Minerva Jane Demaree, 98, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. She was born May 22, 1909, in Unionville, Iowa, to Thomas Gilliland and Emma Smith Gilliland.
Minerva was born and raised in Iowa, but spent the majority of her adult life in Kansas City, Mo., where she worked for Hammer Brothers Garment Factory. She came to Nevada in 1971 where she has since lived. Minerva was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Nevada. She was a loving, caring, humorous person and she touched everyone she came in contact with. She enjoyed playing cards and attending senior dances.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Vanderpool, Independence, Mo.; one son, Marvin Reeves, Independence, Mo.; nine nieces, Barbara Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., Hazel Reaves, Kansas City, Mo., Evelyn Thompson, Stover, Mo., Phyllis Blowers, Stover, Mo., Doris Sander, Madera, Calif., Waneta Sitz, Liberty, Mo., Jenny Murray, Leavenworth, Kan., Charlotte Buerge, Nevada, Sharon Barton, Eudora, Mo.; three nephews, Dexter Ediler, Independence, Mo., John Thompson, Jacksonville, Fla., and Steven Thompson, Leawood, Ks.; three grandchildren, Donna Vanderpool, Terry Saye and her husband Rowland, and their son Seth, Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Vanderpool and their daughter Alexa, all of the Kansas City, Mo. area. She was preceded in death by one niece, Helen Tobin, and three nephews, Charles Thompson. James Rabon, and Earnest Christenson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the First Christian Church, Nevada, with Pastor Bill Platt officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Holden Cemetery, Holden, Mo.. Friends may call now and until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 at the church on the morning of the service.
Those who wish may contribute to the First Christian Church Building Fund at the church or in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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