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Obituaries from December 2009

Norma Jean Shumate (12/29/09)
Norma Jean Shumate, 81, Nevada, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada following a lengthy illness. She was born March 17, 1928, in Columbus, Kan., to Douglas Monroe Sisney and Mary Jane Hyde Sisney. She was married March 23, 1948 in Bentonville, Ark., to Lawrence Dale Shumate and he preceded her in death Jan. 30, 2004...
Donald Lee Nunez (12/31/09)
Donald Lee Nunez, 67, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Family information and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. View obituary and send condolences on line at www.ferryfuneralhome.com...
Don Owen (12/31/09)
Don Owen, 90, of Schell City, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Schell City Christian Church. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 1, and friends may call after 1 p.m., Friday, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City. Memorials are suggested to the Schell City Christian Church...
Roy E. "Jr." Yokley (12/31/09)
Roy E. "Jr." Yokley, age 69, of rural Bronaugh, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Moore Few Care Center in Nevada. Roy was born Aug. 25, 1940, in Lamar, Mo., the youngest of the 11 children of Roy and Loubelle (Leatherman) Yokley. He grew up on the family farm that became his life-long home, and his love for farming and livestock production remained strong throughout his life. ...
Doris Jean Duffey McVay (12/29/09)
Doris Jean Duffey McVay, 88, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Freeman Health System West in Joplin, Mo., following a short illness. She was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Tulsa, Okla., to Thomas Benjamin Cox and Leola Lavera Davis Cox. She was married to her first husband, Boyd Duffey, for 27 years until he preceded her in death in 1971. She later married Robert McVay and he survives in Topeka, Kan...
James Louis Wehar (12/29/09)
James Louis Wehar, age 78, a resident of rural Deerfield, Mo., passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at the Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott, Kan. He was born Oct. 29, 1931, in rural Bates County, Mo., the son of Louis Wehar and Mary Malis Wehar. ...
Neva Irene Rust (12/29/09)
On Dec. 26, 2009, the angels came and took Neva Irene Rust, age 80, to be with her Lord Jesus. She was born on Feb. 19, 1929 to Frank and Ruby (Morlan) Simrell in Cedar Springs, Mo. Neva was the youngest of three girls. She married Jimmy Worthington on Aug. 4, 1944, and to this union she was blessed with five children. He preceded her in death in 1978. She later married Robert Rust in Stockton, Mo., on Jan. 14, 1986, and moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo. He survives of the home...
Robert Joseph Leatherman (12/29/09)
Robert Joseph Leatherman, 82, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at his home in Nevada following an illness of a few weeks. He was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Wadsworth, Ohio, to Noah H. Leatherman and Ida Edith Buerge Leatherman. He married Esther Marie Hiebert on Oct. 16, 1949, in Hillsboro, Kan., and she survives of the home...
Darrell Lee Riggs (12/29/09)
Darrell Lee Riggs, 68, Liberal, Mo., passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Freeman hospital in Joplin, Mo. Darrel was born April 27, 1941, in Nevada, to Leroy R. and Hazel Irene Spainhoward. He attended the Hannon Baptist Church as a small child. He was a graduate of Nevada High School. Darrell married Sharon Kay Hobbs in Nevada, on Aug. 7, 1964...
Norma June Rhyne (12/29/09)
Norma June Rhyne, 83, Carthage, Mo., formerly of Nevada, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at St. Luke's Nursing Center, Carthage, following a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Jones, Okla., to Chester Arthur Keyes and Mary Blanche Finley Keyes. She married Albert Rhyne on July 3, 1945, in Springfield, Mo., and he preceded her in death on May 6, 2003...
Marvin L. Vickers (12/29/09)
Marvin L. Vickers, 83, of El Dorado Springs, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery near El Dorado Springs...
Ruth L. Woody (12/29/09)
Ruth L. Woody, 79, of El Dorado Springs, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Community Springs Healthcare in El Dorado Springs. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs.
Walter Dee Burris (12/29/09)
Walter Dee Burris, 56, Milo, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 9, 1953, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Oliver D. Burris and Betty Jean McCune Burris. He was married Oct. 16, 1975, in Nevada, Mo., to Nancy M. Stone and she survives of the home...
Norma Jean Shumate (12/26/09)
Norma Jean Shumate, 81, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. Family information and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. View obituary and send condolences on line at www.ferryfuneralhome.com...
Peggy Jean Bigley (12/26/09)
Peggy Jean Bigley died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Evergreen Community Memory Care Unit, in Olathe, Kan. She was born Feb. 7, 1925, she was a lifelong resident of Kansas. She was the daughter of James and Hazel Reed and grew up in Pleasanton, Kan...
