HAZEL LORENE BAILEY MOSHER
Hazel Lorene Bailey Mosher, 82, was born Dec. 5, 1908 in Stotts City, Mo. to Amanda Josephine Elliott Bailey and George R. Bailey. She passed away Sept. 23, 2001, at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, KS. Preceding her in death is her husband William Edwin Mosher, six brothers and sisters-William Bailey, John Bailey, George Bailey, Edith Keeling and Cora Theiss and a half sister, Jenny Bitner. Surviving are her three daughters-Donna L. Mosher Harleman, Lillian L. Mosher and Wilma J. Mosher Burnett; eight grandchildren-Donald Ray Harleman, Rita Louis Harleman Ryser, Ronald Earl Harleman, Cheryl Lynn Mosher Cook, Brian James Francis, William Ray Francis, Dr. David James Burnett and Angela Burnett Resch; six great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by all her friends but fondly remembered by everyone who had the privileged to know her.
When Hazel was about three years old, her father was killed in a mining accident. Her mother was pregnant with her brother, George, at the time. She soon remarried a man she thought would be a good husband to her and be a good father to her children. This proved to be very wrong.
Hazel's older brothers, Bill and John, decided to run away from the abuse and she was sent to Oklahoma to live with an aunt and uncle. She was an unwanted addition and was treated accordingly. Her formal education was very limited since she had to spend most of her time doing household chores and working in the cotton fields.
As a young adult, Hazel moved to Schell City to live with another aunt and uncle, Hattie and Charlie McDaniel, her new family proved to be a much improved home for her and she loved them dearly.
It was during this period that she met her future husband, William Edwin Mosher. All his friends affectionately knew Edwin as “Pistol”. They were married Dec. 24, 1931, in El Dorado Springs. They lived in the Schell City area where they farmed. They had three daughters-Donna Louise, Lillian Loraine and Wilma June. Hazel was a devoted mother, wife and a fine Christian women. She was always proud to say she never had a babysitter and she was always home waiting when her daughters came home from school. She was eager to stop her work to listen to all the thrilling (and some not so thrilling) stories of her daughters' day.
Hazel never met a stranger. She was very proud to tell everyone she met that she was from “Schell City, Missouri, down in Vernon County”.
Hazel worked as a cook in the Schell City Public Schools for 15 years. She loved every minute of it. She loved the hundreds of students whose lives she touched and they loved her. (They especially loved her homemade hot rolls and fresh baked cookies).
Life was never easy for Hazel. Just at the time when the kids were grown and gone and life should have been a little easier, her husband, Edwin, suffered a stroke. She cared for him in their home for about 10 years until his death on July 7, 1980.
Even though life was filled with trials and tribulations, few people, not even her closet friends ever knew of the sorrow and heartbreak that she often felt. She had the ability to put aside the problems of her personal life and approach those around her with a warm heart, open arms and a genuine smile. In the fifth grade, her grandson Brian had to write a poem on the happiest person he had ever known. He wrote about his Grandma Hazel.
Hazel loved going shopping with friends. Almost before she hung up her phone, she had both shoes on and one arm already in her coat ready to go. She looked forward to the bus ride with her friends to the Senior Center. There they would have lunch, play cards and have lots of laughs.
She also loved going to Kansas City to be with her daughter, Wilma and her two grandsons, Brian and Bill. On one of her trips, they took her to Worlds of Fun where she rode her first roller coaster. Brian had never ridden one and wasn't going to either until his 70-some-year-old grandmother chided him into riding with her. After the ride, they rode again and again.
Another highlight was her dream trip of a lifetime to the west coast with four good friends from Schell City. She was thrilled with everything they experienced. Her only regret was that she didn't get to wade in the ocean. She mention this several times so Wilma and grandson Bill hopped aboard a TWA plane and took grandma to Florida so she could wade in the ocean and pick up seashells.
For the last several years, she lived with Wilma and her husband, Roger, in Osawatomie, KS. She traveled with them to Canada as well as many, many other places in the United States.
Hazel took what the world offered her - loved the good and dealt with the bad. The last two years of Hazel's life were difficult for her family, but not necessarily difficult for Hazel. She was diagnosed with sever dementia. Although she didn't always recognize her family and friends anymore, she relived lots of happy times. When asked about her day, she was always busy-church picnics, cooking meals for family and friends, walks by the creek and lots of other fun things. She also loved animals. Wilma gave her a little black stuffed toy cat. She truly loved the little thing and kept it with her all the time. To her, it was very real. She talked about it being so playful and it even had several litters of kittens. The nurses had to bath it quite frequently because Hazel fed it part of her meals.
When God called her home, she died as she had lived. She was a good Christian woman, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a friend to many but, most importantly, she was at peace with herself.
