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MISSOURI - Vernon Co. - Nevada - Miscellaneous Funeral Home Obituaries - 2

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Friday, 24 July 2009, at 6:25 p.m.

Charla Wallace
Died On April 16, 2001
Charla Faye Wallace, 75, Long Beach, CA, passed away Monday, April 16th, 2001, in Bakersfield, CA, following a short illness. She was born on October 5, 1925, in Sheldon, MO, the daughter of Charles R. Wallace and Bertha Pentecost Wallace. Charla attended elementary school in Sheldon, MO, and graduated from high school in Lamar, MO. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she was employed by the war department as secretary for John I. Thompson Engineering Company. In 1955, she joined a very special friend in Long Beach, CA, which has been home to her since that time. Her professional life in the Long Beach area included Rockwell International, PI&I, Inc. and Kaiser Permanente. Her memberships included the Eldorado Senior Citizens and Adult Literacy Foundation. Shortly prior to her passing, she was invited to be a special guest at the City of Long Beach at their annual banquet honoring people for their many hours of volunteer service to the charities in the Long Beach area. Survivors include three cousins, Radine Banks, Bakersfield, CA, Maxine Patterson, Salina, KS, and Boyd Pentecost, Tulsa, OK. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. at Stricklin-Snively Mortuary, Long Beach, CA. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. at Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO, is in charge of local arrangements.

Edward Walker
Died On November 11, 2000
Edward Daniel Walker, age 60 of Sheldon, passed away suddenly on Saturday November 11, 2000, near Sheldon while he was deer hunting. He was born May 20, 1940, in Worthington, MN, to George W. Walker and Alma L Leisure Walker. He was married to Dorothy Mae Johnson on June 9, 1967, in Miami, Oklahoma, and she survives of the home in Sheldon. Ed attended the First Baptist Church in Sheldon and was a member of the Sheldon Lions Club. He was currently serving on the City Council in Sheldon. Ed was a graduate of Nevada High School in 1959. He retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation in 1995 after 35 years of employment. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family very much. In addition to his wife Dorothy, he is survived by three sons, Danny Lee Johnson, Joplin, MO, Danny Dean Walker, Lamar, MO, and Dennis Ray Walker, Sheldon; one daughter, Debbie Walker, Sheldon, MO; four grandsons; three sisters, Rosalyce Jesseph, Independence, KS, Lucille Walker, Nevada, and Helen Buman, Chanute, KS; one brother Charles Walker, Platte City, MO and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at the Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home in Sheldon with Rev. Jim McCoy officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Cemetery. Friends may call from Monday morning until the hour of service on Tuesday and the family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society in his memory c/o the funeral home.

Edward Van Every
Died On September 20, 2001
Edward Van Every, 84, Nevada, MO, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 20, 2001, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, MO, following a brief illness. He was born August 11, 1917, in Hampton, IA, to William Lewis Van Every and Bessie Kemp Van Every. He married Erma Karr on July 4, 1945, in Miami, OK, and she survives of the home. Mr. Van Every was born and raised in Hampton, IA. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Hampton. He served in the Army Air Corp in WWII. After the service he made his living farming in Hampton, IA, and later worked for the U.S. General Services Administration for 20 years in Kansas City, MO, until his retirement. He came to Vernon County in 1975 and spent the remainder of his life here. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, Ex POW’s, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the DAV. Survivors in addition to his wife, Erma, include one son, Robert Van Every, Renton, WA; one daughter, Mary Roe, Plattsburg, MO; four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Edward Van Every, Jr., one half-brother, one half-sister, two brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2001, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the New York City Relief Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Doris Underwood
Died On August 16, 2001
Doris Elva Underwood, 89, Prescott, KS, formerly of Stockton and Sheldon, MO, passed away Thursday night, August 16, 2001, at Prescott Contry View Nursing Home, Prescott, KS. She was born February 9, 1912, in Stockton, MO, to Elisha Leonard Cornwell and Pearl Olive Sanders Cornwell. She married John Harrison Underwood on September 7, 1946, in Ft. Scott, KS, and he preceded her in death in 1977. Mrs. Underwood was born and raised in Stockton, MO. She was a graduate of Stockton High School. She lived in Sheldon for 20 years from 1970-1990. She was a member of the Sheldon Methodist Church. She was a homemaker all of her life. She has lived in Prescott, KS, for the past 1-½ years at Prescott Country View Nursing Home. Survivors include two sons, John Underwood, Arma, KS, and James Ronald Underwood, Dadeville, MO; one daughter, Ann Helton, Ft. Scott, KS; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ancil Cornwell and Ralph Cornwell, both of Greenfield, MO. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Gerald Cornwell, and one sister, Opal Sortors. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2001, at National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, KS, with Rev. Roger Jolley officiating. Friends may call now and until 1:00 p.m. on Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Memorials are suggested to Prescott Country View Nursing Home, 301 E. Miller, Prescott, KS 66762 or in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Hazel Tucker
Died On August 5, 2001
Hazel Tucker, 91, Lamar, MO, passed away Sunday night, August 5, 2001, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, MO, following a short illness. She was born December 16, 1909, in Sheldon, MO, to Zeb Ambler and Annie Jobe Ambler. Mrs. Tucker was born and raised in the Sheldon area. She spent nearly 30 years in Idaho where she worked in Oreida Potato Plant in Rupert, ID. She came back to Lamar, MO, in 1991, where she has lived ever since. Survivors include four daughters, Delores Pressler, Chico, CA, Wanda Ambler, Stockton, MO, Charlene Rinck, Kansas City, MO, and Thelma McKenzie, Lamar, MO; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Ambler, Lamar, MO, and one sister, Sylvia Cady, Sheldon, MO. She was preceded in death by five brothers, four sisters, and two husbands, Homer Pressler in 1941 and Ernie Tucker. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2001, at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon, MO, with Rev. Paul Mooney officiating. Interment will follow in Tolson Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in care of Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home.

