* APRIL, 2000 OBITUARIES
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Elizabeth LaMoine Baldwin

Elizabeth LaMoine Baldwin, 84, Flemington, died in her home Friday, April 13, 2001, from cancer. She was born Feb. 28, 1917, at Hazel Green, the seventh child of Dr. Anderson and Belle King Gourley. The family later moved to Competition, then South Greenfield, before settling in Flemington, then a busy railroad town around 1930 amid the Great Depression, where Dr. Gourley had a thriving medical practice. She graduated from Flemington High School in 1934 and later that same year married Russell Baldwin. For all of their 63 years together, they lived on farms east of Flemington. They were the parents of three children, Connie, Kay and Greg. She was a member of Rondo Baptist Church. Her husband, Russell, preceded her in death in May 1998; also a granddaughter, Cheryl Pitts; a great-grandson, Taylor Pitts; and all her brothers and sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Connie Baldwin, Kansas City, and Kay Pitts and her husband, Bob, Flemington; one son, Greg Baldwin, and his wife, Kathy, Stockton; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Services were Monday, April 16, in Rondo Baptist Church with the Rev. Charley Johnson and the Rev. Joe Coppedge officiating. Music was by Kim Jones. Pallbearers were Brian Pitts, Craig Jones, Jim Skidmore, Carroll McCracken, Winton Allison and Ralph Butler. Interment was in Rondo Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri or to Rondo Baptist Church. A00008B2001AR18

>June Boyd

June Boyd, 80, died Thursday morning April 5, 2001, in Primrose Place, Springfield. Born in Half Way, she lived most of her life in Polk County. She was the daughter of Phenis and Addle Holt Stewart. In 1939, she married Lawrence L. Boyd, who preceded her in death in 1980. A homemaker, June loved to cook, and devoted her life to her husband and children. She was saved at Half Way Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Providence Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Noel Boyd of Springfield, Lloyd L. Boyd of Bolivar, and Lawrence A. Boyd and his wife, Shawna, of Springfield; a daughter, Barbara Austin and her husband, Bill, of Ozark; a brother, Melvie Stewart of Bolivar; four gransons, Ken Austin of Ozark, Tim Austin of Highlandville, and Cole and Blake Boyd of Springfield; and three great-grandchildren, Shelby and Casey Austin of Ozark, and Samantha Austin of Highlandville. She was preceded in death by two brother, Homer Stewart and Oles Stewart, and four sisters, Alta Campbell, Leola Hawkins, Irene Carneal and Opal Gamel. Services were Saturday in Greenlawn Funeral Home North Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hope Cemetery, PO Box 398, Pleasant Hope MO 65725. A00008B2001AR11

>Evan David Brewer

Evan David Brewer, 18, Springfield, died Sunday, April 29, 2001. He was born Nov. 23, 1982, and was a senior at Hillcrest High School in Springfield. He is survived by his parents, Hugh and Marcia Brewer and Richard and Paula Brewer; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Kristin and Travis Smith and Kara Brewer; a stepsister, Dawn Davis, her husband Drew and their children Madison and Mackenzie; his grandparents, John and Roberta Brewer, Hugh and Frances Brewer, Raymond Pote and Marilyn Pote; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services are today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, Springfield, under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Memorial contributions can be made to the Evan Brewer Scholarship Fund in care of SEA Scholarship Corp., 940 N. Jefferson, Springfield MO 65802. A00008B2001MY02

>Leo A. Burton

Leo Alva Burton, 82, Stockton, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, after a sudden, very brief illness. He was born July 10, 1918, in St. Clair County to Roy and Essie Rainey Burton. He was saved at Brush Creek Missionary Baptist Church in October 1933 in a day service, during a revival held by Bro. Jimmie Jefferies. He joined the church and was baptized in Brush Creek by the Pastor Dude Pace. Later he moved his membership to Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church, where he was ordained a deacon. He was a farmer and drove a school bus for many years. He also worked as a carpenter and retired from Hammons Products Co. in 1985. He married Doris Peterie March 31, 1940. They recently celebrated their 61st anniversary with their family. They lived on a farm north of Stockton more than 50 years before moving to Stockton. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Doris, and their three children and spouses, Larry and Jane Burton of Ozark, Diana and Jerry Crain of Lebanon, and Jerry and Pat Burton of Urbana; six grandchildren and their spouses, Andrea, Scott, Gina, Beth, Brian and Chad; four great-granddaughters, Ashli, Garrett, Hannah and Brooke, and a great-grandson, Will. Services were Sunday, April 22, in Mt. Enon Church with burial in Stockton Cemetery under direction of Brumback Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Enon Baptist Church. A00008B2001AR25

>Thomas B. Cahill

Thomas B. Cahill, 80, Bolivar, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to James Grover and Anna V. Fisher Cahill. On June 19, 1943, he was united in marriage to Florence G. Konezal and this union was blessed with two sons. He was a retired civil engineer in the construction field and had been a member of the Knights of Columbus in New York. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bolivar. He is survived by his wife, Florence, of the home; a son, Patrick Cahill of New York; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Joanne Cahill of Kings Park, N.Y.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Virginia and Al Bourdon of Port Hueneme, Calif., and Barbara Cahill of East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Carsten of Pittsburg and Dolores Sivori of Cheshire, Conn.; and a granddaughter, Shannon Cahill of Procterville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael Cahill in August of 1999, and two brothers, James Cahill and Paul Cahill. Funeral mass was Monday, April 30, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Patrick Wisman as celebrant. Music was by Carol Francka; Cantor was a member of the parish and Lector was Eleanor Carsten. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery with members of the parish serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Choate, Franz Hallatschek, Charles Gardner and Paul Hennager. Military graveside honors were under the direction of Am Vets Post No. 114 of Flemington. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. A00008B2001MY02

