Thursday, February 27, 2014

Agatha Lambeth

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Agatha Irere Lambeth, 97, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday February 26, 2014 at St. Luke’s Nursing Home, Carthage, Missouri.

 Agatha was born November 3, 1916 in Maple Grove, Missouri. Agatha was united in marriage to A.J. Lambeth March 3, 1935; they lived east of Avilla, MO and were blessed with four children. Years later they moved to the farm located in the Deer Creek school community near Maple Grove. She worked for Belks in Carthage; they also operated a drive-in-restaurant in Columbus, Kansas for several years.

 She is preceded by her husband A.J. Lambeth in 2004, and two sons Jimmy Lambeth and Gordon Lambeth. Agatha is survived by one son Larry Lambeth and wife Doris of Noel, MO and one Daughter Rolena Shaw and husband Stanley of Carl Junction, MO. Ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Agatha was baptized at Forest Park Church in Joplin years ago. 

Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday March 3, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday March 3, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Avilla Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

 Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Dennis Harmon

(From Parker Mortuary)

Dennis Gene Harmon, age 54, Carthage, passed away at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Dennis was born November 26, 1959 in Joplin to Marie Webster Harmon and Darrell Harmon. He was a lifetime area resident.

He had a passion for golf and enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball. His favorite team, above all else, was the Kansas City Chiefs. He was one of their biggest fans.

Dennis came from a large family and, his family meant everything to him. He will be missed by all that knew him.

He married Marietta Cross on Valentine’s Day in 2000. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include his children, Brittany, Joplin, Blake, Joplin, Natalie Patrick, Carthage; his parents, Marie and Floyd ‘J.R.’ Baker, Webb City, Darrell and Karan Harmon, Baxter Springs, Kansas; siblings, Darrell Harmon and his wife, Karen, Carterville, Debbie Cansler and her husband, Ron, Joplin, Darla Harmon and Brent Lawson, Duenweg, Dawn Dunfee and her husband, Charlie, Neosho, Daren Harmon and his wife, Andrea, Carthage; three grandchildren, Brayden, Rielynn, Briley; many nieces and nephews; and many other extended family members.

Services are planned for Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Lance Green and Walter Horn will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Charles Putnam

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Charles Wayne ‘Putt’ Putnam, 93, Joplin, died Feb. 27, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, following a short illness.

 Wayne was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Cleveland, OK and lived most of his life in Joplin. He served in Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) from April 1937 until September 1939 at Five Mile Camp BF-1 in Burns, OR. During WW II, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corp with the 449th Bomb Group, 719th Squadron in Grottaglie, Italy from November 1943 – May 1945. The 449th flew 254 combat missions over Europe and Eastern Asia and their squadron received two presidential citations and he was a recipient of the bronze star. He worked at Eagle Picher in Joplin for 43 years, working in the shipping department and retired in 1984 as shipping foreman. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Wayne was a charter member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin and had served as chairman of the deacons, Sunday School Director, Training Union Director; chairman of the building committee and pastor search committee. He loved serving his church family.

 Wayne married Merribell Rheme, who preceded him in death in 1994 and then married Virginia Bell Jeffers Paul on April 8, 1995 in Joplin and she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Sharon Hoagland and husband, Forrest, Grove, OK and Linda Emmert and husband, Charles, Joplin; three stepchildren, Steve Paul, Springfield; Edward Paul and wife, Penny, Neosho and Molli Bee Augustus and husband, Galen, Burbank, CA; nine grandchildren, Tony Hoagland, Frank Hoagland, Randy Emmert, Bryan Emmert, Greg Paul, Clayton Paul, Jonathan Paul, Angela Augustus and Rebecca Augustus; six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Jeff Paul.


Monday March 3, 2014, 9:00 AM - Noon at Clark Chapel of Memories


Monday March 3, 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Fellowship Baptist Church


Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:00 PM at Fellowship Baptist Church

Rex McDaniel

(From Parker Mortuary)

Arthur Rex McDaniel, age 80, of Pittsburg, KS and formerly of Joplin, MO, passed away at 5:16 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Pittsburg.

Born March 14, 1933, in Opolis, KS, he was the son of the late Roy J. McDaniel and Mildred G. Maloon McDaniel. Rex graduated from Pittsburg High School and received his Bachelor Degree in Business from Pittsburg State University, where he played on the football team with his brother, Ray. Rex was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and then served in the National Guard until 1958. He followed his career to Webb City, Tulsa, OK and Garland, TX. He then returned to live in Joplin and moved to Pittsburg last October.

Rex served as plant manager in Joplin for the former Sperry-Rand-Vickers, Inc. and later became a labor relations negotiator. He then became the Director of the Branch and Fee Offices for the Missouri Department of Revenue in Jefferson City. He was also a licensed Real Estate Broker in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas until his retirement.

Rex was a former member of the Baptist Church in Webb City and in Garland, TX, where he taught classes on the Purpose Driven Life. He had also been active in several civic and service organizations.

Survivors include two daughters, Kelli Hopkins and husband David of Columbia, MO, Lori Good and husband Chuck of Joplin; two grandchildren, Christopher Good and wife Rachel of Everett, WA, Lauren Good of Webb City; two brothers, Dr. James McDaniel and wife Della of Pittsburg, Michael McDaniel and wife Barbara of Alexandria, VA; and was known as Uncle Never-Mind to numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Rex was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph, who was a casualty of World War II, Ray McDaniel; and a sister, Coleen Southard.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. Private interment will be in Crocker Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial services with military honors will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8th at Parker Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until service time Saturday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Joplin Humane Society to recognize his love of pets.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mary Alice Campbell

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Mary Alice Campbell, 91, of Springfield, MO, passed away Feb. 25, 2014.

 She was born July 18, 1922 to John and Ida (Taylor) Senior and spent most of her childhood in Arkansas City, Kansas. After moving to Neosho, MO in 1937, she met and married the love of her life, Virgil, on Sept. 23, 1939. They celebrated their 70th Anniversary in 2009 with their family and Mary Alice was at his side when he passed away April 26, 2010.

 She was the People and Living Editor of the Neosho Daily News, a job she truly loved. She served as president of Missouri Press Women and received over 40 state and national awards. She loved her ‘Daily News Family’ and continued writing a recipe and food column after her retirement in 1984. She often said, ‘Everyone has a story’, she loved hearing and writing their stories and never met a stranger.

 She was involved in many civic, social, volunteer and church organization while in Neosho. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Neosho over 70 years and served as Elder Emeritus. In 2007, Mary Alice and Virgil moved to Springfield, MO to make their homes with their daughter, Susan Carter. As they drove away from their home of more than 50 years, she said she would miss her friends, but that she was ready for a new adventure.

 After moving, she became a volunteer at Cox Walnut Lawn Hospital, making many new friends and she became known as the ‘Cookie Lady’, assisting on the rehabilitation unit on cookie making day. She loved travel and ‘adventures’ and enjoyed trips to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. She spent her 80th birthday white water rafting in Glacier National Park. Her mind was sharp to the very end; she enjoyed playing cards and won a game of gin rummy with her daughter only hours before she peacefully passed away. She only said, ‘don’t be sad when I die, I had a wonderful life and I’m ready to be with Virgil’. She always had a smile, quick wit and a twinkle in her pretty blue eyes. She was lo ved by her family and many friends and will be missed, but fond memories last forever.

