Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Harold Crabb

Harold E. Crabb, 93, Joplin, died at 12:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Crabb was born Dec. 31, 1903, at Lamar. He was a farmer in rural Asbury. He had lived in Carl Junction and moved to Joplin in 1995. He retired in 1968 from the Missouri State Highway Department, where he had worked 18 years as a mechanic.

He was a member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church and the Co-ed Sunday School Class. He formerly attended Baptist churches at Asbury and Carl Junction. He was a member of the Highway Department bowling league.

He married Daisy V. Vandermullen on Aug. 9, 1926, at Arma, Kan. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Nadine Sellers, Springfield, and Georgia Allene Cooke and Dorene Sweeten, both of Joplin; three sisters, Lottie Burger, Asbury, Emma Ellison, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marjorie Williams, Carl Junction; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harmony Heights Baptist Church. The Rev. Charlie Davidson and the Rev. Charlie Burnett will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Stanley Burger, Ronnie Burger, Brad Burger, Scott Burger, Jay Williams and Gifford Crabb.

The Co-Ed Sunday School Class will be seated as a group.

The family will be at the home.

Contributions may be made to Harmony Heights Baptist Church.

Veva Lawson

Veva M. Lawson, 86, 215 W. 43rd St., Joplin, died at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Lawson was born June 12, 1910, at Joplin. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1928. She was a homemaker. She had been a member of Fairview Baptist Church since 1910.

She married Wilmer L. Lawson on June 15, 1929, at Joplin. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Lois Campbell and Lera Dill, both of Joplin, and Leta Sowersby, Seneca; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Bill Riddle and the Rev. John Bilyeu will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tom Powell, Brad Campbell, Tim A. Sowersby, Jim Jones, Dale Roark, John Jones, Paul Hively and Barry Dill.

Contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church.

Fred A. St. Clair

Fred A. St. Clair, 53, 1718 Wall St., Joplin, died at 9:25 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, after ten months of ill health.

Mr. St. Clair was born Oct. 4, 1943, at San Acacio, Colo. He moved to Joplin 11 years ago from Kansas City. He worked with the United States Cold Storage Co. in Kansas City for 17 years.

He married Birdella S. Newton on April 6, 1968, at Kansas City. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Michael A. St. Clair, Kansas City; a stepson, Jeff Barratt, Neosho; a stepdaughter, Kayleen Kimbrough, Kansas City; his mother, Ida St. Clair, Kansas City; and two step-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Marty Wilson will officiate. The body will be cremated. Burial will be at a later date at Newtonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the home of Gary and Donna Gaston, 1119 E. 34th St., Joplin.

Walter Edwards

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Walter ``Slim'' Edwards, 77, Sarcoxie, died at 2:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Edwards was born March 15, 1919, at Douglas, Wyo. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked for the former Herrod Packing Co. for 16 years. He also had been a farmer. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

He married Betty Reynolds on Aug. 25, 1944. She died Jan. 22, 1971.

Survivors include four sons, James Edwards, Rigby, Idaho, Joe Edwards, Webb City, Jerry Edwards and Jack Edwards, both of Sarcoxie; four daughters, Joyce Maggard, Janet Edwards, Jeanie Root, and Jennie Edwards, all of Sarcoxie; a brother, Dallas Edwards, Sarcoxie; 28 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Housh Funeral Home.

Orpha Greenway

MONETT, Mo. - Orpha J. Greenway, 80, Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Monett, died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 1997, at the home of a daughter in Tulsa after a long illness.

Mrs. Greenway was born Jan. 14, 1917, at Jenkins. She moved from Aurora to Monett in 1980. She moved to Tulsa two years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Monett.

She married Lewis ``Bosky'' Greenway on Dec. 29, 1932, at Cassville. He died Nov. 29, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Nelson, Tulsa; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Ken Dodson will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

Hosmer Parsons

SHELDON, Mo. - Hosmer Parsons, 90, Sheldon, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, after an illness of several months.

Mr. Parsons was born Jan. 14, 1907, at Sheldon and was a lifetime resident. He was a farmer.

