Ella W. Palmer
HAMILTON, Mo. -- Ella Wheeler (Stubblefield) Palmer, 79, Hamilton, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at a Hamilton health-care center.
Born June 2, 1919, in Braymer, Mo., Mrs. Palmer, a graduate of New York High School, lived all of her life in Caldwell County, Mo. She worked in the ASC office in Kingston before her marriage.
Mrs. Palmer was a member of Kingston, Mo., Federated Church, the church's Ladies Aid and was a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of Caldwell County American Cancer Society and Kingston Willing Workers 4-H Club.
On Sept. 24, 1940, she married Charles D. Palmer. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by a daughter Martha A.; her parents, Robert G. and Nina E. Stubblefield; and a brother, Donald L. Stubblefield.
Additional Survivors: two daughters, Dana Kavanaugh and Sandy Trosper, both of Hamilton; a brother, Dean Stubblefield, Saginaw, Texas; and five grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Kingston Federated Church, Kingston. Burial: Kingston, Mo. Cemetery. Visitation: after 9 a.m. today at Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton. Memorials may be made to Kingston Federated Church.
Charles W. Parsons
FOREST CITY, Mo. -- Charles W. Parsons, 71, Forest City, died Monday March 16, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Parsons drove a meat truck for Seitz Meats and later worked at Beattie Grocery, both of St. Joseph. He owned and operated the Parsons Sundries store in Forest City for more than 30 years.
Born Aug. 24, 1927, in Graham, Mo., Mr. Parsons, attended Lafayette High School in St. Joseph before moving to Forest City in 1946.
Mr. Parsons served in the Merchant Marines in 1945 and 1946. He was a member of the Forest City United Methodist Church and served on the church board.
On June 25, 1947, he married Charlott M. Munyon. She survives of the home.
Mr. Parsons was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. and Clarice I.
Additional survivors: a son, Charles J., Leadville, Colo.; a daughter, Saundra K. Markt, Forest City; three brothers, Paul E., Pahrump, Nev., Robert A., Stanberry, Mo., and Richard, Marysville, Wash.; three sisters, Charlene Masters, St. Joseph, Darlene Harris, Westminister, Calif., and Betty Robinson, Temple, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Forest City United Methodist Church. Burial: Forest City Cemetery. Visitation: after 9 a.m. today at Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon, Mo., where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight.
Oma F. Pierce
ALBANY, Mo. -- Oma Fern (Ferguson) Pierce, 93, Albany, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at an Albany hospital.
Born in Iberia, Mo., on June 22, 1905, Mrs. Pierce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Albany.
On July 16, 1921, she married Leslie J. Walters. He died in 1973.
She later married Morris Pierce on Aug. 2, 1976. He died in 1987.
Mrs. Pierce also was preceded in death by a son, the Rev. Harry Walters; her parents, Charels and Emma Ferguson; a brother, Frank Ferguson; and four sisters, Myrtle Helmes, Sylvia Moore, Eillen Jones and Ollie Thompson.
Surviving: three sons, Donely Walters, Leon, Iowa, Clinton Walters, St. Joseph, and Wayne Walters, Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters, Katherine Burgess, Trenton, Mo., and Pauline Roberson, Granite City, Ill.; a stepson, Bob Pierce, Jefferson City, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Carmeta Robertson, Ozark, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany. Graveside service and burial: 2 p.m. Thursday, Leon (Iowa) Cemetery. Visitation: friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church and Gentry County Memorial Hospital, both of Albany.
Frances L. Pistole
PICKERING, Mo. -- Frances L. (Drumm) Pistole, 87, Pickering, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at the Maryville, Mo., hospital.
Mrs. Pistole, born in Conway, Iowa, on Dec. 1, 1911, lived in Pickering since 1933.
A homemaker, she graduated from the Conway high school. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women; and Bloomdale Willing Workers Club, all of Pickering.
On Dec. 20, 1933, she married Harry A.W. Pistole in Bedford, Iowa. He died in 1993.
Mrs. Pistole also was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin R. and Verna Drumm; a brother, Darrel Drumm; and two sisters, Eleanor Olson and Arlene Duncan.
Surviving: a son, Richard, St. Joseph; a daughter, Marjorie Roush, Pickering; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, United Methodist Church, Pickering. Burial: Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville. Family visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Pickering; or St. Francis Hospice, Maryville.
