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Edna Belt

Edna Belt, 94, formerly of Joplin, died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at a nursing home in Wauwatosa, Wis., after an illness.

Mrs. Belt was born Nov. 4, 1902, at Joplin. She was a resident of Joplin all her life until she moved to Wisconsin a few years ago. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran.

She married James Luther Belt. He died July 5, 1968.

Survivors include a daughter, Versa Reichert, Greendale, Wis.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Lowell Rossow officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Karen Bryson

Karen Lee Bryson, 58, Plano, Texas, a former Joplin resident, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Bryson was born Aug. 29, 1938, in the Kansas City area. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkway Hills Baptist Church, Plano.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Bryson; two daughters, Jill Brinson, Plano, and Jody Koscielniak, Tulsa, Okla.; and eight grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parkway Hills Baptist Church, Plano.

Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Directors, Allen, Texas.

Contributions may be made to Hospice or Parkway Hills Baptist Church, Plano.

Vera Goodwin

Vera Irene Goodwin, 72, 809 Katherine Ave., died at 1:16 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, after a long illness.

Miss Goodwin was born July 21, 1924, at Horton, Kan. She lived in Joplin most of her life and was graduated from Joplin High School and the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She was a violinist with the Army Field Services in Japan and Germany. She had been a reporter for The Joplin Globe and taught elementary school in Joplin for a number of years.

Survivors include a sister, Lee Harned, Joplin.

No services are planned. The body will be taken to the University of Kansas for medical research.

Olen Hibdon

NEOSHO, Mo. - Graveside services for Olen Hibdon, 85, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parris Cemetery, Parris, Calif.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Rita Boyd, Neosho; and two sisters, Ruth Beaver, Republic, and Lily Henley, Springfield.

Wilma Culbertson

NEVADA, Mo. - Wilma Culbertson, 85, Nevada, died Monday night, May 19, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Culbertson was born March 29, 1912, in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Moundville after World War II. She and her husband operated a farm in Moundville until his death. She moved to San Jose, Calif. for a time and then to Nevada, where she lived until her death.

She married LaVern Culbertson in 1944. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Vivian Faulkner, San Jose; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Harwood Cemetery, Harwood, Mo.

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

Lucile Householder

MILO, Mo. - Lucile Palmer Householder, 87, Milo, died Monday, May 19, 1997, in a Nevada nursing center after an illness.

Mrs. Householder was born Oct. 25, 1909, at Milo. She had lived in Milo all of her life. She was a rural schoolteacher for 31 years and retired in the early 1970s. Her last position was as a first-grade teacher at Nevada. After retirement, she pursued painting.

She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.

She married Roy J. Householder on Oct. 4, 1926. He died Dec. 17, 1983.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Householder, Mountain Home, Ark., and Karl Householder, Milo; two daughters, Helen Cosley, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Riva McMannis, Aurora, Colo.; a sister, Olga Dahmer, Milo; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at noon Friday at Olive Branch Cemetery, south of Milo. The Rev. John Nichols will officiate. Pallbearers will be Karl D. Householder, Frank Eitemiller, Larry Frakes, Jim McMannis, Don McMannis and Jamie McMannis.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada.

Fernetta Hutton

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Fernetta ``Susie'' Hutton, 81, Carthage route 3, died at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at a Sarcoxie nursing home after a several-month illness.

Mrs. Hutton was born March 10, 1916, near Lockwood. She lived most of her life at rural Carthage, except for a few years at Gooding, Idaho. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She married Ralph Hutton on Nov. 6, 1951. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Tony Stiles, Golden City; a daughter, Julia ``Judy'' Williams, Joplin; two sisters, Violet Frieze, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Glenna Ellis, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Raymond Schnelle, Springfield; and two grandchildren.

Services are pending at Housh Funeral Home at Sarcoxie.

Lydia Lehman

LAMAR, Mo. - Lydia Marie Lehman, 3-year-old daughter of Craig and Darlene Lehman, Lamar, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

She was born Jan. 6, 1994, in Lamar. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church, Springfield.

Additional survivors include a brother, Christopher Lehman, of the home; and three sisters, Misty Jo Lehman, Patricia Lehman and Heather Lehman, all of the home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. James Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Oakton (Okla.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Long, Christopher Lehman, Samuel Lehman, Isaac Lehman, Rustan Crockett and Matt Hoilien.

