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Mary Snider

Mary Ellen Snider, 77, 3802 Castle Rock, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a one-year illness.

Mrs. Snider was born Nov. 30, 1919, at Granger, Iowa. She was a 20-year Department of Agriculture inspector at Ames, Iowa. She was a member of Prairie Flower Bible Church, Webb City.

Survivors include her husband, Deane Snider, Joplin; a daughter, Mary Ann Bell, Joplin; two sisters, Kathryn Morris, Indianola, Iowa, and Louis Payne, Dallas Center, Iowa; and a grandson.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Prairie Flower Bible Church, Webb City. The Rev. David Ernst and the Rev. Al Rasmussen will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Russell Pickard, Bob Neely, Bill Marcus, Harold Ripley, Gerald Curry and Darrell Wood.

Contributions may be made to Prairie Flower Bible Church, in care of the funeral home.

Lawrence Caten
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Lawrence James Caten, 90, Springfield, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Caten was born Aug. 16, 1906, near Everton. He worked as a rigger at Shell Oil Co., Martinez, Calif. He moved to Springfield in 1966. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II.

He married Juanita Brown on July 20, 1943, in Denver, Colo. She survives.

Additional survivors include a sister, Grace Guthrie, Springfield.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Morris Leiman Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Ralph Prosser will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, north of Miller.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.

Carolyn Davis
STELLA, Mo. - Carolyn Davis, 58, died at noon Monday, Feb. 3, 1997 at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Davis was born Feb. 19, 1938 in Garden City, Kan. She moved to Stella in 1960 from Towner, Colo. She was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Noel, the church's women's group and was a 4-H Club leader. She was graduated from St. Mary of the Plains High School, Dodge City, Kan., and attended Colorado State University.

She married Bob Davis on June 18, 1957 in Garden City. He survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Tom Davis, Stella, Jerry Davis, Joplin, Dan Davis, Springfield, Terry Davis, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Phil Davis, Fort Campbell, Ky.; two daughters, Winifred Thomas, Tulsa, Okla., and Liz Miller, Ozark; three brothers, Marion Lobmeyer and Donald Lobmeyer, both of Garden City, and Raymond Lobmeyer, Sycamore, Ill.; three sisters, Dorothy Owens, Prescott, Ariz., Edna Pellett, Atascadero, Calif., and Lucy Boyer, Scott City, Kan.; and 21 grandchildren.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 1997 at Nativity of Our Lord Church. Father John Harth will officiate. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Stella under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Adams, Bob Cook, John Garvey, David Brewer, David Heaser and Rafael Rodriguez.

Family visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church and will include a potluck dinner. A prayer service will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice of Joplin in care of the funeral home.
 

Edith Finley dies at age 107

LOCKWOOD, Mo. - Edith Cowan Finley, 107, Lockwood, died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Finley was born Jan. 26, 1890, in Pierce City. She was graduated from Pierce City High School and attended Draughon's Business College in Springfield. She worked in several offices in Springfield before she became a homemaker. He moved to Lockwood in 1926.

She was a member of Lockwood Presbyterian Church.

She married Joseph A. Finley on Sept. 5, 1917. He preceded her in death.

Three sons also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellanson, Springfield; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Larry Neil will officiate. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
 

L. Madge Howell

CARTHAGE, Mo. - L. Madge Howell, 82, Carthage route 6, died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at a Mount Vernon nursing home after a one-yearillness.

Mrs. Howell was born April 13, 1914, in Quitman, Mo. She was a longtime area resident who lived in the rural Carthage area most of her life. She was a homemaker.

She married Charles E. Howe on Oct. 10, 1931, in Joplin. He died on Sept. 11, 1972.

Survivors include five sons, Charles R. Howe, Avilla, Jack R. Howell, Sedalia, George Howell, Carthage, Phillip Howell, Stott City, and Frank Howell, Carthage; a daughter, Barbara Musgrove, Joplin; 24 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Salem Cemetery near Mount Vernon. Randy L. Wilson, minister, will officiate.

Burial is under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Jerry Peters

PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Services for Jerry Malone Peters, 69, Pierce City, who died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at his home after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, where military services will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Mr. Peters was a former mayor of Pierce City.

Tammy Shellenbarger

LA RUSSELL, Mo. - Tammy Shellenbarger, 27, La Russell route 1, died at 11:22 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Shellenbarger was born Oct. 30, 1969, at Kansas City. She lived most of her life in the La Russell and Carthage areas. She worked at Coolbrook Cabinet Co. at Avilla. She was a homemaker and a member of Blake Baptist Church, Avilla.