>Julie Ann Clevenger

Julie Ann Clevenger, 32, Bolivar, died at 5:38 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2001, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar. She was born April 12, 1969, in Springfield, the daughter of Gary Wayne and Barbara Moody Clevenger. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Vada Moody; paternal grandparents, Claude and Dora Clevenger; her father, Tom Clevenger; an uncle, Harold Wynn; and an aunt, Glenna Holifield. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Johns of Springfield; a sister, Shelly Clevenger of Springfield; a half-brother, T.J. Blakeney of Rogersville; five aunts, Aleene Wynn of Hartville, Geneva Crowder of the state of Colorado; Peggy Mayab of Springfield, Susie Johns of Springfield and Beverly Hensley of the state of Michigan; an uncle, Dr. Fred Moody of Springfield; a neice, Alexa, and two nephews, Quinton and Chandler; and many friends and other relatives. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield, with the Rev. Fred Moody officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at Steele Cemetery in Hartville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A00008B2001AR25

>Earnest Lee Combs

Earnest Lee Combs, age 87, of Bolivar, was born on March 28, 1914, at Fair Play, the son of Roy Essley Combs and Mertie J. Davis Combs. He departed this life on April 22, 2001, at the Citizen's Memorial Hospital in Bolivar at the age of 87 years and 25 days. He was united in marriage to Udah Fay Simrell on July 7, 1934, and to this union two children were born; Clifford Leon and Lois Dean. Earnest was saved in 1935, baptized and became a member of the Slagle Baptist Church. He later moved his membership to Calvary Baptist Church where he was still a member at the time of his passing. He was a good and faithful Christian his entire life. Earnest and Udah Fay started their life together as most young people of that era did, with very little. Through the 67 years of their marriage they worked together. By the time Earnest had completely retired he was already in his 80s. He and Udah Fay had built a successful farm together. He was well known and respected as a stockman and farmer. His great love of the farm and his exceptional knowledge of the land made it possible for him to prosper, even when so many were getting away from farming. He shared his love of the land with his family, teaching his children and grandchildren. As much as Earnest loved farming, his family and friends were always first in his life. His family remembers him as a good hearted man, who always had time for anyone who needed him. He was well known for having a warm heart that made him easy to talk with. Earnest and Udah Fay have had a great many good friends through the years. They have always welcomed anyone to their home. Earnest could always be counted on to help whenever it was needed. Earnest had been in failing health for some time and bore his afflictions with great dignity. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Wilbert. Surviving Earnest is his wife, Udah Fay of the home; his children, Clifford L. Combs of Warrensburg and Lois D. Bouling of Bolivar; also two grandsons, Kelly and Steven Bouling of Bolivar; and Eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Hershel Combs of Republic; and three sisters, Marie Bridges, Floretta Pierce and Anna Lee Collins all of Bolivar. Earnest was a caring and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He gladly enjoyed his family and time with them until ill health made it dificult for him. He was an exceptional man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services for Earnest will be today (Wednesday) April 25, 2001, at 1 p.m. in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Garland Pool officiating. Musical selections will be by Charlie Ealy and Lisa Jarvis, with Mary Childress as the pianist. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar. Casketbearers will be Kelly Bouling, Charles Brown, Junior Baker, A.J. Myers, Jim Fine and Bill Francka. A00008B2001AR25

>Selby R. Crawford

Selby Russell Crawford, 85, Humansville, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Big Spring Care Center, Humansville. He was born near Humansville Sept. 13, 1915, to John Thomas and Rosa Belle Selby Crawford. Following graduation from Humansville High School in 1932, he operated a trucking company and then worked for his brother, Raymond, at Crawford Oil Co. In 1942 he married Vella Aileene Thomas. During World War II, he was in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 serving in Guadalcanal, New Britain and the Philippine Islands. He joined his brother, Raymond, in 1947 as a partner in Crawford Oil Co., purchasing full ownership when his brother died in 1968. He was a member of the Humansville First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and director of training and youth department. He was a former member and president of the Humansville Board of Education; a trustee of the Redford School of Theology at Southwest Baptist University; and a 55-year member of American Legion Post No. 276. His parents, four brothers, Raymond, Jewett, Guy and Clay; a sister, Helen Kearney; and an infant daughter preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Vella, of the home; three children and their spouses, John and Daun Crawford and Margarette and Bob Payne, all of Humansville, and Ailene and Don Horton, Pilot Point, Texas; nine grandchildren, John Thomas Crawford III, Rob Crawford, Alan Payne, Matt Crawford, Marty Crawford, Karissa Hogan, Russ Horton, Megan Crawford and Regina Horton; and seven great-grandchildren, John IV, Andrew, Tiffany and Christian Crawford, Barbara Crawford, and Caitlyn and Kristen Payne. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. today (Wednesday) April 4, 2001, in Humansville First Baptist Church with Dr. H. K. Neely and Dr. Gordon Dutile officiating. Pallbearers will be Tom Crawford, Rob Crawford, Matt Crawford, Marty Crawford, Alan Payne and Russ Horton. Interment with full military honors will be in Humansville Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to Humansville First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 163, Humansville MO 65674. A00008B2001AR04

>James E. Dake

James Earl Dake, 89, Bolivar, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The son of Chester John and Ethel Parsley Dake, he was born Sept. 9, 1911, at Surprise, Neb. A retired machinist, he was a former resident of Wichita, Kan. Survivors include his wife, Lillian, of the home; and a daughter Marvis Lary, Wichita, Kan. A gathering of friends and family was held Saturday, April 21, at Murray Chapel. Cremation was under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. A00008B2001AR25

