Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Verna Nichols

Verna L. Nichols, 76, 2908 Brownell Ave., Joplin, died at 4:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, after a short illness.

Mrs. Nichols was born April 27, 1920, at Avilla. She had lived in the Joplin area for 45 years.

She was co-owner of Nichols Real Estate Agency, Joplin, and co-owner of Joplin Soft Water Co. She worked as a bookkeeper at Sears, Kansas City, J.C. Penney, Carthage, and Montgomery Ward, Joplin.

She was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin.

She was an assistant teacher of the Golden Rule Sunday class, Joplin.

She married Orville Nichols on April 20, 1946, at Yuma, Ariz. He died on June 23, 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Nichols, Joplin, and Robert Hensley, Carthage; a daughter, Vicki Kramer, Joplin; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Emerson Swope officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Garry Haralson, Fred Douffet, Dave Efird, Rick Stauffer, Norman Barr and Mark Jorris.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Forest Park Baptist Mission Trip.

Yvonne Reither

Yvonne ``Bunny'' Ruby Fahey Reither, 84, Eugene, Ore., a former Joplin resident, died Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, after an apparent stroke.

Mrs. Reither was born May 6, 1912 in Joplin. She married Emil A. Reither in 1949 and lived in Aitkin, Minn., and Minneapolis, Minn., until the couple divorced in 1958. She then lived in Chicago, Joplin, Albuquerque, N.M., and Fort Smith, Ark. She moved to Eugene in 1993 to live near her stepdaughter.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Alice Jean Kurzhal, Eugene, Ore., and three stepsons, Donnell T. Reither, Westerville, Ohio, James A. Reither, Inverness, Fla., and Kenneth M. Reither, Kingwood, Texas.

At Mrs. Reither's request, her body was donated to medical science. Arrangements were made by Portland Funeral Alternatives, Portland, Ore. Memorial services are planned for a later date.

Herman Goetz

PURDY, Mo. - Herman M. Goetz, 86, Purdy, died at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Cox-Monett Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Goetz was born April 20, 1910, in Purdy. He was a retired farmer and a member of First Christian Church, Purdy, and the MFA Farmers Co-op.

He married Fontella F. Wiseley in 1933 at Monett. She died Jan. 28, 1995.

Survivors include a son, Michael Goetz, Purdy; three daughters, Ileene Harris and Mickey Henderson, both of Purdy, and Elaine Chastain, Roach; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Jerry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Purdy Cemetery.

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

Gene O'Hara

PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Richard ``Gene'' O'Hara, 75, Burlington, Iowa, a Pierce City native, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Burlington (Iowa) Medical Center after an illness.

Mr. O'Hara was born Sept. 12, 1921, at Pierce City. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked in sales and engineering for 29 years at Ecolab Inc., Burlington. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Burlington, and the Knights of Columbus.

He married Wanda Marie Pollock on June 24, 1953, at Blue Springs. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Richard O'Hara, San Francisco, and Kevin O'Hara, Burlington, Iowa; three daughters, Karen Tringali, Bolingbrook, Ill., Kathy Smith, Archer, Fla., and Tami Stewart, Cedar Falls, Iowa; a brother, William O'Hara, Pierce City; a sister, Kathryn Patterson, Joplin; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. The Rev. Bradley Offutt will officiate. Burial will be in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Friends may call after noon today at Lunning Chappel, Burlington, where the family will receive friends after a rosary recital at 7 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to Burlington area schools or to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

Warren Roehrs

LAMAR, Mo. - Warren D. Roehrs, 58, 564 NW Seventh Road, Lamar, died at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a short illness.

Mr. Roehrs was born Nov. 23, 1938, in Henry County. He had lived in Barton County since 1961.

He was a production supervisor for 3M, Nevada. He retired in 1995 after 24 years of employment.

He was an Army veteran.

He was a member of Iantha United Methodist Church, near Lamar, and served on the church board.

He married Judy Denny on Aug. 30, 1958, in the Iantha community. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Kim D. Roehrs, Scott A. Roehrs and Ron E. Roehrs, all of Lamar; his mother, Gladys King, Pacific City, Ore.; a brother, Wayne Roehrs, Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Donna Martin, Camas, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar, with the Rev. Marty Green officiating. Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Brown, Brad Williams, Doug Fast, Bill Keltner, Russell Madison and Gene Madison.

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

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

Tammy Shellenbarger

LA RUSSELL, Mo. - Tammy Shellenbarger, 27, La Russell route 1, died at 11:22 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at 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.

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 Smiddy, Sedalia; three brothers, Ronnie Johnston Jr., 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. today 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 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Walter Smart

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. - Walter H. Smart, 77, Rocky Comfort, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Smart was born June 19, 1919, in Carroll County. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired Baptist minister and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Fairview First Baptist Church, Fairview.

He married Opal Fehring on March 9, 1984. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Harvey Joe Smart, Trenton, Texas; a brother, Hollis Smart, Seal Beach, Calif.; a sister, Winifred Fields, Ludlow, Mo.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Baptist Church. The Rev. Lawrence Shuey and the Rev. Pat Patterson will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview.