She married David Shellenbarger on Jan. 6, 1986, at Springfield. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Laura Shellenbarger, Kylie Shellenbarger and Chelsy Shellenbarger, all of the home; her father and stepmother, Ronnie and Janie Johnston, Kansas City; her mother, Cindy Smitty Johnston, Sedalia; three brothers, Ronnie Johnston, Kansas City, and Robert Beck and Gene Beck, both of Sedalia; two sisters, Tara Johnston and Jessica Beck, both of Sedalia; and a maternal grandmother, Teresa Elliott, Lincoln.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Roy Moody and Reuben Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery, south of Carthage.

Pallbearers will be Elgin Dailey, Robert Dailey, Robert Beck, Greg Summers, Dee Haws and Jack Ball.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Family will be at the home of Robert and Karen Dailey in La Russell.

Mabel Slates

SHELDON, Mo. - Mabel Slates, 92, Sheldon, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, after a long illness.

Mrs. Slates was born April 4, 1904, in Lamar. She resided in Lamar while she attended school. She moved in 1922 to Sheldon, where she was a homemaker.

She married Carl Slates in September 1920 at Lamar. He died in 1986.

Two sons and a daughter also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Slates, Sheldon, and Charles Slates, Carthage; two daughters, Lois Schonewetter, Smithville, and Martha Livick, Lindsay, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon. Ray Crews, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
 

Herman Wilson

ORONOGO, Mo. - Herman L. Wilson, 46, 311 James St., Oronogo, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Wilson was born May 31, 1950, in Webb City. He worked for B & D Construction Co., Joplin. He was graduated from Webb City High School in 1968. He was a member of the Missouri National Guard.

He was a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Derrick Wilson, Joplin; a daughter, Roseanna Wilson, Joplin; his mother, Ann Wilson, Oronogo; a brother, Bob Wilson, Carthage; and his maternal grandmother, Fern McKlesky, Webb City.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Oronogo Cemetery. TheRev. Allan Patterson will officiate.

He was found dead at his home around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators concluded he died of natural causes.

The casket will be closed at all times.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Ella Masquelier

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Elenora ``Ella'' Masquelier, 94, 310 W. Webster St., died at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, at her son's home in Iola after an illness.

Mrs. Masquelier was born Nov. 6, 1902, in Penzberg, Germany. She came to the United States with her parents as a young child and the family settled in Frontenac. She lived in Arma in 1924 and moved to Pittsburg in 1932. She was a homemaker.

She married John Masquelier Jr. in 1924 in Kansas City. He died Feb. 21, 1977.

Survivors include a son, John Masquelier Jr., Iola; a daughter, Lavon Suker, Sandy, Utah; six grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Harry Suker will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Carl Treadway

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Carl L. Treadway, 57, Columbus route 3, died at 10:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Treadway was born May 1, 1939, at Somerville, Tenn.

He grew up in Bolton, Tenn., where he was graduated from high school. He attended Memphis (Tenn.) State University. He moved to Columbus in 1983.

He and his wife owned and operated Treadway Retail Liquor Store, Columbus, from March 1993 until December 1996.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Millington, Tenn., the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 918, West Mineral, and the Second Flight Motorcycle Club, Kansas City, Mo.

He married Zeni Louise Zellner on Sept. 4, 1959, at Bolton. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Carla Louise Pugh, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Sheila Ann Frasher, Roseland; his mother, Sibyl A. Treadway, Somerville; a sister, Opal Jean Winfield, Memphis; a brother, Rivers Powell, Memphis; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Bob Martin officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus.

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

Virginia Wade

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Virginia Lee Wade, 79, 2601 N. Joplin Ave., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, or Wednesday, Jan. 29, in her home after an illness. Her body was found Friday, Jan. 31.

Ms. Wade was born Nov. 29, 1917, near Arcadia. She was reared in Arcadia and was graduated from Arcadia High School. She lived in Chicago and Dayton, Ohio, during the late 1930s and early 1940s, then moved to Kansas City. She moved to Pittsburg in 1966. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Survivors include a son, John Trytek, Houston, Texas; three brothers, Jim Wade, 702 E. 20th St., Tom Wade, Arcadia, and Joseph Wade, Anaheim, Calif.; two sisters, Marilou Norris, Joplin, Mo., and Verona Hayes, Arcadia, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated.

Graveside services will be at a later date at Mount Olive Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Eurit will officiate.
 

Harry White

WEIR, Kan. - Harry White, 88, Weir, died at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a one-month illness.

Mr. White was born Jan. 10, 1909, in Weir. He was a lifelong area resident. He had been employed as a coal miner, a truck driver and a worker for five years for the Cherokee County Highway Department. He retired after he worked for the Kansas State Highway Department for 10 years.

He was a member of Black Diamond Masonic Lodge No. 274, the Kent Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 117, and United Methodist Church, all in Weir.