Lisa Thurman
Died On February 9, 2001
Lisa Ann Harth Thurman, 26, Girard, KS, formerly of the Richards area passed away suddenly Friday morning, February 9, 2001, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, KS, following an automobile accident. She was born July 14, 1974, in Nevada, MO, to Irl Dean Harth and Pamela Ranay Mantooth Harth. She married Dale Thurman on August 21, 2000, in Miami, Ok, and he survives of the home. Mrs. Thurman was born and raised in Vernon County and attended Nevada High School. She was a member of the Christian Church and was a homemaker. Survivors in addition to her husband, Dale, include one daughter, Tonya LeAnn Kerr, age six, of the home; parents, Dean and Pamela Harth, Nevada, MO; one brother, Michael Harth, Walker; two sisters, Cindy Brown, Dueneweg, MO, and Angie Proctor of Ft. Scott, KS; maternal grandmother, Sue Mantooth, El Dorado, KS; paternal grandfather, Delbert Harth, Delores, CO; three nieces; one nephew; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Hazel Hazlett; grandfather, William Joe Mantooth, and grandmother, Opal Harth. Funeral services will be Friday, February 16, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Keith officiating. Interment will follow in Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 6:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House or a trust fund for medical expenses in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Miss Eleanor E. Thron
Died On January 24, 2001
Miss Eleanor E. Thron, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Gilsinger Thron Jr., was born June 17, 1915 in Bates County, Missouri and passed away January 24, 2001 at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. She was employed as a supervisor at Nellie Don until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, a member of the Ladies Altar and Rosary Society and local regent for the Daughters of Isabella. Survivors include 2 nephews, Phil Thron of Deerfield, Missouri, Perry Thron of Portales, New Mexico, 2 nieces, Patricia Frank of El Paso, Texas, Pamela Steffan of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, 14 great nieces and nephews and 12 great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Paul V. Thron and Joe Thron. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday January 27, 2001 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Marys Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Pileggi as Celebrant. Friends may call after 9:00 A.M. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday at 7:00 P.M. with visitation to follow at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of Isabella in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.

Marye Thorpe
Died On June 6, 2001
Marye C. Thorpe, 79, passed away at her residence in Nevada Wednesday morning, June 6, 2001, following a short illness. She was born April 12, 1922 in Nevada, MO to the late Gerald Stevens and Mary Clare Kieffer Stevens. She was married February 8, 1942 in Nevada to Thomas G. Thorpe. He preceded her in death May 5, 1989. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1940 and attended Cottey College in Nevada and nursing school in Kansas City, MO. After WW II she and her husband opened Thorpe’s Appliance Co on the Eastside of the square in Nevada. She worked in the store along with her duties as a homemaker and mother until the time of her death. Marye was very active in the community in various clubs and organizations. She was elected to the Nevada City Council and became the first women mayor of Nevada, MO. She was selected the Rotary Club’s Citizen of the year, but the most important honor was being a mother and in later years a grandmother. She was a life long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. As a family we dearly loved our mom and “Mo”, as she was known by her grandchildren, and will miss her, but we know that she is with her beloved husband now and is enjoying eternal peace with him in heaven. Survivors include two sons, Thomas S. Thorpe, Nevada, MO, Gerald Todd Thorpe, Nevada, MO; one daughter, Townie Thorpe Walker, Greenfield, MO; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nevada, MO with Father Anthony Pileggi officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Nevada. Friends may call after noon Thursday and until 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. 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