Oliver Wayne "Buzz" Sinn (12/26/09)
Oliver Wayne "Buzz" Sinn, age 82, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Truman Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lamar, Mo. He was born July 6, 1927, in Fort Scott, the son of Fred G. Sinn and Elsie Eberle Sinn. Buzz married Juanita Mae Davis on May 28, 1950, in Fort Scott. ...
Wanda Maxine Bowen Foote (12/26/09)
Wanda Maxine Bowen Foote, 85, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. She was born Jan. 29, 1924, around the Mulberry, Kan., area to Adam James Jones and Hazel West Jones. She was married to Everett Bowen on Dec. 6, 1941, who preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1987. She later married Walter Foote and he survives of the home...
Christopher George Harris (12/23/09)
Christopher George Harris, 19, Milo, Mo., passed away on Dec. 20, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on Nov. 14, 1990, to Steven and Rhonda Harris. He was reared on his parents' farm in Milo. Christopher graduated from Nevada High School in May of 2009. ...
Barbara Lee Buckles (12/22/09)
Barbara Lee Buckles, 64, Walker, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at her home in Walker, following a sudden illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1945, in Nevada, to William Glenn Shepherd and Juanita Maxine Elliott Shepherd. She married Larry Buckles on March 13, 1965, in Nevada, and he survives of the home...
Darold L. Miller (12/22/09)
Darold L. Miller, age 75 of Deerfield, died on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at the Medical Lodge in Nevada following a lengthy illness. He was born on Jan. 4, 1934, in Worth County, Mo., to Alva L. Miller and Clella B. Todd Miller. On Nov. 4, 1959 he was married in Stanberry, Mo., to Judith Ann McKnight and she survives of the home...
Alta Fay Collins (12/22/09)
Alta Fay Collins, 81, of Gardner, Kan., formerly of Nevada, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at her home. She was born March 12, 1928, in Yankton, S.D., to George I. Pettit and Josephine M. Merkwan Pettit. She married James Elmer Collins on July 5, 1945, in Fort Scott, and he survives of the home...
Thomas Allen Whitten Sr. (12/19/09)
After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Thomas Allen Whitten Sr., peacefully took the hand of Jesus, and entered his eternal home Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Tom was born on Feb. 23, 1943 at Butler, Mo., the son of Thomas Lee and Dorothy Cleo Zwahlen Whitten. ...
Evelyn N. Shutters (12/17/09)
Evelyn N. Shutters, 86, formerly of Milo, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Truman Healthcare and Rehab in Lamar. She was born June 5, 1923, in Milo, to William Ison Garrett and Bertha Bell Martin Garrett. She was married to Frank Lowell Shutters on April 12, 1940, in Nevada, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1984...
Reba Evans Cunningham (12/17/09)
Reba Evans Cunningham began her dance with the angels on Dec. 12, 2009. She was born on July 20, 1921, in Blue Eye, Mo., daughter of the Rev. Willie Adron Evans and Floy Baughman Evans. The family lived in Shawnee, Okla., Berryville, Ark., and Picher, Okla...
Dora Emily (Arnold) Plunkett (12/17/09)
Dora Emily (Arnold) Plunkett, age 90, passed away at Nevada Regional Medical Center on Dec. 12, 2009. She was born on Jan. 20, 1919, in Broughton, Kan., to James L. and Minnie (Wilson) Arnold. During World War II, Dora worked at Pratt & Whitney in Kansas. She served as a waitress at various steakhouses for most of the rest of her working career...
James E. Burris (12/12/09)
James E. Burris, 75, of Hume, Mo., died Dec. 8, 2009. Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at the American Legion in Hume, Mo. Arrangements are under the direction of Marts Memorial Services (816) 561-8181.
Velma Ernestine Rocher (12/12/09)
Velma Ernestine Rocher, 90, passed away Dec. 10, 2009, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. She was born Jan. 22, 1919, at Elkhart, Texas, to Bryant Lee and Lillie Dorma (Brooks) Brooks. On Jan. 19, 1940, she was united in marriage to Alfred Joseph Rocher in Mangum, Okla. She was retired from Key Work Clothes. When she was active, she loved to garden, sew, knit, crochet, and cook...
Nancy Lee Ferguson (12/12/09)
Nancy Lee Ferguson, 63, Nevada, passed away on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at her home in Nevada following a sudden illness. She was born April 18, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., to Frank J. Johnson and Gladys Marie Glassburn Johnson. She married Dennis Eddie Ferguson on April 27, 1963, in Osceola, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2004...
Anna Mayme Potter Wolf (12/11/09)
Anna Mayme Potter Wolf, age 95, a resident of Deerfield, Mo., went to be with the Lord, Dec. 8, 2009, at the Medicalodge in Fort Scott, Kan. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Tinker and Rev. Joel Dunn will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Deerfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Cheney Witt Chapel...