He married Julia M. Quenoy on Dec. 6, 1911, in Cherokee. She died Jan. 30, 1991.

Survivors include two sons, William H. White, Miami, and Robert H. White, Columbus; three sisters, Ruby Ralph, Florence Carey and Edith White, all of Pittsburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. James Shope will officiate. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir.

The Black Diamond Lodge No. 274 will conduct Masonic rites at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends until 8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Richard Gering

MIAMI, Okla. - Richard Dale Gering, 52, Miami, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Gering was born on Nov. 4, 1944, at Lyons, Kan. He was a resident of the Miami area his entire life.

He was a brick mason.

He was a member of Southeast Baptist Church, Miami.

He married Sue Spicer on March 4, 1987. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Richard Dale Gering Jr., Wyandotte, and Josh Bear, Miami; two daughters, Mary Tackett and Cathy Duffell, both of Miami; three brothers, Clay Gering, Miami, Hank Gering, Commerce, and Jimmie Gering, Fairland; four sisters, Lucy Ann Riley, Coffeyville, Kan., Sue Brashar, Commerce, Hilda Barkdoll, Miami, and Hedy Womack, Medford, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami, with the Rev. Leslie Couch and Stephen Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, south of Grove.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Jones, Richard Brittle, Jack Morris, Ralph Morris, Perry Fields and Walt Ragsdale.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 

Melissa Buckner Lyons

MIAMI, Okla. - Melissa Diane Buckner Lyons, 30, 315 12th Ave. N.E., Miami, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Lyons was born July 29, 1966, in Joplin, Mo. She moved to Miami in 1990 from Lowell, Kan. She had been employed at Ed's Electric, Joplin, and Lyon's Playschool and Daycare, Miami. She was owner and operator of The Lyon's Den Daycare, Miami. She was graduated in 1984 from Riverton (Kan.) High School, where she was active in volleyball, cheerleading, track and was crowned homecoming queen. She was a member of The National Honor Society.

She married James Lyons on July 6, 1990, in Peoria. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Trenton Smith and Blaine Lyons, both of the home; her parents, Randall and Martha Buckner, Mustang; and paternal grandparents, Wayne and Betty Buckner, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Leon Weece and the Rev. John Wilkins will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery in Miami.

Pallbearers will be J.W. Mallatt, Johnnie Mallatt, Scott Littlejohn, George Shamblin, Kevin Roberts and Gary Campbell.

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

Jasper Millhollin

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Memorial services for Jasper Millhollin, 15, Wyandotte, who died Saturday, will be at 1 p.m. today at the Wyandotte High School gymnasium.

The name of a surviving sister, Billie Jo Millhollin, Wyandotte, was omitted from the obituary that ran in Tuesday's editions.

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.
 

Donald Robertson

GROVE, Okla. - Donald Glen Robertson, 67, Grove route 4, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Robertson was born April 9, 1929, in Grant County, Okla. He had lived in the Grove area for 45 years, where he moved from Pond Creek. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

Survivors include a son, Michael D. Robertson, North Hudson, Wis.; two daughters, Dr. Joyce Schmitz Soligo and Martha Lynn Robertson, both of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Billy Robertson, state of Colorado; and five grandchildren.

The body has been cremated and no services are planned.

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

Junior Dover

Junior Franklin Dover, 73, Camargo, Okla., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, in Memorial Hospital and Medical Center at Midland, Texas, after an illness. He was the father of Robert Dover, Joplin.

Mr. Dover was born May 27, 1923, at Minco, Okla. He moved as a youth to Camargo, where he attended schools and was graduated in 1942 from Camargo High School. He also attended a technology and trade school for two years to become an accomplished welder.

He was an electrician and plumber in Camargo before he moved in 1952 to Wichita, Kan., where he was a welder for Beech Aircraft. He moved in 1961 to Jasper, where he farmed and taught in the Carl Junction (Mo.) schools. He owned and operated the Airport Drive Auto Parts Store in 1976. He retired in 1991 and returned to Camargo.

He was a member of Camargo Christian Church. He was a former member and Sunday school teacher for several years at New Providence Baptist Church, Jasper. He was an Army veteran who served in Destroyer No. 776 Tank Division from March 1946 to March 1949 and attained the rank of Private First Class.

He married Joanna Ellen Moran on Oct. 1, 1947, in Camargo. She died in 1994.

Additional survivors include another son, Charles Dover, Camargo; a daughter, Ann Dunaway, Midland, Texas; three sisters, Leota Miller, Leedey, Okla., Leatha Andrews, Springfield, and Ruth Prior, Joplin; a brother, Jerry Dover, Joplin; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were Wednesday at First Christian Church, Camargo. Burial was in Camargo Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Shaw Funeral Home, Vici, Okla.
 