>W. D. Dodd

W. D. Dodd, 83, Humansville passed away at his home at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, from complications of cardiovascular disease. W. D. was born March 19, 1918, in Stockton to Ray and Amy West Dodd. He graduated from Stockton High School in the class of 1936. On Dec. 24, 1939, he married Helen Elizabeth Tillery in Ozark. They had recently celebrated 61 years together. "Dee" was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945. He was a longtime businessman in Stockton and Humansville. He was a member of the American Legion for over 50 years and a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge. Dee enjoyed the Half-Century Club and his card-playing buddies. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, currently a member of the Humansville United Methodist Church. His parents, an infant sister, a nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; two children and their spouses, Wanda and Lewis McBride, Bolivar, and Les and Margaret Dodd, Ash Grove; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Kathleen McBride Hatler and her husband, Richard, of Martin, Tenn., Danny Lee McBride and his wife, Laura, of Bolivar, Kathryn Dee McBride Wohnoutka and her husband, Dan, of Bolivar, Jennifer Nicole Dodd of Kansas City, David Anthony Dodd of Ash Grove, and Kristena Helen Dodd of Ash Grove; seven great-grandchildren, Casey McBride, Brandon Forgey, Matthew McBride, Clinton Randles, Kriston Randles, Morgan Wohnoutka and Allison Wohnoutka; and six step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Wilbur Dodd and his wife, Carol, of El Dorado Springs; and two nieces and numerous cousins. Many thanks to CMH-EMS for their valiant efforts and to all his loyal friends. Funeral services were Friday, April 6, 2001, in Murray Chapel, Humansville, with the Rev. Bob McQueen officiating. Honorary pallberers were Kenneth Youngblook, Bob Kimes, Bob Brown, Bysor Shelenhamer, Mike Sprowls, Jim Butler, Bob Ross and Gregg Miller. Pallbearers were Danny McBride, David Dodd, Casey McBride, Brandon Forgey, Matthew McBride, Clinton Randles, Dan Wohnoutka and Lewis McBride. Interment was in Humansville Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Humansville United Methodist Church or the charity of donor's choice. A00008B2001AR11

>Betty Jean Field

Betty Jean Field, 74, Bolivar, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Christian Health Care Center West in Springfield, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 23, 1926, in Genova, Colo., to Ray and Alice Hole Mead. She was a graduate of Tobias High School in Tobias, Neb. On Oct. 25, 1951, in Friend, Neb., she was united in marriage to Elray Field and to this union three children were born. She had been a homemaker and had worked for the State of Nebraska Social Services Department before moving to Missouri. She is survived by her busband Elray Field of Bolivar; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Donna Field of Barnegat, N.J.; two daughters, Betty Lou Brewer and her husband, Galen, of Austin, Texas, and Alice Kobe of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harvey and Marilyn Mead of Lincoln, Neb., and Robert and Darlene Mead of Freind, Neb.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elaine Brown of Lincoln, Neb., and Amy and Don Willats of Bloomfield, Neb.; and one grandchild, Julie Middleton, and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Middleton and Mariah Field. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Allen Mead, who died in World War II, and Dale Mead, and a grandson, Gary Middleton. Services were Saturday, April 14, at Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar, under the direction of Pitts Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to your local hospice organization. A00008B2001AR18

>Elva Goss

Elva Goss, 86, Ventura, Calif., died Friday, April 13, 2001, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was a 66-year Ventura County resident coming from Missouri. Elva was born March 11, 1915, in Bolivar. She was a homemaker for 65 years and the matriarch of the Wright family on her father's side. Elva was a peacemaker, a very caring and loving person with her arms opened wide for everyone who came her way. She never met a stranger and her table was always available for one more. Over the years Elva's jams and jellies won many first place ribbons at the Ventura County Fair. She was known for her delicious pies. Recently she picked and canned peaches so her family and friends could enjoy them. She loved her home and the many varieties of flowers she grew in her garden. She enjoyed quilting and made her first quilt while still in Missouri in 1934. Elva continued to make quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as for many new babies. She especially enjoyed her three cats, Willie, Nancy and JoyBell. Elva was the longest member of the Pentecostal Church of God, Ventura, Calif., serving for over 50 years. She served as the Sunday school superintendent for several years before the church moved to the Jordan Avenue location. Elva was a member of the Pentecostal Ladies Auxiliary and served as Treasurer as well as President of the Ventura ladies group. The family would like to thank Assisted Home Hospice for their gentle and loving care given not only to Elva but the entire family. Elva was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Myrtle Florence and Kenneth Pangburn, Hesperia, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Johnie Lee and Fern Goss, West Plains; a son, Earl Dewayne Goss, Meiners Oaks, Calif.; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you And whispered "come with me." With tearful eyes We watched you suffer And saw you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best. It's lonesome here without you, We miss you more each day. Life doesn't seem the same, Since you've gone away. When days are sad and lonely, And everything goes wrong. We seem to hear you whisper "Cheer up and carry on." Each time we see your picture You seem to smile and say, "Don't cry, I'm in God's keeping, We'll meet again someday." Author unknown Services were Tuesday, April 17, at the Pentecostal Church of God, Ventura, Calif., with the Rev. Larry Swift and the Rev. Bert Dickey officiating. Private burial will be at Santa Paula Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Elva's memory to the American Cancer Society, 3737 Telegraph Road, Ste. D, Ventura CA 93003. Arrangements were under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura. Calif. A00008B2001MY09

