Miscellaneous McDonald County, Missouri Obituaries

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Betty Joyce Dent
Aug. 23, 1931 - Feb. 9, 2001
Betty J. Dent was born Aug. 23, 1931 in a farmhouse south of Rocky Comfort. She passed away Feb. 9, 2001. She was of the Baptist faith.
Betty worked 14 years on a dairy farm in Kansas and nine years in a garment factory in Missouri.
She married Ray Dent in 1960. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Gray of Wichita, Kan.; her husband, James; three grandsons, Kevin Brannan and his wife, Melissa, Jeremy Brannan and Christopher Brannan; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Anthony Brannan; one sister, Norma Prewitt of Wheaton, Mo.; and one brother, Don Richmond of Newton, Kan.
Services were held graveside at Rocky Comfort Cemetery Feb. 12, 2001 under the direction of Wheaton Funeral Home.

Earnest D. Mason
Feb. 2, 2001
Earnest D. Mason, 72, Shawnee, Kan., passed away at his home Friday, Feb. 2, 2001.
Services were held Monday at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee with burial at Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held Sunday at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Shawnee.
Mr. Mason was born in Goodman, Mo., and lived in the Shawnee area since 1937. He was a retired sheet metal worker for J and L, Inc. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shawnee, Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 and was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home; two sons, Rick Mason of Shawnee and Eric and his wife Chandall Mason of Olathe, Kan.; two daughters, Melanie and her husband Darrell Stevens of Spring Hill, Kan., and Vicki and her husband David Watson of Briston, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Neely of Kansas City, Kan., and Lorene Dunbar of Kansas City, Mo.

June Marie Pogue
May 19, 1921 - Feb. 6, 2001
June Marie Pogue, 79, of Anderson, Mo., passed away, Feb. 6, 2001 at Naples, Fla.
June was born May 19, 1921 in Dent County, Mo., to the late Clark and Lucille Halbrook. She spent the first 14 years in Salem, Dent County, Mo., then moved to Neosho where she attended and graduated from Neosho High School.
She married Joe H. Pogue Feb. 18, 1949 in Bentonville, Ark. He survives.
Additional survivors include three sons, Larry, Joey Warren, John Henry; one daughter, Mary Jane Montagut; four grandchildren, Angela Love, Julie Breckenkamp, James Terrell Pogue, Cozette Tatum Montagut; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Breckenkamp, Conner Breckenkamp; one brother, the Rev. Kenneth Halbrook of Nicholasville, Ken.
The memorial service for June Pogue was held Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Anderson, Mo. Tom Ellis officiated.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to: First Baptist Church, Larry Pogue Art Scholarship Fund at East Central Community College or Crowder College Foundation Art Scholarship in care of the Ozark Funeral Home.

Marie Goodall
Nov. 10, 1925 - Feb. 3, 2001
Mrs. Marie Goodall, 75, of the Southwest City, Mo., area died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001 at 1:15 p.m. at Grove General Hospital in Grove, Okla., after a fall and sudden illness.
Mrs. Marie Goodall was born Nov. 10, 1925 in Seneca, Mo., to the late William Earl and Eliza (Bland) Martin. She had lived in the Southwest City are since 1958. She had also lived in Jay, Okla., and went to high school there. She attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Southwest City, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jessie Glenford Goodall, who died Dec. 1, 1991, her son Earl Lee Martin, who died Sept. 12, 1986, and one brother, Billy Joe Martin.
Surviving is one brother, James Bland Martin of Columbus, Ga., and one sister, Lula Conway of Lawton, Okla.
Graveside services for Mrs. Marie Goodall were held Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 at the Bland Cemetery in Wyandotte, Okla. Chief Leaford Bearskin conducted the Indian rites.
Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Southwest City, Mo., where the family received friends.

Myrtle Nichols Anderson
March 8, 1916 - Feb. 5, 2001
Mrs. Myrtle Anderson, 84, of Jane, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at 1:30 a.m. at her home after an illness.
Mrs. Myrtle Anderson was born March 8, 1916 in Jane, Mo., to the late David Nichols and Josie Sears Nichols of Jane, Mo. She had lived in the Jane are all of her life. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, and was loved by many nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Anderson was the oldest living member of the Simsberry United Methodist Church and served Communion for 37 years.
She was the loving wife of Murrel Anderson for 67 years; loving mother to M.L. Anderson of Noel, Mo., Bill Anderson of Jane, Mo., Jack Anderson of Anderson, Mo., Joyce Marrs of Jane, Mo., and Joan Whitehead of Carthage, Mo.; loving grandmother to nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was a loving sister to Kathryn Lofts of Grove, Okla., and Leona Crumb of Spiro, Okla.
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Anderson were held Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 at the Simsberry United Methodist Church in Jane, Mo. The Rev. Kay Mills and the Rev. Ray Rumbo officiated. Burial was at the Jane Cemetery in Jane.
Pallbearers were John Anderson, John Wabaunsee, Roger Meppin, Troy Henson, Bill Bena and Freddie Banks.
Visitation was held Feb. 7, 2001 at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, where the family received friends.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Simsberry United Methodist Church or Quality Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Ruth Van Every
Feb. 9, 1915 - Feb. 11, 2001
Ruth Van Every died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001 at a local nursing home. She was born Feb. 9, 1915 in Wardlaw, Ark., which is now Bella Vista, child of Charles Clarence and Mary Ellen McCool Wardlaw.
She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and making quilts to give to her family and friends. She was also a charter members of the Rogers Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Loy Van Every of the home, who she married in 1941; one son, Leslie Jack Van Every; and his wife, Sharon, of Norman, Okla.; two brothers, W. J. Wardlaw of Stella, Mo., Ronnie Wardlaw of Pineville, Mo.; numerous nephews and nieces; and numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces.
Graveside services were held Feb. 13, 2001 at Wardlaw Cemetery near Brightwater, Ark. Elder George Panter officiated. Music was by Emily Combs.
Visitation was held Feb. 13 at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Ark.
Memorials may be sent to Meals on Wheels in Rogers, Ark.

Joye L. Bennett
April 13, 1931 - April 3, 2001
Joye L. Bennett, 69, of Seneca, Mo., died Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 1:40 a.m. at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., after an illness.
Joye Bennett was born April 13, 1931 in West Allis, Wis., to the late Dwight Andrew and Jessie Grace (Hayes) Mentzer. She lived most of her life in the Seneca, Mo., area. She was a member of the Hope Community Church in Seneca, Mo. She worked at the Tyson Poultry Plant in Neosho, Mo., for several years.
She married Clyde Bennett Dec. 4, 1950 at Bentonville, Ark. He survives of the home in Seneca.
Additional survivors include one son, Thomas Bennett of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters, Bonnie Wetzel of Seneca, Mo., and Kelly Holt of Fayetteville, Ark.; one sister, Elnora “Babe” Weber of the state of Wisconsin; five grandchildren, D.J. Bennett, Michelle Wetzel, Robin Wetzel, Lindsey Holt and Victor Bennett; two great-grandchildren, Shyanne Bennett and Sierra Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Daniel Clyde Bennett, Dec. 9, 1998.
Graveside services for Joye Bennett were held Thursday, April 5, 2001 at Cumming Cemetery in Tiff City, Mo. The Rev. Johnny Merriman officiated.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at the Ozark Funeral Home, where the family received friends.
Memorials may be given to Trinity Christian Academy, 2450 S. Lincoln, Siloam Springs, AR 72761.

Charles G. Pierce
Jan. 5, 1930 - April 2, 2001
Mr. Charles George Pierce, 71, of Noel, Mo., died Monday, April 2, 2001, at 4:06 p.m. at Beverly Health Care of Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Mr. Charles Pierce was born Jan. 5, 1930 in Worthington, Minn., to the late Edward and Ruby (Young) Pierce. He has lived in this area for the last 22 years, coming from Kansas City, Mo. He was a retired captain in the U.S. Marines after over 20 years of service. He was a former chairman of the Ginger Blue Trustees.
He married Bettilou Irene Field March 10, 1955 in Moscow, Idaho. She survives of the home in Noel.
Additional survivors include three sons, Daniel Pierce of Robstown, Texas, Charles Pierce, Jr. of Australia, and David Pierce of Noel, Mo.; one brother, Ken Pierce of the state of California; and three grandchildren.
Cremation will be done at the Bella Vista Crematory in Bella Vista, Ark. A gathering will be held Friday, April 6, 2001, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel, Mo.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, Rose Walker’s Team for the McDonald County “Walk for Life” in care of Ozark Funeral Home.

Rosalee Wills
Jan. 15, 1940 - April 4, 2001
Geneva “Rosalee” Wills, 61, Seneca, Mo., went to be with the Lord at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her home in Seneca, following a long illness.
Mrs. Wills was born Jan. 15, 1950 in the Hart Community, south of Seneca. She graduated from Seneca High School in 1957 and also attended the former Hart School. She was a member of the Wyandotte Nation and a member of the Hope Community Church south of Seneca.
She and Lewis Wills were married Feb. 22, 1958 at the former Hart Methodist Church and he survives.
She is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Teresa Wills of Anderson, Mo., and Tony and Debbie Wills of Joplin, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jeff Spiva of Seneca; an “adopted” daughter, Diane Miller of Vancouver, Wash.; her mother, Ivie Robbins of Seneca; two brother, Don Brown of Baxter Springs, Kan., and Ron Brown of Olathe, Kan.; five sisters, Anna Wills, Beverly Farmer, Neoma Roark and Kathy DeWeese, all of Seneca, and Zelda Francis of Bremond, Texas; nine grandchildren; and three adopted grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Brown, on June 11, 1959.
Rosalee will be missed by her many relatives and friends.
Services will be held Friday, April 6, 2001 at 1 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. The Rev. Johnny Merriman and the Rev. Ronnie Tosh will officiate. Burial will be in the Swars Prairie Baptist Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the Rev. Roy Scribner, the Rev. Wes Hembree, Larry Marlow, the Rev. Carlin Thompson, Slick Loyd and Roger Mills.
Friends called Thursday at the Clark Funeral Home, where the family received friends.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Wills may be made to the Southwest Missouri Hospice, c/o Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.
The family will be at the home of Nancy Spiva, Seneca.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.

Jennibel Paul
March 16, 1921 - March 31, 2001
Mrs. Jennibel Paul, 80, of Neosho, Mo., formerly of Noel, Mo., died Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 9:16 p.m. at Freeman-Neosho Hospital in Neosho, Mo., after a short illness.
Mrs. Jennibel Paul was born March 16, 1921 in Pittsburg, Kan., to the late Robley D. and Ila Grace (Sellers) Evans. She was raised in Pittsburg, Kan., and lived in Southwest City, Mo., from 1945 until 1954 when she moved to Noel, Mo., where she lived until moving to Neosho, Mo., in 1991. She was a member of the Noel United Methodist Church, where she was the organist for many years. She received her B.S. in Education from Pittsburgh State Teachers’ College. She taught school at Southwest City, Mo., from 1945 to 1947, and at Noel, Mo., from 1960 to 1966. She was head of the English-Drama Department of McDonald County High School in Anderson, Mo., from 1966 until her retirement in 1984.
She married James L. Paul May 23, 1947 at Pittsburgh, Kan. He preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1976. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marilyn.
Survivors include three sons, Abe R. Paul of Neosho, Mo., Lee C. Paul of Noel, Mo., and James M. Paul of Neosho, Mo.; one daughter, Ann M. Rhodes of Neosho, Mo.; six grandchildren, Jordan Paul, Ryan Land, Austin Paul, Taylor Paul, Spencer Paul and Emily Evans Paul; two sisters, Doris Scroggins of Columbus, Kan., and Roberta E. Carr of Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jennibel Paul will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Noel United Methodist Church in Noel, Mo. The Rev. Bob Ewens will officiate. Burial will be in the Southwest City Cemetery in Southwest City, Mo. The casket will not be opened at the church.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Land, Abe R. Paul, James M. Paul, Jordan Paul, Lee C. Paul and Ann M. Rhodes.
Visitation for Mrs. Jennibel Paul will be held Monday, April 2, 2001 from noon until 8 p.m. at Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo. The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Anderson from 7 until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the McDonald County High School drama department or the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin in care of the funeral home.

Gwendolyn Ygerne Baxter
Oct. 22, 1917 - March 28, 2001
Gwendolyn Ygerne Baxter, 83, of Rogers, Ark., died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at her home in Rogers.
She was born in Beloit, Kan., Oct. 22, 1917 to L.A. and Wanda Wayman Baxter.
Miss Baxter moved to the Rogers area in 1958 and was an Executive Assistant at Daisy Manufacturing in Rogers for 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jacqualyn Baxter Howard.
She is survived by one brother, Rex Baxter of Astoria, Ore., and by two nieces and two nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at Benton County Memorial Park, Rogers, with Steve Howard officiating. There will be a visitation at Callison-Lough Funeral Home Monday, April 2 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Russell Curtis
June 8, 1904 - March 27, 2001
Russell Curtis, 96, of Adair, Okla., died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 6:05 p.m. at Rosewood Terrace Nursing Center in Vinita, Okla., after an illness.
Russell Curtis was born June 8, 1904 in Madison, Okla., to the late Franklin Giles and Maude Melissa (Lewis) Curtis. He had lived in Adair, Okla., since September of 1987, coming from Southwest City, Mo., where he and his wife resided for many years. He was a farmer and loved to fish. He and his wife loved going to the Senior Citizen Center in Southwest City, Mo.
He married Charlotte Elizabeth “Dollie” Carpenter on Oct. 29, 1942 at Jay, Okla. She preceded him death Dec. 14, 1987.
Survivors include three sons, Lyle Edward Curtis of Adair, Okla., Gary Franklin Curtis of Peyton, Colo., and Wayne Harlan Curtis of Adair, Okla.; a daughter, Melissa Jeanne Dodson of Marshfield, Mo.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services for Russell Curtis will be held Friday, March 30, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Southwest City, Mo. The Rev. Mike Whiteley will officiate. Burial will be in the Zena Cemetery in Zena, Okla.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Southwest City Senior Citizen Center.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Ozark Funeral Home in Southwest City, where the family received friends.

Tony Reeves
Sept. 16, 1935 - March 26, 2001
C. Tony Reeves, 65, of Anderson, Mo., died Monday, March 26, 2001 at 7:10 a.m. at his home after a short illness.
Charles Tony Reeves was born Sept. 16, 1935 in Jackson County, W.V., to the late Carl Cecil Reeves and Vernice Lockhart Reeves. He had lived in Anderson for 13 years, coming from Parkersburg, W.V. In Parkersburg, W.V., he worked for Brockway Glass Co.
He married Shirley Estep in Pineville, Mo., on Jan. 2, 1988. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his mother, Vernice Reeves of Schenectady, N.Y.; one son, Chris McCloy of Boston, Mass.; one sister, Marie Mosier of Schenectady, N.Y.; six stepsons, Rockie Estep of Washburn, Mo., Rickie Estep of Noel, Mo., Mickie Estep of Bentonville, Ark., Dickie Estep, Nickie Estep and Mikie Estep, all of Tallahasee, Fla.; two grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.
Cremation will be done by the Bella Vista Crematory in Bella Vista, Ark. The family visited with friends Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson from 1 until 3 p.m.

Curtis Bilby
Dec. 2, 1984 - March 24, 2001
Curtis Warren Blackfox Bilby, 16, of Washburn, Mo., died Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 1:45 a.m. at the scene of a one-car accident on Highway 90 near the Barry County line.
Mr. Curtis Bilby was born Dec. 2, 1984 at Tahlequah, Okla., to George Warren and Carolyn Jean (Blackfox) Bilby. He had lived most of his life in the Washburn area. He was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church and was a sophomore at McDonald County High School in Anderson, Mo.
Survivors include his parents; a paternal grandmother, Moila Bilby of Washburn, Mo.; a maternal grandmother, Viola Grimmitt of Stillwater, Okla.; two brothers, Nathan Blackfox of Tahlequah, Okla., and Ron Bilby of Washburn, Mo.; and two sisters, Stacy Bilby of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Nicole Bilby of Washburn, Mo.
Funeral services for Curtis Bilby were held Monday at 10 a.m., March 26 at the Cassville United Methodist Church in Cassville, Mo. The Rev. John Gregory officiated. Visitation was held at the church Monday from 9 a.m. until service time. Missouri service was under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.
A wake service will be held Monday evening at Olive Baptist Church in Moody, Okla. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at Tahlequah, Okla. Oklahoma service was under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Okla.

Eileen Patricia Watson
March 15, 1946 - March 24, 2001
Eileen Patricia Watson, 55, of Anderson, Mo., died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at 8:38 a.m. at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.
Eileen Watson was born March 15, 1946 in Jersey City, N.J., the beloved daughter of the late Peter and Catherine (Crean) Shine. She had lived in McDonald County since 1990 and in Anderson for seven years, coming from Southwest City, Mo. She was a home care provider at Green Meadows in Anderson, Mo. She was Catholic. Eileen will always be remembered as a beautiful person inside and out. She had much warmth and compassion for all living things. Many will remember her with love.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Watson of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Elaine Johnston of Anderson, Mo.; two sisters and their husbands, Margaret and Joe Potocki of California and Kay and Art Bransky of Pennsylvania; five nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Eileen Watson will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at the New Bethel Cemetery in Anderson.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 26 at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson from 2 until 8 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


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