He was a member of Sheldon Baptist Church, Sheldon Masonic Lodge No. 371, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry Valley of Kansas City-Orient of Missouri, and the Order of Eastern Star.

He married Mildred N. Foland on March 10, 1940, at Sheldon. She preceded him in death.

A son also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a son, Homer Ray Parsons, Kansas City; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon. The Rev. Jim McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation.

Jerry Sivils

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Jerry Dean Sivils, 43, Lee's Summit, formerly of Sarcoxie, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 1997, at a Lee's Summit hospital.

Mr. Sivils was born Aug. 2, 1953, at Butler. He had lived in Sarcoxie and Carl Junction before he moved to Lee's Summit four years ago. He was a salesman for a building supply company. While living in Sarcoxie, he had been a volunteer at the fire and ambulance departments. He was an assistant Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. He was a member of Langdon Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, TerryAnn Sivils; two daughters, Angela Lynn Sivils and Kristin Sivils, both of the home; two sons, Billie Dean Sivils and Anthony Jackson Sivils, both of Sarcoxie; his mother and stepfather, Orvene and Leland Hursh, Butler; a brother, Darrell Moore, Warsaw; three sisters, Merril Ann Dutton, Media, Pa., Patricia Elaine Hunt, Avondale, and Ellen Smith, Raymore; and his maternal grandmother, Mae Tillery, Prescott, Kan.

Services were Monday at Langsford Road Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill, under the direction of Langsford Chapel, Lee's Summit.

Elton Witte

NEVADA, Mo. - Elton H. Witte, 74, Nevada, died Friday, Feb. 7, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.

Mr. Witte was born July 23, 1922, in the state of New Mexico. He moved to a farm north of Nevada in 1951. He worked for Lingle's Refrigeration at Nevada for a number of years. He later managed his own vending machine route. He also managed a warehouse for Guy's Foods in Nevada. He later worked for the City of Nevada as a water meter reader for five years before retiring in 1985.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a radar operator in Long Beach, Calif.

He married Muriel Dean Wright on Jan. 15, 1944 at Plainview, Texas. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Kay D. Arbuckle, Carrabelle, Fla., and Agatha A. Green, El Dorado Springs; three sisters, Lurla Davis and Elna Witte, both of Waco, Texas, and Delma Todd, Harrisonville; two brothers, Delbert Witte, Sacramento, Calif., and Lloyd Witte, Bremerton, Wash.; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Milo (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Marvin Jamison and the Rev. Wes Anderson will officiate.

Friends may call until 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Jewell Zagorach

LOCKWOOD, Mo. - Jewell Dean Pirtle Zagorach, 60, Kansas City, formerly of Lockwood, died at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 1997, at St. Luke Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness.

Mrs. Zagorach was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Dade County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Church of God Faith of Abraham, Raymore.

Survivors include a son, Randall W. Zagorach, Pleasant Valley; two brothers, Jim Pirtle, Arcola, and Jerol Pirtle, Lathrop; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield. Burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville.

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

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Martha Blackledge

CHETOPA, Kan. - Martha Lucille Blackledge, 89, Chetopa, died at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Blackledge was born July 21, 1907, in Oklahoma Indian territory. She spent most of her life in Chetopa. She taught at the Gore (Okla.) school in the 1920s. She was a member of Chetopa United Methodist Church. She was a past member of the Ladies' Auxiliary.

She married Merle Blackledge on Feb. 9, 1926. He died Jan. 9, 1994.

Survivors include two sons, Don Blackledge, Chetopa, and Kenneth Blackledge, Norwalk, Calif.; two brothers, Richard Duncan, Denver, Colo., and Robert Duncan, Norwalk, Calif.; and a sister, Susan Heath, Frontenac, Kan.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa. The Rev. Ron Frazier will officiate.

Friends may call until service time at Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

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

Doris Mitts

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Doris E. Kelly Mitts, 85, 501 N. Ohio St., died at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Girard Hospital, Girard, after an illness.

Mrs. Mitts was born April 2, 1911, at League City, Texas. She moved to Cherokee County in 1917. She attended Columbus schools and was a 1928 graduate of Columbus High School. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Columbus.

