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Mildred Engles

Mildred W. Engles, 82, 530 W. 44th St., died at 5:07 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after an illness.

Mrs. Engles was born Jan. 13, 1915, at Monett. She grew up in Monett. She was a beautician and owned and operated a salon in Kansas for many years. She raised and bred poodles. She had lived in Joplin six years. She also had lived in Oregon.

She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

She married Robert ``Bob'' Engles on Oct. 23, 1947, at Nashville, Tenn. He died April 9, 1992.

Survivors include two daughters, Rae Unzicker, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Renee Coelho, Mesa, Ariz.; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

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

Mary Hill

Mary Jane Hill, 86, Joplin, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Hill was born Aug. 9, 1910, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She was graduated in 1930 from the former St. John's School of Nursing in Joplin. She was a registered nurse. She was Joplin's city health nurse from 1954 to 1963 and was an Oklahoma state health nurse in Ottawa County for nine years. She retired in 1972. She owned and operated the former Quapaw (Okla.) Nursing Home.

She was a member of the former Animal Aid Association of Joplin.

Survivors include a son, William Lee Hill IV, Carl Junction; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Patrick Peck, minister, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Church of Christ, in care of the mortuary.

Orville Johnson

Graveside services for Orville D. Johnson, 66, 3702 Ridge Drive, who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at IOOF Cemetery, Marshall, Okla. Military honors will be provided by a detachment from Vance Air Force Base, Enid Okla.

Mr. Johnson was born March 14, 1930.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Chapel.

An obituary in Wednesday's editions incorrectly listed Mr. Johnson's date of birth, and the day set for visitation.

Gladys LaFleur

Gladys D. LaFleur, 70, 10469 Amanda Lane, died at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness.

Mrs. LaFleur was born Feb. 27, 1927, at Flat River. She moved to Joplin in 1946 from Kansas City. She was a homemaker and a member of Reinmiller Independent Baptist Church.

She married Myron D. LaFleur on Aug. 31, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Myron L. LaFleur and Mike A. LaFleur, both of Joplin; a daughter, Kathy L. Holland, Joplin; four brothers, Dean Anderson and Carl Anderson, both of Ritchey, Herschel Anderson, Apache Junction, Ariz., and Harry Anderson, Racine; two sisters, Emma Lou Jones, Pierce City, and Carol Pierce, Ritchey; five granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

A son preceded her in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Kenneth Simonson will officiate. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery, southeast of Joplin.

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

Contributions may be made to Reinmiller Independent Baptist Church, in care of the mortuary.

Jaryl Beckett

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Jaryl L. Beckett, 28, 208 S. Summitt, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, March 3, 1997.

Jerry Neil, chief deputy of the Jasper County Sheriff's Department and acting Jasper County coroner, said he ruled the death a suicide.

Mr. Beckett was born July 9, 1968, at Carthage. He grew up in Pierce City and was graduated in 1986 from Pierce City High School. He served in the Navy for 8 years and reached the rank of petty officer second class. He received law enforcement training in the Navy and attended the police academy at Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. He worked two years at the Carl Junction Police Department.

He married Melissa Forhan on Feb. 16, 1991 at Sugar Grove, W.Va. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Hailey Beckett, of the home; his father and stepmother, Joe and Sheri Beckett, Carthage; his stepfather, Johnnie Miller, Pierce City; three brothers, Randy Beckett, David Harris and Jerry Harris, all of Joplin; two sisters, Belinda Wright, Tucson, Ariz., and Elizabeth Miller, Pierce City; his paternal grandmother, Joan Nesbitt, Carthage; and his maternal grandmother, Mae Riddle, Kansas City.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. The Rev. David Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Taylor, Bryan Thompson, Tom Kitch, Jeff Wood, Andy Pike and David Harris.

Donations may be made to the Jaryl Beckett Memorial Fund in care of Great Southern Bank, 1710 E. 32nd St., Joplin, Mo., 64804.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

James Buzzard

SENECA, Mo. - Memorial services for James Weldon Buzzard, 77, Gold Hill, Ore., a former Seneca resident who died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford, Ore., of natural causes, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Seneca First Christian Church.

