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Clara Ensor

Clara Elizabeth Hayden Ensor, 71, 2406 Fairlane Dr., died at 10:06 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where she had been a patient since

June 9, after a sudden illness. Mrs. Ensor was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Carl Junction. She had lived in the Joplin area her entire lifetime.

She was a 1943 graduate of Carl Junction High School. During World War II, she worked for the Navy Department in San Diego, Calif. She then worked at the former Elder's Shirt Manufacturing Co., the former Vicker's Inc., and for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

From 1968 to 1975, she was employed by the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority of the City of Joplin, serving as secretary, acquisition and relocation specialist and as the administrative assistant. During her tenure, neighborhood improvements were made to Northeast Joplin, the Parr Hill Park area and the downtown Joplin area. She was also instrumental in the organization and development of the Housing Authority of the City of Joplin.

She served as the administrative assistant of the City of Joplin's Community Development Block Grant Program department from 1975 until her retirement April 1, 1991. During her tenure with the CDBG program, she was involved in the rehabilitation of hundreds of housing units throughout Joplin, construction of the Broadway viaduct, and improvements to 32nd Street east and west of Maiden Lane. She was a member of Royal Heights United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Allan Ensor, Columbia, Bob Ensor, Joplin, and Terry Ensor, Grandview; her mother, Dona Hayden, Joplin and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997 at Royal Heights United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Louie Lowe officiating.

Burial will be at Carl Junction Cemetery with Allan Ensor, Bob Ensor, Terry Ensor, David Vanwinkle, Pedro Pantoja and Alan Cress serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joplin United Way.

Elvin Miller

Elvin Miller, 70, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at 3 a.m. at a Kissimmee nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Miller was born July 15, 1916, in Carl Junction. He graduated from Joplin High School. He later received a ministerial degree from the Phillips University in Enid, Okla. He was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include three sons, Michael and David Miller, both of Kissimee; and Nicholas Miller, Charlotte, N. C.; a brother, Herbert Miller, Aberdeen, Miss.; and a sister, Mrs Lee Davis, Joplin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The burial was Friday, June 13. Arrangements were under the direction of Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee.

Burial was at the Osceola Memory Garden in Kissimmee.

Mollie Storey

Mollie Wright Storey, 47, 1366 Crest Drive, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at her home, after a long illness.

Mrs. Storey was born Aug. 7, 1949, at Mexico, Mo.

She graduated from high school in Columbia, Mo., in 1967; received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1971; received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976; and completed residency and her Master of Veterinary Anesthesiology degree from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. She achieved board certification in the specialty of Veterinary Anesthesiology in 1981. She wrote a number of research and review articles published in veterinary journals and texts.

She held the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 1979 to 1982. After leaving Colorado, she and her husband moved to Spring Green, Wis., and lived there four years before moving to Joplin. They owned Academy Animal Hospital and Bradlin Boarding and Grooming until she retired due to disability in 1991.

She had been an officer or board member of the Joplin Family Y, Lafayette House, the Joplin Humane Society, the Joplin Area Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and a past member of the Joplin Soroptimists Club.

She married Mark R. Storey on Nov. 29, 1980, in Columbia. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, David Storey, and a daughter, Meg Storey, both of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson A. Wright, Columbia; and a sister, Margaret Wright, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin, with the Rev. William Christman officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Pastor's Fund, Joplin Family Y, or St. John's Hospice.

Oliver Weak

Oliver J. Weak, 85, Joplin, died at 7:10 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Weak was born Feb. 14, 1912, at Tabor, Iowa. He moved to Joplin from Iowa fourteen years ago. He was a maintenance man for the Thomas D. Murphy Calendar Co., Red Oak, Iowa.

Survivors include a son, Larry Weak, Joplin; two daughters, Patricia Linke, state of Colorado, and Betty Head, state of Iowa; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin, until Wednesday morning. The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McCord Bend Baptist Church, McCord Bend, Mo., with the Rev. Gene Swofford officiating.

Christina Bond

NEOSHO, Mo. — Christina M. Bond, 83, Marionville, Mo., formerly of Neosho, died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at a Marionville nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Bond was born May 17, 1914, at Burke Berrett, Texas.

She moved to Neosho from California in 1977 and to Marionville in 1993. She was a homemaker most of her life, and attended the former Elm Springs Rural School, Neosho. She received her teaching certificate in Springfield, Mo.

