Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mary Riley

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Mary Alice Riley, age 96 of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

Mary was born on July 13, 1920 in Joplin, the daughter of Oliver and Anne (Stephens) Hartje. She has been a lifetime area resident, Mary worked for Elders Manufacturing and Big Smith as a sewing operator before retiring in 1980. She loved quilting and gardening flowers in her spare time.

She married Gordon Riley on August 17, 1946, he preceded her in death on October 6, 1997. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter; Carol Jean Riley, a grandson; Jason Riley, nine brothers and one sister.

Survivors include three sons; Gordon Riley and wife Linda of Carthage, Mo., John Riley and wife Kitty of Joplin, Bob Riley and wife Roberta of Willard, Mo., one daughter; Betsy Moehr and husband Tony of Joplin, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home during a time of visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Monday.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

Laura Thompson

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Laura Naomi Wright Thompson, age 92, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:39 AM. 

She was born Tuesday, July 22, 1924 near Cane Hill, Arkansas to LeGrande and Altha Wright and was the 8th of 9 children. Her mother, father and all her siblings preceded her in death. She lived 60 years at a farm near Asbury, Missouri and most recently at Foxberry Terrace Assisted Living. She graduated high school at Evansville, Arkansas. In 1942 Laura took a course in building airplanes and worked during WWII for North American Aviation until the war ended. She met J.C. Thompson in Kansas City, Mo and they were married after he came home from the war. She then became a homemaker, and was active as a 4-H Club Leader, member of United Methodist Church of Asbury, Sunday school teacher, and in ladies extension club. After J.C.'s death in 1968 she raised her teenage children, managed the farm and found employment at St. Johns Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri. In 1983 she retired to travel all over the United States with her friend Clifford Sandoz. 

Laura is survived by a son Ron Thompson (Melissa) of Joplin, MO, a son, Bruce Thompson (Launa) of Oronogo, MO, and a daughter Nancy Collard (David) of Webb City, MO; along with 10 grandchildren, Stephane Vanderpas, Ty Thompson, Breck Choka, Matthew Collard (Amy), Justin Collard (Heather), Ashlee Stanley (JW), Adam Collard (Jennifer), Israel Thompson (Elesha), Ryan Thompson (Nikki) and Chris Thompson (Tallie). Laura also has 25 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and a large extended family. 

Funeral services for Laura will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until the service time at 11:00. Bob Simon and Diana Ytell will officiate. Burial will follow at Crocker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Please visit for online condolences.

Wayne McCollum

(From Parker Mortuary)

Wayne Leon McCollum, age 66 of Joplin, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Freeman Hospital following a sudden illness.

Wayne was born July 15, 1950 in Joplin, Missouri to the late Howard McCollum and Lila Atwood McCollum. He was a plumber with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 178 of Springfield, Missouri. Throughout his career he made numerous friends, many of which calling him "Dad". He was a master plumber, spending a lifetime learning all he could about his trade. Wayne loved not only to work, but had a special friendship with all of his animals.

On December 31, 1997, Wayne married Brenda Lawrence after spending more than 20 years together. She survives of the home in Joplin.

Additional survivors include step children, Kristy Houdyshell and husband, David of Oronogo, Missouri and Travis Benfield of Neosho; grandchildren, Travis and Austin Perry, Luke and Lilly Benfield, Trey and Chelsea Houdyshell; great grandchildren, Jordon and Madaline Houdyshell; sister, Donna Thrasher and husband, Wayne of Joplin; a niece Katie Thrasher.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Parker Mortuary with Russ Hibbard, officiating. Wayne will be taken for cremation following the service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.

Eddie Potts

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Eddie Bert Potts, age 73, of Joplin, passed away on Friday March 24, 2017, at his home, following an illness.

Eddie was born on August 17, 1943 in Marshall, Ar., the son of the late Bert and Willie (Robertson) Potts. He has spent most of his life in the Joplin area. He worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Asbell Excavating & Trucking. Prior to that he worked twenty years for Sperry Vickers. He enjoyed Modified Dirt Racing and had most recently helped daughter/granddaughter, Michaela race Micro Sprints in Tulsa, Ok.