Jakob Jasperson
Jakob Daniel Jasperson, 19, Joplin, died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness.

Mr. Jasperson was born July 26, 1977, at Heber City, Utah. He moved to Joplin in 1994 from Utah. He worked for Missouri Furniture Industries, Carl Junction, and was an artist.

He attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin.

Survivors include his parents, Terry and Bonnie Jasperson, Joplin; two brothers, Jeramy Jasperson and Jayson Jasperson, both of Joplin; maternal grandfather, Raymond D. Sutton, Carthage; and paternal grandparents, Bert and Dorothy Jasperson, Payson, Utah.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Hackney Cemetery, northeast of Carthage.

The casket will remain closed at all times.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Children's Miracle Network.

Jack Cargile
GRANBY, Mo. - Jack Lester Cargile, 67, Granby, died at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., after a long illness.

Mr. Cargile was born March 16, 1929, at the Lovell community, near Crescent, Okla. He had worked for W.R. Grace, Duenweg, and retired in 1972. He served in the Marines during the Korean War. He was a member of Granby Church of God.

He married Geneva Maxine Tanner on Feb. 21, 1964, at Granby. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bill Cargile, Bixby, Okla., and Mike Cargile, Granby; three daughters, Juanita Sanders, Warner, Okla., Anita Judd, Granby, and Janice Moore, Stillwater, Okla.; two brothers, Bob Cargile, Carl Junction, and Randall Cargile, Diamond; two sisters, Ann Huddleston, Marionville, and Charlene Brust, Granby; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. T.J. Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery.

American Legion Post No. 163 will conduct graveside military rites.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
 

Mae Johnson

MILLER, Mo. - L. Mae Johnson, 85, Miller, died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 13, 1911, in Stone County. She had lived in the Miller area for 76 years. She wrote the ``Stringtown Onward'' column in the Miller Press newspaper for 25 years.

She was a member of Onward United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Onward Sewing Club.

She married Robert Venton Johnson on Oct. 5, 1935, at Stockton. He died Jan. 7, 1980.

Survivors include a son, Larry Johnson, Miller; a daughter, Carolyn Natho, Miller; three brothers, William Eutsler, Bakersfield, Calif., Harry Eutsler, Greenfield, and Bob Eutsler, Ash Grove; two sisters, Myrtle Widick, Porterville, Calif., and Imogene Misemer, Ash Grove; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Jim Downing will officiate. Burial will be in Misemer Cemetery, east of Miller.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to Onward United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Dollie Miller

ORONOGO, Mo. - Dollie M. Miller, 84, Oronogo route 1, died at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Miller was born Aug. 12, 1912, at Peggs, Okla. She moved to Oronogoin 1941 from Carl Junction. She worked for the former Elder Manufacturing Co. in Webb City for more than 25 years. She retired in 1961. She was a homemaker.

She married Earl Miller on March 29, 1935, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, David E. Miller, Oronogo, and Rick Miller, Joplin; a daughter, Pam Irwin, Carthage; a sister, Della Hensley, Webb City; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Johnnie Wilkins will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darin Miller, Jeffrey Miller, Michael Miller, Max Chapel, Gene Irwin and Tobias Swoveland.

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

Dixie Farris

GALENA, Kan. - Dixie Louise Farris, 70, Galena route 2, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mrs. Farris was born June 6, 1926, in Galena. She was graduated from Galena High School and attended the former Joplin Business College for two years. He was a bookkeeper for Howard Litch Garage for many years. She later was a partner with her brother in L. and S. Auto Parts in Galena.

She attended the Galena Assembly of God church.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Kaetz, Auburn, Ala.; and a brother, Bob Shears, Galena route 2.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Pat Price, Steve Vogel, Kyle Vogel, Jeremy Ezell, T.J. Shears and John Myers.

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

Robert Davis

GROVE, Okla. - Robert L. Davis, 79, Grove, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness.

Mr. Davis was born Feb. 17, 1917, at Caney, Kan. He had been a drilling supervisor for Wakefield Drilling Co. at Winfield, Kan., for 21 years. He retired in 1982. He lived in Liberal, Kan., and Tyrone, Okla., before he moved to Grove in 1987.

He was a member of the American Legion in Liberal. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army Air Force.

He married Helen Purbin on April 17, 1938, at Newkirk, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Beverly Hinsdale, Hutchinson, Kan., and Joanna S. Michels, Wall, S.D.; three sisters, Treva Alford, Denver, Colo., Maxine Stepson, Austin, Texas, and Helen L. Walker, McPherson, Kan.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Buzzard Cemetery, Grove. Marvin Tunnell will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.


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