 She is preceded in death by Virgil, her parents and sister. She is survived by sons, Fred (Sharron) Campbell, Shawnee, KS; Mike (Frances) Campbell, Wylie, TX and daughter, Susan Carter, Springfield, MO; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho, Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with the chapel service scheduled for 2 p.m.

Grace Johnson

(From Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home)

Grace Harriett Johnson, age 82, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Grace was born February 22, 1932 in Joplin and she lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a private in-home care giver. She attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a member of St. Paul's Lamplighters.

She married Leon Johnson in December, 1969 and he preceded her in death in October, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Jesse Mildred Lansaw Glaze, one infant son, one infant daughter, five brothers, two sisters, and a grandson, Kenneth Lakhdar.

Survivors include one daughter Janie Bratton, Joplin, MO; one granddaughter, Sara Jane Stonecipher and her fiancé Joshua Brown; and two great grandchildren, Shadow Vylette Stonecipher and Set Giles Stonecipher.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home & Crematory, Webb City.

Dennis Arft

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Dennis Edward Arft was born in Springfield, Missouri on January 15, 1948 to Ruby Rudene and Edward Arft.

 He passed away from rapid complications associated with lung cancer on February 24, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated from Joplin High School in 1966 and served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1973, honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant having received a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and serving as a member of the rifle team as an M-14 Marksman. Dennis was a talented machinist both for Evan Scheussler and Tubular Metals, and later at Schaeffler Technologies’ FAG Bearing in Joplin, Missouri. He also worked in Research and Development at Leggett & Platt, where he developed several patents as a project designer. Dennis loved to go fishing and camping, usually far down river. He was also an avid and long-time fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also known for his ornery sense of humor, sharp intellect, and master tree-house craftsmanship. 

Dennis is immediately survived by a son, Justin Arft along with his wife Elaine and their two sons Henry and Benjamin, and his brother Mike Arft and his wife Rose and children. He was preceded in death by his sister Vicky Arft Short and Scott Short, but is survived by their children. He is also survived by Linda Arft, who although being his ex-wife remained an ardent and loyal friend, along with Tim, Julie, and Caleb Chicoine, Barbara Musgrave, and his “other” brothers, Bob, David, and Ricky Blank. Dennis loved his family dearly and will be missed. In lieu of flowers or contributions, please do something nice for someone in a way you see fit in Dennis’ memory.

 Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Thursday February 27 at Mason Woodard Mortuary chapel with pastor Larry Shumaker officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Keith DeWitt

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Keith G. DeWitt, 87, Joplin, died Feb. 25, 2014 at Joplin Health and Rehab.

 Keith was born Sept. 14, 1926 in Republic, MO and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Republic High School in 1944 and following his graduation, he entered into the service, serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II and Korea. Following his military service, he worked for KPL Gas Service, now MGE as a supervisor. Keith was a former member of the Neosho Kiwanis Club; an avid square dancer, he supplied many people with firewood and loved to travel. He was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church and was a former choir member.

 Keith and Evelyn (Modell) were married on Oct. 4, 1947 at Monett and she survives. He is also survived by five children, Mike DeWitt and wife, Ruthann, Oronogo; Jan Watson and husband, Ed, Joplin; Gary DeWitt and wife, Mary, Hermann; Tricia McKay and husband, Jay, Mindenmines and Beth Hyde and husband, Jeff, Canyon County, CA; daughter in law, Beth DeWitt, Kaneohe, Hawaii; brother, Porter DeWitt and wife, Brenta, Skiatook, OK; sister, Carol E. Coggin and husband, Herb, Republic; 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Keith is preceded in death by a son, Steve DeWitt and a brother, Kent DeWitt.


Friday February 28, 2014, 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM at Clark Chapel of Memories
Friday February 28, 2014, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Clark Chapel of Memories 

Saturday March 1, 2014, 10:00 AM at Clark Chapel of Memories

John Cormier

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

John Wilton Cormier, 95, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at his home in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

He was born December 8, 1918, in Parks, Louisiana. He attended Breaux Bridge High School and married Kathryn Joslin of Joplin, Missouri, on August 11, 1943. She preceded him in death in 2004.

He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1936, following the basic course of instruction at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. He qualified as a pistol marksman and gun range finder operator and served aboard the U.S.S. Wyoming from January 1938 to December 1939. During World War II, he served as a bugler and an anti-aircraft machine gun crewman in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Springfield.

Sgt. Cormier was honorably discharged in November 1945. After the war, under the G.I. Bill, he studied business at Strayer College in Washington D.C.

He worked as a guard at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. before and after the war. In 1972, the library’s information bulletin noted his presence in the Capitol Rotunda when he and other members of the library’s special police force paid their respect to the memory of J. Edgar Hoover—a library employee before his career in the FBI—as the lawman's body lay in state. His favorite vacation spot was his mother’s kitchen. Captain Cormier retired from the Library of Congress in 1973.

After the Cormiers retired—Kathryn Cormier also retired from the Library of Congress--they moved to Joplin, Missouri, and Mr. Cormier regularly engaged his father-in-law, William E. Joslin, in games of checkers.

Never a casual dresser, he rarely appeared in public without a tie, even years after retirement when mowing the lawns of elderly relatives. Never in a hurry but always punctual, he collected wristwatches and mantel clocks without obsessing over the nature of time. A quiet man, he never demanded respect, but inspired it just the same.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Cormier was preceded in death by his parents, Aubin and Edith Hebert Cormier; his brothers, Gussie and Leroy Cormier; and his sister, Jeannette Broussard.

Survivors include: three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Ann Cormier of Maine, Georgia Ann Joslin of Columbia, Missouri, and Ermanell and Muryl Olinger of Houston, Texas; 17 nieces and nephews; and special friend Levie Sonnier of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

The family thanks his caregiver, Myrtle Lasseigne, and the members of the Amedisys Hospice of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage, Missouri, at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, with interment immediately following at Powers Cemetery, east of Diamond.

Gerri Dahnke

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Geraldine K. “Gerri” Dahnke On February 11, 2014, Geraldine (Gerri) Dahnke, 84, left this world to be with God.

 Gerri was born on November 16, 1929 in Mulhall, OK, to William Ambrose Kanehl and Elsie Louise Moses. Gerri married Ralph Lane Dahnke (R.L.) of Granby, MO, they moved to Golden, CO where she enjoyed the Denver Broncos, snowmobiling, bowling, dancing, angel collecting, reading, crossword puzzles and especially traveling and taking pictures. She and Ralph traveled extensively, by land, sea and air to spend time with and visit relatives and friends. She never forgot to send a greeting card for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

 Gerri was preceded in death by her husband R.L., daughter, Sharon Kay Monte of Phoenix, AZ, twin brothers Larry and Garry Dale of Cedar Vale, KS and nephew Lincoln Lewis of KS. She is survived by her brother William Ray (Nancee) Kanehl of West Richland, WA, sister Mary Lou (Bruce) Blodgett of Wichita, KS, sister Kathy (John) McMillan of Sedan, KS, sisters-in-law, Lois Lee Metcalf of Paola, KS, Anita (David) Reed of Neosho, MO, Sherry Perkins of Neosho, MO, Jackie (Leroy) Applequist of Modesto, CA, son Douglas Ray (Paula) Busby of Wheatridge, CO, son Larry (Billie) Dahnke of Joplin, MO, Grandchildren, Nicci (Bill) Srna of KS, Rhonda Pruitt of AZ, Missy Meinhardt of MO, Doug (Kristal) Dahnke of MO, Troy (Christina) Busby of GA, Erin Busby of CO, Paul Busby of CO, great-grandchildren, Aubrey (Ben) Fetherston of KS, Ryan (Kayla) Lamberson of GA, Madison Meinhardt of MO, Dalton Haist of KS, Kannen Haist of KS, Hartley Busby of GA, Sara Grace Busby of GA, William Dahnke of MO, great-great granddaughter, Jaise Harper Fetherston of KS, nieces and nephews; Pati Dee (Jim) Roberts of WA, William Kanehl of WA, Robert Kanehl of OR, Melody (Gaylan) Nett of KS, Alicia (David) Ginther of MO, Jason (Terri) Lewis of KS and many more great nieces and nephews.