Friends may call after noon Saturday at Wheaton Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church.

Virginia Carroll

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Virginia A. Carroll, 78, 117 S. Idaho St., died at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.

Mrs. Carroll was born Aug. 17, 1918, at Gentry, Ark. She attended Columbus schools and was graduated from Columbus High School in 1939. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Columbus.

She married Charles W. Carroll on March 11, 1956, at Oswego. He died June 3, 1976.

Survivors include three sons, John Ruhland, Columbus, and Charles Carroll and Douglas Carroll, both of Hallowell route 1; a daughter, Mary Daugherty, Miami, Okla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Father Chrysostom Ah Maung will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home.

Dorothy Estus

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Dorothy Wilson Estus, 88, San Diego, Calif., a Columbus native, died at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at Thornton Hospital in San Diego after an illness.

Mrs. Estus was born Nov. 28, 1908, in Columbus. She attended Columbus schools and the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She later studied childhood education at what now is Pittsburg State University.

She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, of which she was named a ``Golden Girl.'' She was a seamstress and designer of children's clothes. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

She married Leonard Charles Estus on Sept. 28, 1929. He died Aug. 18, 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Estus, Jefferson, Mass., and Robert Estus, San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Gary Parsons will officiate. Burial will be in City Cemetery, Columbus.

Contributions may be made to Cottey College at Nevada, Mo., in care of the funeral home.

Opal Gurss

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Opal E. Crippen Gurss, 95, Pittsburg, died at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Gurss was born April 14, 1904, at Moundridge.

She attended Moundridge schools and was graduated from Moundridge High School. She attended a business college at McPherson. She was a longtime resident of Pittsburg, where she moved from Independence.

She was a member of the Christian Science Church.

She was a Girl Scout leader in Independence. She was a member and past president of the Neewollah Campers Association, Independence. She was a former member of the Rob Morris Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Pittsburg.

She married Preston A. Gurss on Oct. 3, 1925, at McPherson. He died on Sept. 5, 1990.

Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Oertle, Pittsburg, Sharon Young, Topeka, and Joyce Cottrell, Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Bruce Gotschall officiating. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the mortuary, or at the home of Gloria Oertle, 204 S. Olive St., Pittsburg. The family will receive friends at the mortuary after the service in Pittsburg.

Betty Dowty

MIAMI, Okla. - Betty Jean Dowty, 66, Miami, died at 2:08 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at a Miami nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Dowty was born June 12, 1930 in Ottawa County near Seneca, Mo. She had lived in the Ottawa County area all her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, Miami.

She married Ronald Winston Dowty on Dec. 12, 1947 at Vinita. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, John Dowty and Larry Dowty, both of Miami, Okla.; a daughter, Judy Dowty, Miami; her mother, Myrtle McDaniel, Joplin; three brothers, Charles Lacy, San Leandro, Calif., Ronald Lacy, Raymore, and Chester Lacy, Carl Junction; and two grandsons.

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Jack Smith

PICHER, Okla. - Jack Kelsey Smith, 84, Tahlequah, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wednesday.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 29, 1912 in Muskogee, Okla. He moved from Muskogee and attended school in Treece, Kan., and high school in Picher. He worked for the Wilbur Mine in Picher until he joined the Army during World War II. When he returned, he worked for Spencer Chemical Co., Riverton, Kan., from 1945 to 1969. He then moved to Baytown, Texas, where he worked for Gulf/Chevron Petrochemical Co.

He returned to Tahlequah in 1988. He was a member of Tahlequah First United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the American Legion and served as commander of Picher American Post No. 213. He was a member of the Oatta Lodge No. 492, the Miami Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 107 and the Picher election board.

He married Dorothy Edna McKee on Oct. 17, 1937. She preceded him in death on March 22, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Wickliff, Tahlequah, and two grandsons.

Funeral services will be Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel, Miami. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be James Smith, Kelsey Wickliffe, Kyle Wickliffe, Ron Sparkman, Dennie McKee and Spot Cawyer.

Family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home.

Viola Williams

Viola O. Williams, 96, Joplin, died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness.

Mrs. Williams was born Dec. 21, 1900, at Galena, Kan. She had lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a homemaker.

She married Woody Williams on Aug. 9, 1945, at Stockton, Calif. He died July 16, 1991.

Survivors include a half sister, Betty Jean Youngblood, Galena.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.

Thelma Adair

ANDERSON, Mo. Thelma Cozine Adair, 87, Anderson route 3, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Adair was born March 30, 1909, at Alexandria, S.D. She had lived in Anderson about 32 years, moving here from Los Angeles, Calif., where she retired as a civil service worker.

She was a member of Anderson United Methodist Church, the church choir and United Methodist Women.

She married Ray Adair on March 30, 1927, at Mitchell, S.D. He died Nov. 23, 1981.

Survivors include a son, Andy Andrews, Anderson.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Peace Valley Cemetery, Anderson. The Rev. Thad Carter will officiate.

Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Contributions may be made to the Anderson United Methodist Church.