Naomi R. Lawrence (12/11/09)
Naomi R. Lawrence, 95, retired secretary for the Loan Committee at Farm and Home Savings and Loan Company, died in Carmichael, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. She was born, Naomi Ruth Fleming in May, Okla., Harper County on July 26, 1914, to Thomas H. Fleming and Mabel E. Robertson Fleming. Mrs. Lawrence graduated from May High School, taught for two years in country schools, and attended business school in Oklahoma City, Okla. After graduation, she served as legal secretary in Woodward, Okla...
Gene Lee Mitchem (12/10/09)
Gene Lee Mitchem, 65, Nevada, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Nevada, to Everett Lee Mitchem and Wilma Ruth Walker Mitchem. He married Mary Ann Riggs on June 24, 1962, in Nevada, and she survives of the home...
Betty Mae (Sparks) Lowe (12/10/09)
Betty Mae (Sparks) Lowe, 73, of Wichita, Kan., L and L Enterprises co-owner, wife, mother and grandmother passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. She is survived by her husband Raymond Lowe; sons William (Millie) Ekstrom and Ronald (Dee) Ekstrom; grandchildren Jenna Ekstrom and Chase Ekstrom and brother Lee Sparks. She is preceded by her parents Roy and Mary Sparks; brother Earl Sparks. Services 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center, Kan...
Helen Pauline Couch (12/09/09)
Helen Pauline Couch, 80, Bronaugh, Mo., passed away on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada following a lengthy illness. She was born June 20, 1929, in Garland, Kan., to Emmit Wylie Boatright and Pearl Mae Wise Boatright. She married Martin Oliver "M.O." Couch on May 25, 1947, in Bronaugh, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2006...
Kenneth E. Parker (12/08/09)
Kenneth E. Parker, 52, of Lamar, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at his home. The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at Daniel Funeral Home, in Lamar. Burial will be in Curtis Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family in care of the funeral home...
Mary Helen (Pence) Ebersole (12/08/09)
Mary Helen (Pence) Ebersole, 91, of Harrisonville, Mo., formerly of Independence, Mo., went to be with the Lord at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2009, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. Mary was born on Dec. 16, 1917, in Barton County, Mo., to Elijah and Laura (Dumas) Pence. She married Norman Jones of Arma, Kan., Dec. 20, 1937; he preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1972. Mary was a member of Coventry Estates Baptist Church in Independence, Mo...
Howard Rice (12/05/09)
Howard Rice, 87, formerly of Sheldon, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. He was born April 13, 1932, in Sheldon, to Earl August Rice and Leona May Moore Rice. He married Edna Mae Gordon on Sept. 15, 1940, in Bronaugh, Mo., and she survives of Nevada...
Naomi R. Lawrence (12/05/09)
Naomi R. Lawrence, 95, retired Secretary for the Loan Committee at Farm and Home Savings and Loan Company, died in Carmichael, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. She was born, Naomi Ruth Fleming in May, Okla., Woodward County, on July 26, 1914, to Thomas M. Fleming and Mabel Robertson Fleming. Mrs. Lawrence graduated from May High School, taught for two years in country schools and attended business school in Oklahoma City, Okla...
Jay Ward Claypool (12/05/09)
Jay Ward Claypool, 76, of Richards, Mo., formerly Harrisonville, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Christian Health Care in Nevada. He was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Richards, Mo., to Joseph Ward Claypool and Bernice Evelyn Sharp Claypool...
Howard Rice (12/04/09)
Howard Rice, 87, formerly of Sheldon, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Family information and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
Jay Ward Claypool (12/04/09)
Jay Ward Claypool, 76, of Richards, formerly of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Christian Health Care, in Nevada. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home...
Russell Eugene Campbell (12/03/09)
Russell Eugene Campbell, 80, of Rich Hill, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Moore Few Care Center, in Nevada. He was born June 13, 1929, to Emery and Clara Mae Wolfenbarger Campbell, of Foster, Mo. Gene is survived by his wife, Ruth Campbell, of Rich Hill; one son, Jim Campbell and wife Kitty, of Butler, Mo.; four daughters, Elain Engelhardt and husband Steve, of Butler, Linda Jagels and husband Ricky, Tina Buckner and husband Bruce and Eugenia Brocka and husband Greg, all of Rich Hill; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren. ...
Doris I. Wood (12/03/09)
Doris I. Wood, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 6 p.m. at St. Johns Medical Center. Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Birthing Center Church. David Welch will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5--6 p.m., today at the Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City...
Tonya Marilyn Barber Bigler (12/02/09)
Tonya Marilyn Barber Bigler, 62, of Oak Grove, Mo., passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at her residence. Tonya was born Jan. 29, 1947 in Lawrence, Kan., daughter of Cecil W. and Mildred G. Noble Barber. She was reared in southern Missouri, having graduated from high school in Hume. ...
Naomi Ruth Lawrence (12/01/09)
Naomi Ruth Lawrence, 95, Carmichael, Calif., formerly of Nevada, died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, Calif., Family information and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada...