SUZANNE T. BELLINGHAUSEN
Suzanne T. Bellinghausen, 73, was born June 22, 1927 in Leavenworth, KS to Henry and Bertha Theel. She passed away Feb. 13, 2001. As middle child of nine children, she discovered her appreciation for laughter and the human spirit from her family.
After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she moved to Kansas City, MO to find a job. There she met Paul Dean Lundy and they married on Dec. 24, 1946, Christmas Eve the day they both had off work.
In 1948, to try their hand at farm and family, they moved to Harwood. It was the last time she moved, even though farming proved difficult over the years. She grew deep roots in the area she soon loved and, by the sea of her love, the family bloomed even in drought.
Paul Lundy died prematurely in an automobile accident, October 1966. She was strong and supported her family working as a secretary for Walker High School. On Jan. 2, 1970, she married Jermone Leo Bellinghausen, who soon became the loving husband, father and grandfather.
An active member of her community, she served on the Harwood Township Board, taught ceramic and craft classes, danced with the Harwood Squares and was elected as the Township tax collector for several years. She gratefully performed all with a warm and open home.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome "Red" Bellinghausen; her five children-Cheryl L. Conway, Debbie Kay Hartline, Dan Alfred Lundy, Dennis Vernon Lundy and Catherine Ann Rinehart; 12 grandchildren-Tim Hartline, Wendy Salinas, Cindy Hartline, Danielle Klopfenstein, Jeffrey Conway, Brandon Emerson, Paul Lundy, Brian Lundy, Ashley Lundy. Sara Rinehart, Grace Lundy and Christine Lundy; three great-grandchildren-Cody Hartline, Sam Salinas and Sierra Hartline; her brother, Lawrence Theel, her sister, Bonnie Bradfield and many nieces and nephews. Along the way she also gathered other children into her life, enhancing all as her own. Suzanne, a mother and artist, could hardly separate her gifts. With her family as her mural, she colored each distinctly, blending life with love.
Funeral service were Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at the Schell City Christian Church, with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Musical selections were provided by Donna Fisher. Organist was Sharon Goodman. Pallbearers were Kenny Hallam, Louis Hallam, Dale Stark, Dennis Wallace, David Hines and Jerry Coy. Interment was in the Lefler Cemetery near Harwood. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, Vernon County Cancer Relief or the charity of the door's choice in care of the funeral home.
LYNN M. EWING
Lynn M. Ewing Jr., 70, passed away on Feb. 17, 2001 at his home in Nevada. He was born in Nevada on Nov. 14, 1930. He was the son of Lynn M. Ewing Sr. and Margaret Blair Ewing Coffey, and the nephew of James T. Blair, former Governor of Missouri. After graduating from Nevada High School in 1948 he attended Princeton University. He received an AB in 1952 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1954 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating second in his law school class. Mr. Ewing was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Nu fraternity and Order of the Coif. He married Peggy Patton Adams in Memphis, TN on July 10, 1954.
Mr. Ewing entered the United States Air Force and served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General Corps until he returned to Nevada in 1956, where he began the practice of law with the firm of Ewing, Ewing, Ewing, Carter and Wight. He continued to practice law with Ewing Law Firm until his death. He served as general counsel to Farm and Home Savings Association for 24 years, was a board member for 15 years and served as president for two years. He was a life member of the American Bar Association, a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Vernon County Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He served on the Missouri Bar Disciplinary Committee. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1961.
He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1959 and served three terms representing the citizens of Vernon and Barton counties. He earned recognition from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1960 as the best first term member of the house, and in 1962 as the member with the greatest growth in leadership. He was appointed by Speaker of the House Tom Graham to serve as the chairman of the Committee of the Whole during the impeachment proceedings against St. Louis Circuit Judge Poelker. He formerly served as the chairperson of the Vernon County Democratic Central Committee. Mr. Ewing was elected to Nevada City Council in 1967 and served six years, including two terms as mayor. He has served on the board of directors of the Nevada Regional Medical Center twice, the Nevada Library Board, as Vice President of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, on the Nevada Planning Commission and the Nevada Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a board member of Citizens State Bank, Nevada. He was a member of the Nevada Rotary Club and was named citizen of the year in 1975. He received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary. Mr. Ewing was a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church and served the church as a vestry member, senior warden and lector.
Mr. Ewing was appointed by Governor Warren Hearnes to serve on the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission and by Governor Mel Carnahan to serve on the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. He served as the current chairperson of the CBHE. He was a member of the Missouri Academy of Squires. He was a member of the Missouri Savings and Loan Association and the U.S. League of Savings and Loan Associations. He received a faculty Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He served on the Missouri Law School Foundation board of directors and was a member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Jefferson Club. He was a charter member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law Society and Mosaic Society.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Adams Ewing of the home; his brother, Blair G. Ewing-Silver Spring, MD; his daughter, Margrace Buckler and her husband, Kevin, and grandson, Morgan Lynn Buckler- Columbia; his daughter, Melissa Arnold, and granddaughter, Mary Kaitlin Arnold-Columbia; and his son, Lynn M. Ewing III, and grandsons, Andrew Ross Ewing and Christopher Blair Ewing-Nevada.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mimi Savidge and Rev. Scott Hall officiating. A second service was held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at All Saints Episcopal Church with Rev. Mimi Savidge officiating. Interment followed in the Deepwood Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested in his memory to All Saint's Episcopal Church, the Deepwood Cemetery Association or the American Cancer Society, in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.
