Andy Bob Matthew
April 14, 1936 - March 26, 2001
Andy Bob Matthew, 64, Harrisonville, died Monday, March 26, at Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City.
He was born April 14, 1936, in Harrisonville, the son of Andrew Ballard and Martha May (Davis) Matthew.
June 29, 1958, he married Lelah Mae Neill in Louisburg, Kan.
Mr. Matthew was employed as a tool and die maker for AlliedSignal, Olathe, Kan., until his retirement in 1992.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Hurley Lee Spicer Post #42 of the American Legion, Harrisonville.
Mr. Matthew was a lifelong Harrisonville resident.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Lelah Mae Matthew, Jan. 1, 1990.
Surviving are a son, Randy R. Matthew, Harrisonville; two daughters, Candy M. Fairbanks, Harrisonville, and Ruth Anne Matthew, LeeŐs Summit; two stepbrothers, Charles Sherwood and Bill Sherwood; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and longtime friend, Dorothy Schnorf, Harrisonville.
Services were Thursday, March 29, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Mervin F. Roberts officiating. Soloists were Linda Bogart and Mike Ford.
Honorary casketbearers were Mike Ford, Ronnie Helt, Wilfred Helt, Harold Mathes, Bobby Joe Sebree and Charles Sherwood.
Casketbearers were Clyde E. Fairbanks, Shannon Mathes, Timmy Mathes, Gene McGirl, Steve Rhodes and Jimmy Sebree.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Association for the Blind and the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Melva A. Thomas
Feb. 15, 1916 - April 1, 2001
Former publisher of the Drexel Star, Melva A. Thomas, 85, died Sunday, April 1, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville.
She was born Feb. 15, 1916, in Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Edwin Larkin and Mary Adeline (White) Tobin.
November 27, 1935, she married Clyde W. Thomas in Independence.
They moved to Drexel in 1954 and took over the almost defunct newspaper.
Mrs. Thomas was involved in the PTA, Lions Club Auxiliary, Baptist Church Women's Circle and many other civic and community projects. She was also a charter member of the Cass Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary and was a longtime member of the Cass County Democrat Central Committee.
Due to illness in 1979, the Drexel Star, was sold to her son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Trudy Thomas.
She had lived in Sacramento, Calif., the Kansas City/Independence area. She grew up in the northeast section of Kansas City and graduated from Northeast High School in 1934. She moved to Drexel in 1954.
While living in Independence Mrs. Thomas worked for Montgomery WardŐs main store at Belmont and St. John. She was an active member of the Maywood Baptist Church. After moving to Drexel She became a member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Thomas moved to Crown Care Center in Harrisonville in July 2000.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Clyde W. Thomas, in 1988; three brothers, Clyde Richard Tobin, who was lost in World War II, H. Isaac Tobin, 1990; and Raymond Edwin Tobin, 1995.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Kathleen Wise, Freeman, and Sherrill Lorraine Stalnaker, Lubbock, Texas; a son, William Patrick Thomas, Drexel; a brother, Jack O'Leary Tobin, Independence; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were Thursday, April 5, at Runyan's Chapel in Drexel.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Cass Medical Center Foundation or senior citizens meals program of Drexel.
Albertine Whitten, 93, Harrisonville, formerly of Peculiar, died Tuesday, April 3, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.
Visitation was from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Services were at 10 a.m. today, April 6, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville with burial in the Peculiar Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City and may be left at the Dickey Funeral Home.
Paul James Winters
April 9, 1933 - March 31, 2001
Paul James Winters, 67, Riverside, died Saturday, March 31, at North Kansas City Hospital.
He was born April 9, 1933, at Tuscumbia, the son of Charley Alrece and Belva Olevia (Williams) Winters.
Dec. 27, 1971, he married Gloria Driver in Liberty.
Mr. Winter moved to this area in the 1950s.
Mr. Winters graduated from Eugene High School. He had worked at the Ford Claycomo Plant prior to his retirement 18 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Winters, of the home; a son, Gary Ray Winters, Richmond; a daughter, Cassandra Whitmore, Kansas City; a brother, Billy Gene Winters, Archie; four sisters, Naomi Davis, Kansas City, Kan., Dona Greiner, Shawnee, Mission, Kan., Bonnie Wyrick, Linwood, Kan., and Eunice McClaine, Bowling Green, Ky.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Cory Whitmore, Gary Adam Winters, T.J. Surgeon, Tim Surgeon, Danny Van Der Bom, Marcus Santoyo, Gregory Greiner and Matthew Greiner.
Services were Wednesday, April 4, at the Stanley & Son Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with the Rev. D. Kent Deubner officiating.
Burial was in the Staley Mound Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley & Son Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
Donnetta Ruth Yates
May 20, 1971 - March 25, 2001
Donnetta Ruth Yates, 29, Archie, died Sunday, March 25, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
She was born May 20, 1971, in Kansas City, the daughter of Roy Dale and Barbara Reed Yates.
Ms. Yates grew up in Adrian where she graduated from high school in 1990. She was active in 4-H, attended church camps and held offices in FFA.
Her freshman year of college was spent in Sweden, chosen as one of three nationwide by the National FFA. She graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with a degree in photography and anthropology. The further pursue her anthropology career, she traveled to China.
Ms. Yates had worked as a studio assistant for Bartz Photography in Butler, as an assistant photographer for both Paul McMillan at VanDeusen Photography and Kelly Daniel in Prairie Village, Kan. For the past four years, she had been a photographer for Skinner-Vaughn in Harrisonville.
She was a member of the Missouri Professional Photographers, Professional Photographers Association of Greater Kansas City and Professional Photographers of America. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Adrian.
Surviving are her parents, Roy and Barbara Yates, Archie.
Memorial services were Thursday, March 29, at the First Baptist Church in Adrian with the Rev. Tim Redding officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of America Bone Marrow Donor Registry, 2136 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.
Isabella C. Baker
Feb. 8, 1918 - June 11, 2001
Isabella C. Baker, 83, Harrisonville, formerly of Southern California, died Monday, June 11.
She was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Samuel and Isabella Galbraith.
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Helen Morrison; and her brother, Samuel Galbraith.
A celebration of her life for family and friends will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Harrisonville Heights Club-house.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Mt. Moriah & Freeman Chapel.
Mary Catherine Bain
Jan. 4, 1934 - June 13, 2001
Mary Catherine Bain, 67, Nevada, formerly of Butler, died Wednesday, June 13, at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada.
She was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Butler, the daughter of Ira and Mary Belle (Fansler) Firestone.
Mrs. Bain was an associate cashier with Wal-Mart in Excelsior Springs for 16 years before retiring and moving to Nevada in 1992.
She was past president of the Spring Village Retirement Club.
Mrs. Bain was preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving are three daughters, Pam Morton, Lee’s Summit, and Donna Jones, Kansas City, and Cathy Garwood, Nevada; a brother, Jim Firestone, Colby, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. today, June 15, at the Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Home in Butler.
Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m. today at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, with the Rev. Paul Patterson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Home.