Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Paul Cress 

Paul W. Cress, 70, Joplin, died at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Cress was born June 16, 1926, at Monett. He had lived in Joplin most of his life. He was a 1944 graduate of Joplin High School, where he held the rank of lieutenant in the Army ROTC. He owned and operated the former El Rancho Drive-In at 27th and Main streets and owned and operated the former Paul Cress Restaurant at 32nd and Main streets for 20 years. He also owned and operated several coin-operated laundries in Joplin until retiring in 1985. 

He was a member of Fellowship Lodge No. 345, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin; Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple at Springfield, and Joplin Shrine Club. He was a former member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501. He served in the Army Military Police during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. 

He married Marjorie D. Smith on Sept. 3, 1949, at Wichita, Kan. She died June 9, 1986. 

Survivors include a son, Alan Cress, Joplin; three daughters, Cathy Updegraff, Carthage, Susan Petty and Kim Ray, both of Joplin; a brother, Floyd Cress, Joplin; a sister, Alice Pantoja, Joplin; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Keith Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Alan Cress, Chad Jimerson, Ralph Updegraff, Floyd Cress, Dennis Spencer, Terry Ensor and Pedro Pantoja. 

Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, followed by Fellowship Lodge No. 345, AF&AM. 

The family will receive friends after the Masonic rites until 8 p.m. at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to Joplin Humane Society. 

Irene Duggan 

Irene Frances Duggan, 85, Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Joplin, died at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at her home after a several-week illness. 

Mrs. Duggan was born March 22, 1911, at Joplin. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1989 from Joplin. She was associated with The Area Agency on Aging. She was a homemaker. 

She married Richard E. Duggan on Sept. 5, 1936, at New York, N.Y. He died May 2, 1976. 

Surviving is a daughter, Sally Callahan, Colorado Springs. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Larry Six will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Carl Hefly 

Graveside services for Carl E. Hefly, 86, Joplin, who died Saturday, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

The Rev. Gary Reed will officiate. 

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Ivan Harold Beebe 

Mo. Ivan Harold Beebe, 57, Richards route 1, died Sunday, Dec. 15. 1996 at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Beebe was born at Independence, Mo. on Sept. 21, 1939. He worked for Fisher Body, GM from 1961 to 1973. He established Beebe batteries at Independence, Mo. where he worked from 1974 to 1984. He moved to Richards about thee years ago. He was a member of Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge and Pro-Bass Club. 

He married Merri Kay Richards on Nov. 19, 1994. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Steven Beebe and Brian Beebe, both of Independence, and Mark Beebe, Kansas City; a daughter, Dawn Beebe Smotherman, Kansas City; six brothers, Robert Hill, David Beebe and Philip Beebe, all of Independence, Myron Beebe, Delta Junction, Ark., Stephen Beebe, Anniston, Ala., and Carl Beebe, Kansas City; four sisters, Lois Ann Belt, Mountain Grove, Dorothy Sanders, Kansas City, Ruth Neel, Mesa, Ariz., and Alice Green, Willard; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg, Mo. 

Virginia Case 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Virginia Mae Case, 75, Mount Vernon, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Case was born Oct. 30, 1921, at Mount Vernon. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon. 

She married Warren Case on April 21, 1946, at Monett. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Dan Case, Daluth, Ga.; and a daughter, Kay Davis, Mount Vernon. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Warren Fikejs will officiate. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Mount Vernon. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

Frances Cooper 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Frances E. Cooper, 90, Cassville, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at a Cassville nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cooper was born Dec. 31, 1905, at Eagle Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Cassville. She had worked at Johnston's Hardware and South Barry County Hospital, both in Cassville. 

She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Cassville. She also was a member of the telephone Sunday School class at First Baptist Church, Cassville. 

She married William Elmer Cooper on Nov. 8, 1924, at Cassville. He died Nov. 21, 1991. 

Surviving are a son, Charles E. Cooper, Cassville; six daughters, Edna M. Edie, Dorothy L. Peterson and Fredalene Horner, all of Cassville, Lucille F. Holman, Raymore, Norma L. Swindell, Garland, Texas, and Faedola Hilton, Galesburg, Ill.; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. John Duncan and the Rev. Veral Ball will officiate. Burial will be in Horner Cemetery, Cassville. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church, Cassville. 

Byrdie Highley 

AURORA, Mo. Byrdie Rabaduex Highley, 85, Aurora, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at an Ozark nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Highley was born March 25, 1911, at Bismarck. 

She was a member of Aurora Baptist Temple. She was a homemaker. 

She married Alvin Highley on June 28, 1930, at Bismarck. He died on Oct. 3, 1992. 

Survivors include a son, Wayne Highley, Fair Grove; a daughter, Melba Wiley, Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Hazel Edmonds, Ironton; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Temple, with the Rev. Fred Young officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Contribution may be made to Aurora Baptist Temple. 

Emma Pierce 

AURORA, Mo. Emma B. Hall Pierce, 80, Aurora, died at 12:42 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Pierce was born May 16, 1916, at Aurora. 

She was a member of Aurora United Methodist Church. 

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Aurora; Methodist Women; Aurora Community Hospital Auxiliary and Ladies of Leisure, Joplin. 

She was a retired office worker for The Empire District Electric Co., Aurora. 

She married Eugene Pierce on Sept. 28, 1940, at Mount Vernon. He died on Nov. 23, 1990. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Aurora United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Harold Gold officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Marjorie Shields 

ANDERSON, Mo. Marjorie Dell Caldwell Shields, 72, Anderson, died at 4:27 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mrs. Shields was born Aug. 31, 1924, at Anderson. She had lived in Anderson her entire life. 

