Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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J. Armstrong 

PINEVILLE, Mo. J. Olin Armstrong, 74, Pineville, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Bentonville, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Armstrong was born Sept. 6, 1922, at Pineville. He was a lifelong area resident. He was vice president of McDonald County Mercantile Bank, Pineville, until his retirement. He was mayor of Pineville for 35 years. He was a member of Pineville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pineville Lions Club, and a member and past commander of Pineville American Legion. He was active in Democratic politics, the area Chamber of Commerce, Ozark Gateway Council, and was a member of Crowder College Foundation Board. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. He was a member of Pineville United Methodist Church and acted as a lay minister for area united methodist churches. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty D. Abrahamson Armstrong; a daughter, Deborah Rose Grissom, Pineville; two brothers, Rex Armstrong, Wichita, Kan., and Carl Armstrong, Pineville; a sister, Hazel R. Holmes, Pineville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pineville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Doris Schlessman, the Rev. Clifford Thompson, and the Rev. George Wade will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. 

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

After the service, the body will be taken for cremation. 

Burial will be at a later date in Pineville Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Crowder College Foundation, or to Pineville United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Verna Patterson 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Verna Patterson, 91, Stilwell, Okla., died Saturday, Nov. 23, 1996, at her home after a long illness. She was the mother of Joe Myrl Patterson of Carl Junction. 

Mrs. Patterson was born July 6, 1905, at Winslow, Ark. She was a homemaker. 

She married Samuel Arthur Patterson on Aug. 12, 1921, at Stilwell. He preceded her in death. 

Also surviving are two additional sons, Herbert Patterson, Tahlequah, Okla., and Edwin Gail Patterson, Stilwell; six daughters, Christine Hunter, Barbara Johnson and Sheridan Patterson, all of Stilwell, Margaret Sue Asbill, Bunch, Okla., Carolyn Janice Lowe, Decatur, Ark., and Billie Nadine Garrett, Broken Arrow, Okla.; 37 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and six great- great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Stilwell. The Rev. Herbert Patterson, the Rev. Steve Patterson and the Rev. Larry Swafford will officiate. Burial will be in Stilwell City Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Cotton Pruitt, Ronnie Hunter, Bobby Garrett, Gary Patterson, Jeff Patterson and David Patterson. 

Efton Turner 

MONETT, Mo. Efton Clarence Turner, 87, 809 Plum St., died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 1996, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, after an illness. 

Mr. Turner was born Sept. 15, 1909, at Cassville. He had lived since 1994 in Monett, moving from Springfield. He retired in 1975 as a machinist from the E.A. Martin Caterpillar Co. at Springfield. He was a member of Southern Hills Church of Christ, Aurora. He served from 1928 to 1932 in the Marine Corps. 

He married Ruby P. Brown on Sept. 10, 1933, at Purdy. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Jim Turner, Monett; a daughter, Margaret Sims, Derby, Kan.; a brother, Roy A. Turner, La Habra, Calif.; two sisters, Nola Hadley, Monett, and Polly Patton, Carthage; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Roy Lee Criswell will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Southern Hills Church of Christ. 

Leo White 

MONETT, Mo. Leo White, 92, Monett, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. White was born July 4, 1904, at Monett. He was a lifetime Monett-area resident. He was an engineer for Frisco Railroad. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Rev. John Braun will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Monett. 

Rosary will be said at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, where visitation will follow. 

Helen Langford 

GALENA, Kan. Helen L. Langford, 73, 1218 Euclid Ave., died at 12:04 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Langford was born Oct. 6, 1923, at Galena. She had lived most of her life in Galena, but lived from 1969 to 1983 in the states of Kentucky and New Jersey. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Galena. 

She married Steve Langford on Sept. 17, 1940, at Joplin. He survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Judy Hall and Donna Langford, both of Galena; a brother, Chester Ray Ryan, Galena; two sisters, Bonnie Jean Morris and Rema Elaine Moody, both of Galena; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Pauline Higgins 

Deloris Pauline Higgins, 83, Joplin, died at 2:42 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Higgins was born Aug. 12, 1913, near Hart. She had lived in Joplin since 1969. She was a waitress for 40 years, retiring in 1977. In 1977, she started the Worldwide Enterprises Manufacturing Co., now known as All State Optical, Inc. 

She was a member of Fairland (Okla.) Baptist Church. 

Survivors include a son, James Boan, Grand Saline, Texas; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; five great-stepgrandchildren; and a great-great-stepgrandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Allen Brintnall and Shawn Boan will officiate. Burial will be in Swars Prairie Cemetery, south of Seneca. 

Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. today at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to Spring River Christian Village, Joplin. 