 A celebration of life will be planned for later this year and an announcement will be forthcoming.

Red Huston

(From Parker Mortuary)

Rhodale Arlen "Red" Huston, age 80, Joplin, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 after a five year illness.

Red was born February 24, 1933 in Anderson, Missouri, son of the late William Robert Huston and Thelma Williams Huston. He graduated from Southwest City High School, and then went to work for Cotten Lenger's Service Station in Joplin while serving with the National Guard. He then joined the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Joplin and opened Huston Service Station located at 15th and Joplin Ave. in Joplin. He then worked for Eagle Picher, Industrial Linens in sales, and later as district manager. He then worked for Fleming Foods as a driver which he did for nearly 20 years until his retirement in 1994. During his career, Red was a proud member of the Teamster's Union.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife throughout the United States, and attending Antique Road Shows. He became an expert in pottery related items, especially cookie jars. He was recognized for his expertise in this area on the Food Network, and answered questions about cookie jars on the website, He was an avid hunter and loved fishing, especially his fishing trips to Canada. He also attended South Side Apostolic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary LaRue Huston; son, Todd Huston and Danita Moore of Anderson; daughter, Beverly Hankins and husband Dave of Joplin; two grandchildren, Heather Whitlock of Joplin, and Crystal Chew and husband Kevin of Seneca, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Daytona, Jerry, Sierra, Cortney, Alyssa, Trenton, and Nate; four brothers, William Jack Huston of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Larry Huston and wife Marsha. Richard Huston and wife Sandy, and Ted Huston and wife Donna all of Anderson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at South Side Apostolic Church with Pastor Richard Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at South Side Apostolic Church on Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Apostolic Faith Youth Camp care of Parker Mortuary.

Mary Landreth

(From Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary)

Ms. Mary Jane Landreth, 88, of Joplin, Missouri, departed this life on Sunday afternoon, February 23, 2014, in the comfort of her home, after a recent decline in health.

Mary entered this life on May 3, 1925 in Joplin, Missouri, to the union of the late Harry and Pearl (Huffman) Landreth. She was a lifelong resident of Joplin, Missouri. She graduated co-valedictorian from Joplin High School class of 1943 and the Washington University School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as an RN during WW-II at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Missouri.

Mary never had any children of her own, but was a matriarchal figure to her family and was loving and caring to her nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and great-grand nieces/nephews. She valued education and helped many members of her family attend college. She was a shrewd businesswoman who gave solid financial advice. She shared her love of traveling with her family, taking her great nieces to Alaska and her great nephews to the Bahamas. For the last several decades she has wintered in Stuart, Florida.

Mary possessed a profound love of golf. She was a member and former board member of Twin Hills Country Club, former board member of Freeman Hospital where she hosted the annual nursing conference and was an active member of the Missouri Southern Nursing Scholarship Program.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ed and George Landreth. Mary is survived by one brother, Harry Landreth of the state of Kentucky; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, Missouri with Chaplain Danny Mullins officiating and additional remarks by Gerald “Dink” Sommer. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Snyder, Steve Thomas, Fred Landreth, Freddie Landreth, Dink Sommer and Justin Tubb. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to the Freeman Foundation and contributions may be left at the mortuary. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.

Della Martin

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Della Marie Martin age 88 of Carl Junction passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Webb City Health & Rehab.

 She was born on June 18, 1925 in Pittsburg, Kansas to Theodore A. Berry and Bessie Washburn Berry. Della worked as a seamstress at the Elders Clothing Factory in Carl Junction and Webb City, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carl Junction.

 She married Merle J. Martin on January 2, 1943 in Joplin, Missouri and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2002. Della is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Laughlin and husband Roger of Carl Junction, Nancy Ulmer and husband Tommy of Pittsburg, Kansas; sons, Jerry Martin of Webb City, Carl Dean Martin and wife Sharon of Carl Junction; 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the First Baptist Church of Carl Junction with Reverend Russell Roderique officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. 

Those serving as pallbearers will be, Josh Laughlin, Trevor Wallis, Darrell Hicks, John Lundien, Ryan Evitts and Jeff Ulmer. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Carl Junction Cemetery Association.

 Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hailey Owens

(From Greenlawn Funeral Homes)

Hailey Owens was born on August 18, 2003, in Springfield, Missouri. She went to heaven on February 18, 2014 at the age of 10.

Hailey was a high-spirited, happy child. She was kind-hearted, full of life, full of laughter, and full of love. She enjoyed helping her mom with laundry, cooking, and baby-sitting. She was thrilled that she was getting ready to become an aunt. 

At times, Hailey was a girly-girl who loved painting her fingernails, watching Princess movies, playing dress-up, getting her hair fixed, and having her picture taken by her sister at Nathaniel Greene Park. At other times, she was a tomboy who loved playing in the mud and riding her bike in the creek. 

Hailey loved to talk, enjoyed all kinds of music, and the colors pink and purple were her favorites. She attended Bowerman Elementary from kindergarten through second grade and was currently a fourth grader at Westport Elementary. She was a believer in Jesus Christ and had a positive impact on everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed. 

Hailey is survived by her parents, Jeff and Stacey Barfield, dad and mom; Markus Ryan Owens, dad; Markus Owens, brother; J.D. Barfield, brother; Alexa Barfield, sister; many loving relatives from the Barfield, Owens, Nord, and Herman families; and many, many friends. 

The family is grateful for the support, encouragement, and love they have received from people locally, nationally, and globally. Donations to benefit the family may be made to the Hailey Owens Memorial Fund through Empire Bank. 

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. A funeral service celebrating Hailey's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, also at Ridgecrest. Pastor Pat Findley from Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church will be officiating.

J. R. Simmons

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Jesse E. “J.R.”Simmons, 70, of Carthage passed away Thursday morning at his residence in Carthage, Missouri.

 JR was born in Carthage to Jesse “Woody” Simmons Jr. and Lorrain “Stiles” Simmons. He was a longtime Carthage resident. He attended school in Whittier, California then moved back to Carthage. JR worked for H.E. Williams and then Leggett and Platt for several years. He was an avid baseball card collector and Nass car fan. He left behind a “1964” Black Chevy Impala.

 JR was united in marriage to Belva Garrison November 6, 1965 in Alba, Missouri, Belva passed November 1, 2006. JR is survived by four Aunts and one Uncle, Luella Mathis and Roger Mathis of Alba, Pam Stiles of Carthage and Jane Stiles of Carl Junction and several cousins. Memorial Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday February 27, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.

