Saturday, February 27, 2010

Update on Sondra Kennedy service

Sondra Lynn Kennedy, age 50, of Waxahachie, Texas, formerly of Aurora, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Sondra was born on September 17, 1959 in Monett, Missouri, the daughter of Leroy and Betty Jean (Bradley) Parker. Sondra was a 1978 graduate of Aurora High School, and known for her work with the Relay For Life programs. On June 9, 1978 she married Tim Kennedy in Aurora and he survives her of the home. Prior to moving to Waxahachie in 2008, Sondra owned and operated Blessings Floral in Marionville and the Kennedy Tax Service. She was a member of the Aurora Baptist Temple, and with her husband Tim, was greatly involved with the ministries of their church. In Texas she attended the Red Oak First Baptist Church.

Additional survivors include, her mother, Betty Parker of Aurora; two sons, Brandon Kennedy and his wife, Melissa of Waxahachie, Texas and Josh Kennedy and his wife, Ashley of Mt. Vernon; brother, Steven Parker and his wife, Deanna of Aurora; and her granddaughter, Abigail Kennedy. Her father, and son Caleb preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Aurora Baptist Temple with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Aurora Baptist Temple. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com

Friday, February 26, 2010

Phyllis Sutton, Jenkins – Service today

Phyllis Tate Sutton, 69, of Jenkins, died Saturday, February 20, 2010, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
She was born to Lloyd and Norma Jones Tate on December 9, 1940, in Joplin. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Johnny Sutton of Aurora and Darrell Tate of Jenkins; one daughter, Jamie Tate of Jenkins; one brother, Charlie Tate of Joplin; one sister, Wilma Tate of Joplin; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two nieces; and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 26, in Peterson Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time.

Sondra Kennedy, formerly Aurora - Service Wednesday

Sondra Lynn Kennedy, age 50, of Waxahachie, Texas, formerly of Aurora,
Missouri, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Sondra was born on September
17, 1959 in Monett, Missouri, the daughter of Leroy and Betty Jean
(Bradley) Parker. Sondra was a 1978 graduate of Aurora High School, and
known for her work with the Relay For Life programs. Prior to moving to
Waxahachie in 2008, Sondra owned and operated Blessings Floral in
Marionville and the Kennedy Tax Service. She was a member of the Aurora
Baptist Temple, and with her husband Tim, was greatly involved with the
ministries of their church. She was a member of the Aurora Baptist
Temple in Aurora and in Texas attended the Red Oak First Baptist
Church. On June 9, 1978 she married Tim Kennedy in Aurora and he
survives her of the home.

Additional survivors include, her mother, Betty Parker of Aurora; two
sons, Brandon Kennedy and his wife, Melissa of Waxahachie, Texas and
Josh Kennedy and his wife, Ashley of Mt. Vernon; brother, Steven Parker
and his wife, Deanna of Aurora; and her granddaughter, Abigail Kennedy.
Her father, and son Caleb preceded her in death.

Fneral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010
at the Aurora Baptist Temple with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery. A
visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the
Aurora Baptist Temple Church. Memorial donations may be made to the
family in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Danny Hughes, Mt. Vernon -Service Friday

Danny Lee Hughes, age 63, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 11:29 p.m. on
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was
born on January 17, 1947 in Olinger, Missouri to George and Alberta
(Jeffers) Hughes. He was a laborer with a tree and lawn service.

Those surviving him are: son, Merle L. Hughes, West Fort Arkansas and
one grandchild. His parents and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010
in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, 510 E. Cherry, Mt. Vernon. Burial
will follow in the Summit Cemetery, northeast of Mt. Vernon.

On line condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

John Paul Rooney, Marionville – Graveside Friday

John Paul Rooney, age 37, of Marionville, formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010. He was born on January 29, 1973 in Clinton, Missouri the son of Patricia B. Rooney. John was a 1992 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and had previously worked for Hoods as a fuel attendant. On October 22, 2004 he married Tammy Sue Lemons in Miami, Oklahoma.