Golda Horner

PURDY, Mo. Golda Horner, 81, Kimberling City, a former Purdy resident, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson, after a long illness.

Mrs. Horner was born Oct. 22, 1915, at Baxter, Mo. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She married Tom Alvin Horner on Dec. 24, 1932, at Blue Eye. He died May 9, 1991.

Survivors include two brothers, Lon McQueary, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Alden McQueary, Oak Grove, Ark.; and a sister, Ruby Walker, Fresno, Calif.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at McCullough Cemetery, south of Viola. The Rev. John Duncan will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

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

Ginger Martin

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Ginger Ann Coleman Martin, 38, Carterville, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 1997, at her home after 1 year of ill health.

Mrs. Martin was born Dec. 25, 1958, at Carthage. She had lived in the Webb City and Carterville areas most of her life. She was a 1977 graduate of Webb City High School. She was a cook at the Ramada Inn in Joplin the past 5 years. She previously had worked in various area restaurants.

She married Larry Joe Martin on Sept. 5, 1986, at Webb City. He survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Crystal Coleman, Neosho, and Jennifer Leann Venson, of the home; her parents, Jack and Dorothy Coleman, Webb City; a brother, Randy Coleman, Joplin; two sisters, Brenda Jones, Webb City, and Pam Freeman, Purcell; and paternal grandmother, Eva Neoma Coleman, Webb City.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Webb City Cemetery. Randy L. Wilson, minister, will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

The family will be at the home of her parents, 605 N. Roane St., Webb City.

Contributions may be made to the Ginger Martin memorial fund, in care of the funeral home.

Dorothy Montgomery

GREENFIELD, Mo. Dorothy June Montgomery, 82, Greenfield, died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at a Greenfield nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Montgomery was born June 10, 1914, at Lockwood. She was a homemaker and had worked for Ball Abstract for many years.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Greenfield.

She married Robert M. Montgomery on June 12, 1935, at Lamar. He died Aug. 22, 1990.

Survivors include a son, Robert M. Montgomery Jr., Ozark; a sister, Ruth Ball, Greenfield; a brother, Don McCall, Gooding, Idaho; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association or the First Christian Church.

Alan Remilong

MARIONVILLE, Mo. Dr. Alan Remilong, 42, Marionville, died at 8:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Remilong was born Dec. 5, 1954, at Mount Clemens, Mich. He had lived in the Marionville area since 1986. He was a osteopathic doctor and was board certified in family practice. He was a member of Aurora Baptist Temple.

He married Margaret ``Peggy'' Escolas on Oct. 28, 1978, at Laramie, Wyo. She survives.

Additional survivors include his parents, Raymond and Joyce Remilong, Kingman, Ariz.; and a brother, Keith Remilong, St. Anthony, Idaho.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Aurora Baptist Temple. The Rev. Fred Young will officiate. Burial will be in Osa Cemetery, southeast of Aurora.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Contributions may be made to the benevolence fund at Aurora Baptist Temple, in care of the funeral home.

Anna Sanders

CASSVILLE, Mo. Anna Mae Mason Sanders, 76, Cassville, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at Carroll Regional Medical Center, Berryville, Ark., after an illness.

Mrs. Sanders was born Oct. 6, 1920, at Washburn. She attended Washburn School. She moved to Cassville in February 1994 from Wheaton, where she had lived for 45 years. She worked as a cook for the Wheaton (Mo.) Headstart for 10 years.

She was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, Exeter.

She married Woodrow L. Mason on Dec. 10, 1938, at Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death. She married Ruben E. Sanders in June 1972 at Ridgley. He died Feb. 5, 1992.

Survivors include five sons, Donnie Gay Mason and Gene Mason, both of Wheaton, Jerry Dean Mason, Monett, Bobby Lucene Mason, Mount Vernon, and James Elbridge Mason, Fayetteville, Ark.; a daughter, Virginia Ann Easley, Cassville; a stepson, Olen Sanders, Aurora; two sisters, Mayme Arhart, Ash Flat, Ark., and Nadine Morris, Portland, Ore.; 23 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at King Cemetery, Seligman. The Rev. Steve Higgs and the Rev. Richard Buck will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Danny R. Mason, Ricky D. Mason, Todd Mason, Tim Mason, Clint Mason and William Mason.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Walter Smart

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. Services for Walter H. Smart, 77, Rocky Comfort, who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview (Mo.) Baptist Church.

The Rev. Lawrence Shuey and the Rev. Pat Patterson will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview.

Friends may call after noon today at Wheaton Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Pallbearers will be Jack Warren, Joe Kruse, Dean Harter, Junior Wolfe, Fred Corn and David Baker.

Contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church.

He married his first wife, Mable Erma Smart, in July 1946 and she died in 1983. He married Opal Tichenor on March 9, 1984. She survives.

Additional survivors include six stepsons, R.L. Tichenor, Kansas City, Jean Tichenor, Charles Tichenor and Lloyd Tichenor, all of Wheaton, John Tichenor, the state of Alaska, and Ed Tichenor, Abilene, Texas; and numerous grandchildren.


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