Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Thelma Kay 

Thelma Kay, 90, Austin, Texas, formerly of Joplin, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996, at South Austin Medical Center after a five-month illness. 

Mrs. Kay was born July 22, 1906, at Vergennes, Ill. She had lived in Austin 5" years, moving there from Florida. She moved away from Joplin in 1968. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Homer Kay, died in 1966. 

Surviving are a son, Robert L. Kay, Charlotte, N.C.; three daughters, Vivian Henry, Austin, Carolyn Debnam, Carey, N.C., and Barbara Salyers, Parkville, Mo.; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carterville Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Shouse will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Beth Brittain 
Doug Brittain 

MONETT, Mo. Beth Brittain and Doug Brittain, both 35, were found shot to death Friday, Sept. 13, 1996, in their Goddard, Kan., home. Mrs. Brittain is formerly of Monett. 

The deaths are being investigated by the Sedgwick County (Kan.) Sheriff's Department. 

Mrs. Brittain was born July 11, 1961, at Dallas, Texas. She was a homemaker. 

Mr. Brittain was born Nov. 6, 1960, at Wichita, Kan. He was general service manager at Berry Tractor Co., Wichita. 

The couple were members of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Schulte, Kan. 

Surviving children are a son, Jerrod Brittain, of the home; and two daughters, Chelsea Brittain and MacKenzie Brittain, both of the home. 

Additional survivors for Mrs. Brittain include her parents, Jim and Carolyn Witt, Goddard; a brother, Chris Terry, Fort Worth, Texas; and a sister, Debbie Goodman, Pierce City. 

Additional survivors for Mr. Brittain include his parents, Duane and Barbara Oblander, Goddard; a sister, Diane Asmann, Wichita; maternal grandparents, Fred and Edith Speldie, Medford, Okla.; and paternal grandmother, Caroline Brittain, Wakita, Okla. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Schulte. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Schulte. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Mortuary, Goddard. 

Contributions may be made to the Brittain Children Trust Fund, in care of Garden Plain State Bank, Wichita. 

Juanita Darr dies at 106 

NEOSHO, Mo. Juanita M. Darr, 106, Neosho, died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Darr was born Feb. 2, 1890, at Bloomington, Ill. She moved to Neosho from Independence in 1975. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church, Neosho. 

She married Dudley Dwight Darr on March 16, 1912, at Independence. He died Sept. 4, 1951. 

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita McCullough, Neosho, and Eleanor Barnett, Camdenton; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Billy James Hargis, minister, will officiate. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. 

Pallbearers will be Frank McCullough Jr., Steve McCullough, Shane McCullough, Sean McCullough, Mark Preston, Joshua Preston, Joel Preston and Aaron Preston. 

The family today will be at the home of Frank McCullough Jr., 514 S. Jefferson St., Neosho. 

Contributions may be made to Medicalodge Nursing Home, Neosho, or St. John's Regional Medical Center's hospice program, Joplin, in care of the funeral home. 

Dennis Dean 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Dennis Eugene Dean, 36, 114 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Webb City, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, of injuries sustained in a traffic accident Saturday near Carl Junction. 

Mr. Dean was born May 28, 1960, at Huntington Park, Calif. He had lived in the Joplin area most of his life. 

He was a 1979 graduate of Webb City High School. He was manager of several convenience stores in the Joplin area for more than 15 years. 

He attended the Faith Assembly of God Church, Joplin. 

He married Rebecca Newland on April 7, 1990, at Carterville. She survives. 

Other survivors include three sons, Benjamin, Nicholas and Zachary, last names unavailable, all of the home; a daughter, Miceala, last name unavailable, also of the home; his parents, Ronald and Sue Dean, 2920 W. 17th St., Joplin; a brother, Ron Dean Jr., Muskogee, Okla.; paternal grandparents; John and Jerine Dean, Paramount, Calif.; and maternal grandmother, Virginia Smith, Joplin. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Community Chapel Church, 2740 E. 26th St., Joplin, with the Rev. Ronald Dean, the Rev. Larry Griffin and the Rev. Glen Ahlf officiating. A private family burial service will be at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Richard Gorman, Jack Dawson, Danny Wininger, Cyle Pierson, Jim Lasswell, Mark Newland, Jay Newland and Hans Krohn. 

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

Contributions may be made to a fund established for his children's education at Southwest Missouri Bank, Joplin. 

Ida Katzfey 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Ida Mary Katzfey, 88, Wentworth, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at a Springfield nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Katzfey was born July 21, 1908, near Wentworth, and was a longtime resident of the area. She was a former health-care worker at Burge Hospital in Springfield. 

She married John Katzfey on Aug. 17, 1927, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, near Sarcoxie. He died Dec. 6, 1987. 

Surviving are a son, Charles Katzfey of Springfield; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, near Sarcoxie. The Rev. Jacob Biernacki will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City, with visitation afterward. 

Ruth Knauer 

STOCKTON, Mo. Ruth Knauer, 82, Stockton, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Knauer was born March 30, 1914, in Cedar County. She moved to the Stockton area from Springfield about 23 years ago. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Earl J. Knauer, died May 14, 1973. 