Those surviving him include; his wife, Tammy of the home; his mother, Pat Rooney of Mt. Vernon; mother-in-law, Linda Lemons of Crane; two brothers-in-law, James and Stephen Lemons also of Crane; sister-in-law, Donna Ash and her husband, Greg of Purdy; two uncles, William Rooney and his wife, Maria of Leewood, Kansas, John Robert Rooney and his wife, Mary Ann of Lake Havasa, Nevada; one aunt, Connie Denning and her husband, Deverne of Nevada, Missouri; and step grandmother, Virginia Rooney of Verona. His grandparents, Fred and Bernice Rooney preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, located at, 510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, Missouri. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, at the Mt. Vernon City Cemetery, the end of McCanse St. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or the Emmanuel Tails Animal Shelter in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmsoherfunralhome.com.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Eva Meadows, Aurora – Service Wednesday

Eva Fern Meadows, age 93, of Aurora, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on February 20, 2010 at the Aurora Nursing Center. She was born on June 17, 1916 in Bluff, Missouri, the daughter of Richard and Mae Bell (Dewitt) Meadows. She was a 1933 graduate of Forsyth High School and received her teaching certificate from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College. Eva taught for the Meadows School in Walnut Shade on Bull Creek in Taney County. After teaching she also worked as a secretary, a hairdresser, and a domestic assistant for a family in Kansas City for many years.

Those surviving her include; four nieces, Bonnie Voss and her husband, Jim of Saddlebrooke, Missouri, Wanda Stephens and her husband, Bill of Galena, Missouri; Diane Victor and her husband, Jerry of Shore Acres, Texas, and Martha Quesenberry and her husband, Basil of Cabool, Missouri; one nephew, David Haskett and his wife, Pam of Yorktown, Virginia; and, niece-in-law, Yvonne Glover of Warner, Oklahoma.

Her parents; two sisters, Clysta Cleo Haskett and Lena Chloe Glover; and nephew Wade Glover preceded her in death.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial at the Maple Park Cemetery.

On behalf of the family of Eva, they would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Aurora community for their friendship and kindness during her 35 years of residency.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Charlotte Ormsby - Aurora - Service Today (Sat)

Short Biography : Charlotte Ormsby, 62, of Aurora died Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in her home. Being an Aurora resident for many years and the owner and operator of a very prominent drive-in, Star-Lite, Charlotte will be missed but never forgotten. 

Names of Survivors : Survivors include her husband, Wayne of the home. During their 46 year marriage there were 3 sons born to the family, John and Tad ormsby of Aurora and Clinton Ray which preceded her in death. Other survivors include 5 grandchildren, Cody, Garret, Jed, Mariah and Laci Ormsby all of Aurora; 4 brothers, Calvin Pendergrass, Jim Pendergrass, Rick Pendergrass and Billy Pendergrass all of Aurora; 2 sisters, Sharon Huse and Carolyn Collins both of Aurora; several aunts, nieces, nephews and an abundance of friends. 

Service Announcement : Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 7-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Kenny Hartwigsen -Verona - Service Tuesday

Kenny Hartwigsen, age 59, of Verona, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on February 19, 2010 at his residence.  He was born on August 10, 1950 in Jefferson, Iowa, the son of Ira Paul and Helen Louise (Finch) Hartwigsen.  He was a 1968 graduate of Aurora High School and he received his Associate Degree in 1970 from Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri.  Kenny had worked for thirty-four years at Schreiber Foods in Monett.  Over the years he enjoyed hobbies such as racing his racecar and calf roping.  On June 4, 1998 he married Cindy Allen in Miami, Oklahoma.

 

Those surviving him include: his wife, Cindy; two daughters, Lindsey Hartwigsen, of Springfield, Missouri and Lacey Maples and her husband, Justin, of Crane; four sons, Kevin Hartwigsen and his wife, Ashley and Kenny Hartwigsen Jr. and his wife, Michelle, all of Aurora, Chance Hood and Chelsey, of Verona and Danny Moore and his wife, Robin, of Lebanon, Missouri; six grandchildren, Austin, Madison, Evan, Makenna, Quiency and Dakota; two brothers, Raymond Hartwigsen and his wife, Patti, of Aurora and Charles Hartwigsen and his wife, Nancy, of Collierville, Tennessee; two sisters, Mary Williams and her husband, Loyd, of Aurora and Jean Perry and her husband, Paul, of Crane; father-in-law, Jim Allen of Spokane, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.  His parents preceded him in death.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010 in the funeral home. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Linda Alley - Mt. Vernon - Service Friday

Linda Kay Andrews Alley, age 63, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 8:07 p.m.
on February 16, 2010 at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield,
Missouri. She was born on July 5, 1946 in Springfield, the daughter of
Rodney W. and Opal I. (Allmon) Andrews. She was a 1963 graduate of
Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, and has lived in the Mt. Vernon
community since 1985. Linda previously worked as a Licensed Practical
Nurse for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center and the Lawrence County
Manor. She also worked as a driver for Rising Phoenix Trucking Company
in Mt. Vernon and Tri-State Trucking Company, retiring in 2001.