She was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church, the Rebecca Lodge, and, while living in Neosho, a member of the Freeman Neosho Hospital Auxiliary. She was honored June 5, 1997, by the Ozark Methodist Manor as one of 12 volunteers selected for the year.

She married Thomas D. Bond on Feb. 29, 1936, at Newton County. He died Dec. 30, 1984.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Oakwood Cemetery, southwest of Neosho, with the Rev. John C. Harp officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Woodard-Freund Funeral Home, Neosho.

Wayne Bryant

GRANBY, Mo. — Wayne W. Bryant, 79, Granby, died at 11:35 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Bryant was born Aug. 15, 1917, at Pierce City. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a crop and cattle farmer, and a self-employed trucker. He last worked for MFA at Neosho, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church near Granby and an active member of the men's Sunday school class at the church.

He married Marie Doty on Feb. 4, 1939, at Neosho. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Chester W. Bryant, Neosho; a daughter, Connie Branham, Granby; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Tom Casady and the Rev. Larry Neil will officiate. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery, Boulder City.

Pallbearers will be Todd Bertalotto, Rusty Talbert, Bill Lewis, Jim Lewis, Bruce McDermott, Sanford VanSlyke and Terry White.

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

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Gene Eubanks

MONETT, Mo. — Orville Eugene "Gene" Eubanks, 78, 206 E. County St., died at 12:18 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Springfield, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Eubanks was born Feb. 7, 1919, at Jenkins. He lived in Monett for the past 30 years. He was a foreman in the leather department at Jumping Jack Shoe Co., Monett, retiring in 1974.

He married Betty Frazier on April 25, 1969. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Arville Eubanks, Crane, and Dewayne Eubanks, Cotter, Ark.; a stepson, Raymond Walker, Monett; two stepdaughters, Connie Carlson, Lawton, Okla., and Linda Phipps, Monett; three brothers, Jack Eubanks, Aurora, Nick Eubanks, Marionville, and Ray Eubanks, Hurley; two sisters, Lorena Friend, De Funiak Springs, Fla., and Ilene Thurman, Aurora; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the IOOF Cemetery, Monett, with the Rev. Bruce Hayes officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Vivian Farris

MILLER, Mo. — Vivian LaVaughn Farris, 69, died at 5:05 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at a Mount Vernon nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Farris was born April 13, 1928, at White River, S.D. She moved to Miller in 1965. She was a homemaker.

She married Ray Farris on Dec. 23, 1955, at Quartzsite, Ariz. He survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, LaNell Richardson, Canton, Ohio, and Gerry Tennis, Miller; three sisters, Melva Pattison, Many, La., Margaret Henson, Wofford Heights, Calif., and Doris Leach, Miller; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, with the Rev. Bruce Rinker officiating. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens, south of Miller.

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

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospitals.

Mavia Hicks

PURDY, Mo. — Mavia Hicks, 85, Purdy, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at a motel in Cassville, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. Hicks was born April 2, 1912, at De Witt, Ark. She had lived in Arkansas, Kansas, and several years in Washington, Iowa.

She married Hollis "Speck" Hicks on Oct. 30, 1963, at Blaine County, Okla. He survives.

After her marriage, she lived at Eureka Springs, Ark., for 10 years. While living in Eureka Springs, she worked for a gift shop for five years. In November 1971, she moved to Butterfield, where she worked at Howerton Shoe Store for several years. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Additional survivors include a stepdaughter, Vera Price, Carlsbad, N.M.; and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, with Gene Henbest officiating. Burial will be in Log Church Cemetery, Butterfield.

Bill Morgan

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Memorial services for Bill R. Morgan, 68, Mount Vernon, a former Joplin resident, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the New Life Christian Center, Joplin.

The Rev. Steve Morgan will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Veteran's Home, Mount Vernon. Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary.

Clarence Morrow

IANTHA, Mo. — Clarence A. Morrow, 70, Salina, Kan., formerly of Iantha, died Friday, June 13, 1997, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina.

Mr. Morrow was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Dade County. He lived 36 years in Salina after moving from the Iantha area. He worked for the City of Salina, the Sanitation Department, and the golf course. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Bowling League, and past president of Crossroads C. B. Club, both of Salina.

