MARY KAY WALKER
Mary Kay Walker, 44, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City. She was born on Aug. 28, 1956 in Parsons, KS, the daughter of John O. Walker and May Belle Hatfield.
Mary worked and lived in the Kansas City area. She enjoyed her job working for a pharmaceutical company. Mary loved her pets and often said she was just a country girl at heart. Her family and friends were very important to her.
Mary is survived by her father, John O. and Roberta Walker-El Dorado Springs; her mother, May Belle Hatfield-El Dorado Springs; four sisters-Cheryl Lunday-Schell City, Pat Hunt-Oswego, KS, Jeannie Journot-El Dorado Springs and Lee and Gerald Driggs-El Dorado Springs; three brothers-John O. and Hilda Walker Jr.-Lawton, OK, Jim and Terri Walker-Oswego, KS and Jack and Sheryl Walker-El Dorado Springs; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liver Disease Research through the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
JOHN WILLIAM (JACK) WHITMER
John William (Jack) Whitmer, 70, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Overland Park, KS Regional Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 25, 1930, in Martinsburg, WVA, the son of Wesley and Mary Whitmer.
Jack was united in marriage to Melba Belcher on Sept. 23, 1951. To this union, two daughters were born, Paricia Letellier-Monroe, MI and Gale Terry-Lee's Summit.
Jack and Melba lived in Independence before retiring to El Dorado Springs in 1992. Jack was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked in construction and drove a truck for several years. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. Jack had a love for animals enjoying his mule and horses.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Mary Whitmer. Survivors include his wife, Melba, of the home; his two daughters, Patricia Letellier-Monore, MI, and Gale Terry-Lee's Summit; two brothers, Joe Whitmer-Brighton, TN, and Jerry Whitmer-Shepherdstown, W VA; his seven grandchildren-Renee Laforet, Anthony Letellier, Rachel Whitmer, Randal Letellier, Richard Letellier, Amy Hoover and Tiffany Terry; two great-grandchildren, Austin Whitmer and Jacob Hoover; numerous nieces and nephews; one aunt, Georgie Whitmer-Shepherdstwon, WVA; other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held on Saturday afternoon, March 17, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the Hazel Dell Cemetery under the direction of Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
HELEN R. WILLIAMS
Helen R. Williams, 94, Nevada, passed away Monday morning, March 19, 2001, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 5, 1906, in Ridgeway, MO, to the late James Martin Star and Anna Belle Jones Star. She was married Oct. 20, 1928, in El Dorado Springs to Lloyd C. Williams. He preceded her in death in 1973.
Mrs. Williams moved to El Dorado Springs at the age of five from Ridgeway and spent the remainder of her life in the El Dorado Springs and Nevada area. She worked at Harpy's in Nevada for many years. For 27 years she was a volunteer hostess at the Nevada Senior Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Anna R. Farmer-Nevada and Mary L. Williams-Holister; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one son, Earnest Eugene Williams, and one sister, Arabelle Elliott.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with Dr. William Cox officiating.
Friends called until the hour of the service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Ferry Funeral Home; 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
ARVID HENRY CARLSON
Arvid Henry Carlson, 93, passed away on Sunday morning, March 25, 2001, at the Christian Health Care in Nevada. He was born on Oct. 21, 1907, in Duluth, MN, the son of Andrew Henry and Edla Marie Carlson.
On Dec. 20, 1932, Arvid was united in marriage to Vina L. Preston. They were married for 63 years until Vina's death on Dec. 6, 1996.
Arvid and Vina made their home in El Dorado Springs for over 50 years, living in a house they had built at 500 S. Park. For a number of years, Arvid was employed by Witt's Printing Company and he also had a welding shop at his home for several years.
A member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs, Arvid was also a veteran of the United States Army.
Besides his wife, Arvid was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters. Survivors include his niece, Karen Story-Nevada; three nephews-Jerry Preston-California, Johnny Preston-Nevada and Ron Sibley-El Dorado Springs; great nieces and nephews.
Serivces were held on Tuesday morning, March 27, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Johnny Preston, Johnie Null, Tim Dade, Darren Preston, Gene Story and Jerry Stark.