She was a teacher for 36 years at Antioch, McDonald County and Granby school districts. She also owned a sewing business at Anderson. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Anderson. 

She was a member of Missouri State Teachers Association and McDonald County Teachers Association. 

She received her bachelor's degree in education in 1960 and her master's degree in education in 1969, both from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. 

She married Doyle Shields on May 1, 1945, at Houston, Texas. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Harold Gene Shields, San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Mary Lou Liskey, Noel, Martha Anne Ladd, Carterville, and Betsy Elizabeth Louise Hanelin, Anderson; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, with the Rev. Dean Royce officiating. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bob Parish, J.B. Varndell, Jack Rickett, Dan Rickett, Rusty Schlessman and Mike Schlessman. 

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of Delta Kappa Gamma, in care of the funeral home. 

Donald Shrewsbury 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Donald D. Shrewsbury, 75, Shell Knob, died at 6:07 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at Veterans of America Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Shrewsbury was born Jan. 14, 1921, at Brock, Neb. He moved to Shell Knob in 1980 from Nebraska City, Neb. He was an Army Signal Corp veteran of World War II. After his tour in the Army he became a farmer and retired after 26 years with Hammond Farms, Inc., state of Nebraska. 

He was a member of Viola (Mo.) Baptist Church. 

He married Luceen D. Bell on Sept. 27, 1940, at Clarinda, Iowa. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Dennis Shrewsbury, Lenexa, Kan., and Robert F. Shrewsbury, Gilbert, Ariz.; a daughter, Kristy Douglas, Independence; a foster son, Jim Cooper, Chandler, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. 

Lois Sturgeon 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Services for Lois J. Sturgeon, 47, 3137 Gainswood Drive, who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Daniel Mulvihill will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Sturgeon, Raymond Sturgeon, Terry Brewster, Lonnie Stansbury, Richard Hilton and Jim Hilton. 

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

Wanda Bowlin 

AFTON, Okla. Wanda Bowlin, 71, 204 S. Monroe, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at Craig General Hospital, Vinita, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Bowlin was born Nov. 20, 1925, at Phoenix, Ariz. She moved to Afton in 1945. She was a homemaker. She was a 34-year member of Post No. 124 Auxiliary, American Legion, Afton, and a member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church, Afton. 

She married Marvin Bowlin on May 20, 1946, at Columbus. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Lura Clack, Vinita; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Southern Baptist Church. The Rev. Joe Don Olds will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Tommy Lee Bassett, Richard Bassett, Larry Bassett, Garry Bassett, Steve Bassett and Richard Bassett Jr. 

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. 

Ronald Dry 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Ronald Lee Dry, 68, Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Fairland, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Fla., after a long illness. 

Mr. Dry was born Aug. 18, 1928, at Fairland. He moved to Bernard County, Fla., from Baton Rouge, La in 1966. He retired in 1981 after 15 years as owner and operator of Ron Dry Oil Co., Coco Beach. He was active in little league baseball, Merritt Island High School football team, and was a supporter of the midget football program. 

He married Betty Housman on June 2, 1949, at Fairland. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Derwood Dry, De Land, Fla.; a daughter, Pam Dry, Miami, Fla.; a brother, F.A. Dry, Fort Worth, Texas; and three grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Alberta Hamilton 

MIAMI, Okla. Alberta Flora Hamilton, 90, 2128 Denver Harnar Drive, Miami, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Ms. Hamilton was born June 10, 1906, in Ottawa County. She had lived in Miami her entire life. 

She was a teacher and principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, Miami, for 45 years. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association, Miami. 

Survivors include a brother, Charles V. Hamilton Jr., Grand Junction, Colo.; and two sisters, Mary Lewis, Sedalia, Mo., and Laura Jones, Miami. 

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Harry E. Worley Jr. 

GROVE, Okla. Harry Edward Worley Jr., 78, Grove, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Worley was born May 21, 1918, at Kiefer. He and his father started Worley Funeral Home at Grove in 1940. He served in this profession until his death. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941, helping to start a Navy hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He retired as chief petty officer in 1945. 

He served as chief several times on Grove's first fire department and was one of the founders of the Grove Airport. He was a 60-year member of First United Methodist Church, Grove, and a 50-year member of Funeral Directors Association. 

He was a founding member of Rotary Club, Moose Lodge and Elk's Lodge, all of Grove, and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, F.M.C.A. (the Rollin' Okies), Legion of the Moose and Masonic Lodge, all of Grove. 

He married Ana Marie Gonzalez on Dec. 14, 1945, at San Juan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Harry Wallace Worley, Grove, and Gary Worley, Owasso; a daughter, Elizabeth McGee, Cedar Hills, Texas; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church. The Rev. Nicky Blackford and the Rev. Stephen Vinson will officiate. 

Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Quentin McGee will officiate. 

Visitation will be at 6 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

Mommie Glaser 

BELLA VISTA, Ark. Edith ``Mommie'' Glaser, 91, Bella Vista, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at a Rogers nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Glaser was born April 10, 1905, in Miller County, Mo. She moved to Bella Vista from Decatur in 1986. She was a member of Bella Vista Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church, Decatur. She was an active volunteer for preschool children of both churches. 

Her husband, Louis Glaser, died in 1960. 

Survivors include a son, Charles ``Chuck'' Glaser, Bella Vista; three sisters, Jewel Carmody, Anderson, Mo., Jeanette Hedrick, Fort Smith, and Dorothy Landwehr, Bella Vista; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bella Vista Baptist Church. The Rev. George O'Neil will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bella Vista Funeral Home. 

Contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Baptist Church library, in care of the funeral home.

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