He married Betty Morrow. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Thelma Jackson, Salina.

He was preceded in death by a son.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Salina.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Roselawn.

A second service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jackie Harris officiating. Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Levi Morrow, Joe Shaver, Carrol Lee, Tom Lee, Clyde Hall, and Lee Wessler.

Lucile Oxendine

PIERCE CITY, Mo. — Edna Lucile Oxendine, 85, Springfield, formerly of Pierce City, died at 3:42 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at a Springfield nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Oxendine was born Nov. 24, 1911, at Monett. She had lived most of her life in the Pierce City area. She was a teacher and taught at Jolly School near Pierce City.

She married Charley Oxendine on April 1, 1932, at Neosho. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Ralph David Oxendine, Cheney, Kan., and Leon Oxendine, Springfield; two daughters, Naomi White, Springfield, and Norma Loveland, Bedford, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City, with the Rev. Dan Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Berwick Cemetery, near Pierce City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Lorene Richardson

MOUNT. VERNON, Mo. — Lorene Richardson, 96, Mount. Vernon, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Richardson was born May 18, 1901, at Mount Vernon.

She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and attended Drury College, Springfield.

She and her husband operated a dry cleaning and laundry business in Mount Vernon. She was a member of First Christian Church, Mount Vernon, since 1929; a member and past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Roberta Chapter No. 89, since 1923; and a former member and past president of the Home Culture Club. She was a descendant of some of the first settlers in Lawrence County.

She married Dwight Richardson on Oct. 7, 1923. He died April 11, 1962.

Survivors include three nieces and a nephew.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Jerry Zanker officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society , Springfield.

Darrell Riggle

NEOSHO, Mo. — Darrell C. Riggle, 82, Neosho, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Riggle was born Jan. 24, 1915, at Capps, Ark. He moved to Neosho in 1922. He was a welder for Missouri-Rogers, Joplin, retiring in 1972.

He was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church.

He married Clurcy Tippit on June 10, 1939, at Seneca. She survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Blake, Neosho; a son, Michael Riggle, Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Vivian Sage, Columbus, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

The body has been taken for cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Richard Riner

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Graveside services for Richard E. Riner, 66, who died on Saturday, June 14, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. today at Fasken Cemetery in Carthage.

The Rev. Charles Crisman will officiate. Arrangements are under the Knell Mortuary.

LaVerne Yount

LAMAR, Mo. — LaVerne E. Yount, 77, Lamar, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Yount was born July 17, 1919, at Ithaca, Neb. She lived in Lamar since 1988, when she moved from Fremont, Neb. She taught rural schools in the Fremont area for 16 years, retiring in 1958. She was also a homemaker and a member of the Lamar congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She married Walter Kyle Yount on Oct. 24, 1942, at Papillion, Neb. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Yount, Siloam Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Barbara Sanford, Fairbanks, Alaska; five grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar, with Bill Booth officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Jasper.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Contributions may be made to the Lamar Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Mabel Biggerstaff

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RIVERTON, Kan. — Mabel Doris Biggerstaff, 103, Riverton, died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at a Galena, Kan., nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Biggerstaff was born Jan. 5, 1894, at Morgan County, Mo. She had lived in the Riverton area since 1976. She was a member of the Riverton Friends Church.

She married Ralph D. Ferry in 1914 in Ladue, Mo. He died in January 1916. She married Howard D. Biggerstaff on Dec. 24, 1924, in Passaic, Mo. He died Dec. 21, 1979.

Survivors include a daughter, Geneva York, Baxter Springs, Kan.; two sisters, Ruth Schubert, Butler, Mo., and Fern Doll, Amsterdam, Mo.; two grandchildren; five great-grand-children; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, with the Rev. Sheldon Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell.

Pallbearers will be Dale Kirk, Lefty VanAuker, Leo VanAuker, Bill Sweeten, Stan Pickering, and Clark Hall.

Violet Blevins

MIAMI, Okla. — Services for Violet Blevins, 95, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

The Rev. Gordon Chirillo officiating. Burial will be in the Ottawa Indian Cemetery, southeast of Miami.

Pallbearers will be Berle Allen Blevins, Karl Wright, David Wright, Ryan Bohnstedt, Brent Nodine, and Rusty Winn.