The Rev. Buel Buzzard will officiate. The body has been cremated. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery, where graveside Masonic services will be conducted.

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

Contributions may be made to the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple in care of the funeral home.

Survivors not listed in Wednesday's editions include a daughter, Marsha Devoti, Springfield; and two sisters, Brodus Messenger, Independence, Kan., and Marguerite Lawson, Joplin.

Eunice Christner

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Eunice Christner, 98, Venice, Fla., a Carthage native, died at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Ms. Christner was born Dec. 18, 1898, in Carthage. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Venice Yacht Club, Mission Valley Country Club and Venice United Church of Christ, all of Venice.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Davies, Vero Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ewing Funeral Home, Venice, Fla.

Ellen Fosse

WASHBURN, Mo. - Ellen Ione Fosse, 65, Washburn, died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at a Cassville nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Fosse was born Jan. 25, 1932, at Stuart, Iowa. She was graduated from Stewart High School. She moved to Cassville in 1980 from the state of California.

She married Earl Oliver Fosse on June 15, 1951, at Everett, Wash. He died Feb. 15, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Taylor Fosse, Washburn; three brothers, Samuel McIntire, Des Moines, Iowa, John McIntire, Redwood City, Calif., and Eugene McIntire, New Baden, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Pamela Farren will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date.

Hertha Giehmann

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. - Hertha G. Giehmann, 94, Golden City, died at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at a nursing home in Greenfield after an illness.

Mrs. Giehmann was born Dec. 27, 1902, at Berlin, Germany. She was graduated from high school and business college in Berlin. She had been a payroll clerk before she moved to the United States. She was a secretary for Reliable Life Insurance in Joplin. She and her husband owned and operated White Court Motel in Carthage.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Roselle, N.J.

She married Herbert W. Giehmann on March 28, 1926, at Elizabeth, N.J. He died Nov. 30, 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Dimmick, Mountain Side, N.J., and Charlotte Huser, Golden City; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated under the direction of Lockwood (Mo.) Funeral Chapel.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Roselle, N.J.

Contributions may be made to Dade County Nursing Home, Greenfield.

Russell Hadley

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Russell B. ``Russ'' Hadley, 34, Carthage route 5, was pronounced dead at 6:41 p.m. Monday, March 3, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Hadley was born June 26, 1962, at Purdy. He lived most of his life in the Carthage area. He was a Jehovah's Witness.

He married Karen B. Bruegemann on Aug. 14, 1993, at Pacific. She died Oct. 30, 1993.

Surviving are his mother, Mary Reding, Port Orange, Fla.; a brother, Steven Reding, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Stephanie Hadley, Tulsa, Okla.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Carthage. Paul Shultz will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage, after which the body will be cremated.

Contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Carthage, in care of the funeral home.

Billy Jackson

NEVADA, Mo. - Billy Eugene Jackson, 55, Nevada, died Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Jackson was born Aug. 8, 1941, at Kansas City. He had lived in the Nevada area all of his life. He served in the armed forces for many years.

Survivors include a son, David Jackson, Belton; three daughters, LeAnn Hammond, Independence, and Jennifer Moore and Trisha Jackson, both of Nevada; a stepdaughter, Lisa Sanderson, Nevada; two sisters, names and addresses unavailable, and five grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Friday at National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. Friends may call until 8 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Dorothy Lassiter

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Dorothy Lassiter, 86, Littleton, Colo., died Monday, March 3, 1997, at Littleton Hospital after an illness. Her husband was a former Webb City resident.

Mrs. Lassiter was born June 9, 1910, at Brockton, Mass. She moved to Littleton in 1985. She formerly lived for many years in Kansas City. She was a homemaker and an Episcopalian.

She married William H. Lassiter Sr. on May 13, 1928, at Boston. He died in 1968.

