Rosemary Edwards nee Hunter of Cuba, Mo. was born on May 14, 1924 at St. Louis, Mo. to the union of Roy Hunter and Ada Hunter nee Sego and passed away on July 18, 2001 at Cuba, Mo. at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 4 days.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and one son Donald M. Edwards.
Those who survive to mourn her passing from this life are her three loving granddaughters, Lori Farris and husband Jerry, Krisi Epps and husband Douglas and Jami Edwards and friend Jason Theodosiou; daughter-in-law Bernie Edwards; two sisters Joyce Viehman and Beverly Wagner; dear great-grandmother of Codie, Deidre and Larry Farris and Alexander Epps; dear aunt and great-aunt of Terri, Jim, Amie and Matt Plank and Sharon and Stephani Watson; our dear relative and friend.
Rosemary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, good friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed.
Memorial Services for Rosemary Edwards nee Hunter was held on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. at the Britton Funeral Home, Cuba, Mo. with Rev. Mike Hannah. officiating. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.
Minnie Marie Gray
Minnie Marie Gray nee McMillen was born in Bonne Terre, Mo., on February 28, 1917, to the late John Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth (Key) McMillen, and passed away Friday, July 20, 2001, at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 22 days.
Minnie was united in marriage to Charles Glen Gray on January 31, 1940 in Salem, Mo. To this union two children were born.
Minnie, "Sis," as she was fondly known by her family, was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, infant grandson and eight brothers and many other relatives.
She is survived by one daughter, Sarah Jeanne (Gray) Gattrell and husband Robert, two granddaughters, Lori Anne Viehman and husband Rob, and Bobbi Jean Johnson; also surviving are three great-granddaughters, Endi and Justess Viehman and Marlee Johnson and one great-grandson, Shay Viehman, all of Steelville.
Also surviving are brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, James Lee McMillen and wife Jean of Fenton, Edna Elnora Clonts, Lawrence Floyd McMillen, Claude Maloy McMillen and Mary Nadine Nichols, and Virginia McMillen of St. James; Helen (Gray) Francis of Steelville, Lawrence Gray and wife Maxine and Russell Gray and wife Mandy of St. Louis, and Clarence Turnbough of Cuba; many nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Minnie moved to Keysville when she was a very small child and later moved to Steelville having lived around this area all her life. When she could no longer take care of her own home she moved to the Gibbs Care Manor and later into the Care Center.
Minnie Marie Gray lay in state 4-9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2001, Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2001, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. W. Dale Starr officiating. Musical selections were provided by Rev. Jerry Beers.
Committal prayers and interment were in Keysville Cemetery, Keysville, Mo. Serving as pallbearers were Evelyn Zarbo, Claudia Horne, Dan Clonts, Robert E. Nichols, Rob Viehman, and Dave McLain.
Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.
Helen Frances Matchell
Helen Frances Matchell was born Saturday, May 25, 1918 in Platte City, Mo. to the late Bryon and Susie Park Fisher and departed this life Friday, July 20, 2001 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 25 days.
Helen married Clark Francis Matchell on April 11, 1941 in Steelville, Mo. and to this union two children were born.
Helen enjoyed gardening, canning, she was a hard worker, good cook, and was very compassionate as she helped take care of the sick around her. She loved her family, enjoyed attending church and visiting her many friends.
Helen accepted the Lord many years ago and was a very active member of the Perryville Methodist Church of Perryville, Mo. while living there.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clark, her daughter Sharon Thieret, three brothers, David Fisher, Bob Fisher, and Guy Fisher; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Archie and Francis Halbert, Ed and Rena Stiener; Lawerence and Audrey Matchell; Howard and Honor Harper; Bill and Venita Matchell.
Those who remain to mourn her passing are her loving son Ronald Matchell and wife Karen of Davisville, Mo.; her grandchildren Kimberly Clabo and husband Michael of Perryville, Mo.; and Jennifer Matchell of Steelville, Mo.; her great-grandchildren Chelsea, Chad, and Christian Clabo of Perryville, Mo.; her step-grandchildren Alicia Jauss of Rolla, Mo., and Apryl Jauss of Steelville, Mo.; John and Nicole Thieret of Perryville, Mo.