Those surviving her include, her mother, Opal Andrews of Aurora; one
daughter, Tina Massengill, of Ozark; one son, Ken Alley and his wife,
Kari of Monett; two grandsons, Shawn Massengill of Springfield and Kyle
Massengill of Osage Beach, Missouri; and one great grandson, David
Anthony Mapes of Aurora. Her father, Rodney Andrews; the father of her
children, Troy Paul Alley; daughter, Leatrice Alley; and grandson,
Robert Anthony Mapes, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010
at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri with burial
in the Evergreen Cemetery in Republic, Missouri. A visitation will be
held prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com
<http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/>.

Emma Lou Bartlesmeyer- Mt. Vernon- Service Friday

Emma Lou Bartelsmeyer, 84, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Lawrence County Manor.

Survivors include daughter, Shirley Obermann and husband, Earl, of Mt. Vernon; son, Bob Bartelsmeyer and wife, Linda, of Las Cruces, N.M.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Burial to follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Aurora Lions Club or the Highland Christian School in care of the funeral home. On line condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfune ralhome.com.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Linda Lou Meyer - Aurora - Service Thursday

Linda Lou Meyer, age 58, of Aurora, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Monday,
February 15, 2010 at her home. She was born on November 17, 1951 in
Monett, Missouri the daughter of Elmer W. and Juanita P. (Steven)
Tennison. Linda was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.

Those surviving her include, four daughters, Cindy Barnett, Melanie
Huffman and Juanita Lane of Galena, Kansas, Felicia Poindexter of
Aurora; one son, Kevin Poindexter of Aurora; one brother, Eddie Tennison
of Aurora; five sisters, Delores Scott, Sandy Cooper, Marilyn Boyd,
Carol Harold all of Aurora; Juanita Mackey of Marionville; and
ex-husband and dear friend, Brian Meyer of Aurora. Her parents and one
brother, Larry Tennison preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18,
2010 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in the Maple Park
Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 p.m.
until 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to
the family in care of the funeral home.

online condolences may be shared at _www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>_.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Billie St. Clair - Aurora - graveside Monday

Billie Carl St. Clair, age 77, of Aurora formerly of St. Peters,
Missouri, passed away at 1:20 p.m., on Friday, February 12, 2010 at her
residence. She was born on May 16, 1932 in Rome, Arkansas, the daughter
of Turner and Willie (White) Carsten. Billie was a sales clerk for the
Target Stores. In March of 1950 she married Charles C. St. Clair in
Branson, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1978. Her
parents also preceded her in death.

Those surviving her include, three sons, Terry St. Clair and his wife
Jackie, Jerry St. Clair and Larry St. Clair and his wife Teri, all of
St. Charles, Missouri; sister, Laverne Rosencrans and her husband
Hobert, of Aurora, Missouri; brother, James Carsten and his wife Vanita,
of Mcleansboro, Illinois; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service, under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral
Home, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the
Chadwick Cemetery, Chadwick, Missouri.

Online condolences may be shared at _www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.co
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>_

Friday, February 12, 2010

John David Barker -Aurora - Service Monday

John David Barker, age 47, of Aurora, passed away at 2:18 p.m. on
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at his home. He was born on December 8,
1962 in Monett, Missouri, the son of Ralph and Anne (Mulkey) Barker.
John was a 1981 graduate of Aurora High School and a member of the
United Methodist Church of Aurora.

Those surviving him include, his parents, Ralph and Anne Barker of the
home; one sister, Jill Brandmeyer and her husband, Jim of Kansas City,
Missouri; and one niece Emily. His grandparents preceded him in death.