She married William M. ``Mike'' Mitts on Feb. 26, 1928, at Columbus. He died on July 2, 1979.

Survivors include four sons, William S. Mitts, Tucson, Ariz., John D. Mitts, Coos Bay, Ore., Ron K. Mitts, Girard, and Michael J. Mitts, Olathe; two daughters, Carolyn Mitts, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Marilyn Jenney, Columbus; a sister, Alice Boggess, Columbus; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Gary Parsons officiating. Burial will be in Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus.

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

Juanita Adams

NEVADA, Mo. - Juanita F. Adams, 72, Nevada, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

Mrs. Adams was born Sept. 5, 1924, at Butler. She moved to Nevada from Butler in 1957. She worked at Nevada State Hospital for 18 years. She retired in 1986.

She married Robert J. Adams on April 20, 1946, at Mound City, Kan. He died Oct. 25, 1988.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Milligan, Lamar; a son, Bob Adams, Butler; four sisters, Wilma Jean Dodds, Butler, Shirley Butler, Harrisonville, Betty Lou Black, Rich Hill, and Patricia Quick, Butler; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home. Hoyt Beisley will officiate. Burial will be at Moore Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Friends may call at the funeral home until the service.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vernon County Cancer Relief or Friends of the Park Trust Fund in care of the funeral home.

Walter Edwards

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Funeral services for Walter ``Slim'' Edwards, 77, Sarcoxie, who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Mr. Edwards was a veteran of World War II.

The Rev. Kenneth Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery, south of Sarcoxie. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Edwards, Denny Edwards, Brian Edwards, Rick Edwards, Dick Edwards, Bob Edwards, Delmar Edwards, Adam Root and Tom Garrison.

Nick Geary

NEVADA, Mo. - Nicholas J. ``Nick'' Geary, 89, Nevada, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mr. Geary was born Feb. 13, 1907, at Centralia, Ill. He had lived in Nevada since childhood.

He worked as a carpenter during the Depression years. He farmed north of Nevada. He worked for North American Aviation, Kansas City, where he assembled B-25 bombers during World War II. He worked at Nevada State Hospital and retired in 1976.

He married Mabel Ida Vogt on May 10, 1925, at Fort Scott, Kan. She died on June 10, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Nick Geary, Winter Park, Fla.; three daughters, Jean Jones, Kansas City, and Patsy Griffith and Maxine Morris, both of Nevada; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Bill Cox officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Nevada, or Home Health Unit, in care of the funeral home.

Cora Ingram

LAMAR, Mo. - Cora Lee Ingram, 83, Lamar, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mrs. Ingram was born July 21, 1913, at Liberal. She had lived in Barton County for 40 years. She was a retired beautician.

Survivors include two sons, Albert Eugene Evans, Yucca Valley, Calif., and Tommy Lee Evans, Palm Springs, Calif.; a sister, Jennie Mae, whose last name was unavailable, state of Oregon; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Raymond Larson

GRANBY, Mo. - Raymond Roger Larson, 58, Granby, died at 12:50 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at a Seneca nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Larson was born Jan. 9, 1939, at Big Falls, Minn. He was a heavy-equipment mechanic.

He married Sandra Boldt on May 13, 1960, at Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Raymond Roger Larson Jr., Omaha, Neb., and Bobby Lee ``Bob'' Larson, Blaine, Wash.; two brothers, Walter Larson, state of South Carolina, and David Larson, state of Florida; five sisters, Doris Etney, Warren, Minn., Evy Etney, Minneapolis, Minn., Violet Cline, Billings, Mont., Myrna Hogan, state of Minnesota, and Lola Kostrzewski, Granby; and 13 grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Ralph Martin

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Granville Ralph Martin, 81, 200 Karen Drive, Apt. 14, died at 7:07 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, of a short illness.

Mr. Martin was born April 30, 1915, at Cherokee County, Kan. He had worked for Spencer Chemical Plant and Bruner Pharmacy, both of Carl Junction, and Eagle-Picher Industries and Missouri Southern State College, both of Joplin. He was a farmer and a painter. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Carl Junction, Joplin Scottish Rite, Carl Junction Masonic Lodge No. 549 and the Order of the Eastern Star.