Wylma O'Brien

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Wylma R. O’Brien, 77, of Golden City passed away February 21, 2014 at her home.

 Wylma was born May 10, 1936 in Carthage, MO to Ross Spurgeon and Hester Harril. She was a homemaker and lived in Golden City for the past 30 years. She was a member of the Rebekas Lodge of Golden City. Wylma attended the First Christian Church of Golden City.

 Wylma is survived by six sons Kenneth, Richard, David, Sheldon, Mark and Michael, two sisters Evelyn and Julie. Wylma is preceded by two sisters Lucille and Irene and one brother William. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Park Cemetery, Carthage, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Dorothy Cooper

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Dorothy L. Cooper, 95, passed away February 24, 2014 at Seneca House in Seneca, Missouri. 

Dorothy was born in Lamar, Missouri January 16, 1919 to Andrew J. Bass and Lucy “Bell” Bass. She was a longtime Carthage resident. Dorothy was the head cook at Carthage R-9 schools for several years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carthage and a member of the Eastern Star of Carthage.

 Dorothy was united in marriage to Everett Eugene Cooper December 16, 1937 in Webb City, Missouri he survives. Dorothy is survived by one son Everett Ray Cooper and Wife Kathy of Carthage, Three grandchildren Brian of Austin Texas, Paul and wife Jana of Oronogo and David and wife Bethany of Joplin, Three great grandchildren Miranda, Lane and Maleah.

 Services will be held 10:00a.m. Thursday February 27, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home Chapel, Burial will be at Park Cemetery Carthage. Online condolences may be made at

 Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Betty Foster

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

 Betty L. Foster, age 86, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 surrounded by her family at Truman Healthcare Center.
     Betty was born October 31, 1927 at Healdton, Oklahoma, next to youngest of the seven children of Thomas & Lottie (Davis) Thompson.  After graduating from high school in Brownstown, Illinois, Betty worked for several years as a secretary at the Pentagon.  It was in Washington D.C. that she met Howard Foster, a young marine who was hospitalized after a serious accident which left him disabled.  Howard and Betty were married May 1, 1954 and they dedicated more than 40 years to ministry.  As the wife of a gospel preacher, Betty will be remembered as a tireless worker for the Lord as they served churches of Christ in Cumberland and Baltimore, Maryland, and in Bona, Lamar, Centerpoint, and Stockton, Missouri.  After retiring in 1986, they made their home in Lamar.
     Betty and Howard had celebrated 54 years together before his death January 1, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Calvin & Clifford Thompson; and three sisters, Aline Thompson, Fleeta Mattes, and Melba Tomlin.
     Survivors include a son, Russell (Teresa) Foster, Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter, Karen (Jim) Gilmartin, Lamar; a sister, Duritha Eaton, Spring Arbor, Michigan; six grandchildren, Jared (Kelly) Foster, Sara Foster, April (Tim) Brown, Austin, Dylan, and Krista Gilmartin; and a great-grandson, Owen Foster.
     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22nd at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Fair Haven Children’s Home in care of the funeral home.

Pete Peters

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

August Edgar “Pete” Peters, age 88, died at Truman Healthcare Center, Friday, February 21, 2014.

Mr. Peters was born December 26, 1925, in Washington, MO to Edgar Peters and Alma (Filla) Peters. He was raised and went to school in Washington, MO area. He served in the US Navy. On April 28, 1951 he married Rosemary Anna Rickert. He worked in the St. Louis area for many years before moving to Lamar, MO in 1965. He worked again in St. Louis, Arizona, and Lamar areas. He retired from O’Sullivan Industries and opened a saw sharpening business in his home shop. Mr. Peters was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lamar, MO. He was also a VFW member and a member of Knights of Columbus, 4th degree. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, being outside but especially loved his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Mr. Peters is survived by his wife, Rosemary Peters; sons and their wives, Dale & Delores Peters, Lamar, MO, Dan and Jill Peters, Lamar, MO, Dennis Peters, Pittsburg, KS, Douglas Peters, Smyrna, TN, Dean & Kelli Peters, Liberty Hill, TX, Andrew & Jan Peters, Springfield, MO; two daughters, Susanne & Terry Perelman, Henderson, NV and Jeanne & Dean Buffington, Chinook, MT; sixteen grandchildren, Levi & Amy Peters, Lindsey & Greg Williams, Lisa Peters, Jenny Peters, Matthew & Olivia Peters, Ryan Peters, Sean Peters, Megan Peters, Amanda & Scott Shapiro, Natalie Peters, Philip Perelman, Dylan Perelman, Jamal Kasem, Charis & Jeff Harrison, Ethan Buffington, James Buffington; and four great-grandsons, Jackson Williams, Tyler Williams, Reuben Peters, and Joseph Peters; two step-brothers, Gary Peters and Brad Peters; a step-sister, Connie Reger; a brother-in-law, Jim Geoghagen; extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Mr. Peters was preceded in death by his father Edgar Peters; his mother Alma Peters; step-mother, Lorene Peters, two sisters, Jane Geoghagen, and Dorothy Berner; and an infant daughter Deborah Jane Peters.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

A private graveside service will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Harley Russell

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Harley E. Russell, age 76, of rural Lamar, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at his home.
     Harley was born August 6, 1937 at Las Cruces, New Mexico, one of the five children of Herman and Loretta (Fillmore) Russell.  He was an over-the-road truck driver for many years, retiring to Oklahoma in 1998 to care for his parents.  His father passed away in 2001 and he continued to care for his mother until her death in 2007.  Harley was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Russell.
     On December 22, 2009, at Lake Village, Arkansas, Harley married Jean Alice Thurber and they moved to Barton County where Harley enjoyed fishing and outdoor Missouri wildlife.   He was an active member and trustee of Barton County Eagles #4405.
     Survivors include his wife, Jean, of the home; a step-daughter, Kelli Carmona, Horn Lake, Mississippi; a brother, Conley (Sheryl) Russell, Silverdale, Washington; two sisters, Lois (Jim) Kraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Retha (C.L.) Squires, Lamar; three step-grandchildren, Taylor Jean Carmona, Matthew Shephard and Joseph Shephard; and several nephews and nieces.
     A graveside memorial service will be held at Squires Lakeside Cemetery near Milford, Missouri at a later date.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Harley’s family, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Johnnie Petty

(From Parker Mortuary)

Johnnie Clifford Petty, age 78 of Carthage, MO, passed away at his home at 4:35 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born August 25, 1935 in Houston, MO, he was the son of the late Johnnie Arthur Petty and Sylvia Byrd Petty and lived in the Joplin area most of his lifetime. In his early life he was a truck driver, but most of his career was in construction. He served in the U.S. Army before receiving a medical discharge. He attended Grand Avenue Church of God in Carthage.