Survivors include three sons, William Lassiter Jr., Ogala, Fla., Henry Lassiter, Belton, and Paul Lassiter, Olmstead Falls, Ohio; a daughter, Patricia Lassiter, Littleton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Carterville Cemetery. The Rev. David Patrick will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Gloria Rudd

GREENFIELD, Mo. - Gloria J. Rudd, 52, Greenfield, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Rudd was born Aug. 6, 1944, at Sacramento, Calif. She was graduated from Hollister High School. She was a homemaker and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, Greenfield.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Aaron Bolin, Greenfield, and Bradly E. Downs, Springfield; three daughters, Tracy Lynn Scott, Fair Grove, Kelly Caldwell, Seymour, and Gloria Dawn Rudd, Greenfield; three brothers, Stanley Jones and Stephen Jones, both of Hollister, and Daniel P. Jones, Willets, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Harold McMasters will officiate.

Bessie Senkevech

NEVADA, Mo. - Bessie Pearl Senkevech, 85, Nevada, formerly of Moundville, died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at Nevada Regional Center after an illness of several months.

Mrs. Senkevech was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Benton County, Ark. She was a homemaker. She moved to the Nevada area in 1933. She was a Methodist.

Her husband, Adam Senkevech, died Dec. 9, 1980.

Surviving are three sons, Tom Senkevech, Nevada, Jack Senkevech, Bentonville, Ark., and Max Senkevech, Bronaugh; a daughter, Dixie Goodnaugh, Franklin, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Viona Gifford, Kansas City, and Nadene Ashley, Taylors, S.C.; a sister, Hazel Crouse, Hutchinson, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery.

Alta Turner dies at age 102

GRANBY, Mo. - Alta Pearl Turner, 102, Claremore, Okla., formerly of Granby, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Claremore Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Turner was born March 29, 1895, at Clarksville, Ark. She moved to the Granby area in 1900 and lived there until six years ago, when she moved to Texas. She had lived in Claremore for four months. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ, Neosho. She was a former member of Lone Star Church of Christ in eastern Newton County. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for 87 years.

Her husband, Barry Daniel Turner, died on July 2, 1981.

Survivors include two daughters, Lavina Tobey, Conroe, Texas, and Retha Dunn, Neosho; two sons, Eldon Turner, Claremore, and Robert Turner, Miami, Okla.; a sister, Anna Pendley, Eufaula, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Church of Christ with John R. Turner, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery, in the Boulder City community.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cupps, Richard Turner, Charles Palm, Daniel Palm, Randall Palm, Albert McCullin, Brian Bradley and Barry Tobey.

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

Contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

Angelica Dow-Hazen

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Angelica Dow-Hazen, 57, 224 E. 11th St., died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at her home of an illness.

Mrs. Dow-Hazen was born July 7, 1939, at Johnson County, Ga. She had lived since 1992 in Baxter Springs, where she moved from Desert Hot Springs, Calif. She previously lived at Galena. She received a medical records degree at Loma Linda (Calif.) University. She worked in medical records at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

She married Alan E. Hazen on April 18, 1978, at Las Vegas, Nev. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, Glenn Dow, Ione, Calif.; four daughters, Angelisa Scott, state of Arizona, Melissa Anderson, Galena, and Karen Beckwith and Rebecca Dow, both of Baxter Springs; her mother, Betty Futch, Augusta, Ga.; two brothers, John Futch, Clackamas, Ore., and Terry Futch, Columbia, S.C.; three sisters, Judy Harp, Augusta, Betty Brown, Jacksonville, Fla., and Bobbi Lynn Rich, Bennettsville, S.C.; and 12 grandchildren.

Her body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Minnie Ellison

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Minnie Erma Ellison, 84, Fairland, died Wednesday morning, March, 5, 1997, at a residential care center in Foyil after a long illness.

Mrs. Ellison was born April 29, 1912, at Putnam. She moved to Fairland in 1949 from Wyandotte. She was graduated from Wyandotte High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairland United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Floyd Samuel Ellison, died March 16, 1964.

