Miscellaneous Crawford County, Missouri Obituaries

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Jacob Vernon Adams
Jacob Vernon Adams was born Wednesday, October 23, 1918 at Dillard, Mo., a son of the late James Franklin Adams and Lucinda Ellen (Willhite) Adams.
He departed this life Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 8 days.
On March 14, 1940, at Potosi, Mo., Jake was united in marriage to Jenny Bernice Crabtree. Three sons and two daughters were born to this union. They have enjoyed sixty-one years together.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, and a sister-in-law Clifford and Gertie Adams and Treffie Adams and one sister and three brothers-in-law Nellie and Leslie Gilliam, and Willard Arlsman, Harry Wood and Orville Crabtree.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his devoted wife Bernice Adams of Viburnum, Mo.; five children, Betty and husband Bruce Moses of Glendale, Arizona, Ray Adams and wife Phyllis of St. Louis, Mo., Kenneth Adams and wife Paulette of Viburnum, Mo., Larry Adams and wife Barbara of St. Louis, Mo., Sharon and husband Frank Orris of New Port News, Virginia; one sister Manervia Arlsman of Salem, Mo.; sisters and brothers-in-law Hilma Adams, Joe and Geraldine Alexander, all of Steelville, Mo., Eunice Wood of St. Louis, Mo., Lucille Crabtree of Potosi, Mo., Harold and Minnie Turnbough of St. Louis, Mo.; eleven grandchildren, Edward, Michael, Keith, Jennifer, Joann, Vicky, Richard, Kathryn, Michelle, Nicholas, and Rachel; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Jacob Vernon Adams lay in state 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. David Hopkins officiating. Musical selections were provided by vocalist Crystal Moses and an instrumental on the guitar by Bruce Moses.
Committal prayers and interment were in Old Dillard Cemetery, Dillard, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Richard Adams, Nicholas Adams, Edward Moses, Matthew Moses, Brandon Moses, and David Ogle.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

Richard Clyde Conway
Richard Clyde Conway of Cuba, Mo. was born on January 29, 1929 at St. Louis, Mo. to the union of Edmond Conway and Ellen Sophie Conway nee Deuker and passed away on May 31, 2001 at the Cuba Manor, Cuba, Mo. at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 2 days.
On October 25, 1952 Richard was united in marriage to Ella Jane Storz at Pocahontas, Arkansas. Three sons, Richard, Jr., Mark and David were born to this union. Richard and Ella Jane have been happily married for 48 years.
Richard was a Korean Veteran. He worked and retired from the Special School District in St. Louis, Mo. as a parts distributor. He was also a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his loving wife Ella Jane Conway; three sons Richard Conway, Jr. and wife Paula, Mark Conway and wife Karen and David Conway and wife Rae Jean; one brother Don Conway; three sisters Shirley Heck and husband John, Joyce Heil and husband Jack and Judy Schwend and husband Bill; three grandchildren Mark Conway, Jr., Shera Conway and Capri Conway; one great-granddaughter Lea Marie Conway; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Richard was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
Richard Clyde Conway was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. where funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Roger Schnakenberg officiating. Interment was in Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.
 
