Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Geneva Gilster 

Services for Geneva Holland Gilster, 84, Joplin, who died Friday, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Charles Brunner and the Rev. Bob McQueen will officiate. Burial will be in Harvey Cemetery, north of Sarcoxie. 

Pallbearers will be John Sehnert Sr., Ned Barkley, Harlan Robinson, Bob Jordan, Chris Jordan and Michael Belke. 

Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church. 

Contributions may be made to United Methodist Church or the Children's Miracle Network in care of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Helen Helm 

Graveside services for Helen L. Brown Helm, 78, Joplin, who died Friday, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Forest Park Cemetery. The Rev. William Christman and the Rev. John Sherwood will officiate. 

Family will receive friends from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in care of the mortuary. 

Velma Manroe 

Velma Jo ``Joy'' Manroe, 69, Columbia, a native of Joplin, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, after an illness. 

Mrs. Manroe was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Joplin. She was a registered nurse. She was president of the Missouri Registered Nurses Association from 1964 to 1965 and in 1968. 

She married Glenn C. Knight on Feb. 19, 1947. He died Aug. 4, 1964. She later married Willis Charles Manroe on June 13, 1968. He died March 26, 1986. 

Survivors include four sons, Charles G. Knight, Columbia, Doug Wright and David Wright, both of Springfield, and Tom W. Lake, St. Louis; two daughters, Rose A. Manroe, Columbia, and George A. Abrams, Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Betty Jane Lawrence and Nancy Ellen Lawrence, addresses unavailable; 12 adopted children; 48 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parker Funeral Service, Columbia. The Rev. Daniel Lueckenotte and the Rev. Gregory Oligschlaeger will officiate. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. 

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ewing. 

Mildred Meredith 

Mildred Kohane Meredith, 94, Hawkins, Texas, a former Joplin resident, died at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at a local nursing home after several years of ill health. 

Mrs. Meredith was born Aug. 21, 1902, in Baldwin City, Kan. She was graduated from Baker University, Baldwin. In 1925, she moved to Joplin, where she was a member of United Methodist Church. She moved to California in 1986 to be near her children. She moved to Hawkins in 1988 with a daughter. 

She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Baker University. 

She married H. Carl Meredith on June 14, 1925, in Baldwin. He died July 2, 1963. 

Survivors include a son, Roderick Meredith, San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Katheryn Ames, Houston, Texas, and Patricia Biggar, Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Karl Beyersdorfer will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. 

Leona Stokes 

Leona D. Stokes, 89, 720 Forest Ave., died at 5:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Stokes was born March 8, 1907, at Duquesne, east of Joplin. She was a lifetime Joplin area resident. She was on the track team at Duquesne School. She and her husband owned and operated the former Stokes Potato Chips Co. from 1945 to 1949. She was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church. 

She married Otho R. Stokes at Miami, Okla. He died Aug. 5, 1995. 

Surviving are a son, Tod Stokes, Mansfield, Texas; four daughters, Eulah Gollhofer, Sarcoxie, Betty Thompson, Joplin, Joan Harvey, Parker, Colo., and Janine Stokes, Shawnee, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Forest Park Baptist Church. The Rev. John Swadley and the Rev. Dan Routledge will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Jim Gollhofer, Chuck Thompson, Tim Harvey, David Stokes, Jim Adams and Routledge. 

Family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. 

Family will be at the home. 

Contributions may be made to the nursery fund at Forest Park Baptist Church. 

Carol Embrey 

STARK CITY, Mo. Carol Dean Embrey, 62, Stark City, died at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Embrey was born March 8, 1934, at Stella. He lived most of his life at Stark City. He was an Army veteran. He was a farmer and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. 