Her son-in-law Allen Thieret and wife Norma of Perryville, Mo.; her sisters-in-law Meryl Fisher of Platte City, Mo.; Gladys Fisher, and Mary Fisher of Kansas City, Mo., other relatives and friends all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Helen Frances Matchell.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2001 with Rev. Delmar B. Hutson officiating. Paul Hutson sang Look For Me, and Precious Lord Take My Hand.
Those serving as pallbearers were David Fisher, Eddie Fisher, Bryon Fisher, Morris Groom, Bob Weekly, and Doug Matchell.
Burial was in the Steelville Cemetery, Steelville, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.
James Otto Spurgeon
James Otto Spurgeon born April 24, 1919 at Oak Hill, Missouri, passed away July 25, 2001 at the age of 82 years.
He was the son of Andrew Ebon Spurgeon and Harriet A. (Brown) Spurgeon.
December 12, 1940 in Steelville, he married Vera G. Ellis who survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Jerry L. Spurgeon and Gary L. Spurgeon; four grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Andrew and Aaron Spurgeon; one sister, Alberta Holzschuh.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jewell Spurgeon, Marion Spurgeon, John Oral Spurgeon, and four sisters, Opal Collier, Velma Kirkpatrick, Charlene Bryd, and Irene Hendrickson.
Visitation for James Otto Spurgeon was held at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Friday, July 27, 2001 with funeral services held at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Woodrow Holzschuh officiating.
Burial was in the Licklider Cemetery in rural Cuba, Missouri.
Fredia Loree Stiller
Freida Loree Stiller (nee Hyde) was born Tuesday, November 17, 1914, at Arden, Missouri, Douglas County, a daughter of the late James Mitchell Hyde and Bessie Leota Lacey Hyde and departed this life Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in the Cuba Manor, Cuba, Missouri, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 7 days.
On September 16, 1939, in Clayton, Missouri, Freida was united in marriage to Earl Kenneth Stiller. One son, John James Stiller was born to this union. Earl preceded her in death, April 26, 1985. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Carroll Hyde and two step-son-in-laws, Ralph Sanders and Robert Albrecht.
Freida was a very active member of the First Baptist Church and Martha and Mary OES, both of Steelville, Missouri.
Among those who remain to mourn her death are her son, John James Stiller and wife Susan of Colorado; former daughter-in-law Lorraine Happel of Cuba, Missouri; two step-daughters Elenor Lee Sanders and Gloria DeEtt Albrecht both of St. Louis, Missouri.
Three grandchildren, Tina and husband David Thomeczek of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dawn Harmon of Rolla, Missouri; John Earl Stiller and wife Danyell of Beaverton, Oregon; two step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at the First Baptist Church, Steelville, Missouri with Dr. Cardis Bryan officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.
Robert Henry Thomas
Robert Henry Thomas of Cuba, Mo. was born on February 22, 1914 at Richland, Mo. to the union of William H. Thomas and Lillie (Warren) Thomas and passed away on July 24, 2001 at Cuba, Mo. at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 2 days.
On December 12, 1936 Robert was united in marriage to Marie Elizabeth Schwidde at Cuba, Mo. One son, Robert A., and one daughter, Virginia, were born to this union. Robert and Marie were happily married for 64 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Bessie Taylor and Myrtle Newell, three brothers, Victor, Clarence and Leonard Thomas.
Robert's family moved to the Cuba area in 1922. He went to work for the Frisco Railroad as a section hand and retired as a foreman after working for the Frisco Railroad for 37 years.
Robert was a great Wahoo player and used to make the boards to play on.
Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his devoted wife Marie Elizabeth Thomas; one son Robert A. Thomas and wife Dina; one daughter Virginia Center and husband David; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Robert was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
Robert Henry Thomas was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. where funeral services were held on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Leroy Nixon and Rev. Mike Hannah officiating. Interment was in the Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, Mo. Memorials to Rolla Hospice. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.
Walter Freeman of Cuba was born on August 9, 1904 at Short Bend, Mo. in Dent County to William Martin Freeman and Laura Butts Freeman, and passed away on June 12, 2003 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 3 days.
In his early years he worked in St. Louis as a street car conductor. On August 10, 1936 he married Velma Hutson in St. Louis, Mo. and to this union two children were born. He and Velma moved to a farm near Cook Station, Mo. in 1947. He worked the farm until 1950, then moved back to St. Louis where he worked as a pipe fitter for Wagner Electric until his retirement.