Janice F. Thompson
Died On July 15, 2001
Janice F. Thompson, the daughter of Raymond D. and Opal M. Anderson Conway, was born June 26, 1932 near Walker, Missouri and died July 15, 2001 at her residence in Nevada, Missouri at the age of 69 years and 19 days. She was a graduate of Walker High School in 1950. She was united in marriage to Nathan L. Thompson on January 19, 1951 in Walker, Missouri. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1998. Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and had moved to Nevada in 1996, coming from El Dorado Springs, Missouri. She was a member of the Union Hall Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Survivors include one son, Larry Thompson of Lakewood, Colorado, one daughter, Priscilla Wait and her husband, Jerry, of Nevada, Missouri, one brother, Gene Conway of Las Vegas, Nevada, four grandchildren, Leslie Maher, Gabe Wait, Krystal Thompson and Audra Dill, four great grandchildren, Dalton Maher, Cale Maher, Madison Dill and Mason Dill. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 19, 2001 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tim Scott officiating. Burial will be at Newton Burial Park. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel and the family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rinehart Christian Church in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.

L. E. "Runt" Thomas
Died On November 3, 2000
L. E. “Runt” Thomas, 85, Nevada, MO, passed away suddenly Friday morning, November 3, 2000, while he was quail hunting on a farm in rural Vernon County. He was born September 27, 1915, in Horton, MO, to C. O. Thomas and Willa Hughes Thomas. He married Mary Lou Spencer on July 15, 1934, and she preceded him in death on March 9, 1999. Mr. Thomas moved to Nevada in 1934. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 during WW II. He was in the European Theater with the U.S. Army Combat Engineers where he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a mail carrier for the U. S. Post Office in Nevada where he retired after 33 years of service in 1979. Runt was well known in S.W. Missouri and S.E. Kansas for his longtime interest in baseball and fast pitch softball as a player, manager, and as an umpire, and fan. His dedication to the sport and to the men who made up the teams spanned over 70 years. Runt was a lifetime member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and a long time member of the Nevada Elks Lodge #564. Survivors include one son, Gary Thomas and his wife Kay of St. Joseph, MO; two grandsons, Christopher Thomas of St. Joseph, MO, and Michael Thomas of Kansas City, MO; four sisters, Mary M. Shoemaker, Aurora, OR, Willa Marie Worley, Yuma, AZ, Carol Hacker, Nevada, MO, and Sue Claypool, Colorado Springs, CO; numerous nieces and nephews, and two God children, Adam and Andrea Fellows of Nevada. In addition to his wife Mary Lou, he was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Charles, Sterling, William, Edward, Jim, and Darrell. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Those who wish may contribute to the Nevada Griffon’s Baseball Association or a charity your choice in his memory.

Aubrey Strawn
Died On July 6, 2001
Aubrey Lee Strawn, 61, Nevada, MO passed away Friday evening, July 6, 2001 at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born December 31, 1939 in Beloit, KS to Forrest Ross Strawn and Flora Mae Black Strawn. He was married May 31, 1962 in Manhattan, KS to Sandra Shurts Strawn. She survives of the home. Mr. Strawn was born and raised near Beloit, KS. He graduated from Simpson High School. In 1962, he graduated from Kansas State University. For seven years he was county extension agent in Kansas. He also farmed and was in feed sales in Lamar, MO. Since 1983 he was an animal nutrition consultant for Cargill-Nutrena Company, winning the President’s Club award in 1991 and 1992. He received numerous awards and enjoyed several trips sponsored by Nutrena. He especially appreciated the relationships with his co-workers and dealers. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nevada since 1991. Along with his wife, Sandra, survivors include one son, David Strawn, Webb City, MO; one daughter, Renee Harper, Lenexa, KS; four grandchildren, Grant and Elizabeth Harper, Lenexa, KS, Allison and Melanie Strawn, Webb City, MO; his mother, Flora Mae Strawn, Beloit, KS; one sister, Shirley Ann Hayes, Kirksville, MO. Family suggests memorials may be made to the Nevada United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