On October 24, 1960 he married Ruby Eileen Wilson at Miami, OK. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Lois Denise Bishop of Webb City, Rose Ann Lee of Joplin; a son, Johnnie Lee Petty of Carthage; four sisters, Geraldine Rundle and husband Alonzo of Carterville, Sarah Coleman of Webb City, Alice Velasquez and husband Pedro of Sunnyside, WA, Donna Treat of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, a brother and a stepson, Dennis Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Chuck Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Wild Rose Cemetery at Webb City with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Russell Keiser

(From Parker Mortuary)

Russell J. Keiser, Jr., age 58 of Joplin, passed away at 6:55 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born October 7, 1955 in Kansas City, MO, he was the son of the late Russell Joseph Keiser, Sr. and Hazel Pearl Mason Keiser. Before becoming disabled, Russell worked as a cabinet maker and installer for Morton Booth Co.. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Survivors include his wife, Sonya; two sons, Lloyd Joseph Burrow of Tulsa, OK, Tharon Joseph Keiser of Keytesville, MO; three daughters, Angie Marie Cleveland of Brookshire , MO, Vanessa Ladawn Boyer of St. Joseph, MO, Christie of Mount Vernon, MO; two sisters, Doris Bishop and husband Rick of Neosho, MO, Mary Jane McKinley of Webb City, MO; two brothers, William Lee Keiser of Aurora, MO, John W. Keiser of Cassville, MO; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Trenna Louise Keiser.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon City Cemetery under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

George Bostick

(From Parker Mortuary)

George Thomas Bostick, 82, Joplin, MO, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014, after a courageous ten year battle with cancer. He was born April 8, 1931 in Sturgis, MS, son of the late Noel and Juanita Bostick. In 1951, he graduated from North High School in Wichita, KS.

At age 19, he owned and operated a Conoco Oil Service Station in Wichita, which made him the youngest Conoco operator in the state of Kansas. After his marriage to Karen in 1955, they relocated to Denver, CO, where he managed Georgia Boys Barbecue. They returned to Wichita in 1963 and opened the Rosin Pot Barbecue. His passion for cooking and eating barbecue continued throughout his life. Many family and friends enjoyed eating his special rosin baked potatoes. The family moved to Joplin in 1969. He became manager of Joplin American Business Systems and later sold Niagara Therapy health products until his retirement.

George was a 50 year member of Masonic Fellowship #345 AF & AM as well as Joplin Kiwanis Club and Joplin Golf Club. He was appointed to and served for three years on the Joplin Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. A devoted member of First Presbyterian Church of Joplin for 45 years, he served as an Elder and Deacon, and a member of the Mariner’s Sunday School Class. George was involved in many charitable organizations including Joplin NAMI, where he helped organize and raise funds through the annual golf tournament. He had a “reputation” for his persistence on behalf of Kiwanis apple sales.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, and a sister, Betty Ossmon. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Karen; son, Mark and wife Brenda of Joplin; daughter, Beth Allwood and husband Perry of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Tucker Bostick Taylor and Sam Bostick Taylor of Galena, KS; Connor Allwood and Parker Allwood of Lee’s Summit; brother, Lawrence Bostick of Iola, KS and sister, Shirley Santorno and husband Terry of Denver, CO. The family appreciates the loving care provided by Avalon Hospice.

A celebration of George’s life will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor David Burgess officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church, 509 S. Pearl, Joplin MO 64801.

Gerry Smith

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Gerry Smith was born August 15, 1939 in Joplin, MO to Venetta and Claude Smith. He passed away February 21, 2014.

 Gerry graduated in 1957 from Joplin High School where he met the love of his life, Judith Russell Smith. He joined the Air Force after graduation in August of 1957, serving in Korea and the United States. Gerry and Judy were married April 25, 1959 in Joplin. They were blessed with seven children. Throughout his career he worked for ITT Kellogg and Minnesota Central Telephone, managing 27 exchanges. He then joined Motorola, traveling the US and abroad installing cellular towers and teaching cellular classes and conducting lightning audits. He retired from Motorola in February of 1997 after 27 years of service. His second career was spent working with his wife, Judy, as owners of the local Jackson Hewett Tax Service offices, and recently became one of the new co-owners of Caldone’s Restaurant and Speakeasy. 

Along with that, his seasonal career was spreading love and joy to children throughout the Christmas Season. Each year for 25 years Gerry blessed several thousand children with his jolly portrayal. Gerry was preceded in death by son Gregory Smith. His surviving family members are his wife, Judy, daughter Kristina Smith Hughes and husband Danny, Gerald Smith, Jr. and wife Ivana, Geoffrey, Gary and wife Melissa, Grant, Garret and daughter-in-law Mary. His much loved grandchildren were Zachary and Michael Hughes; Nathan, Noah and Matthew Smith, Nicolas, Dylan and Nash Smith; Gavin and Jordan Smith; Alyssa and Emily Smith; and Grayson Smith.

 Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Danny Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. His children will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ronald McDonald House in care of the mortuary. 

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

Andy Martin

(From Parker Mortuary)

Andrew C. (Andy) Martin, age 91 of Topeka, KS, formerly a 67-year resident of Joplin, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 in Topeka.

Born August 8, 1922 in Picher, OK, he was the son of the late Andrew C. Martin, Sr. and Bertha Rowland Martin and graduated from Picher High School in 1939. A U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, he trained and obtained certification as an aerial gunner, single engine pilot, B-17 bombardier and was training to be a B-29 flight engineer when the war ended. He worked for over 30 years for GAB and then formed his own insurance claims company, Martin Claim Service. His hobbies included fast-pitch softball and bowling. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Joplin Elk’s Lodge No. 501.

On December 15, 1950 he married Mary F. Staggs. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Susie Martin Allman and her husband Jim of Topeka along with their twin sons, Ben and Sam Allman. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie Martin Myers. Janie’s children are Macy Myers and twin sons, Andrew Myers and Max Myers III.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends preceding the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary.

Malcolm Mosby

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Malcolm Lindel Mosby, 79, Neosho, died Feb. 21, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

 Malcolm was born September 30, 1934 in Anderson, MO and was a lifelong McDonald County and Newton County resident. He worked at Pogue Diary Farms, Sid Roark Lumber, Tatum Motor’s, Sam Woolard Service Station, Red Carpet Construction, N and M Concrete and for the City of Neosho for 17 years as Public Works Director. He pastored at Tracy Community for many years and founded the Church of Hope in Neosho in 1992 and has served as Pastor until his death. 

Malcolm and Edith Hix were married on Dec. 29, 1951 at Anderson and she survives. He is also survived by his parents, Addaline and Glendon Hadley, Neosho; two children, Cheryl Mosby, Neosho and William Mosby and wife, Lynn, Noel; a brother, Wayne Mosby and wife, Cathy, Neosho; a sister, Myrna Marble, Neosho; three grandchildren, Casey Anderson and husband, Tim; Caleb Mosby and Colby Mosby and wife, Jennifer and two great grandchildren, Julia Robinson and Tori Anderson.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Malcolm be made to the food bank of the donor’s choice.

Chapel services will be held Wednesday February 26, 2014, 1:00 - PM at Clark Chapel of Memories

Frances Dyer

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Frances Ann Dyer, 93, Neosho, died Feb. 20, 2014 at Freeman Hospital in Neosho, following a short illness.

 Frances was born Feb. 9, 1921 in Hughes Springs, TX and moved to Boulder City, MO in 1947 from Texas. She and her husband, Claude, owned and operated the Boulder City Grocery Store from 1947 – 1973 and she had worked at Big Smith and La Z Boy, retiring from La Z Boy in 1988. Frances was an avid card player and an active member of the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ.