MATTHEW BENJAMIN GAINES
Matthew Benjamin Gaines, 17, the son of David Keith and Carol Ruth (Vacca) Gaines was born Feb. 24, 1984, in Nevada and passed from this life on Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada.
Matt, who was currently a junior at Northeast Vernon County High School lived his entire life in Schell City and was always known for his warm, friendly and upbeat personality. Matt was also a lifelong Christian, growing up in the Schell City Christian Church before moving to the Park Street Christian Church in El Dorado Springs where he became active in their youth program. He was baptized there in January 1997. Recently he had been attending the Horton Methodist Church where his maternal grandparents are members.
Matt loved sports of all kinds, enjoyed video hames, the Beatles, contemporary Christian music and putting models together. Matt was also a past member of the Schell City 4-H Club. Just over a year ago he began driving--a 1984 Mercury Marquis, a car made the same year he was born. But the highlight of Matt's life came last year when the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation granted his wish for him and his family to travel to Alabama to the Talladega Speedway for the Nascar Finals. It was there that he met the drivers and was photographed with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Despite Matt's medical problems, this was a young man who always looked for the positive in everything and everyone. His life should be a testimony to all of us, the way he faced adversity should teach us all a lesson.
Survivors include his parents, David and Carol Gaines, of the home in Schell City; his brother, Joshua Gaines, also of the home; his paternal grandparents, Deloris and Ken Hiebert, Winona, MO; his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Patty Vacc, Horton; his great grandmother, Evangel Head, Puxico, MO; his aunts and uncles; Chris and Laurie Gaines and Kathi Lunday; and cousins; Aaron Gaines, Shane and Hannah Lunday and James Lundy; other relatives and many, many friends. Matt was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Gaines, and his grandmother, Ruth Vacca.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Schell City Christian Church with Pastors Jeff Randleman and Genevieve Guinn officiating. Musical selections of "In The Garden" and "Apples of Gold" were chosen. Pallbearers were Jared Hurley, Wilbur Price, Dustin Dowdell, Jerry Albin, Kendall Ogburn and Larry Buckles. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in care of the Farmers State Bank, Schell City.
MARY LOU JANES
Mary Lou Janes, 67, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2001.
Mary, the daughter of Fred and Goldie Crystal, was born on Oct. 1, 1933, in Forst Scott, KS. Mary grew up on the family farm until she was united in marriage to Robert Lee Janes on Oct. 29, 1950.
Robert and Mary have made their home in El Dorado Springs for the past 37 years. Mary retired from Dunbrooke Sportsware after a career of more than 30 years. After her retirement she enjoyed donating her time to local clubs doing volunteer work and spending time with family and friends. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, Fred Crystal, and two infant brothers. She is survived by her husband, Robert Janes, of the home; her mother, Goldie Crystal, Fort Scott, KS; her daughter, Kay McPeak, and her husband, Terry, El Dorado Springs; two sisters, Lucille Phillips-Baldwin City, KS and Jean Conner-Fort Scott, KS; one brother, Ed Crystal-Liberal; her grandson, Eric McPeak, and his wife, Kelly-El Dorado Springs; her granddaughter, Misty Butterfield, and her husband, Brandon; four great-grandchildren, all of El Dorado Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wendesday, March 28, at the El Dorado Springs Cememtery with Rev. R.B. Shoemaker officiating. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
CECIL LAURENCE LANE
Cecil Laurence Lane, 69, Lamar, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001.
He was born July 3, 1931, near Filley to Cecil Leslie Lane and Dot Blanch Mason Lane. He had resided in Barton County for seven years.
On Aug. 3, 1957, he married Joyce Elaine Bland.
Mr. Lane was an Air Force veteran from the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a vehicle maintenance supervisor at Nevada Habilitation Center.
He is survived by three children - Steve Lane and wife, Glenda - Tulsa, OK, Michael Lane - Lamar and Michelle Perkins and husband, Jack - El Dorado Springs; one granddaughter, Tina; and step-grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Davis, Tulsa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine Bland; two brothers, Donald Lane and Theo Lane; and two sisters, Ailsa Lane Ray and Phylis Lane Hale.
Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. There will be no service. Cremation was Feb. 28.
Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.