>Glenn C. Hagar

Glenn Charles Hagar, 65, long time resident of Polk County, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2001, at 8:20 a.m. in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Glenn was born on March 20, 1936, in Shidler, Okla., the son of Perry and Pearl Watts Hagar. Glenn was skilled in many trades. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He lived a simple life and was loved by many. He will be missed by all. Glenn is survived by many who loved him, his second wife, Kathy Bingham; one daughter, Liz Hagar-Mace of Jefferson City; two sons, Jeff Hagar of Austin, Texas, and Scott Hagar of Heidelburg, Germany; five grandchildren, Melissa and Michael Mace, Hannah and Josh Hagar, and Justin Hagar; three stepchildren, Randy Bingham, Pam Bowers and Wesley Bingham; one stepgrandson, Elijah Bingham; three brothers, Ray Hagar of North Little Rock, Ark., Davie Hagar of Smithville and Jim Hagar of Springfield; one sister, Faye Leslie of Grapevine, Texas; as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial services were Saturday, April 7, in the Reed Mausoleum, Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar, under the direction of Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Glenn, I want you to know that I loved you, and always will. You'll always be in my heart. You were the best husband and stepdad anyone could have. You were my life, You brought me so much laughter, happiness, joy and sunshine. Life has its little ups and downs, but we made it through thick and think 'til the end. I often ask why God takes away the one you love, and then I realized that with all the suffering and pain you've been going through, that God took you away to a better place where there's no suffering or pain. Someday we will meet again, and that will be a glorious day! I love you! Kathy and Wesley Thank you The family of Glann Charles Hagar would like to thank everyone for every act of kindness shown to us during his illness and death. A00008B2001AR11

>Catherine R. Halsey

Catherine Rose Halsey, 88, Springfield, died at 4:15 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, in Woodland Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1913, in Aurora. Her parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia. She was a housewife and mother most of her life, and also wokred part time in food service. She was a lifetime member of J. Wilbur Adams Post No. 3404 in Springfield. She is survived by two sons, Jim Hulse of Springfield and Loren Hulse of Ozark; four daughters, Virginia Stockton of Montgomery, Texas, Donna Breeswitz of Polk, Patricia Kirk of Fulton and Barbara White of Fort Worth, Texas; a twin sister, Christine Polodna of Springfield; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in Death by her husband, Robert Halsey; six brothers, John, Rudolph, William, Joseph, Charlie and Frank Lehar; three sisters, Anna Beal, Minnie Hulse and Margaret Matthews; and one grandson, Steven Kirk. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Peplansky, C.M.F. celebrant. Burial will be in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens under the direction of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit, Springfield MO 65803. A00008B2001AR18

>Max A. Hartley

Max A. Hartley, 74, Fair Play, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, in St. John's Regional Medical Center, Springfield. The son of Chester W. and Grace Fisher Hartley, he was born March 2, 1927, at Dunnegan. On Nov. 6, 1948, he married Betty Ryan. He graduated from Bearcreek School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He worked on his cattle farm and did some logging. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; his daughter, Donna Sue Sikes of Springfield; a sister, Juanita Jenkins of Kimberling City; two grandchildren, Greg Sikes, and Jeff Sikes and his wife, Francia, all of Springfield; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Sikes, Gabrielle Sikes and Collin Sikes, all of Springfield; one niece, Carolyn Sue Wampler and her husband, Wayne, of Lampe; two nephews, Barry Jenkins and his wife, Linda, of Kimberling City, and Alden Jenkins and his wife, Susan, of Flemington; and many friends. Services were Sunday, April 22, in Murray Chapel, Humansville, with the Rev. Eugene Gouge officiating. Pallbearers were Charlie York, Steve Hornbeck, David Ryan, Mike White, Chris Wampler and Bill Shook. Burial was in Lindley Prairie Cemetery. A00008B2001AR25

>Neeta M. Hopkins

Neeta Marie Hopkins was born in Cedar County on April 3, 1926, and passed away on April 6, 2001, in Citizen's Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was the daughter of Eliga and Eva Crow Cowles, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Fair Play High School and worked for Western Electric for three years. On Feb. 23, 1946, she married Ted Hopkins. They lived in Kansas until 1950 and then moved to the farm southwest of Bolivar where she remained until her death. Neeta worked for Southwest Electric Coop as a bookkeeper for 27 years, retiring in 1988. She is survived by her husband, Ted, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Donna Hopkins of Bolivar; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Keith Stevens of Bolivar; one granddaughter, Kalyn Stevens; and three stepgrandsons, Randy, Jason and Craig Moody. Neeta has been in poor health for the last six years, requiring 24 hour care. She was fortunate to be able to be at home until her death. Her husband, Ted, was her primary caregiver, along with Sharon Brown and her daughters, Cheryl and Tammy, and Cheryl Fast. The family would like to express their gratitude to all of them, with special thanks to Sharon Brown, who had been with Ted and Neeta since the beginning of Neeta's illness. Funeral services for Neeta were Monday, April 9, 2001, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lon Killingsworth officiating. Music was provided by Vance Vahle and Carolyn Wakefield with Dixie Barber as the pianist. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery southwest of Fair Play. Casketbearers were Bill Emerson, Scott Hopkins, Garland Brown, Brent Butler, Mark Stanek, Rex Barham, Danny Hall and Eldon Warren. A00008B2001AR11

>Maxine A. Huff

Maxine Agnes Huff, 90, Hood River, Ore., died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Hood River Care Center. She was born July 23, 1910, in Dunnegan to James and Prudie Barnes Mitchem. She grew up and attended school in Dunnegan. On Sept. 30, 1929, she married Ray Huff in Dunnegan. She was a homemaker and mother most of her life. She and her husband traveled around several states working in the fruit industry until settling in Hood River, Ore., in 1938. She is survived by her husband, Ray Huff of Hood River, Ore.; one daughter, Eileen Codino of Hood River, Ore.; three sons, Bobby E. Huff and Ronald Huff, both of Washougal, Wash., and Donald Huff of Boise, Idaho; three sisters, Maudie Baker of Stillwell, Kan., Dorothy Gambrel of Yuba City, Calif., and Dora Mustain of Bolivar; one brother, Charlie Mitchem of Humansville; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Sunday, April 22, at Anderson Funeral Home, Hood River, Ore. A private vault entombment was at Idlewild Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Gorge Resource Center c/o Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Belmont, Hood River OR 97031. A00008B2001AR25