He married Brenda Cook on April 3, 1979 in Miami, Ok., and she survives. Additional survivors include, one son, Jimmy Jewsbury and wife Dee, Joplin; four daughters, Kimi Potts Stegall, Houston, Tx., Chelia Potts Laurance and fiancé Bill Ward, Carl Jct., Mo., Jayma Jewsbury, Joplin, and Michaela Jewsbury, Joplin; five grandchildren, Natosha Berg and husband Aaron, Hayden Laurance, Holden Laurance, and Levi Jewsbury; four great-grandsons; two sisters, Judy Johnson and husband Bob, Joplin, and Joan Uto, Joplin. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Shawna Potts Chapman on August 1,2013.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Reverend Rex Robertson will officiate. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Donnie Crawford Foundation in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

Floyd Nichols

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Floyd Nichols, age 75, of Neosho, Mo., passed away on Friday March 24, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, following an illness.

Floyd was born on September 19, 1941 in Joplin, the son of the late Floyd Nichols, Sr. and Margie (Hensley) Nichols. He has been a lifetime area resident. He served in the United States Army National Guard. He married Liana Price and together they had one son. Floyd worked as a machinist for Lozier Corporation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and baseball. He loved playing all sports.

Floyd is survived by one son, Jason Nichols and wife Christina, Neosho, Mo.; one brother Dennis Nichols, Joplin; four grandchildren, Christin Nichols, Jaden Nichols, Jordan Lasley, and Codie Lasley; one great-grandson, Max Orr; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery. Friends may call during regular visiting hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

Jim Truelove

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

S. Jim Truelove was called home to his Heavenly Father on March 23, 2017 at 10:20 p.m. He was born in Joplin, Missouri on October 30, 1947 to Sylba “Sid” and Betty Schade Truelove.

Jim attended Joplin Schools. He married Christal Clark Truelove on May 3, 1968. Jim served our Country in the United States Air Force from 1967 until 1971. Jim received an Associate’s Degree in Business from Columbia College in 1976. Jim worked at F.A.G. Bearings from 1972 until 1995 when he retired due to ill health.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sid Truelove and mother Betty Truelove Jenkins, along with his step-father, Charles Jenkins, and his mother and father-in-law, Jack and Evelyn Clark. Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cris and a son, Dr. James E. Truelove of Bolivar, and his daughter, Kim Albrecht and husband, P.C. of Duenweg. Jim’s pride and joy were his six grandchildren, Kate Wilson and husband Dakota of Carl Junction and Christal, Parker, Zachary, Dakota and Austin Albrecht all of Duenweg. Jim is also survived by his sister, Nancy Hight and husband Rick, of Duenweg.

To know Jim was to love him. He had an ornery streak a mile wide and was a real prankster all of his life. Jim spent a lot of his life coaching Farm Club, Little League and softball. He and Cris also served as Youth Leaders and Jim was a Deacon for many years. Up until the time he was too ill to leave the home, Jim would spend many mornings drinking coffee and “telling stories” with his friends at Double D Café. Jim touched so many people throughout his life. You didn’t know Jim and not love him. His family misses him terribly but knows he is entertaining God with all those stories he liked to tell. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Compassus, especially Jaye Shank and Melodie Rutledge, who brought a smile to Jim’s face every time he saw them and to the wonderful people at Double D Café, who are part of the family.

Visitation will be at Mason Woodard Mortuary on Monday March 27, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be officiated by Jim’s son, Dr. James E. Truelove and will be held at Ozark Memorial Park on Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Betty Muskrat

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Betty M. Muskrat, 87, Carthage, formerly of Neosho, died March 22, 2017 at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, following an illness. 

 Betty was born Jan 18, 1930 in Fairview, MO, the daughter of Henry and Mae (Estes) Paden. She graduated from Midway High School and had worked as a legal secretary and as secretary at the First Baptist Church in Neosho for sixteen years prior to retirement. She lived most of her life in the southwest Missouri area and loved children. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage.  

Betty and Tom Muskrat, Sr. were married on Aug. 27, 1950 in Noel and he survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Mark Muskrat of Neosho and Tom Muskrat, Jr. of Carthage; three grandchildren, Roxie Muskrat, Karen Brasier and Nicholas Muskrat, six great grandchildren; two sisters, Treva Wolgamott of Neosho and Neva Kilber of Mesa, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashley Muskrat, brother, Lloyd Paden and daughter in law, Darla Muskrat. 

 Services for Betty will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, Rev. Jack Jones will officiate. Interment will follow in the Dice Cemetery, Fairview, MO. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-3 pm at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the First Baptist Church of Carthage, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.