John Stone
Died On June 14, 2001
John J. Stone, 75, Nevada, MO, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2001, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born January 16, 1926, in Chanute, KS, to John R. Stone and Susie G. Meighen Stone. He married Jackie Lou Reed on September 25, 1952, in Miami, OK. She preceded him in death in 1993. Mr. Stone grew up and attended schools in El Dorado Springs, MO. He came to Nevada in 1957 where he has lived ever since. He worked for American Tank Company painting water towers. He also owned and operated Stone’s Salvage for many years. Survivors include one daughter, Susan Miller, Nevada, MO; five sons, Jack Raymond Stone, Wichita, KS, William Scott Stone, John Michael Stone, Monty Dennis Stone, and Shannon Wade Stone, all of Nevada, MO, 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Stone, Nevada, MO, and Jim Stone, Joplin, MO; four sisters, Pearl Kimzey, and Micky Vandenburg, both of Nevada, MO, Dortha Payton, Milo, MO, and Bessie Bradley, Llano, CA. In addition to his parents and wife, Jackie, he was preceded in death by one son, Kelly; two brothers, Frances and Alfred Stone, and one sister, Ella Miler. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO, with Rev. Paul Mooney officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends Sunday, June 17, 2001, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

June Cronkhite Stitt
Died On September 22, 2001
June Cronkhite Stitt, the daughter of Stace D. and Blanche M. Faith Cronkhite, was born July 8, 1920 in Nevada, Missouri and passed away September 22, 2001 at Christian Health Care at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 14 days. She was a graduate of Nevada High School in 1937. She then graduated from Business College in Kansas City, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Martin E. Stitt March 12, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri and he preceded her in death June 26, 1977. She was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad as an executive secretary from 1951 until her retirement in 1979. She had been a Nevada resident since 1994, coming from Seward, Nebraska. Survivors include two daughters, Michele Keller of St. Paul, Minnesota, Terry Ramsey of Nevada, Missouri, two grandchildren, Shad Ramsey of Kansas City, Missouri and Karen Keller of St. Paul, Minnesota. Mrs. Stitt was also preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Cronkhite, a grandson, Reed Ramsey and her parents. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday September 29, 2001 at Floral Hills Cemetery, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Local arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Friends may call 9:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Floral Hills Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vernon County Historical Society in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.

Dorthy Smith Stephan
Died On February 1, 2001
Dorthy Smith Stephan, the daughter of Clyde and Gertie Thompson Campbell, was born March 31, 1910 in Arcadia, Kansas and passed away February 1, 2001 at Lackey Manor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 90 years and 10 days. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and had previously owned and operated two nursing homes in Nevada, Missouri. She was a former member of the First Assembly of God Church of Nevada and also a member of D.A.R. Survivors include one son, William R. Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, one sister, Marie Graff of Orleans, Nebraska, three grandchildren, Deborah Drake, Ken Smith and Lea Dawn Assink, nine great grandchildren, two nephews, Bob Stephan of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Jack Stephan of Fort Scott, Kansas and one niece, Barbara Koehn of Houston, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday February 6, 2001 at Newton Burial Park with Rev. Paul Leasor officiating. A procession will leave Evergreen Memorial Chapel at 1:45 p.m. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Monday and the family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Hwy. 54 at Hickory, Nevada, Missouri.

Floyd Steely
Died On November 16, 2001
Floyd H. Steely, 81, Athens, TX, formerly of Vernon County, MO, passed away Friday morning, November 16, 2001, at Park Highland Nursing Home, Athens, TX, following a lengthy illness. He was born February 10, 1920, in Forsythe, MO, to Henry Elmer Steely and Susie Elvinia Emalina Keller Steely. He married Dolores J. Woolery on February 7, 1948, in Kansas City, MO. She preceded him in death on February 14, 2000. Mr. Steely served in the Army during WW II. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He worked for Bendix Corporation in Kansas City, MO, as a machinist until 1951. He later worked for Remington Arms in Kansas City for 25 years, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime Vernon County resident until recently moving to Athens, TX. Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Steely, Milo, MO, Mary Stites, Kokomo, IN, Kathy Halberstadt, Ben Wheeler, TX, and Cyndy Frazier, El Dorado Springs, MO; two sons, Dean Steely, Milo, MO, and Darrell Steely, Oklahoma City, OK, 11 grandchildren, two step-great-grandsons; two sisters, Ruth Hayes and Lou Benham; two brothers, Merle Steely and Thayne Steely, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2001, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dederick, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

