Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Bettie Armstrong 

Bettie J. Kolb Armstrong, 73, 2719 Ohio Ave., died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Armstrong was born Aug. 2, 1923, at Cherryvale, Kan. She moved to Joplin from Scottsbluff, Neb., in 1968. 

She was a floral arranger and saleswoman for the former Rainbow Greenhouse, Joplin, for more than 15 years. 

She was a former member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Joplin. She was a member of the auxiliary at St. John's Regional Medical Center. 

She married Donald L. Armstrong on March 1, 1952, at Denver, Colo. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Scott Armstrong, Joplin; two daughters, Deann K. Bull, Clovis, N.M., and Robin L. Garth, of the home; two brothers, Leon ``Pete'' Kolb, Parsons, Kan., and Jim Kolb, Grove, Okla.; three sisters, Mary Morris and Ann Schicke, both of Independence, Kan., and Judy Schunight, Ozawkie, Kan.; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Blendville Christian Church, Joplin, with the Rev. Kyle Gardner officiating. Burial will be in the Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. 

Frances Combs 

LAMAR, Mo. Frances Wallace Combs, 87, Lamar, died at 10:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at a Nevada nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Combs was born Jan. 26, 1909, at Sheldon. 

She had lived in the Sheldon and Lamar area most of her life. 

She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Sheldon Christian Church. 

She married Homer Franklin Combs on Nov. 25, 1936, at Milford. He died on Nov. 8, 1987. 

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth ``Betty'' Berry, Lamar, Roberta Northup, Santee, Calif., and Cora Lynn Combs, Irving, Texas; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in the Sheldon Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Harold Johnson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Harold G. Johnson, 66, 1515 Miller St., died at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at a nursing home in Greenfield after an illness of two years. 

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 19, 1929, at Granby. He was a 1947 graduate of Granby High School. He moved in 1953 to Carthage, where he worked as a mechanic for the former Baird Motor Co. He later became service manager for C&C Ford Motor Co. He retired in 1991. 

He was a Baptist. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Coon Hunters' Association, Knights of Pythias, American Legion Post No. 9 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2590, all of Carthage. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a basketball referee for over 30 years in area schools. 

He married Willodean Clanton on Sept. 23, 1950, at Huntsville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Carol G. Johnson, Industry, Texas, Kent S. Johnson, Clinton, and Wesley B. Johnson, Carthage; three brothers, Bob Johnson, Granby, Jack Johnson, Mandarin, Fla., and Richard Johnson, Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Knell Mortuary. The Rev. Marvin VanGilder will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Dade County Nursing Home at Greenfield or to the Parkinson's Foundation, in care of the mortuary. 

Wilbur Lemaster 

STARK CITY, Mo. Wilbur Boston Lemaster, 86, Stark City, died at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Lemaster was born Sept. 17, 1907, at Newtonia. He had lived most of his life in the Newtonia and Stark City area. He was a farmer and salesman for Neosho Nurseries. 

He married Virgia Wheeler in 1930. She died March 12, 1987. 

Surviving are a grandson and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Bob Hudson will officiate. Burial will be in Newtonia IOOF Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association, in care the funeral home. 

Harold Lowry 

NEOSHO, Mo. Harold ``Dago'' Lowry, 86, Neosho route 5, died at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness. 

Mr. Lowry was born March 6, 1910, near Joplin. He was a longtime area resident. He was a laborer at various jobs and a member of the Hilldale Baptist Church, Neosho. 

He married Ada Taylor in Joplin. She died Sept. 18, 1980. 

Survivors include two sons, Harold Lowry Jr., Granby, and Darrell Lowry, Joplin; two daughters, Vera Lowry, Grant's Pass, Ore., and Patricia Ludwig, Granby; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

The body will be cremated. No service is planned. 

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Patricia Ludwig. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Rex Moore 

NEVADA, Mo. Rex Homer Moore, 76, Nevada, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Moore was born May 21, 1920, at Nora Springs, Iowa. He grew up in Iowa. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He retired from the service in 1976 and moved to Nevada in 1977. 

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

He married Ruth Lorraine McCaslin on June 18, 1941, at Sheldon. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Ronald Moore, Anoka, Minn., Leon Moore, Parkville, Mo.and Donald Moore, Kansas City; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home. The Rev. Terry Colwell will officiate. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan. 