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

Memorial contributions may be made the Harvest Time Tabernacle, Miami, in care of the funeral home.

Arepha Butts

FAIRLAND, Okla. — Arepha P. Butts, 87, died at 9:24 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Butts was born Oct. 4, 1909, near Council House, Okla. She was a lifetime area resident. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1932. She was a homemaker and a member of the Council House Friends Church, the Fairland Jolly Workers County Extension Group, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Aza Alexander Chapter.

She married Glen E. Butts on Feb. 2, 1933, at Seneca, Mo. He died Aug. 14, 1992.

Survivors include a son, Max Butts, Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Carolyn Fisher, Fairland; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Council House Meeting House, with the Rev. Laurence Pickard officiating. Burial will be in the Council House Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Coyne, Ike Mustain, Darren Burrows, Charles Wheeler, Bill Brodrick, and Vernie Collins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Marvin Roden

MIAMI, Okla. — Marvin Dale Roden, 49, Miami route 3, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Roden was born March 20, 1948, at Vinita. He had lived in the Miami area most of his life. He owned and operated Roden Auto Body Shop, Miami. He was a member of Northeast Baptist Church, Miami. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.

Survivors include two sons, Jacob Wayne Roden, Miami, and Justin Dale Roden, Afton; his father and stepmother, Jack and Joyce Roden, Miami; and two stepsisters, Sue Teeters, Miami, and Marilyn Cornog, Sand Springs.

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Geneva Smart

GROVE, Okla. — Geneva Smart, 79, Grove, died at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Smart was born May 30, 1918, at Sparta, Mo.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge, Olympia, Wash.

Her husband, Gene Dock Smart, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sisters, Imogene Jones, Carl Junction, Mo., and Juanita Patterson, Springfield, Mo.; and one grandson.

She was also preceded in death by a son.

No services are planned. The body will be cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

Elizabeth West

GROVE, Okla. — Elizabeth Daisy West, 83, Grove, died at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. West was born on Dec. 19, 1913, in Bristol Okla. She was a homemaker and a Protestant.

She married Thomas R. (Wick) West on Aug. 26, 1928, in Baxter Springs, Kan. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1965.

Survivors include four sons, Jim West and Larry West, both of Grove, Bob West, state of Minnesota, John West, Harlingen, Texas; two daughters, Gladys Allen, Tulsa, Okla. and Doris West, Grove; two sisters, Mary Wright and Alice West, both of Grove; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. John E. Butler will officiate. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Grove.

Stella Craig

Stella M. Craig, 95, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long

illness. Mrs. Craig was born July 29, 1901, at Memphis, Tenn. She had lived in Joplin since 1977, when she moved from Stella. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Her husband, Jack Craig, died in 1977.

Survivors include two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Greg Snow officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Laurel Puffinbarger

Laurel Ellsworth Puffinbarger, 74, 2831 Illinois Ave., died at 2:21 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Puffinbarger was born June 12, 1923, in Pittsburg, Kan. She lived in Joplin since 1956, moving from Riverton, Kan., and was a 1940 graduate of Pittsburg High School. In 1944, she received her bachelor of science degree in home economics from Pittsburg State University. From 1947 to 1948, she served as assistant registrar at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Joplin, and a third-grade Sunday School teacher there for 10 years. She was also a Crosslines volunteer.

She married A.R. "Bob" Puffinbarger on Jan. 7, 1944, at Iola, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Michael Puffinbarger, Frontenac, Kan.; a daughter, Kay Puffinbarger, Joplin; a grandson; and a granddaughter.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Bill Dowdy

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Bill Dowdy, 73, Mount Vernon, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 1997, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Dowdy was born July 5, 1923, in Lawrence County. He had lived in Mount Vernon since 1960, moving from California.

He owned and operated a car dealership.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 137, Mount Vernon, and Elks Lodge Post No. 409, Springfield.

He married Jewel Carter on Aug. 3, 1940, at Ozark. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Bruce Dowdy, Oklahoma City, Okla., Michael Dowdy, Sonoma, Calif., and Steve Dowdy, Mount Vernon; a daughter, Kathy Dowdy, Ozark; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Paul Ray and the Rev. Gary Gilmore officiating. Burial will be in Rock Prairie Cemetery, Halltown.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Vivian Farris

MILLER, Mo. — Services for Vivian LaVaughn Farris, 69, who died at 5:05 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. today at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller.