David Steele
Died On November 18, 2000
David Earl Steele, age 57 of Springfield and formerly of Nevada, passed away at his home in Springfield on Saturday November 18, 2000 following a lengthy illness. He was born on September 2, 1943 in Nevada to Joseph Earl Steele and Marietta White Steele. On January 4, 1970 he was married to Verna H. Weber and she survives of the home. David had been a member of the First Christian Church in Nevada. He was a graduate of Nevada High School in 1961. He served in the Air Force and had been a computer programmer the past twenty years. In 1993 he moved to Springfield where he was currently working for Cox Health Systems. Survivors in addition to his wife Verna, include two daughters, Jennifer Steele of Springfield and Nancy Bolden of Pleasanton, KS, one son Donnie Bolden, Deerfield, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Bobby Gene. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2000 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, MO. Friends may call from now until the hour of service and the family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday before the service. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to: The Hospice of Southwest Missouri 1465 E. Primrose Springfield, MO 65804.

Lena Starbuck
Died On October 11, 2001
Lena L. Starbuck, 41, Olathe, KS, formerly of Nevada, MO passed away Thursday evening, October 11, 2001 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born August 31, 1960 in Nevada, MO to Elmer Daniel Hill Jr. and Lillie Rose Galberith Hill. She was raised in Nevada, MO and worked for a period of time for Nevada Head Start. She has lived in Olathe, KS for the past 20 years. Survivors include one son, Joshua Michael Neil, of the home; one daughter, Stephanie Starbuck, Nevada, MO; three grandchildren; parents, Danny and Lillie Hill, Nevada, MO; one brother, Daniel Hill, Nevada, MO; four sisters, Sheila Lile, Nevada, MO, Sharon Sallee, Stockton, MO, Lora Hill, Olathe, KS, Cindy Hill, El Dorado Springs, MO Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2001 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada with Rev. Terry Mosher officiating. Pallbearers include, Daniel Hill, Toby Sallee, Gail Stafford, Danny Stafford, Michael Lile, Kenny Lile, Norman Bouser and Justin Hill Friends may call from now and until 12:30 p.m. Monday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Family will receive friends at the funeral Home Sunday evening between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Family suggests memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Milster Funeral Home; 301 W. Austin; P.O. Box C; Nevada, MO 64772.

Brian Stafford
Died On October 2, 2001
Brian G. Stafford, 21, Nevada, MO, passed away Tuesday night, October 2, 2001, in Raytown, MO. He was born September 25, 1980, in Nevada, MO, to John Ryan Stafford and Linda Marlene Woolford Stafford. Brian is survived by his father, John B. Stafford, Nevada, MO; mother, Linda Stafford Woolford, Nevada, MO; one brother, Travis Stafford, Nevada, MO; one sister, Tessa Stafford, Nevada, MO; maternal grandmother, Josefina Woolford, Nevada, MO; paternal grandmother, Wanda Stafford, Nevada, MO, and maternal great-grandparents, William and Thelma Huelett, El Dorado Springs, MO. Private family graveside services will be held at Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada, MO, with Rev. Paul Mooney officiating. Friends may call now and until 12:00 noon on Friday, October 5, 2001, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

Virginia Ruth Spillman
Died On October 15, 2000
Virginia Ruth Spillman, 77, Nevada, MO, passed away Sunday morning, October 15, 2000, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following an illness of a few weeks. She was born February 21, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, IA, to Ephram Herman Hampton and Florence Dorothy Teachworth Hampton. She married Clarence Richard Spillman on September 14, 1944, in Olathe, KS, and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1980. She was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, but grew up in Nebraska. She came to Missouri in 1937 and to Vernon County in 1948 and spent the remainder of her life here. She was a homemaker and worked on the family dairy with a Brown Swiss Dairy Herd. Survivors include three sons, John Richard Spillman, Fresno, CA, Earl Lewis Spillman, Ocala, FL, and Aaron Fred Spillman, El Dorado Springs, MO; four daughters, Virginia Louise Smith, Sheldon, MO, Donna Marie Berry, of the home, Phyllis Lee Spillman and Judy Ann Fleming, both of Nevada, MO; two sisters, Violet Lee Hampton, Branson, MO, and Mary Jean Reinhardt, Scotts Bluff, NE. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, one step-grandson, one brother, and one sister. Graveside services will be Thursday, October 19, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at Marvin Chapel Cemetery, Vernon County, MO. Friends may call now and until 10:00 a.m. Thursday and the family receives friends 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2000, at Ferry Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Amie Madison Spencer
Died On October 25, 2000
Amie Madison Spencer, infant daughter of Robert and Teresa Spencer, passed away Wednesday morning, October 25, 2000, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, MO. Survivors in addition to her parents include one brother, Jesse Spencer; two sisters, Abigail and Victoria Spencer, all of the home; maternal grandmother, Donna Lear, Sheldon, MO; paternal grandparents, Vern and Donna Spencer, Nevada, MO; maternal great-grandmother, Bonnie Spangler, Gun City, MO; paternal great-grandparents, Vern and Marjorie Spencer, Nevada, MO, and Jack and Neva Wardin, Walker, MO. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Jim Lear. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 28, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. at Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. Friends may call now and until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home.

