was born on April 4, 1934 in rural Grove, OK to the late Charles Mounce and Atha Mounce - Shobe.

Maxine married Earl Fortner on July 5, 1953 in Joplin, he survives of the home.

As a young girl she worked at the Shadow Lake Resort in Noel, MO, and later as a telephone operator starting out at Southwestern Bell, and retiring from AT&T with thirty one years of service.

In addition to her husband of 64 years, Earl, she is survived by her son, Ray Fortner, Joplin; a daughter, Linda Moss, Portland ,OR; one grandson, Curtis Moss, Portland, OR; one granddaughter Shelli Greer, Carlsbad, NM; two great granddaughters, Jaslyn and Cadance Harkness; a great- great granddaughter, Shonnalynn Harkness; one sister; Orne Surber, Anderson, MO and a sister in law, Cheryl Edgar, and her husband Allen, Flagstaff, AZ.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary, with Rev. Jeff D. Martin officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

In lieu flowers the family request memorial contributions to the Elks Christmas basket fund in care of the mortuary.