 She married Claude Dyer in May of 1944 at Dallas, TX and he preceded her in death on May 2, 1991. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 1 PM until service time at Clark Funeral Home. Contributions in memory of Frances may be made to Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ or Hazel Green Cemetery, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Vivian Campbell

(From Parker Mortuary)

Vivian Lorene Campbell, age 93, Joplin, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital.

Vivian was born September 5, 1920 in Savoy, Arkansas, and moved to Seneca, Missouri as a child where she attended school. She was a loving homemaker, and enjoyed taking care of her family. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Laura Hughes, her husband, James E. Campbell, brothers, Billy Hughes, Fay Hughes, Amos Massey, and Ernie Massey, and a sister, Deanie Hughes.

Survivors include her children; Larry Campbell and wife Courtney of Saginaw, Missouri, Gary Campbell and wife Betty of Joplin, Steve Campbell and wife Sally of Carl Junction, Missouri, and Becky Neece and husband Nick of Tipton Ford, Missouri; sister, Marie Whitlock; brother, Norman Hughes; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Patsy Smith

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Patsy J. Smith age 76, of Webb City, MO. died Tuesday February 18, 2014 at the Mercy Hospital of Joplin.

 She was born on January 27, 1938 in Austin, TX, the daughter of Clifton and Annie M. Jones Lovelace. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 Survivors include a daughter Liz Ogden of Joplin, MO; two granddaughters: Stacey Anderson and April Nicholson; three great grandchildren, Brayden, Keaton, and Jordan; and a sister Helen Hester. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm Monday February 24, 2014 at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary with Rev. Jarel Burnside officiating. The Family suggests contributions to the Humane Society of Joplin in Care of the Mortuary.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary Joplin, MO.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wayne Johnson

(From Parker Mortuary)

Wayne Bertrand Johnson, age 56 of Joplin, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital after a sudden illness.

Born June 1, 1957 in Long Island, NY, he was the son of the late Milton Johnson and Auden Gjersvick Johnson and moved with the family to Joplin in 1962. Wayne was a 1975 graduate of Parkwood High School and attended MSSU, receiving his Realtor’s License. Since 2005 he worked with Pro 100 Realtors. Previously he had worked for Griffith Motors in Neosho, the former Steve Spicer dealership in Joplin and Blackcat Body Shop. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, served as Past Exalted Ruler of Joplin Elk’s Lodge No. 501 and as Vice President of Joplin Board of Realtors. He also volunteered for several community organizations.

On September 7, 1985 he married Jan S. Williams in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Katy Johnson of Columbia, MO; a brother, Kent Johnson of Overland Park, KS; nieces and nephews, Travis Johnson and wife Stacey, Tedra Korf and husband Bryan, Kristopher Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Ben VanDeVeer and wife Terra, Rebekah VanDeVeer, Angelica Villanueva and husband Anthony, Jonathan Williams; several great-nieces and great-nephews; mother-in-law, Patty Galbraith of Joplin; father-in-law, Pat Williams and wife Lee of Sand Spring, OK; sisters-in-law, Sharon Johnson of Jenks, OK, Connie Williams of Pea Ridge, AR, Tanya Reid of San Diego, CA; brothers-in-law, Michael Williams and wife Michelle of Rogers, AR, Todd Williams and wife Kim of Sand Spring, OK; and his beloved Bassett Hound, Bud.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bernie Johnson. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Joplin Humane Society.

Vida Gordon

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Vida Gordon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo. passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at Webb City Health & Rehab following an illness.

Vida was born on October 7, 1936, in Chicago, Il. The daughter of Edward and Maria DeJesus (Ramos) Espinosa. She has been an area resident for many years and worked as a bookkeeper at 15th Street Lumber before retiring in 1998.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday Februarty 22nd at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory, Joplin.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nancy Harrell

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Nancy Jane Harrel, age 68, of Webb City, Mo. passed away at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 at Mercy Hospital Joplin following a sudden illness. 

Nancy was born April 22, 1945 in Joplin, Mo. She grew up in Richards, Iowa and Neosho, Mo. She graduated from Neosho High School and went to Nursing School in St. Louis, Mo. She had lived in Southwest Missouri most of her life. Nancy was a Registered Nurse, and worked at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage for over 20 years, retiring in 2010 as a Nursing Supervisor. She had previously worked at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, and Freeman Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, and Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin. Nancy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.

 Nancy married Arthur C. Harrel Jr. July 27, 1981 in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on August 8, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Mary Gleason. Survivors include a son, Brian Winters, Joplin, and a daughter, Mary Tappana, Webb City, one brother, John C. Gleason and wife Phillis, Colorado Springs, Colo., three grandchildren; Ashley Winters, and Aaron and Allison Tappana, and one great granddaughter, Gabriella Jara. 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with Pastor James Schnackenberg officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the Lupus Foundation of America in care of the Mortuary. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory of Joplin, Mo.

Donavan "Big D" Taylor

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Donavan “Big D” John Leon Taylor, age 38, of Lamar, MO passed unexpectedly at his home, Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
“Big D” was born September 27, 1975 to Jessie Leon Taylor and Deborah Ruth (Shores) Taylor-Blanchard at Kinsley, KS.  He graduated Joplin High School in 1994 and went to Crowder College Truck Driving School.  He had worked for 10 years at O’Sullivan Industries as a forklift driver, was a truck driver for Werner Enterprise Trucking, and most recently was a cook at Tractors BBQ and Grill in Lamar, MO.
“Big D” loved NASCAR racing, WWE Wrestling, and the Kansas City Chiefs Football cooking, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
“Big D” is survived by his father, Jessie Taylor of Lamar, MO, and his step-mother Becky Taylor of Springfield, MO; his mother and step-father, Deborah and Dan Blanchard of Springfield, MO, his fiancĂ©, Irma Neely of Lamar, MO; two sisters and their husbands Mary and Donny Osburn, of Springfield, MO and Kathryn and Patrick Hall of Golden City, MO; a nephew Zack and two nieces, Dallas, and Terrinity. He loved children and was the Grandfather to 16 of Irma’s grandchildren and Godfather to three of them; Elisa, Dannon, and Temperance.
“Big D” was preceded in death by his grandparents and a sister, Casandra Lynn Watts in 1999.
A memorial service will be 3:00 pm Friday, February 21, 2014 at Sheldon Baptist Church with Rev. Jarod Lamb officiating.

Rose Fisher

(From Parker Mortuary)

Rose Etta Rainey Fisher, age 71, of Seneca, Missouri, passed away at her home on February 18, 2014 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Rose was born June 6, 1942 to the late Frank and Nona Bell Garrison Rainey in Carl Junction, Missouri and was a resident of Joplin her entire life.

On May 24, 1973, Rose married Joe Fisher in Webb City, Missouri. He survives at the home.

Rose was a hard and dedicated worker. She retired from Martin Oil Company after dedicating many years assisting the late Larry Martin as his personal assistant. Rose loved to be outside. She enjoyed flowers and gardening as much as she could. She worked hard living on the farm helping her husband out as his second hand. Rose was a faithful member of the Seneca Christian Church.

In addition to her husband, Rose is survived by a daughter, Taylor Hopper and husband Tommy of Langley, OK; one son, Randy Green and wife Laura of Seneca; step-daughter, Elizabeth Downing of Carthage; step-sons, Rusty Fisher of Webb City and Robert Fisher of Carthage; two sisters, Mary Brown and Sandy Spencer, both of Carthage; one brother, Johnnie Rainey of Joplin; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; as well as many extended family members.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney and Randy Green and brothers LeRoy and James Rainey.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Seneca Christian Church. Gerald Griffin, minister, will be officiating.