She was loved deeply, will be missed truly and never forgotten.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Schell City Christian Church in Schell City with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Musical selections were provided by Anna Mae Hillsman and Diane Eslinger. Pallbearers were Neal Gerster, Brian Francis, Bill Francis, Donald Harleman, Ronald Harleman and Steve Resch. Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City, under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schell City Christian Church in care of the funeral home.
LAWRENCE L. VORWARK
Lawrence L. Vorwark, 70, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23, 2001, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was born on Jan. 8, 1931, in Odessa, the son of Julius and Mable Kueck Vorwark.
In 1948, Lawrence graduated from the Mayview High School. He was a decorated Korean War Veteran with his tour of duty beginning on Jan. 19, 1949 and being Honorably Dischared on Jan. 19, 1956.
Lawrence retired from General Motors Leads plant on April 1, 1982. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 93.
In 1987, he and his wife, Roberta, moved to El Dorado Springs from Wellington, MO. Here on the farm, Lawrence enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising cattle.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Frances Ilene; and one brother, William Ralph. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, of the home; five children-Stan Vorwark-Lexington, Curtis Vorwark-Cassville, Larry Vorwark, Michael Roadcap and Robert Roadcap-all of Stockton; one brother, James Earl-Blue Springs; one sister, Mary Agnes-Poplar Bluff; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Hackleman Chapel with Bro. Ralph Benham officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Chambers, Ed Alexander, Kenny Alexander, Larry Vorwark, Basil Alcorn and Al Osborne.
BILL M. KELSAY
Bill M. Kelsay, 74, Springfield, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2002, in Cox Medical Center South. He was born Nov. 16, 1927, near Booneville to William Aubrey and Leona Ferguson Kelsay.
Mr. Kelsay was a retired school administrator and superintendent for several school districts in the State of Missouri for 30 years. He was superintendent in El Dorado Springs during the 1980's. He was also a Marine veteran.
Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Greenlawn South with burial in Hazelwood Cemetery.
Rennie Samuel (Sam) McCormick, 61, El Dorado Springs, passed away Friday, March 29, 2002, at his home. He was born June 26, 1940, in Walker to Estal Floyd (Jack) and Hazel (Taylor) McCormick.
In his early years he worked at Ford Motor Company in Kansas City and then went to work for a telephone cable company in Alabama. When he returned to El Dorado Springs, he went to work at Mid Am where he worked for 20 years. His career was cut short due to health problems.
Sam was preceded in death by his father, Jack; one sister, Darlene; and one brother, Estal. He is survived by his mother, Hazel; a son, Sammy, and daughter, Cammy; three grandchildren-Austin, Olivia and Tori; a sister, Deloris; two brothers, Don and Jerry; and many other relatives and friends. All will sincerely miss him.
Sam had a great love for the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had many trophies that displayed his skill in hunting deer and turkey. He loved to fish and had many pictures of the fish he had caught. He loved to tell stories of the one that got away. He spent many hours enjoying the fellowship of his friends at the Eagles. He was an active member of the Eagles and currently held the position of treasurer.
Sam also enjoyed the time spent with his family and friends. He had a special attachment to a little guy, Kellen Atkins. Ken and Kristi took the time to let Sam enjoy that special relationship. Kellen will surely miss his “Paw Paw.”
His family and friends will miss Sam.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 1, at Sheldon Chapel with Rev. Wendell Daniel officiating. Ron Alumbaugh provided musical selections. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs cemetery under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. Casketbearers were: Tracy Price, Howard Simmons, Duane Anderson, Rodger Culbertson, Harold Hunt and Jim Tolliver.
LIONEL L. SAMPLES
Lionel L. Samples, 68, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 2, 2002, at the Community Springs Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; one daughter, Juanita Wolf-Scott City, KS; and two granddaughters.
Services will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Hackleman Chapel. Interment will be in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m.
LINDSEY CLYDE SPARKS
Lindsey Clyde Sparks, 69, Lamar, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2002, at his home after a lengthy bout with diabetes.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Barton County to Richard and Precious Lillian (York) Sparks. He grew up in El Dorado Springs but had resided in Barton County for 40 years. He worked at Thorco for 25 years.
On Nov. 15, 1957, he married Dixie Marie Thompson in Nevada, who survives of the home. Also surviving are their children - a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Amy Sparks, Sheldon, and two daughters - Linda Sparks, Lamar and Janice Seaton, Lamar; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers - Steven, James and Hiram Sparks and by two sisters - Juanita McBride and Lula May Meyers.
He was a Baptist.
Services were held Tuesday, April 2, at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, with Bro. James McMullen officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Sparks, Robert Lawrence Jr. Kevin Dotson, Charles Seaton, Donnie Sparks and Mark Sparks.
Songs were “Daddy's Hands, “On the Wings of a Dove” and “Rock of Ages.”
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Fund.