When Walter retired they moved to their home in Cuba. Even though he said he was an unsuccessful farmer, he enjoyed gardening and won many awards at the Crawford County Fair for his entries. He also loved to fish, and work with his hands. Walter was a musician and could play the guitar, violin, piano, and harmonica.
Walter was a devout Christian whose church was very important to him. He was a charter member of the Christian Church in Cuba and served as an elder.
Walter and Velma enjoyed 53 years of marriage until she passed away in 1989. In 1991 Walter married Norma Baker and she passed away in 2002.
Walter was preceded in death by is parents; wives Velma Hutson Freeman and Norma Baker Freeman; brothers and sisters, Evan Freeman, Clara Bowers, Susan Cotner, Pearl Freeman, Bessie Freeman, Roscoe Freeman, Clarence Freeman, Lee Freeman, Esther Smith, Mildred Freeman, and Rose Freeman; and son-in-law Russell DuBois.
Those who remain to mourn his passing are his children, Sara E. DuBois of Branson, Mo., and Walter Freeman and wife Deborah of St. Charles, Mo.; three grandchildren, Deborah DuBois, Christopher Freeman and wife Tabitha, and Andrea Freeman; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Freeman, ad Benjamin Freeman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Walter Freeman.
Visitation was on Sunday, June 15, 2003 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Mo.
Funeral service was on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church in Cuba, Mo. with pastor Woodrow Martin officiating.
Burial was in the Meramec Hills Memorial Lawn, Cuba, Mo.
All arrangements were under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba.
Memorials may be given to the Cuba Christian Church in memory of Walter Freeman.
William Thomas (Tom) Rives
William Thomas (Tom) Rives passed away on June 12, 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Rives was born on January 2, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Benjamin Shore and Norma Rose (Dowd) Rives.
Mr. Rives served in the Sea Bees from 1943 to 1946, receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy.
He married Margaret Louise Menkhus in 1947. In 1958, the couple and two daughters relocated to Wilbraham, MA. As a result of Mr. Rives' work in the automotive industry, he invented and patented the Versa-Tag in 1970, and moved Versa-Tags, Inc. to Cuba, Mo., in 1989. Mr. Rives sold the growing company to his daughter, Patricia and her husband Ronald Garden, in 1991.
Mr. and Mrs. Rives moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001.
Mr. Rives is survived by his wife, Peg, daughters Margaret Cook and Patricia Garden, son-in-law Ronald Garden, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and brothers Roland and Robert Rives.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ziegenhein Funeral Home, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo. Viewing Monday, June 23, 4-8. Funeral services were held June 24, 10 a.m. with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Frances Carl Chrisco
Frances Carl Chrisco was born in Illinois, on May 31, 1937, and resided there until she met and married her beloved Lindell Chrisco on January 17, 1961.
They resided in Salem until his death on March 7, 1991. She then moved to Cuba with her children.
Her hobbies included bingo, crocheting, cards, reading, gardening, and baking. Frances will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Survivors include one son Billy E. Griffith of Cuba, one stepdaughter Sheryl Pitts of St. James, one sister Eda Perry of Illinois, seven grandchildren (five girls and two boys), five great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Funeral services for Frances Carol Chrisco were held at James and Gahr Chapel on Friday May 28, 2004 at 1 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers are Jerry Pitts Sr., Jeff Pitts, Wil Ledbetter, James Ireland, Paul E. Doyle, and Zac Stubbert.
Edward James Cottrell
Edward James Cottrell was born Tuesday, December 16, 1963, at St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Jerry and Doris (Tinker) Cottrell.
He entered eternal rest Saturday, May 26, 2004, at Wentzville, Missouri, at the age of 40 years, 5 months and 6 days.
Edward was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leland and Emma Cottrell, and Woodrow and Georgia Tinker.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his parents, Jerry and Doris Cottrell, one brother, Jeffrey Cottrell, two sisters, Christina Webb and husband Samuel, and Carla Callahan, all of Wentzville, Missouri, a great-uncle, Lindell "Spinny" Cottrell of St. James, Missouri, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Edward James Cottrell lay in state 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, Britton Chapel, Steelville, Missouri, with Rev. Roger Pryor officiating. Musical selections were provided by vocalist Jim Pryor and pianist Pam Davis.
Committal prayers and interment were in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dillard, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Joe Eaton, Jeffrey Jones, Jay Lenhardt, Chuck Mollett, Randy Roberts, and Danny Bobbitt.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.