He married Rosie Ellen Brooks on May 25, 1960, at Granby. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, David Franklin Embrey, Stark City, and Walden Gene Embrey, Oak Harbor, Wash.; four brothers, J.C. Embrey, Stella, John Embrey, Purdy, Melvin Embrey, Wichita, Kan., and Ethan Embrey, Stark City; and two sisters, Darlene Epp and Janice Cluck, both of Wichita. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wheaton Funeral Home. The Rev. Walter Smart will officiate. Burial will be at Dice Cemetery, Fairview. 

Pallbearers will be LeRoy Haines, J.W. Garrison, John Allen, Ferman Trenary, Buddy Barnes and Don Rawlins. 

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the maintenance fund at Dice Cemetery. 

Family will be at the home. 

Jack Freitag 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. John L. ``Jack'' Freitag, 93, Mount Vernon, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Freitag was born Jan. 16, 1903, in Oshkosh, Wis. He retired in 1969 as a supervisor at Carnation Can Co., Mount Vernon. 

He married Dorothy Blumenstein in September 1925 in Chicago, Ill. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, John Freitag, Mount Vernon, and Bill Freitag, Rogers, Ark.; a daughter, Peggy Kiser, Nixa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Keith Christianson will officiate. The body has been cremated. 

Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt, or to St. Susanne Catholic Church, Mount Vernon. 

Ray Harris 

MONETT, Mo. Ray Harris, 71, Monett, died at 10:59 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Harris was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Cape Fair. He was a lifetime area resident. He was graduated from Cassville High School and from the former Monett Junior College. He taught at various schools in the area. He retired in 1987 as a supervisor at Tyson Foods Inc., Monett. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Hobbes-Anderson Post No. 97, American Legion, Monett, the Barry-Lawrence County Bowling Association, and the Ninth Street Church of Christ, Monett. 

He married Mildred Deeson on April 18, 1945, in Bentonville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Rick Harris, Monett, Jackie Harris, Stilwell, Okla., and J.R. Harris, Cabot, Ark.; a daughter, Linda K. Ramsey, Kansas City, Kan.; his mother, Lena Foster Harris, Shawnee, Kan.; two brothers, Rudolph Harris, Washburn, and John Harris, Springfield; four sisters, Vera Blythe, Cassville, Bonnie Harris, Beaullah Harris, and Verlah Beachboard, all of Shawnee, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Dale Graham, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ennis Cemetery, east of Cassville. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Branson or the American Cancer Society. 

Roy Hirshey 

DIAMOND, Mo. Roy A. Hirshey, 88, Route 1, Diamond, died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Hirshey was born Nov. 24, 1907, in Sarcoxie. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Diamond Christian Church, Diamond, for 33 years. 

He married Thelma I. Lockhart, Nov. 1, 1943, in Neosho. She survives. 

Additional survivors include seven sons, Eugene Hirshey, J.D. ``Jack'' Hirshey, and Keith Hirshey, all of Joplin, Wayne Bass, Van Buren, Ark., Marvin Bass, Diamond, Roger Hirshey, Neosho, and Denis Hirshey, Diamond; a daughter, Mary Phillips, Carthage; three brothers, John Hirshey and Lee Hirshey, both of Joplin, and Ralph Hirshey, Reeds; a sister, Minnie Capps, Joplin; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Diamond Christian Church. John Doolen, minister, and Rick Fulton, minister, will officiate. 

Burial will be in Stone Cemetery, east of Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to Diamond Christian Church. 

Alice Myers 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Alice Eileen Myers, 78, Carthage, died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Myers was born July 13, 1918, in Carthage. She lived most of her life in the Carthage area. She worked for what is now Butterball Turkey Co., Carthage. She was a member of Grant Street Church of Christ. 

She married Frank W. Myers on Aug. 21, 1935, in Carthage. He died Dec. 4, 1976. 

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Watkins, Stella, and Alice Watts, Southwest City; two brothers, Paul Clift, Carthage, and Elbert Clift, Springfield; two sisters, Pauline Hartley, Davenport, Iowa, and Auis Myers, Carthage; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Bob Powers, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

Nola Thieman 

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Nola Celia Wright Thieman, 89, Lockwood, died at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Thieman was born July 16, 1907, in Golden City. She was a lifetime Dade County resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Lockwood United Methodist Church, Lockwood, and a past member of United Methodist Church Ladies Aid. 