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

Wes Qualls 

GOODMAN, Mo. Wesley J. ``Wes'' Qualls, 88, Goodman route 1, died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Qualls was born Feb. 22, 1908, in Ottawa County, Okla. He was a longtime Goodman resident. He was a member of the First Goodman Baptist Church. 

He married Lovie Louise Creamer in 1935. She died in 1985. 

Survivors include three sons, James Wesley Qualls, Quapaw, Okla., Richard D. Qualls, and Ronnie C. Qualls, both of Goodman; a daughter, Charlene Champaine , Covington, La.; a sister, Rosie Creamer, Winfield, Kan.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Goodman First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Blair and the Rev. Reese Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, near Stella. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Funeral Home, Goodman. 

Elsie Slones 

LAMAR, Mo. Elsie Jeffries Slones, 77, Yakima, Wash., former resident of Lamar and Stockton, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996, at the Providence Yakima Medical Center, Yakima, after an illness. 

Mrs. Slones was born May 9, 1919, Stockton. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. unknown address. 

She married Harley Jeffries in 1937. He died March 1981. 

She married Freeman Slones in 1985, in the state of Washington. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Wayne Jeffries, East Wenatchee, Wash., Denzil Jeffries, Wenatchee, Wash., and LaVern Jeffries, Yakima; a sister, Zeffie Montgomery, Clinton; two grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; and eight great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Alder Community Church, east of Stockton. The Rev. Bobby Budd and the Rev. Ralph Benham will officiate. Burial will be in the Alder Cemetery, east of Stockton. 

The family will be at the Mertie Fowler home. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lohmeyer-Konantz funeral Home, Lamar. 

Ruth Wenz 

NEOSHO, Mo. Ruth M. Wenz, 79, Neosho, died at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a year of ill health. 

Mrs. Wenz was born Dec. 26, 1916, in Neosho. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker, and had owned and operated the 32 Cab Co. 

Her first husband, Claude ``Red'' Elliott, died in 1969. Her second husband, John Wenz, died in February 1996. 

She is survived by a daughter, Claudine Colvin, Springfield; two brothers, Garland Murray, Seneca, and Howard Murray, Buena Vista, Colo.; three sisters, Hazel VanDorn and Irene Martin, both of Neosho, and Mildred Bowers, Cleveland, Okla.; and four grandchildren. 

Graveside services, under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery. Jerry Seigel, minister, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Freda Winslow 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Freda Winslow, 79, 720 Walnut St., died at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after one year of ill health. 

Mrs. Winslow was born Jan. 2, 1917, at Lincoln, Neb. She moved to Carthage from Portland, Ore., about two years ago. She was personnel manager for Montgomery Ward in Portland for 29 years. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carthage. 

She married Russell Winslow on Aug. 27, 1942, at Papillion, Neb. He died Oct. 18, 1978. 

Survivors include two brothers, Bill Brehm and Vic Brehm, both of Lincoln; and two sisters, Lillian Adams, Carthage, and Beverly McGonegal, Shreveport, La. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Carthage. The Rev. Jim Lawley will officiate. Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary. 

Arthur Biggs 

ARMA, Kan. Arthur Leroy Biggs, 85, Arma, died Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at Crawford County Hospital, Girard, after a short illness. 

Mr. Biggs was born Nov. 30, 1910, at Pittsburg. He had been a musician, salesman and paint store manager. 

He was a member of Promiseland Bible Church, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Consistory, Shrine Club, and the Musicians' Union of Kansas City. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Edythe Bendure on June 6, 1934, at Pleasanton. She died March 23, 1994. 

Survivors include a son, Bill Biggs, Arma; a sister, Althea Schasteen, Mound City; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

The body will be cremated. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Methodist Church at Mound City. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Fairchild-Coffel Funeral Home, Mound City. 

Contributions may be made to Crawford County Hospital, Girard. 

Taylor Johnson 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Taylor Marie Johnson, 5-week-old daughter of Rusty and Ronda Johnson, Columbus, died Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., after an illness. 

The infant was born Aug. 13, 1996, in Joplin, Mo. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Heather Johnson, of the home; paternal grandparents, Irona Johnson, Columbus, and Floyd Johnson, Oronogo, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Kenny and Venita Stotts, Pittsburg; and maternal grandmother, Neva Butcher, Mulvane. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories, Pittsburg. 