He married Irene Connell on Sept. 14, 1952, at Carl Junction. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, David Martin, Rogers, Ark.; a daughter, Marlene McLaughlin, Manassas, Va.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Carl Junction, with ceremonies by Masonic Lodge No. 549. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wisdom, Ernie LeGrande, Paul Cupp, Raymond Bischoff, Dan Adams and Cecil Smith.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction.

Contributions may be made to the Carl Junction First United Methodist Church building fund.

Laura Rausch

MONETT, Mo. - Laura Emma Rausch, 98, Monett, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Rausch was born March 9, 1898 at Monett. She was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker and attended Liberty United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Albert Rausch, died in 1972.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Rausch, Monett, and Maurice Rausch, Homewood, Ill.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Charlie Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes, in care of the funeral home.

Robert Schopp

MILLER, Mo. - Robert James Schopp, 73, Miller, died at 9:07 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Schopp was born Nov. 9, 1923, at Sioux City, Iowa. He operated a service station for many years in Salix, Iowa. He moved in 1969 to the Miller area. He owned and operated the Castle Rock business for 16 years near Miller until he retired.

He married Patsy Ann Smith on March 24, 1953, at Onawa, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Robert Lee Schopp, Miller; a brother, Ed Schopp, San Antonio, Texas; and a sister, Jean Yanak, Salix.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller. The Rev. Bob Holman will officiate.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, where family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Reeds Springs (Mo.) Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

William Turner

NEOSHO, Mo. - William Thomas Turner, 60, 306 Brook St., died at 8:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after two months of ill health.

Mr. Turner was born April 6, 1936, at Springfield, where he lived most of his life. He moved to Neosho two months ago. He worked for Tyson Foods in Neosho.

He married Maxine Gossett on Feb. 17, 1989, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Shirley Marie, state of California, and Teresa Marie, Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Zane Turner, Crane, Ark., James Turner, state of Hawaii, and Mike Turner, Republic; three stepdaughters, Connie Cox, Rosenberg, Texas, and Lois Hill, Stroud, Okla.; two stepsons, Louie Sisco, Trona, Calif., and Greg Sisco, Watts, Okla.; a brother, Charlie Turner, Springfield; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Frank Vitelli

NEOSHO, Mo. - Frank J. Vitelli, 61, St. Louis, the father of Joanne Gowert, Neosho, died Jan. 29, 1997 at his home in St. Louis after a long illness.

Mr. Vitelli was born July 13, 1935 in New York, N.Y. He moved to St. Louis a year ago from New Jersey. He was a disabled veteran of the Navy and had served in Vietnam.

Additional survivors include three sons, Robert Pesco, St. Louis, Frank Pesco, Lodi, Calif. and Anthony Vitelli, St. Louis; another daughter, Christina Spies, Eureka; a brother, John Vitelli, state of Texas; a sister, name and address unavailable; and five grandchildren.

Services were Monday, Feb. 3 at Chulick Funeral Home. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

James Williamson

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - James Morse Williamson, 64, 623 E. South St., Mount Vernon, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Williamson was born May 24, 1932, at Heatonville. He moved to Mount Vernon from California in 1980.

He was a review appraiser for the Lawrence County assessor's office.

He was an Army veteran.

He married Barbara Bradford. She survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Rick Williamson, Upland, Calif., Michael Williamson, Richmond, Calif., Ronnie Williamson, Mount Vernon, and Scott Williamson, Fort Leonard Wood; two sisters, Dorothy Brown, Whittier, Calif., and Ann Jenkins, Glendora, Calif.; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Craig Hunnel officiating. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery, northeast of Mount Vernon.

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.

Ruth Lindsey

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Ruth E. Lindsey, 60, 324 N. Penn St., Columbus, died at 2:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Ms. Lindsey was born Sept. 25, 1936, at Columbus. She moved to Pomona, Calif., as a small child. She attended school at Grossmont, Calif., and was graduated in 1953 from Grossmont High School.