>Gayle F. Jones

Gayle Faye Jones, 49, Fair Play, died at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, in her home from cancer. She was born June 15, 1951, in Rome, N.Y., and grew up in St. Charles. She lived and worked in St. Louis for many years and moved to Stockton in 1988 to be near her parents, Clarence and Daisy Lane. She was employed at Hagale Industries for several years. She later worked as supervisor at Mashburn's in Bolivar until she became ill with brain cancer Jan. 3, 2001. She was cared for at home by her family. Survivors include her husband, Gary, and 13-year-old son, Joel, both of the home; a daughter, Heather Miller, her mother, Daisy Lane, and one grandson, Jacob Miller, all of Fair Play; and two brothers, Dennis Lane of Stockton and Irvan Knosp of Bolivar. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Lane, in 1989. Services were Saturday, April 21, in Grace Fellowship Church, east of Fair Play, with Joe Rouser officiating. Burial was in Lindley Prairie Cemetery, Bear Creek, under direction of Brumback Funeral Home. A00008B2001AR25

>James P. Francka Jr.

James Procop Francka, Jr., 64, Bolivar, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in St. John?s Regional Health Center, Springfield. The son of James Sr. and Tracy Ruzicka Francka, he was born April 26, 1936, near Bolivar. He was a farmer and former manager of the meat packing plant at Pleasant Hope. He was a Little League baseball coach for many years and former president of the Polk County Summer Sports League. He had also been a 4-H leader, member of the Pleasant Hope Lions Club and Brighton Saddle Club. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. A graduate of Pleasant Hope High School, he served in the U. S. Army. On August 29, 1959, he married Carolyn Jones. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the home; his parents, James and Tracy Francka, Bolivar; four children, Gerald Francka and his wife, Tommie Jo, Bolivar, Jeffrey Francka, Bolivar, Barbara Young and her husband, Scott, Springfield, and Theresa Francka, Bolivar; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Judy Francka, Bolivar; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Monte Sharpe, Hartville, Ohio, Evelyn and Joseph Kroutil, Florissant, and Rosemary and Junior Sechler, Pleasant Hope; and six grandchildren, Savannah Francka, Kyle Francka, Heather Francka, Heath Francka, Daily Young and Kayla Francka. Funeral mass was Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Pat Wissman celebrant. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren and Jude Kroutil, Jammie Francka, Donnie Ballard, Steven Sechler, Reggie Sharpe, Brian Sharpe, Greg Sharpe, Jeffrey Sharpe, Burt Sharpe and George Sharpe. Pallbearers were Mark Kroutil, John Kroutil, Brian Francka, Chris Francka, Randy Sechler, Brent Sechler, Monte Sharpe and Tim Kolmar. Interment was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. A00008B2001MY02

>D. June Keesler

D. June Keesler, 70, Bolivar, died Monday, April 23, 2001, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 26, 1930, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Leonard James and Madelene Ann Renbarger Hall. She was a graduate of Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colo. On Sept. 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Keesler in Grand Junction and to this union two children were born. She had been a secretary at Southwest Baptist University and a member of the SBU Women's Club and Territorial Daughters of Western Colorado. Her church membership was with Pomme de Terre Baptist Church in Pittsburg. She is survived by her husband, Don Keesler of the home; her mother, Madelene Hall of Grand Junction, Colo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Kim and Anna Keesler of Jefferson City; a daughter and son-in-law, Donita Marie and LeRoy Slater of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Arthur Jerry Hall of Oceanside, Calif.; a sister, Phyllis George of Grand Junction, Colo.; three grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, M. James Hall and M. Don Hall. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Joe Rouse, Deacon John Gilmore and Associate Pastor Don Hogan officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the funeral home. Burial will take place in August in Colorado. A00008B2001AR25

>Lois Phillips McAdoo

Lois Phillips McAdoo, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Bolivar, died April 12, 2001, at the Ohio State University Medical Center. She was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Henry Phillips and Zella Grace Sherman Phillips. She was a long-time member of Lane Avenue Baptist Church. Her husband, W. Quinn McAdoo, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Ann McAdoo; a sister, Freda Folkerts; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Services were Monday, April 16, at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel with Dr. Wayne I. Nicholson officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery. A00008B2001AR25

>Kay Frances McGowan

Kay Frances McGowan went to be with the Lord at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, in St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. Kay was born Feb. 14, 1947, to Harry R. "Bob" and Mildred (Cully) Hammons. In addition to her parents, Kay is survived by her husband, Patrick G. McGowan, and two children, Michael Patrick of Springfield and Ashley Kay of Bolivar; her future son-in-law, Justin Ballard of Bolivar; her brother Robert and sister-in-law Krista and their children, Chad Robert and Jennifer Lynn of Springfield; her mother-in-law, Lil McGowan of Buffalo; and several aunts, uncles and cousins living throughout the Midwest. Kay graduated from Bolivar High School in 1965 and from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in home economics in 1969. She went on to receive an elementary teaching certificate from Southwest Baptist College. She taught fifth grade at Morrisville Elementary for seven years before becoming a homemaker. While at SMSU, she was active in home economics organizations and in the SMS Marching and Concert Band. She was lead twirler for three years in the marching band. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar and a charter member of the Fidelis Club in Bolivar. Private family services were held Tuesday, May 1, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pete Davidson and the Rev. Virgil Kearney officiating. Musical selections were "The King is Coming" and "Because He Lives" with Brad Wommack as the soloist and Bill Brown as the pianist. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery with Bagpipe selections by Ron Maupin. Casketbearers were Tory McGowan, John McGowan, Sean McGowan, Chad Hammons, Michael Cully, James McGowan, Brett McGowan and Justin Ballard. Memorial contributions in memory of Kay can be given to the American Cancer Society, the Polk County Humane Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the care of Butler Funeral Home, PO Box 11, Bolivar MO 65613. A00008B2001MY02