Chester Arthur Crabtree
Chester Arthur Crabtree was born Saturday, August 22, 1914 in Dillard, Mo. to the late Water A. Crabtree and Laura Belle Hogan Crabtree and departed this life Thursday, May 31, 2001 at the Friendship Village of West County in Chesterfield, Mo. at the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 9 days.
Chet was united in marriage to Wilma Marguerite Walker on December 24, 1935 in Steelville, Mo. and to this union one daughter was born. Chet and Wilma made their home together for 65+ years. Chet taught school for many years, some of which were: Davisville, Gibbs, Cherryville, Steelville, Leasburg, and last in the Hazelwood School district. Chet received his bachelors degree at SMS in Springfield, Mo. and his Masters in guidance counseling at Washington University in St. Louis. Chet also worked as an inspector at McQuay Norris, and at McDonnell Douglas.
Chet accepted the Lord early in life and was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair, Mo. Chet was a member of the Steelville, Lebanon Lodge #77 A.F. and A.M. and the Martha and Mary Chapter #364 Order of the Eastern Star, of which he is a Past Patron. He enjoyed reading, riding horses and was a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Club of Missouri. Chet was also very fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and treasured the time he could spend with them.
Chet was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Gladys Casebolt, and Ruby Fox, one brother Clyde Crabtree, and a sister-in-law Adeline Crabtree.
Those who remain to mourn his passing are his loving wife Wilma, his daughter Phyllis Russell, of Chesterfield, Mo.; his sister Jennie Ruth Crabtree of Denver, Colorado; his brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Ralph Fox of Denver, Colorado; Jason Walker of St. Louis County; James and Bonnie Walker of St. Louis County; Lillie Stout of St. Clair, Mo.; Ina and Alvin King of Sullivan, Mo.; Vera and Rev. Howard Wymer of Elkland, Mo.
His grandchildren Jeffrey Russell and wife Catherine of Town and Country, Mo.; and Jennifer Klein and husband Paul of Houston, Texas; his great-grandchildren Andrew Russell, Erin Russell, Daven Klein and Dillon Klein, cousins, other relatives and many friends, all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Chester "Chet" Arthur Crabtree.
Visitation was held at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo. on Saturday, June 2, 2001 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Masonic and Eastern Star Services at 7 p.m.
Funeral service was held Sunday, June 3, 2001 at the Hutson Funeral Chapel in Steelville, Mo. with Rev. Delmar B. Hutson officiating. Valerie Hutson sang How Great Thou Art, In The garden. Those serving as pallbearers were Robert and Donald Crabtree, Gale and Dale Casebolt, Bob Woods and Jesse Hogan.
Memorials are suggested to the St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair, Mo. or the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service was held in Chesterfield, Mo. at the Friendship Village of West County on Tuesday, June 5, 2001 at 10:30 a.m.
Burial was in the Steelville Cemetery.
All arrangements were under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo.

Mary Dorothy Emory
Mary Dorothy Emory of Sullivan, Mo., formerly of St. Louis, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2001 at the age of 80 years.
Mrs. Emory was born August 24, 1920 at St. Louis, Mo. to the late John and Rose (Adams) Tozer. She lived in St. Louis until coming to the Sullivan area four years ago. On June 2, 1940 she was married to Chester Emory and to this marriage one son was born. Mrs. Emory was a bookkeeper for American Investment Company many years and later retired from there. She enjoyed flowers and plants and also found pleasure in reading. Mrs. Emory was a member of Saint Anthony Parish in Sullivan.
She is survived by a son Roger Scott Emory of Sullivan, a sister and brother-in-law Rosemary and Donald Weidenhaft of Sullivan, a niece Mary Weidenhaft of Sullivan, and a nephew, Mark Weidenhaft and wife Diane of Kansas City, Mo., cousins, William Seal of Leasburg, Mo. and Robert Seal of Ballwin, Mo., other relatives and friends. Mrs. Emory was preceded in death by her husband Chester in December of 1997.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 29, 2001 at 10 a.m. from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan with the Rev. Father Theodore Brunnert officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. In lieu of flowers, masses or memorials to the charity of your choice are preferred. Funeral arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, Mo.

Eunice Hazle Hutson
Eunice Hazle Hutson nee Ivie was born at Hand, Arkansas on January 20, 1918, to the union of Jesse Jeffeson Ivie and Rena (Fowler) Ivie.
She entered eternal rest Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at the Crawford County Nursing Center, Cuba, Mo., at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 3 days.
April 20, 1935 she was married to Floy Matthew Brand. Two sons, Joe Richard Brand and Gerald Floy Brand were born to this union.
March 20, 1949 she was united in marriage to Roy Hutson. To this union one daughter was born, Kathy J. Hutson. Roy passed away October 26, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents; both her sons, Joe Brand and Gerald Brand; five brothers, Hosea A. Ivie, A. B. Ivie, J. R. Ivie, Carey J. Ivie and Lawrence E. Ivie.
She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Kathy and husband Jimmy Maize of Rolla, Mo.; three brothers, Rev. Marvin Ivie and wife Betty of Cuba, Mo., Calvin Ivie and wife Judy of Phoenix, Arizona, Billie Joe Ivie and wife Brenda of Maryland Heights, Mo.; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Eunice Hazle Hutson lay in state 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2001, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2001, at the First Assembly of God, Steelville, Mo., with Pastor Jerry Beers officiating.
Committal prayers and interment were in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Cherryville, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Curtis Brand, Kenton Brand, Kerry Brand, Kyle Brand, Mitchell Brand and Brian Brown.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