The Rev. Bruce Rinker will officiate. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller.

Contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospitals.

Mavia Hicks

PURDY, Mo. — Services for Mavia Hicks, 85, Purdy, who died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at a nursing home in Cassville, Mo., after an illness, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Gene Henbest will officiate. Burial will be in Log Church Cemetery, Butterfield.

William Pelster

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — William Helmet Pelster, 92, Mount Vernon, died at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a short illness.

Mr. Pelster was born April 18, 1905, at Tarkio. He lived on a farm with his wife in Shenandoah, Iowa, until their retirement in 1975, when they moved to Bentonville, Ark. He sang in the church choir for many years and was a violinist in an Arkansas musical group.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945 in the anti-tank company, 311th Infantry, in the Ardennes, central Europe and the Rhineland. He was awarded three bronze stars and a Good Conduct medal.

He married Frieda Fischer on March 19, 1948, in Kansas City. She died July 22, 1989.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lockwood, with the Rev. Gary Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Mienret Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lockwood Funeral Chapel, Lockwood.

Lee Rattles

MONETT, Mo. — Lee Harold Rattles, 67, Monett, died at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Rattles was born May 4, 1930, at Warrenton. He moved to Monett 18 years ago from St. Louis. He retired in 1968 after serving with the special forces in the U.S. Army. He was a Catholic.

He married Linda Bergesch stet on Dec. 15, 1964, at Warrenton. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Jimmie Rattles, William Rattles, Kevin Rattles and Harold Rattles, all of Monett; six daughters, Connie Farger, Portland, Ore., Debbie Budd, Jonesburg, Mo. Lavonne stet Belcher and Robbin stet Etheridge, both of Monett, Lisa Rattles, Silex, Mo., and Cara Howe, Pierce City; a sister, Wilma Bergesch, Hawk Point; Mo. 24 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. John Braun stet will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City (Mo.) Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Ward

JASPER, Mo. — Charles W. Ward, 81, Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Jasper, died at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at St. Joseph Health Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Ward was born April 19, 1916, in Jasper.

He married Betty Cambers; she survives.

The body was cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel, Overland Park.

Margrete Wiele

ALBA, Mo. — Margrete stet Ellen Wiele, stet 73, Alba, died at 11:03 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after several years of ill health.

Mrs. Wiele was born July 17, 1923, at Jefferson City. She moved to Alba six years ago from Leavenworth, Kan. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Pat Wiele, Liberty Lake, Wash.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son.

The body has been cremated. No services are planned.

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

Carl Wilson

GREENFIELD, Mo. — Carl Allen Wilson, 59, Lathrop, formerly of Greenfield, died at 9:55 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1997, at North Kansas City Hospital, Kansas City, after a short illness.

Mr. Wilson was born April 18, 1938, in Greenfield. He was a retired clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a Baptist.

He married Ligia Mendoza on April 18, 1996, at Union Star. She survives.

Additional survivors include six stepsons, Patrick Mendoza, Frank Mendoza, Fermin Irizarry, Juan Irizarry, Modesto Irizarry, and Luis Irizarry, all of the home; his parents, Paul and Blanche Wilson, Golden City; a brother, Paul Wilson, Lansing, Mich.; and a sister, Betty Schilling, Lockwood.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield, with the Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Wetzel Cemetery, west of Greenfield.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.

Helen Workman

LAMAR, Mo. —Helen Jean Workman, 75, Lamar, died at 2:31 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a short illness.

Mrs. Workman was born April 26, 1922, at Sheldon. She lived in Barton County most of her life. She had owned and operated Workman Grocery Store at Iantha.

She married Jewell B. Workman on Aug. 27, 1938, in Lamar. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jack Workman, Nevada, and Jerry Workman, Liberal; four daughters, Jill Butler, Jean Overstreet and Jolene Selvey, all of Liberal, and Judy Marti, Lamar; a sister, Janie Dermett, Liberal; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Iantha (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Marty Green will officiate.

