MAXINE LUCAS HAGAN
Maxine Lucas Hagan, 93, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Thursday evening, June 20, 2002, at the Community Springs Care Center in El Dorado Springs. She was born on Oct. 21, 1908, at Fairview, the daughter of Carson A. and Lottie M. Major Lucas.
Maxine attended schools in Newton and McDonald counties in Missouri in addition to Tulsa, OK; North Kansas City; Liberty and Excelsior Springs. She won the Miss Liberty title in the preliminary Miss America competition in 1925-26.
On July 1, 1928, she married Ernest E. Hagan. To this union were born two children; a daughter, Joanne H. Adams - Fulton, KS, with whom she has made her home since 1997 and a son, Charles E. Hagan - Nevada. Besides her children, Maxine is also survived by one granddaughter, Carole A. Nation, Topeka, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Harold M. Lucas, and an infant sister, Virginia L. Lucas.
While still in high school, Maxine worked for her family's doctor, learning many skills needed for a nursing career. After marriage, she became a stay-at-home mom, later helping run and manage a farm in the Rinchart area. After moving to Nevada, Maxine worked at Cole's Department Store, as a dental assistant, a bookkeeper at Kapple Hardware and finally as Deputy Treasurer for Vernon County, Missouri.
After retirement, she provided much of the care of her husband, mother and brother until their deaths.
Graveside services were held Tuesday morning, June 25, at the El Dorado Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Don Palmer officiating under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
MARGIE ANN MANN AUSTIN
Margie Ann Mann Austin, 91, Lone Jack, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2002. She was born at Pleasant View in Cedar County, on July 26, 1910. She was the second of nine children born to Elmer Mann and Bertha Reeder Mann.
On Dec. 11, 1929, Margie was united in marriage to James M. Austin in El Dorado Springs. To this union, two children were born; Jerald Dean Austin and Kathleen Kay Lewis.
In 1941, Margie and Jim moved to Independence. When Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, she worked at the Lake City Ammunitions Plant. Upon retiring in 1972, they returned to Cedar County, where she resided until 1999, when a fall forced her return to Jackson County.
The great passion of Margie's life was horses, a legacy she passed on to her daughter and granddaughters. She also loved to garden, read, sew and make beautiful appliqued quilts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1993 and her son, Dean, in 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Lewis - Lone Jack; two sisters, Linny Dillsaver - El Dorado Springs, and Mary MacPherson - Independence; one brother, Elmer Mann - Florida; seven grandchildren - Alinda Miller, Jacqueline Jacobson, Judith Mortimer, Debbie Messmer, Holly Wilcoxen Larry Austin and Jim Austin; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Services began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Howard McPeak officiating. Interment was in the Hackleman Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Kirby Miller, Alan Mortimer, Jacobson, Talon Wilder, Jim Austin and Larry Austin.
JAMES WILLIAM AGEE
James William Agee, 98, son of Albert Samuel and Henrietta Maria Hardy Agee, was born Feb. 14, 1904, near Lebanon. He departed this life Friday, June 21, 2002, in Colonial Springs Healthcare, in Buffalo.
In 1926, he was united in marriage to Bertha Irene Cornell, who preceded him in death in 1937.
On Nov. 13, 1945, he married Addie Leola Garland Richardson, and together they shared 45 years before her passing on April 9, 1990.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Agee; a son-in-law, Jim Marks; a great-grandson, Cody Allen Marks; a great-great-grandson, Torrence W. Corbin; two brothers, Ralph and Floyd Agee; and four sisters - Carrie Thomas, Lillie Lynch, Irene Agee and Mary Wills.
Bill, as he was called by his family and friends, is survived by five daughters - Louise Goff, and her husband, Joe - Nevada, Leola “Lee” Corbin - El Dorado Springs, Betty Marks, and her husband, Bud, Joan Marks, and Judy Marks, and her husband, Billy Joe - all of Lebanon; 21 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
He was born and raised in the Lebanon area and lived all of his life in Laclede County, except for the last few years. Besides farming and caring for his cattle, Bill had been employed at Independent Stave Company and the Rice Stix Factory. He was one of the original linesmen for Laclede Electric Co-operative where he worked as a linesman for several years. About 10 years ago, he moved to El Dorado Springs and then made his home in Buffalo for the last seven years.
Bill was a charter member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he had served as deacon.
He enjoyed being outdoors where one of his favorite activities was fishing. He loved traveling across the country with his family and enjoyed visiting with people wherever he went. His family was central in his life and he had lovingly taught each of them the fine art of fishing.
Bill was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and was a caring neighbor and friend. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Services were Sunday, June 23, in the Holman-Howe Chapel with Rev. David Arnold officiating. Music was by Kenneth Howe and Gerry Hoke. Escorts were Ricky Agee, Renn Corbin, Leonard Hawkins, Randy Corbin, Arthur Hawkins and Terry Marks. Honorary escorts were Jeff Marks, Kevin Marks and Keith Marks. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery near Long Lane, under direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Homes.
JAMES EARL BAKER
James Earl Baker, age 102, Hastings, NE, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002.
He was born Sept. 25, 1899, in St. Clair County to H. B. Bettie (Roe) Baker. On May 19, 1937, he married Violet Torske.