Survivors include two daughters, Nellie J. Hargrave, Berryville, Ark., and Mary N. Washburn, Big Cabin; three sons, Kenneth C. Ellison, Tulsa, Curtis Ellison, Aurora, Ill., and Walter S. Ellison, Green Bay, Wis.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland.

Irene Foss

COMMERCE, Okla. - Irene Margaret Foss, 83, 212 N. Quincy St., died at 12:10 p.m. Monday, March 3, 1997, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a short illness.

Mrs. Foss was born Sept. 10, 1913, at Conover, Iowa. She moved to the Commerce area in 1957 from El Dorado, Kan. She was an owner of the A.W. Drive-In in Miami from 1958 to 1977.

She was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Miami, where she taught preschool for 11 years, was active in the Ruth Guild and Altar Committee, and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years.

She married Alvin J. Foss in 1938. He died Oct. 19, 1970.

Survivors include two sons, Allan D. Foss, North Miami, and Donald R. Foss, Circle Pines, Minn.; a daughter, Norma J. Delong, Portland, Ore.; two sisters, Jean O'Hare, Waukon, Iowa, and Erma Swatek, Decorah, Iowa; two brothers, Elmer Phillips, Marion, Iowa, and Ernest Phillips, Decorah; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Miami. The Rev. Don Kirchhoff will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Con Pitner

Con Edwin Pitner, 82, 2716 St. Louis Ave., died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 1997, at Citizens' Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Pitner was born Feb. 8, 1915, at Bolivar. He had lived in Joplin since 1945. He was manager of the former 905 Liquor Store, Joplin. He was a member of South Joplin Christian Church.

He married Mildred Frieze on June 4, 1938, in Bolivar. She died May 26, 1982.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Pitner, Winnetka, Ill.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to South Joplin Christian Church.

James Toft

James C. Toft, 82, Joplin, a former Aurora resident, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Toft was born Aug. 9, 1914, at Salt Lake City. He moved to Aurora in 1939 from Columbia. He operated Toft and Co. Store, an Aurora dry goods store. He had a home repair business in Joplin. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Aurora. He was a deacon and elder with the Aurora church. He was a former member of the Aurora Lions Club and was a member of the former Metro Club, Aurora. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 284, Aurora.

He married Dorothy Malet on July 4, 1940, at Aurora. She died June 10, 1994.

Survivors include a son, Robert Toft, Joplin; a daughter, Joanne Warner, St. Louis; a brother, Osborne Toft, Aurora; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. William Christman will officiate.

Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

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

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Joplin, or St. John's Hospice, Joplin.

Lorraine Dean

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Lorraine Dean, 78, Burlington, Kan., formerly of Carl Junction, died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Dean was born April 12, 1918, at Oronogo. She moved to Burlington in 1989 from Carl Junction, where she and her husband had owned a business.

She married Frank Dean on Feb. 17, 1938, at Joplin. He died in 1981.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Dean, Carl Junction; a daughter, Janice LeMaster, New Strawn, Kan.; and two grandchildren.

No services are planned.

The body will be cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon, Kan.

Iva Garrison

WASHBURN, Mo. - Iva Pearl Garrison, 95, Washburn, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Garrison was born Nov. 23, 1901, at Kalamazoo, Mich. She provided adult foster care in her home in Michigan for 35 years. She moved to Washburn in 1990. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Cassville.

She married George Raymond Garrison on March 19, 1921, in the state of Michigan. He died in April 1977.

Survivors include two sons, Carl Raymond Garrison, Vicksburg, Mich., and Leslie L. Garrison, Mattawan, Mich.; three daughters, Merna Jean Coppock, Washburn, Velma June Homan, Vicksburg, and Ellen Marjorie Minnis, Union City, Mich.; four sisters, Mildred Skinner, Genevieve Cramer and Evelyn Taylor, all of Vicksburg, and Luella Morrison, Scotts, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Otis Gorham

NEOSHO, Mo. - Otis C. Gorham, 81, 210 N. Valley St., Neosho, died at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 1997, at a local nursing home after a two-year illness.