She married Theodore Roosevelt Thieman on Sept. 23, 1926, in Lockwood. He died March 4, 1985. 

Survivors include two sons, Pastor Theodore E. Thieman, Virginia Beach, Va., and Harold W. Thieman, Carthage; a daughter, Mary E. Gericke, Springfield; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Lockwood. The Rev. Jack Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery, south of Lockwood. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. 

Contributions may be made to Good Shepard Nursing Home or to Lockwood United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Lola Vutich 

JASPER, Mo. Lola E. Vutich, 80, Jasper, died at 7:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a two-month illness. 

Mrs. Vutich was born Dec. 4, 1915, at Kansas City, Kan. She had lived about 10 years at Lamar. She was a nurse's aide at Lamar and at Pittsburg and Arma, Kan. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. 

Her husband, George Radell, preceded her in death. 

She married Charles Vutich in 1956. He preceded her in death. 

Surviving are a son, Jim Radell, Pittsburg; three daughters, Cecelia Hunt, Jasper, Sharon Meek, Las Vegas, Nev., and Marilyn Cox, Mindenmines; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lamar. The Rev. Thomas Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry, Kan. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, where visitation will follow. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Joplin, Sterling Home Health, Lamar, or the Arthritis Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Velva Messenger 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Velva M. Messenger, 87, 212 E. 13th St., died at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Messenger was born Feb. 15, 1909, in Galena. She was a lifelong area resident. She taught school for two years at Pleasant View Elementary School, north of Baxter Springs. She worked as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney, Baxter Springs, for a number of years. She retired in 1974. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Galena, where she held many positions, including Sunday school teacher, a teacher in the children's church and church pianist. She attended the Samaritan Sunday school class. 

She married Dola G. Messenger in August 1927. He died Dec. 2, 1964. 

Survivors include a son, Rusty Messenger, Riverton; a sister, Faith Lewman, Galena; two granddaughters; two step granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and two step great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Galena. The Rev. Charles Idleman will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs City Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Dennis Wade, Gail Davis, Bill Lewman, George Tennis, Jay Lewman, and Loren Messenger. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church building fund. 

Clara Flora 

COMMERCE, Okla. Clara B. Cary Flora, 78, Commerce, died at 10:29 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at Freeman West, Joplin, after a four-week illness. 

Mrs. Flora was born April 14, 1918, at Weatherford, Okla. She was a lifelong resident of Ottawa and Craig counties. She attended school at Weatherford until her family moved to Seneca, Mo., during her senior year. She was graduated from Seneca High School. She was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of Southeast Baptist Church, Commerce. 

She married Kenneth Donald Flora. He died April 15, 1991. 

Survivors include five sons, Richard Crane, Goddard, Kan., Tom Crane, Mulvane, Kan., Gerald Crane, Denver, Colo., Lawrence Crane, Tahlequah, and Paul Cary, Miami; three daughters, Barbara Sherwood, Galena, Kan., Deborah Miller, Miami, and Judy Blunk, Miami; 29 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. The Rev. Robert Taylor, assisted by the Rev. Jerry VonMoss, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Picher. 

Pallbearers will be Kyle Buchanan, Rex Read, Charles Jarman, Kevin Trease, Melvine Morgan and Harold Morgan. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Frances Norwood 

PICHER, Okla. Frances Catherine Norwood, 62, 111 Deviliers Circle, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Norwood was born Sept. 21, 1933, at Gans, Okla. She lived in Picher for several years, where she moved from Webb City, Mo. 

She was a retired cook. 

Survivors include three sons, James Allen Wilson, Lake View, Ore; Danny Wilson, Klamath Falls, Wash., and Michael Wilson, Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Vivian Cox, Jasper, Mo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

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