Ransom Mathas Robinson
Ransom Mathas "Grandpa" Robinson went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 26, 2001. He was 76 years, 4 months and 9 days of age.
Ransom, the son of the late Stanley J. and Mable L. Williams Robinson, was born January 17, 1925 at Carroll, Illinois.
He was united in marriage to Mae V. Krepps on February 22, 1943 in Arkansas, and to this union six children were born.
He is survived by his wife of the home; six children: Sandra L. Dunning of Corpus Christy, Texas, Terry P. Robinson of St. James, Mo., David G. Robinson of Cuba, Mo., Donna C. Farmer of Jefferson City, Mo., Michael A. Robinson of Cuba, Mo., and Timothy W. Robinson of Rolla, Mo.; two brothers: E. Les Robinson of Charlotte, Tennessee and Rudy Robinson of Naples, Florida; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, and two great-grandchildren.
Ransom was an electrician by trade and an Assembly of God minister. Before pastoring at Belle Assembly of God in Belle, Mo. for 4 years and at Cherryville for 13 years, he served as an evangelist for several years. Ransom and his wife, Mae owned and operated Mae's Florist in St. James for 33 years, in Steelville for 13 years, and in Cuba for 12 years. He enjoyed visiting with the customers, and he always had something to say. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and coon hunting. He also enjoyed raising and riding his horses.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mick Thrasher, Rev. T. B. Conway, and Rev. Denny officiating. Hymns, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder", "How Great Thou Art," and "Amazing Grace" were sung by his family with Jackie Robinson accompanying on the organ. Pallbearers were Tim Robinson, Terry Robinson, David Robinson, Michael Robinson, Paul Farmer, and Bob Dunning. Interment was in the High Gate Cemetery in High Gate, Mo. Memorials may be made to Phelps County Hospice; cards are available at Jones Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Mo.

Freeman Austin Scott
Freeman Austin Scott was born in Shannon County, Mo., Tuesday, January 20, 1914, a son of the late Floyd A. Scott and Nina Mae Scott Reeves (nee Walker).
He entered eternal rest Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Sullivan, Mo. at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 6 days.
Freeman attended Steelville High School, graduating in 1931. After high school he lived with his aunt and uncle when he started teaching school at the Houston School near Maramec Spring. He also taught in one-room schools at Big Bend, Midland, Benton Creek, Berryman, Farrar, Oak Ridge, Riverside, Center Point, Cherryville, and Cook Station before he retired in 1962. He attended Southwest Baptist College, Rolla School of Mines and night classes at other colleges.
On June 14, 1935, at Steelville, Mo., Freeman married Elsie Mason, daughter of Charles Leonard Mason and Cora Edith (Brown) Mason. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union. They have enjoyed sixty-five years together.
Freeman not only taught school to make a living for his family, he did janitorial duties, woodcutting, trapping, farming, concrete work, carpentry, bus driving, and hauling. His interests include fishing, hunting, enjoying nature, floating the river, and finding and collecting Indian arrowheads and artifacts. His church was also an important part of his life, and at the time of passing was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lesterville, Mo.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his devoted wife Elsie Scott of Steelville, Mo.; two sons, Freeman Scott, Jr., and wife Cynthia of Kilgore, Texas, Donald Scott and wife Judy of Maryland Heights, Mo.; two daughters, Nina and husband Doug Fitzgerald of Middlebrook, Mo., Minnie and husband John Crisan of Louisiana, Mo.; one brother, Charles Walter Scott and wife Pansy of Steelville, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Virgie Mason of Belgrade, Mo.; eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister Sibyl Campbell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, May Miner, Glenn Campbell, Tressie Schweinfurter, Calvin, Cecil, Malcom, and Naomi Mason.
Freeman Austin Scott lay in state 4-8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2001 at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2001, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Grover Pingleton and Rev. Bill Jackson officiating. Musical selections were provided by a granddaughter Scottye Adkins, a great-granddaughter Lauren Meyer and a Midland Church Group.
Committal prayers and interment were in Liberty Cemetery, Steelville, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Eric Adkins, Mike Edgar, Neil Fitzgerald, Kevin Jones, Mike Klinghammer, Dwayne Meyer, Ross Richardson, and Dennis White.
Arrangements under the direction of Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