GRANBURY, Texas -- Sherry (Boyer) Steingraber, 67, Granbury, formerly of St. Joseph, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Steingraber, born in St. Joseph on July 17, 1931, was a child-care provider. She resided in Granbury for 10 years.
She was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury.
On Dec. 24, 1958, she married Rudolph C. Steingraber in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He died in 1996.
Mrs. Steingraber also was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Zula Boyer.
Surviving: two sons, Wesley Reiley, Austin, Texas, and Tom Reiley, Kennedale, Texas; three daughters, Cheryl Middleton, Hurst, Texas, Mindee Porter, Hubbard, Texas, and Paulie Chiles, Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Boyd Boyer, Wichita, Falls, Texas, Virgil Boyer, Bedford, Texas, and Darrel Boyer, St. Joseph; a twin sister, Derry Landrus, Linn Creek, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. today, Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Lipan, Texas. Arrangements: Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury.
William R. Culbertson
PORTLAND, Ore. -- William Russell "Bill" Culbertson, 65, Portland, formerly of Union Star, Mo., died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at an assisted living residence.
Born in the Empire Prairie community, near Union Star, on Oct. 11, 1933, Mr. Culbertson spent his early years there and was a resident of Portland for more than 30 years.
He attended the Union Star high school and Baptist Church at Flag Springs, Mo.
Mr. Culbertson was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Jennie.
Surviving: two sons, Jimmie and Gary, both of St. Joseph; two sisters, Marilyn Gehrke, Clarksdale, Mo., and Carolyn Mosier, St. Joseph; and grandchildren.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday, United Methodist Church, Clarksdale. The body has been cremated. Arrangements: Caldwell Colonial Funeral Home, Portland.
Mary A. Darveaux
FALLS CITY, Neb. -- Mary A. (Majerus) Darveaux, 89, Falls City, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at the Falls City hospital.
Born in Rulo, Neb., on March 29, 1909, Mrs. Darveaux made her home on a farm at Rulo after her marriage and moved to Falls City in 1977.
She graduated from Mount St. Scholastica High School in Atchison, Kan. Mrs. Darveaux was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Falls City, where she was active in the Altar Society; Falls City Deanery of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and Catholic Daughters of America.
On April 10, 1929, she married Peter B. Darveaux in Rulo. He died in 1952.
Mrs. Darveaux also was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann M. Darveaux; her parents, Theodore and Genevieve Majerus; four brothers, Raphael, Joseph, Theodore and Ray Majerus; and five grandchildren.
Surviving: seven sons, Raymond, Loveland, Colo., Bernard and Norbert, both of Valley Falls, Kan., Gerard, Carter Lake, Iowa, Peter, Independence, Mo., Michael, Oswego, Ill., and Raphael, Falls City; four daughters, Mary G. Terry, Meriden, Kan., Barbara A. Schuetz, Preston, Neb., Rita Metzner, David City, Neb., and Joyce Sachs, Plymouth, Minn.; a sister, Leonora Campbell, Mountain View, Calif.; 38 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; a step great-grandchild; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Friday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rulo. Burial: church cemetery, Rulo. Catholic Daughters of America Rosary: 3 p.m. today at the Dorr Funeral Home, Falls City, and another Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Falls City.
Delarea B. Deardorff
AVALON, Mo. -- Delarea Belle "Della" (Keithley) Deardorff, 63, Avalon, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at the Liberty, Mo., hospital.
Mrs. Deardorff owned and operated the Deardorff Grocery. She also worked for the Girls State Training School in Chillicothe, Mo., for 141/2 years.
Born in Galt, Mo., on March 5, 1936, she was a member of the Mount Zion Church in Humphreys, Mo.
On Nov. 20, 1974, she married Donald Deardorff in Avalon. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Deardorff was preceded in death by her parents, Burton and Ireta Keithley.
Additional survivors: two sons, Fred Reed, Avalon, and Willie Deardorff of the home; four sisters, Phyllis Laughridge, Hale, Mo., Linda Quinn and Karen Reed, both of Chillicothe, and Sharon Drake, Chula, Mo.; two brothers, Larry Keithley, Avalon, and Don Keithley, El Paso, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Burial: Avalon Cemetery. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight. Memorials may be made to the Della Deardorff Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.
Beulah M. Gardner
BRECKENRIDGE, Mo. -- Beulah M. (Pruett) Gardner, 85, Breckenridge, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at the Chillicothe, Mo., hospital.