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

Joe Timmerman 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Joseph Edward Timmerman, 70, Columbus route 3, died at 5:47 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Timmerman was born Oct. 9, 1925, at Altus, Ark. He was a retired chef and carpenter. He was a chef at the Columbus Country Club for 12 years and at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3399, Oswego, for four years. He served in the Marine Corps, the Army, and the Army Reserves. He saw active duty in China and Okinawa. He was a member of VFW Post No. 3399, American Legion Post No. 3 of Columbus, and the Disabled American Veterans. 

He married Dolores Lammey Webb on Jan. 10, 1963, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Janet and Debra, last names unavailable, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Gloria, last name and address unavailable; a stepdaughter, Christina McIntyre, Chetopa; three stepsons, Carl Webb, Girard, Thurman Webb, Chetopa, and Duston Webb, residence unavailable; a brother, Eugene Timmerman, Alex, Ark.; and three sisters, Pauline Pennington, Wichita, Rosella Reith, St. Vincent, Ark., and Cecilia Rofkahar, Altus, Ark. 

The body has been cremated. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice, Joplin, Mo., in care of the funeral home. 

Ardella Black 

QUAPAW, Okla. Graveside services for Ardella Nancy Black, 89, 505 Elm St., who died Monday, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kan. 

The Rev. Elzora Johnston will officiate. 

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Clinton Crow 

COMMERCE, Okla. Clinton Roy Crow, 69, Commerce, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at the Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mr. Crow was born July 24, 1927, in Commerce. He was a lifelong Commerce resident. He was the top salesman for the Lion's Club in Commerce. He was a Protestant. 

Survivors include two stepsisters, Lucille Coombes, Commerce, and Vicki Lukens, Miami; and a stepbrother, Cecil Harrison, Miami. 

Arrangements are pending with Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce. 

Katherine Ferri 

COMMERCE, Okla. Katherine M. Ferri, 75, Commerce, died at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Ferri was born Dec. 30, 1920, at Binger. She had lived since 1980 in Commerce, moving from Morgan Hill, Calif. She worked for the governorment during World War II, and Westinghouse Electric Corp., Emeryville, Calif. She was a member of the Manzanita Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Morgan Hill. She attended the First Free Will Baptist Church, Miami. 

She married Edward T. Ferri Sr. on Nov. 26, 1947, at Oakland, Calif. He died Nov. 11, 1979. 

Surviving are two sons, Edward Ferri, Gilroy, Calif., and Robert L. Smith, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada; a brother, Joseph David Melott, Owasso; three sisters, Viola Burrows, Commerce, Emily Smith, Binghamton, N.Y., and Mary Ruth Bledsoe, Kansas City, Mo.; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Gore Huggins 

GROVE, Okla. Gore ``Hightone'' Huggins, 80, Grove, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at the McClellan Memorial Veterans Affairs Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Huggins was born Nov. 24, 1915, in Fairland. He served in the military for over 20 years. He was a decorated bomber pilot in World War II. During the north African campaign, he flew with the 98th bomber group, piloting a B-24 Liberator named ``Alice the Goon.'' He was awarded numerous medals, including the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired in 1961. 

He was a Presbyterian, and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 187 of Grove, and Bernice Post No. 2592, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Survivors include his wife, Edna Earl Maulden Huggins, of the home; four sons, Robert Huggins, Springfield, Va., James Huggins and Dennis Huggins, both of Broken Arrow, and Billy Huggins, Stillwater; a daughter, Ann Snell, Grove; a brother, Solon Huggins, Grove; a sister, Shasta Anker, Los Angeles, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Grove Community Center, near Grove. Ken Siemens will officiate. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. 

A funeral detail from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, will conduct military honors at the cemetery. 

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

Evelyn Prather 

BELLA VISTA, Ark. Evelyn Prather, 84, 24 Hollow Way Drive, Bella Vista, died at 11:27 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at her home after a four-month illness. 

Mrs. Prather was born Dec. 1, 1911, in Covington, Ky. She was a homemaker. She moved to Joplin, Mo., as a young child and lived there until 1950. She was a 1931 Joplin High School graduate. In 1950, she moved to Scott City, Kan., where she lived until 1982. In 1982, she moved to the Bella Vista area. She belonged to several Bella Vista bridge clubs and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

She married Eugene M. ``Gene'' Prather in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, David Prather, of the home, and Dennis Prather, Bella Vista; three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. David Prather will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to Masonic hospitals.

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