She worked at a submarine base in San Diego, Calif., and was a cosmetologist for many years in California.

She moved back to Columbus in 1991, where she worked for the Columbus school district. She retired in November 1995.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, El Cajon, Calif.

Survivors include her mother, Ruby Bagula, Columbus.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Jerry Lloyd officiating. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Mausoleum, Bonita, Calif.

Omer V. Linn

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Omer V. Linn, 83, Baxter Springs route 2, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Linn was born Sept. 12, 1913, at Mcdowell, Mo. He had lived in the Baxter Springs area since 1988. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Christian Church in North Miami, Okla.

He married Lois A. Webb on July 3, 1947. She died Feb. 16, 1996.

Survivors include three sons, C.O. Linn, Oak Harbor, Wash., Loren L. Linn, Afton, Okla., and Jerry K. Linn, McPherson, Kan.; a daughter, Wanda L. Rundell, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Fern F. Box, Albuquerque, N.M., and Sarah E. Branson, Lubbock, Texas; a brother, James Linn, Odessa, Texas; and 12 grandsons.

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Picher.

Zara Watkins

GALENA, Kan. - Zara May Watkins, 82, Galena, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. Watkins was born June 23, 1914 at Clinton, Iowa. She had lived in Galena most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Galena.

She married Roy Watkins on June 26, 1933, at Joplin. He died Nov. 9, 1983.

Survivors include six sons, Carlos Watkins, Roy Watkins Jr., and Tom Watkins, all of Galena, Milton Watkins, Parsons, Rodney Watkins, Riverton, and Burton Watkins, Joplin; two daughters, Mary Bradshaw and Julia Andrews, both of Baxter Springs; two brothers, G.M. Tieso Jr. and Enrique Tieso, both of Clinton; seven sisters, Thelma Knowles and Juanita Larson, both of Joplin, Rita Tygart, Carl Junction, Mo., Connie Fite, Deer Park, Texas, Anne Goss, Diamond, Mo., Mena Tieso and Jovita Tieso, both of the state of New Mexico; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Pastor Lonnie Carbough will officiate.

Her sons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Herbert Gabriel

AFTON, Okla. - Herbert Ray ``H.R.'' Gabriel, 64, 212 S. Downing, Afton, died at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

He was born July 13, 1932 in Wathena, Kan. He had lived in Afton since 1992, where he pastored the First Assembly of God Church. He also had pastored several other churches in the area. He married Retha Jean Harris on April 27, 1951 at Benton, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Larry Wayne Gabriel, Claremore, Okla.; two daughters, Patty Gabriel, Coweta, Okla., and Marilyn Sue ``Susie'' Matthews, Fairland; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God Church in Fairland. The Rev. Armon Newburn and the Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate.

Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Adcock Funeral Home, Fairland.

Marie Gorman

MIAMI, Okla. - Marie Elfreda Gorman, 84, Miami, was pronounced dead Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at her home of apparent natural causes.

Mrs. Gorman was born Oct. 29, 1912, at Joplin, Mo. She moved in 1945 to Miami from the state of California. She was a custodian at Eagle-Picher Industries, Miami. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Miami, and was active in the church's Keen Agers Class.

Her husband, Kenneth Earl Gorman, died June 17, 1992.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald Gorman, Tonkawa, Okla., and Kenneth Gorman, Miami; a daughter, Doris Wallace, Miami; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at GAR Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Clyde Stilley will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Lorena A. Parsons

COMMERCE, Okla. - Lorena A. Parsons, 79, Commerce, died at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami.

Mrs. Parsons was born June 17, 1917 at Granby. She had lived in Commerce since 1923. She had taught school in Commerce for nine years, had worked at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, and had worked for B.F. Goodrich for five years. She was a member of First Christian Church in Commerce.

She married Carl Parsons on Oct. 17, 1936. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Terry Lee Parsons, Hastings, Neb.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Bill Ritchey will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Bill Higgins, Durward Ellis, Merle Smith, Nate Gibbs, Charles Meeker and Bob Meeker.

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


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