Mr. Baker worked as a janitor at Witt Printing in El Dorado Springs.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Violet; a foster daughter, Myrna McKeehan - Aurora, CO; a twin sister, Pearl Purtle - Overland Park, KS; and a brother, Cletis Baker - El Dorado Springs.
Services began at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, June 26, at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Hastings, NE.
GLENDA LOUISE (HIGGINS) BUSH
Glenda Louise (Higgins) Bush, 58, Walker, passed away June 24, 2002, at Shawnee Mission (KS) Medical Center. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis and other related complications for many years.
She was born on March 1, 1944, to Glen and Georgia (Wrenn) Higgins. Raised in Stockton, she graduated from Stockton High School in 1962. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1966 with a degree in education. Throughout her education, she was active in both instrumental and choral music.
She was married on Aug. 14, 1966, to Joe Bush of Walker. They moved to Carrollton and began their teaching careers. Glenda first taught elementary and high school music at Bogard. She later taught music at Sheldon until her disease forced her to retire. Some of her fondest memories were of the musical accomplishments of her students.
She became a member of the Stockton United Methodist Church in 1955. After returning to the Nevada area from Carrollton in 1968, Glenda and Joe joined the Nevada United Methodist Church. Glenda served the church as choir director, UMW president and Bazaar chairman.
Glenda spent the last years of her life at their home outside of Walker. A sports enthusiast, she was a fan of the Royals, Chiefs another childhood favorite, the St. Louis Cardinals. She also enjoyed watching her daughter, and later her grandson, play basketball and baseball. She enjoyed a good book and encouraged the love or reading. Her cats and dogs were a considerable source of company and amusement. And, of course, she continued to fill her home with music.
Glenda was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Higgins and her father-in-law, Herman Bush. She is survived by her husband, Joe, of the home; her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Becky, Eric and Tyler Cooper - El Dorado Springs; her mother, Georgia Higgins - Stockton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Max Oldham - Springfield, and Betty and Ronnie Layman - Crocker; an uncle and aunt, Tom and Leone Wrenn - Stockton; mother-in-law, Celia Bush - Walker; sister-in-law, Linda Thomas - Kansas City; a niece, nephews, cousins and several life-long friends also survive.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Nevada United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Barth and Rev. Lester Thornton officiating. Private interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include Rick Praiswater, Dan DeLancey, Tim Dade, Robert Cubbage, Steve Wrenn and Sherill Schneider. Honorary pallbearers include Eric Cooper, Orvel Cooper, Harvey Cooper, Bob Burris, Max Oldham, Mark Oldham, Robert Egger, Ronnie Layman, Craig Layman, Chris Layman and Tom Wrenn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Glenda's memory to the Cedar County Libraries of Stockton and El Dorado Springs and Nevada United Methodist Church.
IDA LOUISE TAYLOR
Ida Louise Taylor, 89, Nevada, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 18, 2002 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 29, 1912, in Sheldon to the late John Moore and Martha Eller Gonterman Moore. She was married March 11, 1938, in Lamar, to Walter D. Taylor. he preceded her in death June 7, 1978.
Mrs. Taylor and her family moved to Nevada from Lamar in 1954. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nevada. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Taylor worked as an aide in Tate's Nursing Home and at Nevada Manor for several years. She loved taking care of others and would invite people into her home and cook for them. One of the hobbies that she enjoyed was fishing.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Barker, and husband Delmar - El Dorado Springs and Betty L. Jadlow, and husband, Paul - Nevada; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three sisters - Beulah Watkins - Sheldon, Ruth Ragel - State of California and Velma Hall - Kansas City. Along with her parents and spouse, one son, Johnnie Wayne Taylor, and one step-son, Allen Dale Taylor, preceded her in death.
Services were Friday, June 21, at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada with Robert Beaver and Larry Berry officiating. Interment followed in Sheldon Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Nevada Hospice in care of Milster Funeral Home, 301 W. Austin, P.O. Box C, Nevada, MO 64772.
ERMA JEAN THORNTON
Erma Jean (Hutchison) Thornton, 74, was born Aug. 13, 1927, at Walker, to Myrtle Hutchison. (Her father, Frank, died from an accident in May before she was born.) She passed away at her home in Walker on June 20, 2002.
Erma was raised with her brothers and sisters on the farm. She graduated from Walker High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked at various jobs and later married.
After moving to Wichita, KS, she worked for many years at McCormick-Mathers Publishing Company. During the 1960's, she moved back to Missouri. Later she moved back to Wichita and worked for Ryder Truck Company.
In 1981, she married William (Buck) Thornton and after her retirement, they moved to Milo and later moved to Walker. During this time, they helped care for her sister, Irene, as well as others.
During the years, her home was open to visitors. She kept in touch with family members and remembered them with cards and gifts on special occasions and attended many weddings and graduations.
Erma liked to travel and was planning a trip at the time of her death. She was a long-time member of the Royal Neighbors and a member of Vernon County Democrats.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, Walter and Glen Hutchison, and one sister, Irene Parkison.
She is survived by one sister Mary Gerster, - El Dorado Springs; three step-children; three step-granddaughters; seven step-great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.
Services were held Saturday, June 22, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City, with Pastor Doug Oakes officiating. Musical selections were provided by Zane Harding and Doug and Karen Oakes. Pallbearers were Shelby Hutchison, Jim Hutchison, Carl Hutchison, John Hutchison, Bob Hutchison and Rick Bowen. Interment was in the Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood. funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.