Mr. Gorham was born Oct. 17, 1915, at Neosho. He was a lifelong Neosho resident.

He was a truck driver for 35 years. He was a bus driver for the Older Adults Transportation Service for seven years.

He was a member of Burkhart Church of Christ, west of Neosho.

He married Doris Hamilton on June 6, 1940, at Neosho. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Don Gorham and Robert L. Gorham, both of Neosho; three daughters, Pat Mitchell and Sue Spencer, both of Neosho, and Jeannie Reed, Austin, Texas; a sister, Ruth Chilcoat, La Center, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with John Anderson, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, south of Neosho.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Douglas Gorham, Richard Spencer, Ronny Gorham, Jerry Gorham, Chris Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Sam Gorham and Jason Gorham.

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

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Carolyn Jones

EVERTON, Mo. - Carolyn Sue Dunn Jones, 58, Everton, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Jones was born May 6, 1938, near Everton. She was graduated in 1958 from Everton High School.

She was a telephone operator with American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for more than 23 years. She retired in 1990.

She was a member of Everton Presbyterian Church and American Legion Post No. 443 Auxiliary, Everton.

She married Paul L. Jones on July 14, 1957, at Everton. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Steeley, Everton; a son, Michael Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a brother, Larry Dunn, Columbus, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Birch Funeral Chapel, Everton, with the Rev. Christine Iannucilli officiating. Burial will be in Ray Springs Cemetery, southwest of Everton.

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

Contributions may be made to the Everton American Legion Auxiliary.

Goldie Martin

VERONA, Mo. - Goldie Lyvonne Martin, 73, Verona, died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Martin was born Nov. 7, 1923, at Viola. She was a member of Madry (Mo.) Baptist Church.

She married George Martin on Aug. 18, 1947, at Berryville, Ark. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Larry Martin and Howard Downs, both of Verona, and Cecil Downs, Marshfield; three daughters, Shirley Zinn, Verona, Marilyn Richter, Exeter, and Barbara Garrett, Aurora; four brothers, Arlis Bilyeu, Reed Springs, Everett Bilyeu, Los Animos, Colo., George Bilyeu, Omaha, Neb., and Purd Bilyeu, Doe, Calif.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Brenda Garner, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

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

Bill McDaniel

IANTHA, Mo. - James W. ``Bill'' McDaniel, 93, Iantha, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a short illness.

Mr. McDaniel was born March 23, 1903, in Vernon County. He had lived in Iantha since 1924. He was a farmer and had worked for the Iantha Missouri Farmers' Association for 14 years. He retired in 1968. He was a member of Iantha United Methodist Church.

He married L. Vera King on May 20, 1934 in Iantha. She died on Nov. 14, 1979. He was also preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include a son, Jim McDaniel, Houston, Texas; and five granddaughters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Iantha Methodist Church. Burial will be at Iantha Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Davis, Matthew Davis, Lindon Wolf, Bruce Wolf, Andy Wolf and Adam Wolf.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Aaron Mills

AURORA, Mo. - Aaron B. Mills Jr. 67, Aurora, died at 2:22 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Mills was born Sept. 30, 1927, at Oran, Mo. He moved to the Aurora area three years ago.

He was a member of Church of God, Aurora. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a retired machine operator for Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill.

He married Lucille Murphy on Sept. 3, 1950, at Piggott, Ark. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Kenneth Mills, Bloomington, Ill.; two daughters, Louise Spradley, Houston, Texas, and Sharon Blankenship, Aurora; a sister, Lucille Harding, Las Cruces, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Tommie Blair will officiate.

Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Evelyn Powers

SHELDON, Mo. - Evelyn Edna Parsons, 93, Sheldon, died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at a Lamar nursing home after a one-year illness.