>Bertha Lollar McGuire

Bertha Lollar McGuire, 95, Greenfield, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, in Dade County Nursing Home, where she had resided since September of 2000. Bertha was born April 12, 1906, near Arcola to John and Alice Divine Lollar. Bertha Lollar and Orville McGuire were united in marriage Feb. 15, 1924, by Sister Sarah Crank of Greenfield at the home of Orville's uncle, Deck Hughes. Farming was their livelihood for many years until they became owners of The Village Inn Restaurant, Greenfield, in 1955. Upon Orville's retirement, Bertha and her sister-in-law, Marie Cameron, became co-owners of The Village Inn Restraurant. Bertha was a member of many clubs, including the Literacy and Civic Club, the Shaw W.P.T.A., the Dade County Republican Women's Federation, the Columbia Chapter No. 448 Order of the Eastern Star, holding various offices, including Worthy Matron. She worked for the Head Start Program for many years. She received the Lance Award for volunteer work with the Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of the Christian Church in Greenfield. Bertha became a Christian early in life. Her Christian life was exemplified in everyday living by doing unto others as she would have them do unto her. Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six brothers, four sisters and two sons-in-law, Dean Gillen and Bob Butler. She is survived by three daughters, Alice Butler of Bolivar, Betty Gillen of Greenfield, and Lois Tella and her husband, Scotty, of Springfield; two sons, Harold McGuire and his wife, Marquetta, of Gadsden, Ala., and Larry McGuire and his wife, Judy, of Greenfield; 11 grandchildren, Brent Butler, Jana Butler Vieth, Donald Gillen, Mark Gillen, Kenneth McGuire, David Tella, Douglas Tella, Diane Tella, Angela McGuire Lacy, Annette McGuire Black and Dallas McGuire; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Geneva Lollar McCarter; one sister-in-law, Marie Cameron; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Mom McGuire was a loving and deeply loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We cannot change the divine laws, but we can face the days ahead with hope and courage, thankful for the joys we had with the one we loved. We can truly say, the world was made a better place because Mom McGuire passed our way. As planned, mom, our next reunion will be in heaven, but, until then, you will be sorely missed by your family. Services were Monday, April 23, in Greenfield Funeral Chapel with Anthony Gillen, John Vieth and Johnson Huges officiating with Greenfield Order of Eastern Star Columbia Chapter No. 488. Burial followed in Greenfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dade County Nursing Home, the Hospice of Southwest Missouri or the Dade County Senior Center. A00008B2001AR25

>Delbert B. Newton

Delbert B. Newton, 75, Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Bolivar, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001. He was born May 12, 1925, in Cedar Vale, Kan., the son of Goerge Wiley and Grace Barnes Newton. He had lived in Fort Collins since 1991. He married Betty J. Hines on Dec. 2, 1943, who preceded him in death on June 1, 1998. Also preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers. Survivors include his son, Rev. Ron Newton of Kenmare, N.D.; a daughter, nancy J. Drieth of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Floyd Newton of Yuma, Ariz.; two sisters, Nancy Morgan and Jeanne Delk, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Friday, April 13, at Drake Road Chapel, Fort Collins, Colo., with the Rev. William Craighead officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Allnutt Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Corey Drieth, Heather Drieth, Kendra Drieth-Redlich, Misty Gunderson, Holly Lawson and the Rev. Glen Newton. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Jewish Hospital for Pulmonary Fiborsis Research c/l Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Ft. Collins CO 80526. A00008B2001AR18

>Ruth V. Price

Ruth Verle Moffet Price, 71, Bolivar, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. She was born May 15, 1929, in Chariton, Iowa, to Ruben and Emma Mae Karmm Moffet. In 1947 she was united in marriage to Robert Lee Price and to this union five children were born. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1975. Also preceding her in death are her parents and one sister, Reba. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Osceola. She had lived at the Parkview Nursing Home in Bolivar for the past three years. She is survived by three sons, Bob Price and his wife, Glindell, David Price and his wife, Tina, and Daniel Price; two daughters, Mary Ruth Price and Vera Sue Michaud and her husband, Gene; her brothers, Jim Moffet, Andy Moffet and twin brother Bob Moffet; three sisters, Eva, Oma and Ruby; 13 grandchildren, Robert Sterling, Matthew Lee Price, Johnny William Skouby, Angela Dawn Wright, Melissa Rose Skouby, Chad Andrew Skouby, Richard Lippa, Anthony Lippa, Alanda Lippa Powell, Monica Lippa, Carmine Lippa, David Andrew Arduser, Nathan Ryan Price and Jessica Price; five stepgrandchildren, Gene F. Michaud Jr., Yulonda J. Michaud, Herman Hanks Long, Rebecca Josephine Long and Robert Ivan Long; seven great-grandchildren, Emily Josephine Skouby, Chase Levi and Coltin Tanner Wright, William Craig, Timothy Powell, Loren Coleman and Emily Marie Lippa; and other relatives and friends. Services were Saturday, April 14, at First Baptist Church of Lowry City. Casketbearers were Richard Lippa, Johnny Skouby, Anthony Lippa, Carmine Lippa, David Arduser and Robert Price. Honorary casketbearers were Matthew Price, Chad Skouby, Herman Long and Robert Long. Burial was in Iconium Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. A00008B2001AR18