William Johnny Woods
William Johnny Woods was born Saturday, June 17, 1939, in Steelville, Mo., a son of the late Myrt Johnnie Woods and Elsie Irene Woods (nee Brown). He departed this life Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 8 days.
On January 2, 1960, "Willie" was united in marriage to Audrey Jeanine Danner. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union. They have enjoyed forty-one years together.
In June of 1976, Willie became a member of Pyramid Lodge #180 AF & AM, it is now Pome Granate-Pyramid Lodge #95 AF & AM.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his loving wife Audrey Woods of the home in St. Louis, Mo.; two sons and two daughters, Johnny Joe Woods of St. Louis, Mo., Cynthia Lou Woods of Union, Mo., Jimmy Allen Woods and wife Sarah of Steelville, Mo. and Sherry Lynn Miller and husband Robert of St. Louis, Mo.
Two brothers, Dick Woods and wife Beverly of St. Louis, Mo., Terry Woods and wife Linda of Washington, Mo.; three sisters, Mary Gean and husband Dale Young, Violet "Sis" Sanders and husband Estel, all of Steelville, Mo., Joyce Olney and husband Dewey of Little River, Texas and ten grandchildren.
Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Larry and Marie Danner of Fremont, California, Ronald and Barbara Danner of Pekin, Illinois, Juanita and Bob Leinhenseder of Bloomington, Illinois and Theodore and Karen Danner of Astoria, Illinois; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
William Johnny Woods lay in state 5-9 p.m. with Masonic Services held at 7 p.m., with Lebanon Lodge #77 AF & AM officiating, Sunday, May 25, 2001, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2001, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Delmar Hutson officiating. Musical selections were Amazing Grace and Go Rest High On The Mountain.
Committal prayers and interment were in Cherryvalley Cemetery, Steelville, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Tim Richardson, Eddie Sanders, Cody Sanders, Johnny Sanders, Travis Sanders, Noah Woods and Randy Woods.
Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

James Wallace Wolfmeyer, Sr.
James Wallace Wolfmeyer, Sr. of Cuba, Mo. was born on January 23, 1927 to the union of George Wolfmeyer and Josephine Wolfmeyer nee Cook and passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on May 31, 2001 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 8 days.
Jim, as he was known by family and friends, served in the United States Navy Reserves during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged after faithfully serving his country.
Jim was a very active member of Holy Cross Church and the Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree). He was a member of the Cuba American Legion Post No. 522 and Commander of the Post.
Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his five sons, James Wolfmeyer, Jr. and wife Bernie, Terry Wolfmeyer and wife Mary, William Wolfmeyer and wife Yolanda, Patrick Wolfmeyer and wife Nancy and John Wolfmeyer and wife Donna; two daughters Loraine Lawson and husband Ken and Tammy Martin and husband Adam; step-daughter Lynn Green; two sisters Bernice McCormick and husband James and Betty Hansen and husband Chris; 14 grandchildren, Kathleen Wolfmeyer, Terri Wolfmeyer Haugen, Tracie Wolfmeyer, Tricia Wolfmeyer, Jeremy Wolfmeyer, Erica Wolfmeyer, Katie Wolfmeyer, Patrick T. Wolfmeyer, Jr., Gabe Lawson, Elizabeth Bagwell, Shea Martin and Sasha Martin; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Jim was a loving father, grandfather, brother, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
James Wallace Wolfmeyer, Sr. was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. where the Knights of Columbus posted an Honor Guard and Vigil Services were held immediately followed by an American Legion Service by American Legion Post No. 522.
Funeral Mass was held on Monday, June 4, 2001 at Holy Cross Church, Cuba, Mo. at 10 a.m. with Father Bob Duesdieker officiating. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Cuba, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. 