Ms. Parsons was born Feb. 8, 1904, in Sheldon. She was graduated from Sheldon High School and was a lifelong local resident. She taught for a short time in Sheldon and at Prairie View School, rural Sheldon. She was a member of Help Your Neighbor Club and Prairie View Club.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon.

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Norma Ridgway

ORONOGO, Mo. - Norma J. Ridgway, 69, route 1 Oronogo, died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Ridgway was born Oct. 21, 1927, at Medoc. She had lived in the Oronogo area for 50 years. She was graduated in 1945 from Mindenmines High School. She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church.

She married Calvin Ridgway on Dec. 9, 1945, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Gerald Ridgway, Oronogo, and Terry Ridgway, Asbury; two daughters, Wanda Hole, Joplin, and Cindy Burgess, Carl Junction; three sisters, Doris Scott, Silverton, Ore., Della Martin, Carl Junction, and Cora Bell Radford, Bradfordville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Othal Hodson will officiate. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gordon Edwards, Melvin Rector, Craig Doubledee, Eddie Cawyer, David Miller and Doc Edwards.

Geraldine Smith dies at age 102

MARIONVILLE, Mo. - Geraldine ``Jerry'' Christopher Smith, 102, Marionville, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at a Marionville nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 15, 1894, at Monett. She resided most of her life in Monett. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church, Monett, Etta Gardner Garden Club, Ruth Circle at First United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Tulsa chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

She married Earl Harrison Smith on Oct. 25, 1915, at Joplin. He died Aug. 31, 1968.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Virginia McMasters, Green Valley, Ariz., Bettye Slater, Monett, and Jeanne S. Smith, Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at IOOF Cemetery, Monett, with the Rev. Mark Mildren officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Memorials may be made to the nurses' scholarship fund at Ozark Methodist Manor.

Mary Palmer

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Mary V. Palmer, 84, Halstead, formerly of Columbus, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Columbia Halstead Hospital, Halstead, after an illness.

Mrs. Palmer was born May 16, 1912, at Webb City, Mo. She grew up and attended school in the Reeds, Mo. area. She moved to Columbus in 1935.

She married Grant R. Palmer in 1931 at Reeds. He died in 1961. She was also preceded in death by a son and a daughter.

Survivors include two sons, Bob J. Palmer, Boise, Idaho, and Larry G. Palmer, Spring, Texas; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Pugh, Halstead, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus.

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

Eleanor Darrow

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GROVE, Okla. - Eleanor E. Darrow, 75, Grove, died at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Darrow was born April 24, 1921, in Barton County, Mo. She attended schools in Barton County and was graduated from Mindenmines (Mo.) High School in 1939. She was employed in retail sales for Golden Rule stores for many years. She moved to Grove three years ago. She was a member of Countryside Christian Church while she lived in Pittsburg, Kan., and was a member of First Christian Church, Grove.

She married Robert L. Darrow on June 9, 1940, at Pittsburg. He survives.

Other survivors include two brothers, Elbert Schneider, Redding, Calif., and Melvin Schneider, state of California; and three sisters, Vada Jackson, Grove, Bonnie Lou Shipman, Pittsburg, and Jean Morrison, Girard.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Countryside Christian Church. The Rev. Marvin Tunnell will officiate. Burial will be in Blackjack Cemetery, southeast of Pittsburg.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Friends may call at the mortuary after 2 p.m. today.

Minnie Ellison

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Graveside services for Minnie Erma Ellison, 84, Fairland, who died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wyandotte Cemetery. The Rev. Alan McIntyre will officiate.

Homer Karnes

QUAPAW, Okla. - Homer Ray ``Johnny'' Karnes, 76, Quapaw, died at 2:25 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Karnes was born Feb. 2, 1921, in the state of Oklahoma. He had lived in the Quapaw area most of his life. He worked as a farmer.

Survivors include two brothers, Rex Karnes, Quapaw, and Clay Paul Karnes, Picher; and two sisters, Margie Bradbury, Winfield, Kan., and Myrl Qualls, Springdale, Ark.

The body will be donated for medical research in Oklahoma City.

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


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