>Juanita H. Standley Rees

Juanita Helen Standley Rees, 87, of Joliet, Ill., formerly of Bolivar, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, in the Embassy Care Center of Wilmington, Ill., after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Juanita was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Madison, Ill., the daughter of Harry Ray and Minnie Lee Henderson Standley. Juanita received her associate of arts degree in music from Southwest Baptist College in 1934 and was a piano teacher for many years afterwards. She held many positions in the churches they attended in California and later in Illinois where they lived for 38 years before retiring to Lynchburg, Va., in 1979, such as piano and choir director, church secretary at their church in Chicago for 28 years, director of the vacation Bible school, Sunday school teacher and starter of a weekly Bible study for women which continues to this day. Many found her to be a trustworthy confidant. A talented seamstress, she sought to improve her skills by attending the Ray Vogue School of Design on Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue during the 1950s. There she studied dress design, millinery, pattern making and tailoring. Later she created hats for the exclusive French Room at Marshall Fields in the Loop. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Nita and Wendell Outhous of Berwyn, Pa., Camilla and Arthur Anderson of Shorewood, Ill., Campbell David Jr. and Charlotte Rees of Forest, Va., and Nancy and Mark Evans of Kimberton, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Services were Saturday, April 21, 2001, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Campbell David Rees Jr. officiating. Musical selections were "The Love of God" and "I'd Rather Have Jesus" by Nancy Evans, "Finally Home" by Camilla Anderson and the congregational singing of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" lead by Stephen Anderson and accompanied by Susan Hedgpeth. Casketbearers were Campbell David Rees Jr., Joel Rees Anderson, Stephen Arthur Anderson, Paul David Reeder, David Joseph Outhous and J. Wendell Outhous. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. A00008B2001AR25

>Thelma M. Sallee

Thelma Maxine Sallee, 87, of Pleasant Hope died April 2, 2001, after a short illness. She was born May 5, 1913, to Mack M. and E. Gertrude (Clave) Choate. She was united in marriage to Arcie O. Sallee on Nov. 12, 1932. Thelma was saved Sept. 29, 1941, and joined the Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist Church. At the time of her passing she was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hansen, Idaho, where they lived 26 years while her husband was pastor. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 63 years Elder Sallee, a World War II Army veteran; brother Wilfred Choate and wife Ruth; brother-in-law Fred Gaynor and sister -in-law Irene Choate. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Barry Sullivan of Jerome, Idaho; two granddaughters, Melissa Sullivan Rice and her husband, Todd, of Boise, Idaho, and Sara Sullivan of Jerome, Idaho; a sister, Elsie Gaynor and brothers Novie Choate and Willard Choate and his wife, Jean, all of Pleasant Hope; two nieces and eight nephews and their spouses; and great-nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends, all of whom she dearly loved. Funeral services for Thelma Sallee were help April 5, 2001, at Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. DeWayne Burdette and Bro. Gary Campbell officiating. Music was provided by the church choir. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Vester Choate, Delbert Choate, Edward Choate, Ronnie Choate, Mike Choate and Gaylord Gaynor. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Choate, Kenneth Choate and Al Kent Redd. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. A00008B2001AR11

>Robert Eugene Scroggins

Robert Eugene Scroggins, 76, Urbana, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Christian Health Care Center, Hermitage, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Morrisville to Reed and Ethel Davis Scroggins. He was united in marriage to Wilma Hawkins and to this union one son was born. He was a retired EKG technician with the Veteran's Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., and was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Urbana. He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of the home; a son, Donald Ray Scroggins of Tipton; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Margaret Scroggins of Springfield; a sister, Jenny Gage of Springfield; four grandchildren, Patty Scroggins of Lawson, Samantha Scorggins and Emily Scroggins of Urbana and Donald Ray Scroggins Jr. of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Morris Scroggins. His body will be cremated and a memorial service and burial will take place at a later date in Lindley Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. A00008B2001MY02

>Charles Seiner

Charles B. Seiner, 72, Clinton, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 16, 1928, in Polk County, the son of Earnest and Edna Seiner. He was united in marriage to Norma M. Jones of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1947. They lived in and around Bolivar until 1953 when they moved to Kansas City. In 1989, they moved to Clinton and lived there until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Earnestine Crain; one brother, Willard Seiner; and his son Roger Seiner. He is survived by his wife, Norma of the home; two sons, Randy Seiner and his wife Linda, of Leawood, Kan., and Ronnie Seiner and his wife, Krista, of Clinton; one daughter, Linda Elliott of Moberly; one brother, Robert Seiner of Bolivar; six sisters, Opal Keeling, Ruth Underwood, Joan Wilson, Dorthy Butler and Lorene Bays, all of Bolivar, and Helen Anderson of Oklahoma City, Okla; and five grandchildren, Melinda, Melissa, Charlotte, Amanda and Jason. Services were Monday, April 30 in Clinton. A00008B2001MY09