Lois Fern Barker
Lois Fern Barker (nee Cremer) was born Thursday, January 7, 1928, at Winchester, Illinois, a daughter of the late Hollie and Elsie (Rackerd) Cremer and entered eternal life Sunday, July 22, 2001 at the Stonecrest Healthcare, Inc. Viburnum, Missouri at the age of 75 years, 6 months and 8 days.
Lois was a registered nurse and worked in nursing homes. She was united in marriage to Allen Grant Barker. Three sons and three daughters were born to this union. Allen preceded her in death as did one sister Edna Cremer.
Among those who remain to mourn her death are her children, Dorothy and husband Kenneth Ware of Davisville, Missouri, Carol and husband Dewaynne Throgmorton, Linda and husband Carl Smith, Glen Barker and wife Donna, Roy Barker and Del Barker all of Decatur, Illinois.
One brother and sister-in-law Russell and Bernice Cremer of Pana, Illinois and one sister, Vera and Tony Singleton of Decatur, Illinois; 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the Lighthouse Gospel Tabernacle, Viburnum, Missouri with visitation from 9 a.m. Saturday and Rev. Sharon Hedrick officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Rosemary Edwards
Rosemary Edwards nee Hunter of Cuba, Mo. was born on May 14, 1924 at St. Louis, Mo. to the union of Roy Hunter and Ada Hunter nee Sego and passed away on July 18, 2001 at Cuba, Mo. at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 4 days.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and one son Donald M. Edwards.
Those who survive to mourn her passing from this life are her three loving granddaughters, Lori Farris and husband Jerry, Krisi Epps and husband Douglas and Jami Edwards and friend Jason Theodosiou; daughter-in-law Bernie Edwards; two sisters Joyce Viehman and Beverly Wagner; dear great-grandmother of Codie, Deidre and Larry Farris and Alexander Epps; dear aunt and great-aunt of Terri, Jim, Amie and Matt Plank and Sharon and Stephani Watson; our dear relative and friend.
Rosemary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, good friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed.
Memorial Services for Rosemary Edwards nee Hunter was held on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. at the Britton Funeral Home, Cuba, Mo. with Rev. Mike Hannah. officiating. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.

Minnie Marie Gray
Minnie Marie Gray nee McMillen was born in Bonne Terre, Mo., on February 28, 1917, to the late John Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth (Key) McMillen, and passed away Friday, July 20, 2001, at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 22 days.
Minnie was united in marriage to Charles Glen Gray on January 31, 1940 in Salem, Mo. To this union two children were born.
Minnie, "Sis," as she was fondly known by her family, was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, infant grandson and eight brothers and many other relatives.
She is survived by one daughter, Sarah Jeanne (Gray) Gattrell and husband Robert, two granddaughters, Lori Anne Viehman and husband Rob, and Bobbi Jean Johnson; also surviving are three great-granddaughters, Endi and Justess Viehman and Marlee Johnson and one great-grandson, Shay Viehman, all of Steelville.
Also surviving are brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, James Lee McMillen and wife Jean of Fenton, Edna Elnora Clonts, Lawrence Floyd McMillen, Claude Maloy McMillen and Mary Nadine Nichols, and Virginia McMillen of St. James; Helen (Gray) Francis of Steelville, Lawrence Gray and wife Maxine and Russell Gray and wife Mandy of St. Louis, and Clarence Turnbough of Cuba; many nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Minnie moved to Keysville when she was a very small child and later moved to Steelville having lived around this area all her life. When she could no longer take care of her own home she moved to the Gibbs Care Manor and later into the Care Center.
Minnie Marie Gray lay in state 4-9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2001, Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2001, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. W. Dale Starr officiating. Musical selections were provided by Rev. Jerry Beers.
Committal prayers and interment were in Keysville Cemetery, Keysville, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Evelyn Zarbo, Claudia Horne, Dan Clonts, Robert E. Nichols, Rob Viehman, and Dave McLain.
Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

