GENEVA WILLIAMS “JENNIE” EDWARDS
Geneva Williams “Jennie” Edwards, 75, of Lee’s Summit died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Platt Funeral Home, Evans, Ga., with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta, Ga. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the funeral home.
Geneva was born March 21, 1925, in Akron, Ohio. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lee’s Summit.
She was employed by the Jones Store Company for 21 years, retiring in 1994.
She was preceded in death by her father, Byrd A. Williams; her mother, Areta S. Polter; and her brother, Don R. Williams. She is survived by a daughter, Lucy Stafford, Greensboro, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ray Jordan, Lee’s Summit; a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Leigh Edwards, Popularville, Miss.; a brother, Bob Williams, Crestline, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Kent, Brian, Kristen, Jason, Dennis, Phillip, Lauren and Ryan; and four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mallory, Crosbie and Sydney.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit)
ILA FAYE KIRK
Ila Faye Kirk, 77, of Blue Springs died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at Blue Springs Care Center. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The family greets friends prior to the service at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Inurnment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Oregon, Mo.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ila was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Texhoma, Okla. She grew up in Oregon, and lived in the Kansas City area for many years.
She graduated Oregon High School in 1940.
She worked installing automatic pilots at North American during the war years. Ila also worked as a secretary at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City for 15 years, and as a secretary in several Kansas City area dentist’s offices.
On Sept. 16, 1941, she married Paul R. Kirk, who preceded her in death in 1991.
Ila was a member of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, Raytown, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer E. and Grace Cooper; a brother, Aithel Cooper; and two sisters, Grace Cooper and Wilma Derr. She is survived by two daughters, Karen Brown and Brenda Ditzler, both of Lee’s Summit; a brother, Erle Cooper, Oregon; and four grandchildren.
(Arrangements: Chamberlain Funeral Home & Monuments)
SHIRLEY B. WHITTAKER
Shirley B. Whittaker, 75, of Lee’s Summit died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville, Mo. Graveside services are 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. Visitation is 10 a.m. Monday at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit.
Shirley was born July 2, 1925, in Kansas City. She was a civil service employee, and had been retired for many years.
She is survived by her mother, Alma Baker; a sister, Janet Gardner; a nephew, David Gardner; two nieces, Jennifer Hutson, Lee’s Summit, and Sharon Coward, St. Peters, Mo.; a great-nephew; and three great-nieces.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home)
LONNIE WALTER GASSAWAY
Lonnie Walter Gassaway, 76, of Aurora, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, in the Aurora Community Hospital following a long illness. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 4, in the Aurora First Baptist Church, with burial Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Evergreen Cemetery, Judsonia, Ark., under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.
He was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Commerce, Texas. He lived several years in Searcy, where he married Annie Walker on June 27, 1948. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He owned and operated an auto body repair shop in Lee’s Summit. He moved to Aurora in 1978, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Annie; a son, Walter D. Gassaway, Aurora; a daughter, Wanda J. Johnston, San Francisco, Calif.; two sisters, Alma Yarbough and Lois Taylor, both of Searcy; and four grandsons.
ANNE K. LACY
Anne K. Lacy, 88, of Lee’s Summit died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at John Knox Village Care Center, Lee’s Summit. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Frontenac, Kan.
Memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Village Hospice Team, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081.
Anne was born March 21, 1912, in Frontenac.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Shirley Lacy, Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Steve Lacy, Kathy Brock and Lori Lacy; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Plaut, California.
CARMEN WYVONNE (GRACE) McNEELY
Carmen Wyvonne (Grace) McNeely, 80, of Lee’s Summit passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Lee’s Summit Hospital. Graveside services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Lawson Cemetery, Lawson, Mo.
Carmen was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Worth County, Mo. She lived in Lawson for 41 years, before moving to Lee’s Summit 15 years ago.
She is one of seven children, the rest of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Darrell E. McNeely; and son, Ed McNeely. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Marva McNeely, Lee’s Summit; and grandchildren, Joe and Jamie McNeely, Lee’s Summit.
(Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel)
MAX E. POINTER
Max E. Pointer, 72, of Lee’s Summit passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at home. Visitation is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, preceding 11:30 a.m. funeral services at Runyan Funeral Home, Louisburg, Kan., with burial in Louisburg Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Kansas City Hospice in Mr. Pointer’s name.
Mr. Pointer was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Linn County, Kan. He married Alice M. Ziegler on Nov. 26, 1947. Mr. Pointer graduated with a B.S.B. degree from the University of Kansas in 1950. He was a naval veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice; his sons and daughters-in-law, Max Jr. and Ginny, Gary and Debby; four grandchildren and spouse, Laura and Todd McKinney, Michael, Gary Jr. and Matthew; his first expected great-grandchild due in February; and a brother, Dale Milton.
(Arrangements: Runyan Funeral Home)
Virginia Cowan, 77, of Oak Park, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004. Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
She was born July 24, 1927, the daughter of Walter Cowan and Virginia (James) Cowan, and the granddaughter of Cora and W.S. James, Lee’s Summit.
Virginia is survived by one brother, Walter Cowan Jr.; and other relatives, Fred Haynes, Fred Haynes Jr., Bill Haynes and Karen Haynes.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third, Lee’s Summit, 816-524-3700)
DONALD LAWRENCE ALLEN
After a hard-fought battle with heart disease, Donald Allen went to heaven on Oct. 12, 2004. He was 73. Friends and family are welcome to a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Langsford Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit. He will rest in peace in his hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Livingston Funeral Home, Council Bluffs. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluffs. The family suggests donations to Ararat Shrine Temple Children’s Hospital Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129.
Donald was born Feb. 19, 1931, in Council Bluffs, to Russell and Mildred (Brown) Allen. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, and joined the Air Force in 1949. He later graduated from Truman State University, formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University, with a bachelor’s degree. He then went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a law degree.
After graduating from law school, he opened his own practice at Third and Jefferson streets in Lee’s Summit. He also enjoyed serving as a part-time prosecutor in the Jackson County prosecutor’s office in Independence. He served on the Lee’s Summit Parks Board, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Bar Association, Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, Excelsior Lodge #259 of the American Legion, Masonic Bodies: Summit Lodge #263 and Ararat Shrine Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Allen, of the home; a sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Jack Christianson, Council Bluffs; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Amy Allen, Lee’s Summit; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Russell Hansen, Newton, Kan., and Rhonda and Mark Trosen, Blue Springs; and two step-children and their spouses, Donna and Pat Denney, Lee’s Summit, and Brian and Tammy Sultzbaugh, Round Rock, Texas.
He had two great-grandchildren, and was “grandpa” to 10 grandchildren, Coulter Allen, Cartland Allen, Chanterra Allen, Brent Hansen, Nathan Hansen, Amber Smith, Katie Hansen, Sarah Trosen, Amanda Trosen and Caden Sultzbaugh. He also leaves a number of very close relatives in Council Bluffs.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third, Lee’s Summit, 816-524-3700)