>Audrey Shoemake

Audrey Fae Shoemake, 90, Gardner, Kan., died Sunday April 8, 2001, at Medicalodge of Gardner. She was born April 20, 1910, near Alva, Okla., the daughter of Daniel Boone Findley and Pearl McQuaid Findley. Through Audrey's growing years the family owned various general merchandise stores and restaurants in Oklahoma and in the West Plains area. In 1917 Audrey, with her parents and brothers Cecil and Mac and sisters Valerie and Lucille, left Doniphan in a wagon with an overjet and a bed inside and traveled to Pitcher, Okla., camping in a tent along the way. Brothers George and Merritt were away from home and had served in World War I in France. Baby brother Hugh was born in Pitcher. Audrey graduated from high school in Birch Tree in 1929 as valedictorian of her class. The senior day that year was a trip to Alley Springs. After graduation from high school, Audrey worked at her sister Valerie's restaurant in Birch Tree where she met her future husband, Glen, and later she traveled to Kansas City where her sister Lucille lived, and she worked as a nurse maid to a little girl and a baby. Audrey and Glen Oscar Shoemake were married in Kansas City, Kan., March 12, 1931. To this union were born two boys and a girl. The couple lived in Kansas City, Kan., from 1931 to 1939, and then, after living in Eudora and in Arkansas, Audrey, Glen and son Eddie moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Audrey worked in a defense plant making airplane parts during World War II as Glen worked in the shipyards. Audrey's husband lost his sight while in Tulsa and the family moved to Polk County where they lived from 1945 to the time of Glen's passing away in 1960. Daughter Glenda was born in Humansville, and the family bought a farm near Dunnegan where son Danny was born. Audrey worked in St. Louis for the Missouri State Training School for the Blind from 1960 to 1962. From 1963 until her retirement in 1984, she worked in Kansas City, Kan., at Kansas School for the Visually Handicapped as a houseparent. Audrey lived in Olathe, Kan., and then returned to Polk County in 1988. She lived at Rose Park in Bolivar from 1991 to 1997 and then returned to Olathe and later to Medicalodge of Gardner. As a young woman, Audrey was saved and later became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Dunnegan. While living in Dunnegan she belonged to the home extension club and was a 4-H leader. She was an excellent cook and baker and once won a prize in a Pillsbury Bake-Off contest with one of her cakes. She was well known in her family for her homemade rolls and candy making. She loved to read, kept up with world events, and was a steady correspondent with relatives and friends as long as she was able. The things she seemed to enjoy most at the nursing home were the Sunday afternoon church services with gospel songs. Audrey spent several years caring for her unsighted husband, and was a loving mother and grandmother for many years. She will be greatly missed by all. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her five brothers, George, Merritt, Cecil, Daniel (Mac) and Hugh; and two sisters, Valerie Malone and Lucille Orr. Audrey is survived by her children, Edward Shoemake of Alamo, Texas; Glenda Riniker and her husband, Leo, of Gardner, Kan.; Danny Shoemake and his wife, Linda, of Rochester, Minn.; and a daughter-in-law, Pat Shoemake of Flemington. Surviving grandchildren and their spouses are Christy and Tom Johnson of Fredericktown; Deborah and Todd Hoffiren of Spring, Texas; Jerry and Cheryl Tipton, and Paula and Brian Luce, all of Belton; Michael and Kanaye Tipton of Owassa, Okla.; David Tipton of Gardner, Kan.; and Staci Shoemake of Pittsburg, Kan. Twelve great-grandchildren also survive as well as a host of relatives and friends. Graveside services and interment will be Friday, April l3, at Dunnegan Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Reverend Tom Johnson officiating and under the direction of Pitts Funeral Chapel of Bolivar. A00008B2001AR11

>James A. Thames

James Albert Thames, 80, Higginsville, formerly of Bolivar, died Friday, April 13, 2001, in Lexington Care Center, Lexington, following a short illness. He was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Dry Prong, La., to James A. and Mammie Thames. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 9638 in Galmey, the American Legion Post in Hermitage and the Shriners. Survivors include four daughters, Wilma Belew of Clinton, Ruth Jones of Osceola, Mary Young of Warrensburg and Ethelene Hoover of Higginsville, 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorothy; and two daughters, Donna Beebe and Wanda Lacky. Services will be Monday, April 30, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel, Bolivar. A00008B2001AR18

>Patti A. Walton

Patti Alice Walton, 83, Hillsboro, Ore., died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2001, in Beaverton Rehabilitation Center in Beaverton, Ore. She was born May 27, 1917, in Eudora the daughter of Robert and May Leith. She was raised and attended school in Eudora. On May 27, 1936, she was united in marriage to Jess Walton in Yuma, Ariz., and they shared 40 years. He preceded her in death in 1976. They worked on the road with Mayflower Van Lines for several years and settled in Sand Diego, Calif. There they were city street car operators. At one time they were headed for Alaska, but stopped in Montana and ended up making their home there. She taught school in a small community for about three years. They returned to Sand Diego and worked for the City Bus Company, retiring in 1975. In 1976 she moved to Hillsboro, Ore., where she spend the balance of her life. She was active in the Hillsboro Senior Center. She was a member of the tutoring programs at the Public Library and was a volunteer at El Centro Cultural. She is survived by her two daughters, Alice Ray of Hillsboro, Ore., and Donna Hootman of Brea, Calif., six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were Friday, April 27, in Eudora Baptist Church with the Rev. Lon Killingsworth officiating and interment in Eudora Cemetery under the direction Wilson Brim-Daniel Funeral Home, Walnut Grove. A00008B2001MY02

>Pauline Witt

Pauline Witt, 83, Dadeville, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001. She was born Sept. 21, 1917, near Morrisville, the daughter of Edward Allen and Florence Maude Stanley Maxwell. She was a lifelong resident of the Dadeville area. She was a homemaker and had been employed with the Dadeville School cafeteria. She was baptized in the Church of Christ Church on July 24, 1946, and was a member of the Bona Church of Christ. She was a graduate of the Morrisville High School in 1935 where she was valedictorian She married Archie Witt on June 27, 1936. To this union three children were born. Together they were privileged to share more than 51 years. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1988. Also preceding her was an infant son, Bill Eddie Witt, on March 3, 1946; her parents; two sisters, Bernice Robinett and Faye Waggoner; and two infant brothers. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Carole Witt of Dadeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Kenneth Bacon of Fair Grove; six grandchildren and their spouses, Gena and Blaine Hargis, Jeff and Rachel Witt, Brian and Pam Witt, Ginger and Clark McLemore, Craig and Debbie Bacon and Brett and Jo Ellen Bacon; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Art Maxwell of Kerrville, Texas, and Joe and Galen Maxwell, both of Ontario, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Services were Saturday, April 28, in Bona Church of Christ with Jim Poland officiating, with interment follwing in Bona Cemetery under the direction of Wilson Brim-Daniel Funeral Home of Walnut Grove. A00008B2001MY02

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