Robert Spainhoward
Died On June 12, 2001
Robert Ray Spainhoward, 75, Joplin, MO, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 12, 2001, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, MO, following an illness of several months. Mr. Spainhoward was born November 12, 1925, in Nevada, MO, to Ray Wade Spainhoward and Berniece Helen Murphy Spainhoward. He married Doris E. Garrett on June 27, 1944, in Nevada, MO. She preceded him in death in December 2000. Mr. Spainhoward was a graduate of Nevada High School in 1943. He was born and raised in Nevada. He has lived in Joplin, MO, the past 20 years. Most of his working life was spent as a truck driver and vending machine repair work. Survivors include one daughter, Helen May Alumbaugh, Evans, WA; one son, Eddie R. Spainhoward, Joplin, MO; nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Lillie Souza
Died On December 9, 2000
Lillie E. (Fox) Souza, 79, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 9, 2000, at her daughter’s home in Fairhaven, MO, following a short illness. She was born October 13, 1921, in Walker, MO, to Marion F. Wells and Lillie Edith Gamble Wells. She was married in 1940 to Foley T. Fox of Schell City where they made their home until his death in January, 1968. On June 29, 1972, she married Eugene J. Souza in Walker, MO, and he preceded her in death on November 6, 1999. Mrs. Souza was a graduate of Schell City High School in 1940. She was a member of the Reorganized Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, Nevada, MO. After her retirement she enjoyed working as a volunteer at Nevada Regional Medical Center, making noodles and pie crusts for her children and grandchildren and tending her flowers. Survivors include one son, Gary T. Fox, Kansas City, MO; one daughter, Carrole Palmer, Fairhaven, MO; five stepchildren, Sandra Fenton, Butler, MO, David Souza, Schell City, MO, Lynn Craig, Edmond, OK, Beverly Maus, Schell City, MO, and Carol Mallory, Holden, MO; 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, six sisters, Hazel Green, Raytown, MO, Mary Gilmore, Adrian, MO, Bettie Fox, Schell City, MO, Cordelia Reed, Adrian, MO, June Gardner, Kansas City, MO, and Dorothy Vantellman, Schell City, MO; two brothers, Robert F. Wells, Kansas City, KS, and Harry Wells, Butler, MO, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends and loved ones. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by one son, Charles Fox. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Schell City, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family will receive friends 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Nevada Hospice in care of Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Calvin Snyder
Died On November 3, 2001
Calvin Ansel Snyder, age 76 of Nevada, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2001 at the Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, MO following a lengthy illness. Calvin was born November 7, 1924 in Moundville, MO to Frank Ansel Snyder and Letha Mae Emery Snyder. He was married to Jo Ann Vestal on October 22, 1978 in Bronaugh, MO and she survives of the home. Calvin graduated from Bronaugh High School in 1943. Following high school, he joined the Navy where he served from 1944-1946 in the South Pacific during WWII. Calvin was an Independent trucker having hauled grain his whole working life. He retired in 1987. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. Survivors, in additon to his wife Jo Ann, include two daughters, Connie Leatherman and Sherri Snyder both of K.C. MO, 3 step daughters, Terri Sharp, Bates City, MO, Vicki Dorrell, Creighton, MO, and Stacy Pettibon, Lamar, MO, one stepson, Jack Jerry Gibb, JR., Harrisonville, MO, one granddaughter, two great grandchildren, twelve step- grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren, one brother Eugene Snyder, Bronaugh, two sisters, Florence Atchison, Nevada and Dorothy Robinson, California, and a close friend, Irene Chandler, Nevada. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Worsely Cemetery in Bronaugh, MO. Friends may call from now until the hour of service on Wednesday and the family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Those who wish may contribute to the American Diabetes association in care of Ferry Funeral Home; 301 S. Washington; Nevada, MO 64772.

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