Viola Lawson 

Viola Elizabeth Sexton Lawson, 78, 2502 E. 32nd St., Joplin, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. Lawson was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Newton County. She was a lifelong Newton County resident. She had worked as a cleaner at Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. 

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Joplin. 

Her husband, Phillip J. Lawson, died Aug. 21, 1975. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Grace White, Webb City; a son, Barry J. Lawson, Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Leon Sexton and David Sexton, both of Joplin; a sister, Retha Myers, Galena, Kan.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Larry Cansler, pastor, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Joplin. 

Lois Puckett 

Lois L. Lawson Puckett, 93, 3214 Missouri Place, died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East after a short illness. 

Mrs. Puckett was born Jan. 6, 1903, in Patrick County Va. She moved to Joplin from Ararat, Va., in 1954. She was a homemaker. She attended the Church of God, Joplin. 

She married Frank Lawson in 1924 in Patrick County. He died Sept. 22, 1935. 

She married Homer Puckett on Nov. 5, 1939, at Hillsville, Va. He died Nov. 18, 1989. 

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Lawson, Joplin; a grandson; and three great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. No services are planned. 

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

Elsie Shaw 

Elsie Louise Megee Shaw, 65, Harrison, Ark., formerly of Joplin, died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at a Springfield nursing home after an illness. 

Ms. Shaw was born July 9, 1931, at Joplin. She was a retired office manager for an insurance company. 

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Volgamore, Denton, Texas; and a son, Richard F. Shaw, Pittsburg, Kan. 

The body has been cremated. 

Private family graveside services will be at Friends Cemetery, Purcell, at a later date. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield. 

Wilma Arnall 

GRANBY, Mo. Wilma Lea Arnall, 68, Granby, died at 11:52 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Arnall was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Granby. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker. She attended Trinity Apostolic Faith Church, Neosho. 

She married Bill Arnall on Sept. 11, 1943, at Cheyenne, Wyo. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Bill Arnall Jr., Granby; a brother, Bill Capps Jr., Granby; a sister, Bessie Mae Hobbs, Tulsa, Okla.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Johnny Ray Arnall and the Rev. Frank Arnall will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Trinity Apostolic Faith Church, Neosho, in care of the funeral home. 

Hubert Bloss 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Hubert B. Bloss, 77, Sarcoxie route 2, died at 2:50 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Bloss was born Nov. 26, 1918, at Pawnee City, Neb. He graduated in 1936 from Pawnee City High School. He moved to the Sarcoxie area from Nebraska in 1948. He was a cattleman and farmer. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. 

He married Doris Hunzeker on March 3, 1945, at Lincoln, Neb. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Richard Bloss, Sarcoxie; a daughter, Bonnie Grace, Sarcoxie; two brothers, Warren Bloss and Allen Bloss, both of Pawnee City; two sisters, Willa Hightshoe and Winifred Kearns, both of Lincoln; four grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. 

Arrangements are pending with Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Frank Eimer 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Francis J. ``Frank'' Eimer, 73, Warsaw, a Wentworth native, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Sedalia after an illness. 

Mr. Eimer was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Wentworth. He worked as a machinist for Trans World Airline for 27 1/2 years. He was a member of Machinist Union Local No. 1,650. 

Survivors include his wife, Fay Eimer; three sons, David Eimer and Mark Eimer, both of Kansas City, and Paul Eimer, Independence; four daughters, Donna Picone, Blue Springs, Carol Mosier, Lee's Summit, Cheryl Eimer, Kansas City, and Lela Hall, Raymore; a brother, Leo Eimer, Sedalia; and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Kansas City. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City. 

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McGilley State Line Memorial Chapel, Kansas City. 

Contributions may be made to the building fund of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Warsaw, or to the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Peggy Frye 

NEVADA, Mo. Marion F. ``Peggy'' Frye, 75, Nevada, died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness of several weeks. 

Ms. Frye was born Nov. 26, 1921, at Santa Margarita, Calif. She spent most of her life in Vernon County. She worked for several years at Key Industries, Nevada. She was a member of the Sheldon (Mo.) Baptist Church. 

Survivors include a daughter, Erle Underwood, Nevada; two sisters, Ruby Randall, Ottawa, Kan., and Genevieve ``Ginny'' Hensley, Springfield; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Jim McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. 

Friends may call until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Dorothy Gregg 

NEVADA, Mo. Dorothy Eileen Gregg, 80, Nevada, died at 5:16 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Gregg was born Dec. 17, 1915, at Irwin. She lived most of her life in Vernon County. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church in Nevada. She was active with the Democratic Party in Vernon County. 