A memorial fund in Lydia's name has been set up the Lamar Bank & Trust.

Clyde Mallory

LAMAR, Mo. - Clyde Wesley Mallory, 83, Lamar, died at 10 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at Lakeview Healthcare Center, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mr. Mallory was born May 15, 1914, at Oskaloosa. He was a Lamar resident for the past four years. He worked in the water service department of Kansas City Southern Railroad for 32 years in Oskaloosa, Stotesbury, Pittsburg, Kan., and Heavener, Okla. He later owned and operated Mallory Plumbing, Liberal, for 17 years.

He was a member of Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, Lamar. He had served as a deacon at First Baptist Church, Liberal. While living in Pittsburg, he helped build Trinity and First Southern Baptist Churches.

He was a member of Hermon Masonic Lodge No. 187 of Liberal since 1947.

He married Ruth LaVerne Rouse on Feb. 15, 1936, at Oskaloosa. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jerry Mallory, Liberal; two daughters, Carol Beck, Lamar, and Dolores ``Dody'' Gross, Tulsa; a brother, Chuck Mallory, San Marcus, Calif.; two sisters, Naomi Weaver and Clara Allene Day, both of Liberal; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, Lamar, with the Rev. Gordon Rhodes and the Rev. Jackie Harris officiating.

Burial will be in Liberal City Cemetery, Liberal.

Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lohmeyer Konantz Funeral Home. Visitation will follow.

Pallbearers will be Scott Day, Jim Weaver, Lonnie Weaver, Gary Cambers, Larry Beisley and Bob Hopkins.

Contributions may be made to Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church.

Donald Mariea

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Donald James Mariea II, 53, Fulton, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at his home after a long illness. He was the son of Martha Priscilla Schwandt Young, Carthage.

Mr. Mariea was born Nov. 18, 1943, in the state of Ohio. He was graduated from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., and the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. He practiced law at Whitlow, Riley, Mariea and Dunlap law firm in Fulton and served as city attorney for Fulton for a number of years.

He was a member of the City of Fulton Police Personnel Board, Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association, Rotary Club, and First Christian Church, where he served as a deacon.

He married Donna ``Jo'' Browning Clark on Sept. 13, 1986. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Schuyler Mariea, Jefferson City, Robert Mariea and David Mariea, both of the state of Colorado; a daughter, Josephine Mariea, state of Colorado; a stepson, Calvert Clark, Amissville, Va.; a stepdaughter, Andrea Clark, Ash Vale, England; two half brothers, John Cobb Young, Joplin, and Robert Young Jr., Carthage; one granddaughter; and two stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Maupin Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Raymond McCallister Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Fulton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the education fund at First Christian Church, Fulton, or the Youth Life Improvement Association, in care of Jack McBride, Fulton.

Martha P. McCord

GALENA, Kan. - Martha Pam McCord, 91, 109 W. Empire St., died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 1997, in a Galena nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. McCord was born Sept. 26, 1905, at Lebanon. She had lived in Galena for five years, where she moved from Joplin, Mo. She lived most of her life in Sapulpa, Okla.

She was a member of Rock Creek Assembly of God Church, Sapulpa.

She married Arch McCord on July 17, 1926. He died Aug. 4, 1953.

Survivors include a stepson, Chester McCord, Sapulpa, and more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Audie Tash will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Ruth Couch

QUAPAW, Okla. - Ruth Garrett Couch, 78, Quapaw, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Couch was born in Picher, Okla., Nov. 11, 1918. She moved to Quapaw from the Miami/Picher area. She was the social director of a Quapaw nursing home for several years.

She was a member of the Southeast Baptist Church, Miami.

She married the Rev. Leslie Couch, Jr. on June 15, 1967 at Miami. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Ted Garrett, El Reno, Okla.; a daughter, Susan Lloyd, Pittsburg, Kan.; three stepdaughters, Kim Baldwin, Miami, Ida Parkison, Cardon, Okla., and Mary Spicer, Miami; one brother, Warren Gough, Noel, Mo.; one sister, Christina Willard, Joplin; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

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

Willo McLain

PICHER, Okla. - Willo McLain, 88, formerly of Picher, died at 1:40 a.m. at a doctor's hospital in Dallas, Texas, after a long illness.