Survivors include a sister, Naomi Burns, Arcola. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the National Cemetery at Springfield. The Rev. Curtis March will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Berniece Lamberson 

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. Berniece Lamberson, 81, Branson, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at Skaggs Community Health Center, Branson, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Lamberson was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Minnesota. She lived in Rocky Comfort and Wheaton for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Victor Baptist Church, Branson. 

Her husband, Ray Lamberson, died in August 1994. 

Surviving are a son, Don Lamberson, Little Rock, Ark.; a daughter, Dean Dickens, Branson; two sisters, Ruth Echerd, Forsyth, and Faye Turner, Belton; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rocky Comfort Cemetery. The Rev. Dale Keel will officiate. 

Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Whelchel Funeral Chapel, Branson. 

Contributions may be made to the Alliance for Mentally Ill, Springfield. 

Neva Norton 

MILLER, Mo. Neva Erma Norton, 86, Tulsa, Okla., a former Miller resident, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at Tulsa Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Norton was born May 16, 1910, in Jasper County. She was a homemaker and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Tulsa. 

Her husbands, Fred H. Bodenhamer and Fred Norton, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a son, Fred Bodenhamer, Tulsa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Cemetery, northwest of Miller. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. 

Bill Thompson 

LAMAR, Mo. Services for William D. ``Bill'' Thompson, 76, Lamar, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home. 

The Rev. Clif Crockett will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Franklin Essary 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Franklin Lee Essary, 65, 1940 Grant Ave., died at 3:35 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mr. Essary was born Jan. 22, 1931, at Valley Center. He was a former longtime Galena resident. He worked at Fairbanks Morse at Kansas City, Mo., for 10 years. He retired from The Empire District Electric plant at Riverton, where he worked for 25 years. 

He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Galena, Galena Lodge No. 194, AF&AM, and the Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg. He also was a clown with the C K Clowns unit. 

He married Vera Hare on July 20, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Brenda Blight, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mara Parker, Rocky Comfort, Mo.; a son, Frank Stanton Essary, stationed at Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base; two sisters, Gladys Harris and Betty Williams, both of Centerton, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The Rev. J.W. Stevenson will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami, Okla. 

Members of Galena Lodge No. 194 will conduct Masonic graveside services. 

Pallbearers will be Randal Scott Reppart, Jeramy Essary, Misty Harlow, Jason David Goff, Angel Stansel, Andrew Waynick and Russell Waynick. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital Dads, in care of the funeral home. 

Ardella Black 

QUAPAW, Okla. Ardella Nancy Black, 89, 505 Elm St., died at 9:03 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Black was born Sept. 22, 1906, at Aurora, Mo. She had worked in area restaurants and was a home-health worker for elderly people in Ottawa County. She was a member of the Holiness Church. 

Her husband, Francis Arthur Black, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a sister, Theadus Fills, Joplin, Mo. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kan. The Rev. Elzora Johnson will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Sinda Collins 

WELCH, Okla. Sinda Lou Collins, 81, Welch, died at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, in a Chetopa, Kan., nursing home after a long illness. 

Miss Collins was born Jan. 8, 1915, at Welch. She had lived all of her life in the Welch-Chetopa area. She was a homemaker. 

She was a Baptist. 

Surviving are two sisters, Pearl Rood, Oswego, Kan., and Margaret Morgan, Big Cabin. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. The Rev. Raymond Whetstone will officiate. 

Burial will be in Russell Creek Cemetery, north of Welch. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Alvin Krider 

MIAMI, Okla. Alvin Krider, 71, Miami, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Krider was born June 3, 1925, at Ponca City. He moved to Miami three months ago from Pittsburg, Kan. He formerly lived in San Francisco, Calif. He had been a parts man for Pontiac and General Motors dealerships in the state of California. He worked part-time for McDonald's in Miami. 

He was a Protestant. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant. 

He married Della Kauder on Sept. 29, 1939. She died Sept. 27, 1989. 

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Krider, of the home; a brother, Keith Krider, Cassville, Mo.; a sister, Margaret Black, Pittsburg; and a granddaughter. 

The body will be cremated. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. 

Frances Merritt 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Frances L. Merritt, 84, 2525 Elm St. N.E., who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany Christian Church, Miami. 

The Rev. Daryl Bates will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chapel Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Oklahoma City. 

Members of Miami Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Velma Tanner 

EUCHA, Okla. Velma Sue Tanner, 61, Eucha, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at the Grove General Hospital after a short illness. 

Mrs. Tanner was born Aug. 1, 1935, in Eucha. She was a lifetime Eucha resident. 

She was a member of the Cherokee tribe. She was a member of the Round Springs Baptist Church, Eucha, and a homemaker. 

She married Spencer Tanner on Aug. 2, 1963. He died on Nov. 2, 1995. 

Survivors include two daughters, Madeline Tanner and Lillian Tanner, both of Eucha; three sons, Spencer Tanner Jr., Billy Tanner and Tandy Tanner, all of Eucha; two sisters, Jewel Shotpouch, Eucha, and Susie Easterline, Englewood, Colo.; and a brother, Johnny Chopper, Jay. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Round Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Prichett officiating. Burial will be in the Round Springs Cemetery, Eucha. 

Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

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