SALVATORE "SAM" SPADA
Salvatore "Sam" Spada, 60, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born on May 30, 1940, in Detroit, MI, to Pete and Veta (Bosco) Spada.
He was married to Jeanette Steele on Jan. 11, 1970. They moved to El Dorado Springs in 1980 and opened a restaurant in Cedar Springs called the "Crossroads Inn", and five years later built a new one on Hwy 32 called the "Countryside Inn". After getting out of the restaurant business, he went to work at Blystone Cabinets as a cabinetmaker.
Sam served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He attended the Brown Military Academy. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #257, Eagles, Sons of Italy and a member of the Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father and one daughter, Vicki.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Spada, of the home; one son, Rick Spada, and his wife, Teresa-El Dorado Springs; his mother, Veta Spada-Fullerton, CA; two sisters, Josephine Salerno-Laguna Bench, CA and Linda Spada-Fullerton, CA; five grandchildren-Angelique (Spada) Overstreet, Viva Santana, Ambrea Penney, Justin Penney and Richard Spada; and eight great-grandchildren-Nicholas Coleman, Samantha Santana, Patrick Santana, Autumn Miles, Chayna Penney, Kylee Miles, Zayne Anderson and Macayla Killion.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Sheldon Chapel with burial in Mound Cemetery, near Filley under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. The family received friends at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday.
DR. WILLARD L. BRIGHT
Willard L. Bright, 90, of Lee's Summit, died Feb. 21, 2001, at Lee's Summit Hospital. Services were Saturday, Feb. 24, at the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit; burial in the Lee's Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit.
Dr. Bright began his pastoral ministry at the Prairie View Baptist Church near Drexel in the year 1934. He was later the pastor at Versailles for four years. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit for 27 1/2 years, when he retired in June 25, 1975. After retiring, he was the interim pastor for 23 different churches.
Denominational Ministries that he served included: president of the Missouri State Baptist Convention for two years, president of Missouri State Ministers Conference for one year, Missouri Baptist State Executive Board for 15 years, Missouri Baptist Executive Committee for nine years, moderator of Blue River Baptist Association for two years, trustee Southwest Baptist College (University) for six years, and trustee Southern Baptist Convention Hospital Board for six years.
He was a charter member of the Lee's Summit Rotary Club, being one of the five men who organized the club. He was a member for 31 years. He served as president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Rotary Club.
Some of his honors included: Life Service Award, Southwest Baptist University, Doctor of Divinity Degree, William Jewell College, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Lee's Summit.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Thelma, of the home; three daughters-Wilma Dee and husband, Richard Halford-Overland Park, KS; Carolyn and husband, Daniel Lambert-Baldwin City, KS and Nancy and husband, John Nichols-Lake Ozark; six grandchildren-Kenton Halford, Christopher Halford, Michelle Musselman, Kristian Hatfield, Dennis M. Lambert and Anastasia Larson; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit.
HELEN E. RICE
Helen E. Rice, 90, formerly of Lamar, passed away Monday morning, March 26, 2001, at the Neosho Senior Center.
She is survived by one son, Douglas Rice, Lamar, and one daughter, Judy Hubbard, Neosho.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time, but are being handled by Clark Funeral Home in Neosho. Phone number 417-451-2345.
TWILA ROSE (BROWN) CAPPS
Twila Rose (Brown) Capps, 78, Raymore, passed away March 1, 2001, at Research Medical Center. Twila was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Schell City to Albert and Edna Hillsman.
Services were Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Charter Funerals/Earp and Sons Chapel; burial was in Memorial Park Cemeter immediately following.
Twila reitred to Texas and lived in Florida until 1994 when she moved to Kansas City to be with her family. She was a member of Raytown Church of Christ. Twila was preceeded in death by two husbands, Ray Brown and John M. Capps; her son, Kenneth Brown, and stepson, Robert Brown; and one brother, Clarence Hillsman. The loved ones she leaves behind are her son, Frank D. Brown-Raytwon; three brothers-Clyde Hillsman (Max)-Schell City, Clark Hillsman-El Dorado Springs and Jim Hillsman-Warrensburg; eight grandchildren: Frank Jr.-Raymond M., Michael K.,-Lance, Scott and Vickie Brown, Stefanie Faith, Kerrie Liddelow; and one great granddaughter, Jamie Liddelow. She has many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends who will help keep her memory alive. Twila devoted her life to her family and will be greatly missed.
Maynard Garrison, 80, departed this life on March 1, 2001, after an extended illness. He was born March 11, 1920 in Cedar County to Carrie and Calvin Garrison.
He was a lifelong resident of Cedar County. Maynard spent some years at Stockton Group Home before moving into his own home in El Dorado Springs.
Maynard is survived by his guardian, Karen Jackson, and a host of extended family that will greatly mourn his passing. Maynard really enjoyed his friends and was fond of having parties at his home, no matter the occasion. He was an avid gardener and took meticulous care of his plants.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Eula Garrison. Service were Sunday, March 4, at Hackleman Funeral Home with burial in Clintonville Cemetery. Pall bearers were Chuck Dalton, Jerry Brasher, Dan Williams and Victor Tallman. Honorary pallbearers were Roscoe Gamble and Ron Burnau.