Mrs. McLain was born Feb. 9, 1909 at Bushy Head, Okla. She taught home economics at Picher High School for 35 years. She moved from Picher to Dallas 25 years ago.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, Picher. She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Picher, and the Order of Worthy Matrons, Picher.

She married Harold L. McLain. He died Dec. 14, 1969.

Survivors include a daughter, Emma Lou Plott, Dallas; a sister, Lela Hathway, Picher; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

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

Bessie McMurray

GROVE, Okla. - Bessie McMurray, 87, Grove, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at Grove Nursing Home after a long illness.

Mrs. McMurray was born June 27, 1909, at El Dorado, Okla. She worked as a housekeeping supervisor at St. Mary's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. She moved to Grove in 1993.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Worthy Matrons, both of Kansas City, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

She was a Baptist.

She married Rex McMurray in 1970 in Kansas City. He died in 1992.

Survivors include a son, Deryl Wright, Magnolia, Ark.; a daughter, Allison Winkler, Noel, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sarah Huskey and Jennie V. Binder.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove, with the Rev. Ken Siemens officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Hermon Cemetery, Jay.

Pallbearers will be Larry Huskey, Arlow Wales, Tommy Wright, Johnny Frost, Johnny Winkler and David Wilhelm.

John Rhein

John Edward Rhein Jr., 39, 213 Patterson Ave., died at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at his

home after a sudden illness. The death is being investigated by the Joplin Police Department and a deputy coroner from the Jasper County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Rhein was born July 18, 1957, in the state of New Jersey. He moved to Joplin 10 years ago. He was a cook at several local restaurants, including Travetti's in Joplin.

Survivors include his parents, John and Patrice Rhein, address unavailable; two brothers, James Rhein, address unavailable, and another brother, whose name and address were unavailable; and a sister, whose name and address were unavailable.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Parker Mortuary.

Rubie Bowman

JASPER, Mo. Rubie Bernice Palmer Bowman, 83, Jasper, died at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday, May, 20, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness.

Mrs. Bowman was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Barton County, near Lamar. She was a lifelong resident of the Jasper area.

She was a rural school teacher in Barton and Jasper counties and taught for three years in Webb City. She was a substitute teacher for 20 years at schools in Jasper, Alba and Carl Junction.

She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church, near Oronogo, and taught Sunday School there for more than 40 years.

She married Earl Bowman on Nov. 7, 1942, at Pittsburg, Kan. He died June. 18, 1979.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Bowman, Hartsburg, Stephen Bowman, Springfield, and William Bowman, Lamar; a brother, James Palmer, Pittsburg; a sister Jean Bower, Jasper route 2; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-stepgrandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Providence Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery, west of Jasper.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.

Contributions may be made to New Providence Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Lora Dickerson

GREENFIELD, Mo. Lora Pyle Dickerson, 99, Greenfield, died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at a nursing home in Lockwood after an illness.

Mrs. Dickerson was born March 20, 1898, in Dadeville. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Greenfield.

She married John F. "Vance" Dickerson on Nov. 27, 1919, in Greenfield. He died Sept. 19, 1984.

Survivors include two daughters, Aldora Gass, Greenfield, and Maida Loekrke, Bismark, N.D.; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Bald Mound Cemetery, northeast of Greenfield. The Rev. Gene Clack will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri or a charity of the donor's choice.

Mary Ford

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Mary C. Ford, 83, 304 Leonard Ave., Carl Junction, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Ford was born June 8, 1913, in Woodward, Iowa. She moved to the area eight years ago from Denver, Colo. She was a registered nurse and had worked at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colo., before she retired in 1972. She was a member of Crotian Fraternal Union in Denver.

She married Thomas L. Ford on Nov. 23, 1957, in Denver. He died June 5, 1994.

Survivors include a son, Mark Ford, Carl Junction; a daughter, Anne Atherton, Carl Junction; two brothers, Ralph Jackovich, Parry, Iowa, and Eddie Jackovich, Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Mildred Armstrong, Billings, Mont., and three grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. The Rev. Rick Jones will officiate.

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

Fernetta Hutton

CARTHAGE, Mo. Services for Fernetta "Susie" Schnelle Hutton, 81, Carthage route 3, who died Tuesday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

B.A. Austin, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery.