Helen Frances Matchell
Helen Frances Matchell was born Saturday, May 25, 1918 in Platte City, Mo. to the late Bryon and Susie Park Fisher and departed this life Friday, July 20, 2001 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 25 days.
Helen married Clark Francis Matchell on April 11, 1941 in Steelville, Mo. and to this union two children were born.
Helen enjoyed gardening, canning, she was a hard worker, good cook, and was very compassionate as she helped take care of the sick around her. She loved her family, enjoyed attending church and visiting her many friends.
Helen accepted the Lord many years ago and was a very active member of the Perryville Methodist Church of Perryville, Mo. while living there.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clark, her daughter Sharon Thieret, three brothers, David Fisher, Bob Fisher, and Guy Fisher; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Archie and Francis Halbert, Ed and Rena Stiener; Lawerence and Audrey Matchell; Howard and Honor Harper; Bill and Venita Matchell.
Those who remain to mourn her passing are her loving son Ronald Matchell and wife Karen of Davisville, Mo.; her grandchildren Kimberly Clabo and husband Michael of Perryville, Mo.; and Jennifer Matchell of Steelville, Mo.; her great-grandchildren Chelsea, Chad, and Christian Clabo of Perryville, Mo.; her step-grandchildren Alicia Jauss of Rolla, Mo., and Apryl Jauss of Steelville, Mo.; John and Nicole Thieret of Perryville, Mo.
Her son-in-law Allen Thieret and wife Norma of Perryville, Mo.; her sisters-in-law Meryl Fisher of Platte City, Mo.; Gladys Fisher, and Mary Fisher of Kansas City, Mo., other relatives and friends all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Helen Frances Matchell.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2001 with Rev. Delmar B. Hutson officiating. Paul Hutson sang Look For Me, and Precious Lord Take My Hand. 
Those serving as pallbearers were David Fisher, Eddie Fisher, Bryon Fisher, Morris Groom, Bob Weekly, and Doug Matchell.
Burial was in the Steelville Cemetery, Steelville, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

James Otto Spurgeon
James Otto Spurgeon born April 24, 1919 at Oak Hill, Missouri, passed away July 25, 2001 at the age of 82 years.
He was the son of Andrew Ebon Spurgeon and Harriet A. (Brown) Spurgeon.
December 12, 1940 in Steelville, he married Vera G. Ellis who survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Jerry L. Spurgeon and Gary L. Spurgeon; four grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Andrew and Aaron Spurgeon; one sister, Alberta Holzschuh.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jewell Spurgeon, Marion Spurgeon, John Oral Spurgeon, and four sisters, Opal Collier, Velma Kirkpatrick, Charlene Bryd, and Irene Hendrickson.
Visitation for James Otto Spurgeon was held at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Friday, July 27, 2001 with funeral services held at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Woodrow Holzschuh officiating.
Burial was in the Licklider Cemetery in rural Cuba, Missouri.

Fredia Loree Stiller
Freida Loree Stiller (nee Hyde) was born Tuesday, November 17, 1914, at Arden, Missouri, Douglas County, a daughter of the late James Mitchell Hyde and Bessie Leota Lacey Hyde and departed this life Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in the Cuba Manor, Cuba, Missouri, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 7 days.
On September 16, 1939, in Clayton, Missouri, Freida was united in marriage to Earl Kenneth Stiller. One son, John James Stiller was born to this union. Earl preceded her in death, April 26, 1985. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Carroll Hyde and two step-son-in-laws, Ralph Sanders and Robert Albrecht.
Freida was a very active member of the First Baptist Church and Martha and Mary OES, both of Steelville, Missouri.
Among those who remain to mourn her death are her son, John James Stiller and wife Susan of Colorado; former daughter-in-law Lorraine Happel of Cuba, Missouri; two step-daughters Elenor Lee Sanders and Gloria DeEtt Albrecht both of St. Louis, Missouri.
Three grandchildren, Tina and husband David Thomeczek of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dawn Harmon of Rolla, Missouri; John Earl Stiller and wife Danyell of Beaverton, Oregon; two step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at the First Baptist Church, Steelville, Missouri with Dr. Cardis Bryan officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Robert Henry Thomas 
Robert Henry Thomas of Cuba, Mo. was born on February 22, 1914 at Richland, Mo. to the union of William H. Thomas and Lillie (Warren) Thomas and passed away on July 24, 2001 at Cuba, Mo. at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 2 days.
On December 12, 1936 Robert was united in marriage to Marie Elizabeth Schwidde at Cuba, Mo. One son, Robert A., and one daughter, Virginia, were born to this union. Robert and Marie were happily married for 64 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Bessie Taylor and Myrtle Newell, three brothers, Victor, Clarence and Leonard Thomas.
Robert's family moved to the Cuba area in 1922. He went to work for the Frisco Railroad as a section hand and retired as a foreman after working for the Frisco Railroad for 37 years. 
Robert was a great Wahoo player and used to make the boards to play on.
Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his devoted wife Marie Elizabeth Thomas; one son Robert A. Thomas and wife Dina; one daughter Virginia Center and husband David; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Robert was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
Robert Henry Thomas was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. where funeral services were held on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Leroy Nixon and Rev. Mike Hannah officiating. Interment was in the Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, Mo. Memorials to Rolla Hospice. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.


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