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

Alvin Hopkins

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Alvin Wilson "Doc" Hopkins, 84, formerly of 413 E. 20th, died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at a Pittsburg nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Hopkins was born April 29, 1913, at Shenandoah, Iowa. He was a lifetime resident of Southeast Kansas. He attended Waco High School until the 10th grade. He worked as a heavy-equipment operator at the Frito Construction Co. for nearly 23 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pittsburg, American Legion Post No. 64 and American Association of Retired Persons.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, enlisting Oct. 10, 1942. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant on Nov. 30, 1945.

He married Phyllis Boldrini on Oct. 2, 1954, in Girard. She died Feb. 3, 1995.

Survivors include two sisters, June Davis, Joplin, and Louis Ytell, Springfield, Ill.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Highland Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Thomas Stroot officiating. Flag folding rites will be performed by the Benjamin Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ruth Polston

PITTSBURG, Kan. —Ruth E. Polston, 92, Lawrence, a former Pittsburg resident, died Monday, June 16, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Polston was born Sept. 15, 1904, at Driftwood, Okla. She moved to Lawrence in 1961 from Pittsburg. She was a homemaker, pianist and song writer.

She married John L. Polston on July 15, 1926, in Alfalfa County, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Fayanne stet Hoffmann, stet Joplin, Mo., Shirley Jo Miller, North Providence, R.I., and Jonnie stet Ruth Polloc, stet Independence, Mo.; a son, Stephen Lee, Lawrence; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

The family will receive friends after the service at her home, 410 Nebraska St., Lawrence.

Jewell Simpson

GALENA, Kan. — Jewell L. Simpson, 77, Galena route 2, died at noon Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Simpson was born Feb. 11, 1920, at Nixa, Mo. She had lived in Galena since 1949, moving from Joplin, Mo. She was a homemaker.

She married Henry Simpson on April 15, 1939, at Joplin. He died Aug. 11, 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Richard Henry Simpson and Johnnie Carl Simpson, both of Galena, Floyd Eugene Simpson, Beaufort, S.C., and Charles Edward Simpson, Lloyd Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada; three daughters, Lorene Powers, Joplin, Linda Kay Hernandez, Neosho, Mo., and Dixie Turley, Albuquerque, N.M.; three brothers, Verlin Young, Champagne, Ill., George Elmer Young, Nixa, Mo., and Kenneth Joe Young, Springfield, Mo.; four sisters, Marcella Wood and Joyce Perryman, both of Aurora, Mo., Mary Ellen Brown, Wichita, and Florence Michael, Marionville, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Roy L. Derfelt will be the eulogist. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Pallbearers will be Richard Lee Simpson, Jeff Simpson, Dave Kupish, Craig Powers, Wayne Cossey and Doug Fuller.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Joplin.

Mark Youngblood

GALENA, Kan. — Mark Owen Youngblood, 35, 611 N. Columbus St., was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. The death is under investigation.

Mr. Youngblood was born June 6, 1962, at Baxter Springs. He was a lifetime Galena resident. He was employed as water supervisor for the city of Galena, working there for the past three years. He was a member of Sixth Street Baptist Church, Galena.

He married Cindy G. Sanders on Oct. 5, 1984, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Mark O. Youngblood II, Jake Youngblood, Lucas Youngblood and Curtis Youngblood, all of the home; six brothers, Jay Youngblood, Ed Youngblood, Jessie Youngblood and Kenneth Youngblood, all of Galena, Donald Youngblood Jr., and Guy Youngblood, both of Baxter Springs; two sisters, Donna Ann Potter, Quapaw, Okla., and Phyllis Thompson, Baxter Springs.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, with the Rev. Joel Dorris officiating.

James Morris

GROVE, Okla. — James Robert Morris, 71, Grove, died Sunday, June 15, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Morris was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Wagner County near Broken Arrow, Okla. He was a mechanic for the Ford dealership, Grove, for 32 years. He had also worked as a mechanic for Grove Public Schools for 10 years.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific.

He married Gerry Pollan on Nov. 2, 1951, at Huntsville, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jimmy Morris, Grove, and Jay Morris, Anderson, Mo.; two daughters, Debra Nowlin and Donna Miller, both of Grove; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove, with the Rev. John E. Butler officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Marvin Roden

MIAMI, Okla. — Services for Marvin Roden, 49, who died Monday, June 16, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami, with the Rev. Leslie Couch Jr., officiating. Burial will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Danny Baker, David Baker, Dee Baker, Doug Nutting, Jeff Webster, and Wesley Cloud.

Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail.


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