Ovel Jones

NEOSHO, Mo. Ovel O. Jones, 79, 427 W. Coler St., died at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a sudden illness.

Mr. Jones was born March 16, 1918, at Duenweg. He returned to Neosho in 1983 from St. Louis. He had worked as an aircraft mechanic for McDonnell-Douglas. He retired in 1982 from Recho Systems in St. Louis.

He served in the Air Force from 1941 to 1943. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4142 and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include a son, James Jones, Neosho; five daughters, Lyn Pendergraft, Neosho, Rose Chambers, Phoenix, Ariz., Peggy Grammer and Marian Anweiler, both of Tulsa, Okla., and Carol Haggard, Goodman; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Max Patterson, minister, will officiate.

The body will be cremated.

Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Ray Levaugh

LAMAR, Mo. Ray Edwin Levaugh, 87, Lamar, died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Levaugh was born April 19, 1910, at Sheldon. He was a lifelong resident of Barton County.

He was a farmer in the Iantha area and worked several years for Lawn Boy and 13 years for O'Sullivan Industries, both of Lamar.

He was a Baptist. He served on the Barton County Central Township Board for many years.

He married Eunice Sarah Workman on Sept. 15, 1933, at Camdenton. She died March 4, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Erma Lee Williams, Iantha; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Verle Ray Hughes, Charles Dermott, Bill Workman, Kevin Butler, Jerry Wayne Workman and Jack Workman.

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

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

Nolan Price

LAMAR, Mo. Nolan Price, 80, Shawnee, Kan., formerly of Lamar and Joplin, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, in a Merriam, Kan., nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Price was born April 11, 1917, at Floydada, Texas. He moved to Joplin after he was graduated from Lamar High School. He was with the mail-processing equipment division of the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a member of Shawnee United Methodist Church.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Rever, West Bloomfield, Mich.; a brother, Thomas Price, Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Hattie Potter, Escondido, Calif.; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Amos Family Chapel, Shawnee. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Cemetery, Lamar.

Contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or Kansas City Hospice.

Merle Bailey

GIRARD, Kan. Merle G. Bailey, 69, Girard route 3, died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Girard Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Bailey was born Aug. 13, 1927, near Girard. He attended a rural school near Farlington. He spent most of his life in the Girard area. He was a farmer and rancher. He worked for Parsons Livestock for several years.

He married Rose Mengarelli on Sept. 7, 1945, in rural Girard. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Billy Bailey, Medicine Lodge, and Larry Bailey, Arma; a daughter, Kaye Bradshaw, Girard; a brother, Leo Bailey, Joplin, Mo.; a sister, Gladys Cunningham, Woodland Hills, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Friskel Funeral Home, Frontenac. The Rev. Tom Stroot will officiate. Burial will be in Girard City Cemetery.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to the Girard American Legion's Big Flag Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Ruth Couch

QUAPAW, Okla. Services for Ruth Garrett Couch, 78, Quapaw, who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

The Rev. Fred Doerge will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Larry Flaming, Steve Hunter, Wayne Moore, Clayton White, Fred Conrad and Nick Shade.

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

Willo McLain

PICHER, Okla. Willo McLain, 88, Dallas, Texas, a former Picher resident, who died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

The Rev. Bill Richey will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Ron Sparkman, Johnny Sparkman, Tommy Crawford, Clarence "Doc" Houston, Tommy Houston and Charlie Pyle.

Mrs. McLain was graduated in 1927 from Picher High School and was graduated from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi sorority. She was a member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, Dallas, and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Picher.

Survivors include three great-grandchildren.

Bessie Warden

QUAPAW, Okla. Bessie D. Warden, 89, Quapaw route 1, died at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at a nursing home in Picher after a long illness.

Mrs. Warden was born Feb. 27, 1908, at Granby, Mo. She moved to Quapaw several ago from Aurora, Colo. She had owned and operated a grocery store in Quapaw. She also had worked for Armour Packing Co. and the Safeway grocery store, both in Denver, Colo. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Quapaw.

Her husband, Harley Warden, died March 24, 1972.

Survivors include two daughters, Billy J. Hyde, Aurora, Colo., and Thelma Olson, Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Margaret Holder, Quapaw, and Lois Edwards, Wellsville; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.


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