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Herbert Moser

(From Parker Mortuary)

Herbert Lee Moser, age 90 of Webb City, MO, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at his home.

Born December 22, 1923 in Trinidad, CO, he was the son of the late Harvey J. Moser and Ollie Della Ledford Moser and moved to the Joplin area as a young boy. He lived in California from 1959-1977, and returned to the Joplin area. He was ordained in the Pentecostal Church of God in 1960 and served as pastor of several churches in California and Missouri. He then worked 10 years as a machinist with H.E. Williams in Carthage, retiring in 1989. He was well known as a greeter with Wal-Mart for many years. Herb was a member of Victory Faith Center. He served as president of Senior Adult Ministries for several years and as Prayer Coordinator for the Central Missouri District. From 1952 until his death, Herb was busy spreading the Word of God. He always had a joke to tell and had a great sense of humor. Herb was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Oma Dean Townsend Moser in 1991. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and grandson, Michael, in 2008.

Survivors include three sons, Herbert Len Moser of Texas, Rev. John Lee Moser of Sacramento, CA, Stephen Paul Moser of Neosho, MO; a daughter, Sandra Dean Clyde of Florida; a sister, Dorothy Gillespie of Webb City; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a few great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Victory Faith Center, 808 Brownell in Joplin, with Rev. Jay Farris officiating. Interment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Faith Center Missions.

Joanna Bane

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Joanna Lynn Bane, 57, passed away Friday February 14, 2014 at her home in Carthage, MO.

 Joanna was born August 25, 1956 in Carthage, MO. to Richard Fuget and Ivy “Morris Crank. Joanna was a lifetime Carthage resident, working for Taco-Town and Casey’s General Store both of Carthage. 

Joanna is survived by her dad Richard Fuget, two daughters Amber Crane of Weir,and Carrie Cochran of Carthage, two sons David Winans of Springfield and Chris Bane of Weir. Five grandchildren Lyndzie, Ryli, Aydn, James and Bella and one Great grandchild Kyndal and Two sisters Carolyn Tatum of Springfield and Veloria Lewis of Webb City. One Brother Rick Fuget of Carthage. Joanna is preceded by her mom Ivy “Morris” Crank and one sister Debbie Reece.

 Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday February 20, 2014 at Fellowship Cemetery east of Carthage. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday February 20, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bob Merrill

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Robert “Bob” Lee Merrill passed away at home on February 14, 2014 at the age of 80. 

The oldest of three sons, Bob was born on October 14, 1933 to Raymond Linwood Merrill and Mary Frances Armentrout. Bob served proudly in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant, the highest noncommissioned rank attainable in the U.S. Air Force 

Bob is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Linda and Michelle, stepson Jamie, stepdaughters Karen and Krissy, and a wealth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brother Jack and sister-in-law Marcia. 

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on the corner of 10th and Clinton in Carthage, MO. Inurnment will be at Park Cemetery with military honors. Rosary and visitation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday February 19, 2014 at Ulmer Funeral Home. Bob was a great husband and father. We will miss you, Chief! Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bonnie Hood

(From Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home)

Bonnie Lorene Hood age 91 of Joplin, Mo. passed away February 15, 2014 following a short illness.

 She was born March 17, 1922 in Joplin, Mo., to Randolph and Ruby (Ledford) Gourley. Lorene retired in 1984 after working at King Louie Press, Baxter Springs, Ks. and Elder Manufacturing in Carl Junction and Webb City.

 She married Roy Hood on August 11, 1940 in Columbus, Ks., and he preceded her in death . She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 grandchild. Lorene is survived by 3 sons; Leroy Hood, Joplin, Mo., Harold Hood and wife Sharon, Wichita, Ks., Lonnie Hood and wife Valorie, Joplin, Mo., 5 daughters; Maxine Rion and husband Stanley, Crestline, Ks., Marie Walls, Webb City, Mo., Louise Marks-Sweet and husband Ted, Joplin, Mo., Elaine Burditt and husband Doyle, Wichita, Ks., Rhonda Miller and husband Mike, Galena, Ks., 1 brother Dean Gourley and Patty, Neosho, Mo., 2 sisters; Norma Ball, Joplin, Mo., Earlene Doke and husband Richard, Joplin, Mo. 25 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, and numerous great great grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday February 18, 2014 at the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the Carl Junction Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Those gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be, Lonnie Rion, Troy Marks, Jerry Danley, Harold Miller, Leonard Goodpasture and Joshua Hood. Honorary pallbearers will be, Donnie Rion, Robert Marks, Marty Marks, Michael Danley, and Dennis Carter. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home & Crematory, Webb City, Mo.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dorothy Frederick

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Dorothy Frederick, 89, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas.

 Dorothy was born on October 19, 1924 in Keokuk, Iowa. She was a longtime resident of Carthage from 1945 until moving to Overland Park in 2010. Dorothy was a homemaker. She also worked in Dr. Whitten office for several years. Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carthage where she sang in the choir, Alberta Tarr Circle, and formerly in Surviving Spouses. Dorothy was a Den leader for the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered at St. Luke’s playing the organ for residents. 

Dorothy married William “Bill” Frederick on August 13, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He preceded her in June of 1991. Survivors include two sons Tom Frederick and wife Kathy of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Rob Frederick and wife Cheryl of Kansas City, Missouri, four grandchildren Elliott Frederick, Cory Frederick, Joshua Wynia, and Chad Wynia, seven great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded by her parents, her daughter Cheryl Frederick Kardell on October 10, 1997, two brothers, and one sister.

 Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Ulmer Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Burial will be at Park Cemetery, in Carthage. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association care of Ulmer Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.

Ernie Thomas

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Ernest “Ernie” L. Thomas, 92, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

 He was born on December 3, 1921 to Lee and Eva (Babock) Thomas in Carthage, Missouri. Ernie was a lifetime resident of Carthage. He worked for 35 years at Big Smith Cutting Room before retiring in 1987, and also worked for 6 years at Mark Twain School. Ernie served in the US Marines during World War II. He serviced as an officer at the V.F.W. Post #2590, Carthage and was a Life-time member of the Joplin Eagles Club. Ernie graduated from Carthage High School in 1941. Ernie married Gloria M. James on March 26, 1964 in Carthage, Missouri.

 Survivors include his wife Gloria, one daughter Cammy Barton and husband Shane of Carthage, two granddaughters Morgan and Madison Barton, and one great-grandson Zach Pratt. Ernie was preceded by his parents and two sisters.

 Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Ulmer Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Ulmer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Lung Cancer Association care of Ulmer Funeral Home. The arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.

Peggy Neff

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Peggy Sue (Miller) Neff, Neosho, passed away February 15, 2014 at Freeman Neosho Hospital in Neosho. 

Peggy was born June 2, 1947 in Springfield, MO, the daughter of Sherman and Ruth (Kinser) Miller. She was a longtime Neosho resident and a former real estate agent in Neosho. Peggy was an avid golfer and loved spending her winters in Florida. She loved animals and was a board member of the Faithful Friends Animal Advocates and attended the Presbyterian Church in Neosho.