She married Roy Gregg on Dec. 31, 1934, in Vernon County. He died Jan. 17, 1978. 

Survivors include two sons, James Gregg, Nevada, and Richard Gregg, Pasadena, Texas; two brothers, Orville Cooper, Watsonville, Calif., and William Cooper, Pasadena, Calif.; a sister, Mildred Hudson, San Bernardino, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Scott Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Balltown Cemetery, Horton. 

Friends may call until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Nancy Sims 

LAMAR, Mo. Nancy Lavinia Law Sims, 91, Lamar, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Sims was born May 5, 1905, in Barton County. She had lived in Barton County most of her life. She worked for Gunnels Upholstery in rural Barton County for several years. She also was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the INC Social Club in Barton County. 

She married Oval Garland Sims Sr. on Oct. 25, 1924, at Columbus, Kan. He died March 26, 1981. 

A daughter also preceded her in death. 

Survivors include three sons, Charlie Lee Sims and Oval Garland Sims Jr., both of Carthage, and Edwin Wayne Sims, Lamar; two daughters, Ina Maxine Morin, Lamar, and Virginia Mae Evans, Beaver Creek, Ore.; a brother, Lee Wright, Canby, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Cemetery, northwest of Jasper. Doug Oakes, minister, will officiate. 

Visitation will from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. 

The family will be at the home of Ina Maxine Morin, 204 Cherry St., Lamar. 

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

LeRoy Torres 

NEOSHO, Mo. LeRoy W. Torres, 48, 13082 Kalmia Road, died at 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a four-year illness. 

Mr. Torres was born April 29, 1948, at Belen, N.M. He lived several years at Barstow, N.M., before moving to Neosho in 1969. He was a furniture repairman for La-Z-Boy Midwest, Neosho, for 22 years. 

He married Pamela Dean Bohannan on Feb. 20, 1993, in Neosho. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Tony Torres, Goodman, Richard Torres, Joplin, and Timmy Torres, Neosho; his mother, Ida Reese, Barstow; a brother, Charlie Torres, Barstow; two sisters, Elizabeth Marquez, Barstow, and Margaret Jean Contreras, Neosho; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Virgil Eubanks, minister, will officiate. After the services, the body will be cremated. 

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

Larry Downing 

ALTAMONT, Kan. Services for Larry Travis Downing, 57, Palatine, Ill., a former southeast Kansas resident who died Tuesday, will be at 1 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, Edna. 

Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Altamont. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Bath Funeral Home, Altamont. 

Helen Langford 

GALENA, Kan. Services for Helen L. Langford, 73, 1218 Euclid Ave., who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Galena. 

The Rev. Charles Idleman will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Shoemaker, Doug McCall, Kirk Qualls, David Ryan, Steve Hall, Ron Smith, Pat Price and Jim LaTurner. 

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

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

Mark Lee 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Mark David Lee, 38, 500 Washington St., Baxter Springs, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, after a short illness. 

Mr. Lee was born Aug. 31, 1958, at Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School and was a lifelong area resident. He worked for the Webb City (Mo.) Street Department for 16 years. He was a member of Community Chapel Church, Joplin, Mo. 

Survivors include two daughters, Jenniffer Lee and Hillari Lee, both of Webb City; his parents, James and Martha Lee, Baxter Springs; two brothers, James Michael Lee, Joplin, and Steven Lee, Baxter Springs; and eight sisters, Vickie Kimmel, Independence, Mo., Diana Hood, Joplin, Margie Trujillo, Los Lunas, N.M., Marcia Bion, Tulsa, Okla., Lisa Lee, Crestline, Stephenie Lee, state of Ohio, and Machell Lee and Rachell Lee, both of Baxter Springs. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Community Chapel Church, Joplin. The Rev. Ronald Dean will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Danny Ashe, James Lee, Steven Lee, Thom Kimmel, Larry Pliler, Donny Rion, Robbie Schick, Doug Lawson and Chris ``Moe'' Parker. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Elizabeth Ekstrom 

GROVE, Okla. Elizabeth Ekstrom, 91, Grove, died Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Ekstrom was born July 6, 1905, at Salina, Kan. She moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Joplin in 1935, and to Grove in 1968. She formerly was employed with Ekstrom Sales Co. in Joplin and Grove. 

She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, the Brush and Pallette Club, the Cherry Reds Auxiliary at Grove General Hospital, and the American Association of Retired Persons, all of Grove. 

She married Russell C. Ekstrom on April 6, 1929, at Kansas City, Mo. He died Feb. 26, 1987. 

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Serage, Neosho, Mo.; a brother, John Carr, Independence, Mo.; a sister, Dorothy Hansen, Council Bluffs, Iowa; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

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