today's record

Monday, September 20, 2004


Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith, age 75, Nevada, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, following a sudden illness. She was born March 11, 1929, in Sheldon, to Earl Robert Jones and Iva Marie Tyree Jones. She married Leo Smith on Sept. 9, 1950, in Nevada, and he survives of the home.

Elaine grew up in Vernon County, and graduated from Nevada High School in 1946. She was employed for Mrs. Lee B. Ewing, Judy's Restaurant, Montgomery Wards for 25 years, and at the Nevada Rehabilitation Center for over 25 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Nevada. She was also a member of BPW, Bushwhacker Committee, Vernon County Historical Society and Quilters' Guild.

Survivors in addition to her husband Leo include one son, Jim Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Glenpool, Okla.; three grandsons, Josh Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Tony Smith, Orlando, Fla. and Matt Smith, Glenpool, Okla.; four brothers, Robert Jones, Ocala, Fla., Francis Jones, Ocala, Fla., Norman Jones, Ocala, Fla., and Leo Jones of Nevada; three sisters, Mamie Skinner, Ocala, Fla., Ailene Tye, Nevada, and Bonnie VanWie, Monett; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by one sister, Peggy Knapp.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at the first Assembly of God Church in Nevada, with Pastor Ken Fornicola officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7-8 p.m. on Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Those who wish may contribute to the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, or the First Assembly of God Church in her memory.


Joy Estelle Mynatt

Joy Estelle Mynatt, 84, died Sept. 14, 2004. Services were held at Newton Burial Park on Sept. 17, 2004, at 2:30 p.m., with John Nichols officiating. Pallbearers were Dan Smith, Bob Schmalz, Jeff Jobe, Elton Raabe, Wendy MacLaren and Don Russell. Interment was in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Arrangements were by Ferry Funeral Home.

Earl L. Mowry

Earl L. Mowry, 75, Billings, Mo., died at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was born June 12, 1929, in Nevada, to Lewis Earl and Iva Pearl (Tyler) Mowry.

He was married to Opal P. (Sauls) Aug. 4, 1979. They have made their home in Billings, Mo. Earl served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and held membership in the American Legion Post No. 676. He was past commander and held a lifetime membership with the VFW Post No. 3404. He was a member of the Republic Masonic Lodge No. 570 AF AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eric; and a daughter, Diane. He is survived by his wife, Opal, of the home; a son, Ernie Mowry, Eldon, Mo.; three step children, Jeff Kearbey, Longmont, Colo., Barbara Beaver, Goodman, Mo., and Pat Ramirez, Neosho, Mo.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Stan Mowry, Nevada; four sisters, Francis Zwiebel, Huntington Beach, Calif., Lorine Mayes, Ellis, Kan., Maudie Ramey, Springfield, and Mabel Urner, Nevada; and other relatives.

Funeral services with Masonic Rites, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Meadors Funeral Homes, Republic, Mo., with Bob Neeley officiating. Burial with military honors by the Veterans Memorial Team will follow in Short Cemetery, Hurley, Mo.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Shirley Lee Armstrong

Shirley Lee Armstrong, 64, Niangua, Mo., formerly of Nevada, died Sept. 15, 2004, in her home following a brief illness.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield, and will be under the direction of Day Funeral Home, Marshfield, Mo. Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to Southwest Hospice and may be left at the funeral home.

William Donald Edmonds

William Donald Edmonds, 81, died Sept. 13, 2004. Services were held at Ferry Funeral Home on Sept. 17, 2004, at 10:30 a.m., with John Nichols officiating. Musical selections were "One Day at a Time" and "Peace in the Valley." Pallbearers were Chuck Edmonds, Bob Wingate, David Zellmer, Bruce Buhr, Randy Call and Lawrence Cole. Interment was in Balltown Cemetery, Horton. Arrangements were by Ferry Funeral Home. Military rites were provided at the cemetery by the Military Funeral Honors Juliet Team of the National Guard of Joplin.