Born in Langwood, Mo., on Jan. 25, 1914, Mrs. Gardner, a homemaker, was the daughter of the late Ed and Mary L. Pruett.
On June 19, 1930, she married William H. Gardner in Columbia, Mo. He is deceased.
Mrs. Gardner also was preceded in death by two sons, two brothers and four sisters.
Surviving: four daughters, Betty D. Cruz, Hawaii, Thelmia Mallett, New Cambria, Mo., and Mary Allred and Carolyn Crooker, both of Breckenridge; six sons, Jack, Albany, Mo., Claude, Calvin and Joe, all of Breckenridge, Curley, Pattonsburg, Mo., and Guary, Elmer, Mo.; 36 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Baptist Church, Breckenridge. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Breckenridge. Visitation: after 2 p.m. today at the Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Vernal L. Kinnison
PRINCETON, Mo. -- Vernal L. "Skeeter" Kinnison, 73, Princeton, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 136, east of Bethany, Mo.
Mr. Kinnison, a farmer, was born in Mercer County, Mo., on Dec. 31, 1925. He was a member of the Mount Moriah, Mo., Baptist Church.
On Nov. 1, 1950, he married Beverly A. Cyphers. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors: two sons, Tim, Princeton, and Johnnie, Ridgeway, Mo.; two daughters, Sue Crabtree and Linda Casad, both of Bethany; a brother, Lilburn, Bethany; 14 grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday, Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany. Burial: Hamilton Cemetery, Princeton. Visitation: after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends after 7 tonight.
Beulah F. Krontz
BUTLER, Ind. -- Beulah Faye (Linville) Krontz, 93, Butler, formerly of DeKalb, Mo., died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at a health-care center in Butler.
Born in DeKalb on Dec. 31, 1905, Mrs. Krontz lived in Hamilton, Ind.
She was a cook for the Pokagon Park Lodge in Angola, Ind.
Mrs. Krontz was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; her parents, Fred E. and Ada Linville; three sisters, Venetta Waller, Gladys Word and Lola M. Linville; and a brother, Lester Linville.
Surviving: a sister, Mavis McClurg, DeKalb.
Private family graveside memorial service: at a later date at the Hamilton, Ind., Cemetery. Arrangements: Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Hamilton. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Georgia L. Lee
ROCK PORT, Mo. -- Georgia Louise (Million) Lee, 81, Rock Port, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. Lee and her husband, William, farmed in the Red Star area, north of Rock Port. In the early 1940s, the couple moved into Rock Port, where they operated a trucking business.
She also worked for the Crabtree DX Restaurant at Rock Port in the late 1940s, Rock Port Fountain and Watts Cleaners of Rock Port. And she was a route carrier for the St. Joseph News-Press and worked for the Community Services in Transportation for the Elderly in Rock Port. In 1982, she began employment with the Missouri Tourist Information Center in Rock Port, retiring in 1996.
Born in Rock Port on Sept. 2, 1917, she was a graduate of the Rock Port high school and a member of the Rock Port First Lutheran Church.
On June 5, 1935, she married William F. Lee. He died in 1967.
Mrs. Lee also was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Lee; her parents, George and Louise Million; two brothers, Floyd and John Million; and three sisters, Lillian Lewis, Jennie Hiatt and Marie Proudfit.
Surviving: two sons, Gerald, Tarkio, Mo., and Orville W., Shenandoah, Iowa; two brothers, Fritz Million, Coin, Iowa, and Oscar Million, Tarkio; and three grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday, First Lutheran Church, Rock Port. Burial: High Creek Cemetery, near Watson, Mo. Visitation: after noon today at the Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorials may be made to the Rock Port Nutrition Center or First Lutheran Church of Rock Port.
WINCHESTER, Kan. -- Harold Noll, 83, Winchester, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at a Topeka, Kan., hospital.
Mr. Noll, a farmer all of his adult life, also farmed with his father and brother in his earlier years. During World War II, he served in the Army.
Born in the Mooney Creek community near Winchester, he was a resident of a health-care center in Winchester for seven years and lived in Jefferson County, Kan.
He graduated from the Nortonville, Kan., high school and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Nortonville.
Mr. Noll was preceded in death by his parents, William and Katherine; and a brother, Arthur.
Surviving: a sister, Rachael Wagner, Nortonville.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Nortonville. Burial: church cemetery, Nortonville. Rosary: 7 p.m. Friday at the O'Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville, where family visitation will follow until 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church or St. Joseph's School.