 Peggy is survived by her husband, Larry of Neosho; her son, Scott King and wife, Charlotte, Mount Pleasant, SC; step sons, Larry Neff, Jr. and wife, Mary Ann, Joplin; Terry Neff and wife, Beth Ann, Neosho and Rick Simmonds, San Diego, CA; brother, Al Miller and partner Roger Malarkey, Springfield; five grandchildren, Rachael Bronson and husband, Zach, Joplin; Christian Neff and Courtney Neff, Neosho and William King and Cecilia King, South Carolina; great grandson, Nolan Bronson, Joplin; two nieces and nephews and two great nieces and nephews and a very dear and special friend, Leslie Marty. 

Services will be Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Neosho, Rev. Rich Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Banner Cemetery, Splitlog, MO., and serving as pallbearers will be Larry Dean Neff, Terry Neff, Christian Neff, Zack Bronson, Roger Malarkey and Rich Neff. Honorary pallbearers and Golfing friends are Rudy Farber and wife, Dorothy; Jeff Haas and wife, Kim; Dave Marty and wife, Leslie; John Sims and wife, Margaret; Alan Keeling and wife, Lavona; Steve Hogan and wife, Linda; Billy Ballentine and wife, Joyce; Charles Crawford and wife, Ruth and John Starrett and Quinton and Aleta Platner. The family will receive friends Monday evening at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho from 5:30 until 7 pm and the casket will be closed at all times. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Faithful Friends Animal Advocates, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Dollie Green

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Dollie Lou Higgins Green was born on July 8, 1931 to Claude and May Higgins in Polk County Mo. She passed away February 12, 2014 in Oklahoma City, OK. Dollie was the oldest of five daughters and worked alongside her father working the family farm. At age 6 she decided she wanted to be a teacher. Once she set her sights on that goal, she proceeded to make it a reality. She graduated second in her class at Walnut Grove High School in 1949 because of a clerical error that was discovered after graduation which would have made her the class Valedictorian. At 18 she started school at SMS University in Springfield, Mo. In August of 1949 she signed her first teaching contract on the fender of car and started her teaching career at Oak Grove School. Oak Grove was a one room school house where she taught grades 1-8. She would live briefly with the Barnes family before moving in with the McCaslin family.

At the school pie supper that fall, she would meet Claude Green. The dashing young man at home recovering from surgery had lost the coin toss with his friends and had to purchase the teachers dinner. After a three year courtship he became her husband of 60 years. He precedes her in death. The two eloped on May 27, 1952 and moved to Dodge City, Ks where Claude went to work driving a truck and Dollie established their new home. In the fall of 1952, they moved to Wichita, Ks where they started their family. Dollie went to work for LC Jackson’s Furniture Store where she worked until their daughter Debbie was born. Three years later they welcomed a son Don. Dollie continued teaching and going to the university. In 1964 graduated from Wichita State University with her degree in Elementary Education. She continued to take classes at Wichita State until her retirement. In 1965, they welcomed a daughter Connie and in 1966 she started teaching at Will G. Price Elementary where she taught until 1977 when the family moved to Barton County, Mo.

Dollie starting teaching first grade when she returned to Missouri and taught at Bronough and Liberal until 1984.

In 1984, they moved back to Kansas and she started teaching in the Valley Center School District, where she taught until retirement. When she retired in 1993, she had been teaching for over 38 years and had taught hundreds of children to read and write. She was honored as Valley Center Teacher of the Year in 1993. She and Claude retired together and built their dream home in Barton County. They lived there until Claude’s death in 2012.

Following Claude’s death, she moved to Oklahoma City where she lived with Jim and Connie for six months. She and Jim enjoyed watching the Walton’s in the afternoon when he came home from work and she enjoyed spending time with the dogs and visiting with her Oklahoma friends. She lived with them until her health started to fail and she moved in an assisted living center minutes from their house. While living at Timberwood she enjoyed attending church services, parties, art and crafts, listening to music and visiting with her new friends and caregivers. Everyone at Timberwood loved “Miss Dollie” and she enjoyed talking to them. She enjoyed her outings with Connie and they even made a couple of trips to Wichita, having dinner with family and good friends at the Santa Fe Steakhouse and shopping at Hobby Lobby and Target. She also experienced her first earthquake and an F5 tornado.

Dollie enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, shopping, asking questions, learning new things and traveling. In 1987, she and Connie flew to California, her first flight to visit her dear cousin Jeannie and all of the “California Cousins.” That was just the first of many trips that she and Connie would make including a cruise to the Bahamas’, trips to Branson, Mo; Daytona Beach and Cedar Key Florida, where they spent time with Nancy Jo, Dollies youngest sister. Their last flight home was on Sept 10, 2001 where their plane was delayed on the tarmac waiting for Air Force One to land in Jacksonville.- She and Claude enjoyed trips to Minnesota to visit with her sister Mary and her husband, L. Jay. There they would spend their days fishing and visiting. After retirement they would make weekend trips to Oklahoma City to visit with Connie and Jim or head to Wichita where they would visit with their son Don and their good friends the Cochran’s. They would also take day trips to visit Debbie and sons.

Dollie was an adventurer, a beloved wife and mother, a role model for her younger sisters, a devoted daughter, good friend to many and a dedicated educator. She had a quest for knowledge, a drive to succeed, a unique prospective of the world and she loved to talk. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church.

Dollie is survived by her children- Jim & Connie Root- Oklahoma City, OK- Don Green-Wichita, KS, Debby & Greg Harper Howard, KS and grandson and his wife Charlie and Amber Davis, Paragold AR. Her sisters, Mary Alice Myers Bismarck, ND; Shirley Boyles, Broken Arrow, OK; Nancy Jo Reece Valdosta, Ga and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Claude, sister Carol Ray, parents Claude and May Higgins and grandson Greg Davis.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014 at Bakers Grove Cemetery at 10:00 am. Informal visitation will be on Friday Feb. 14th.

Donations may be made to the Baker’s Grove Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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Velda Moore

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Velda Jean Moore, age 83, of Lamar, MO died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, MO.
    Velda was born August 30, 1930 at Newport, MO to Frank Voorhees and Myrtle Mae (Francis) Voorhees. She graduated high school and attended nurse aide training.  She went to work at the original Barton County Memorial Hospital the second night it was open.   On November 11, 1950 she married Floyd Dale Moore at Granby, MO and together they raised four children. They would have celebrated 64 years of marriage this year. Velda spent most of her life as a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and sewing clothes for her children. She also enjoyed collecting angels. Velda had been a member of the Boston United Methodist Church until it closed.
     Velda leaves behind her husband Floyd Moore; one son, Floyd “Dale” Moore Jr. and wife Debra of Lamar, MO; three daughters, Susan & Michael Ball of Lamar, Sandra Harris of Lamar, and Jeannie & James Gastel of Jasper, MO; one brother, Jerry & Nell Voorhees, of Lamar, MO; 11 grandchildren Ben, Brian & Brad Ball, Mathew Harris, Heather DeFratus, Stephanie Page, Angie Gastel, Jessica Vaughan, Derek Moore, Cassie Welch, and Matthew Robinson; 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
     Funeral service will be 10:00 am Monday, February 17, 2014 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
     Contributions are suggested to Wyatt Guest House or Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in care of Daniel Funeral Home.