A funeral service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral
Home, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the
United Methodist Church with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery. Friends
may visit the funeral home from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14,
in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the United
Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mitchell Allen Cross - formerly Aurora - Service Saturday

Mitchell Allen Cross, 45, of Kansas City North, died on February 8,
2010, following a motor vehicle accident.

Mitch was born January 20, 1965 in Aurora, Mo. He graduated from
Marionville (Mo) High School, attended Southern Missouri State
University and later graduated from Cutting Edge Hair Styling Academy.
Mitch worked at Ben Bolt Barber Shop in North Kansas City. He was very
active with his boys' baseball teams and also enjoyed fishing and
participating in the Park Hill Home Run Booster Club.

Mitch was preceded in death by his father, John M. Cross. He leaves his
wife, Kelli; children, Marcus Allen, Preston Lee and Troy Mitchell Allen
Cross, and Taylor Patrick Payne; his mother and step-father, Brenda and
Charles "Hap" Wilson; brother, John Michael Cross and wife Maria; as
well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Friday, February 12, at the Park
Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at 291 Hwy., Liberty. A funeral service
celebrating Mitch's life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 13,
at his church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, I-35 at 291 Hwy.,
Liberty. Interment will be in the Marionville, Mo. IOOF Cemetery. In
lieu of flowers, you may honor Mitch's memory with a contribution to:
Kelli Cross, beneficiary of the Mitchell Cross Memorial Fund, c/o
Community America Credit Union, 207 N.E. Englewood Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
64118. Memorials may also be left at the funeral home or at the church
the day of Mitch's service. You may send a message to the family or sign
an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park
Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alice Rinker - Aurora - Service Friday

Alice Kathryn Rinker, age 85, of Aurora, passed away at 12:05 a.m., on
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at St. John's Hospital in Aurora. Alice has
lived in the Aurora community most of her life. The Rinker's are a
direct descendant of Joseph Rinker the founder Aurora and George Rinker
the first Mayor of Aurora. She was born on April 17, 1924 in Imboden,
Arkansas, the daughter of Edward and Ida (Ellis) Crossland. On July 17,
1941 she married Howard Sanford Rinker. He preceded her in death on July
3, 1960.

Alice retired from the Juvenile Shoe Factory in 1976.

Her parents; infant son, Howard; four brothers, Henry, Bert, Jim and
Charles Crossland; and one sister, Naoma Crider also preceded her in death.

Those surviving her include, one daughter, Kay Rinker of Aurora; two
sons, Rudy Rinker and his wife, Robin of Springfield, and Stan Rinker of
Aurora; one brother, Edward Crossland of Bates City, Missouri; three
sisters, Viola Edwards of Springfield, Anna Maples of Miami, Oklahoma,
and Mary McKee of Monett; six grandchildren; Leslie Kay Martin, Lance
Edward Wolfinbarger, Ryann S. Rinker, Rebecca A. Ward, Reghann K.
Rinker, and Abby J. Klemme; nine great grandchildren, Josh D. Martin,
Jared J. Martin; Samantha K. Martin, Deziree N. Wolfinbarger, Ryan D.
Ward, Madelyn D. Ward, Jackson H. Rinker, Lucas R. Shaffer, and Emma R.
Rinker.

A graveside service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral
Home, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010 at the
Clio Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on
Thursday, February 11, in the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations
may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital in care of the funeral
home.

Online condolences may be shared at _www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>_.

Sean Saaf - Mt. Vernon - Service Thursday

Sean William Anders Saaf, 19, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Monday,
February 8, 2010 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Sean was born
on January 26, 1991 in Boras, Sweden the son of Tomas and Tammy
(Spurlock) Saaf. He was a 2009 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, was a
Volunteer Fire Fighter for the City of Aurora Fire Department and was a
member of the United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon.

Those who survive him are: his mother, Tammy Saaf of Mt. Vernon; his
father, Tomas Saaf of Monett; maternal grandparents, Bill and Clara
Spurlock of Mt. Vernon; paternal grandparents, Par-Anders and Anita Saaf
of Skovde, Sweden; paternal great grandmother, Elsa Persson, of Skovde,
Sweden, aunts, uncles and cousins. His great grandparents preceded him
in death.

Funeral services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home,
Mt. Vernon, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2010 in
the Grace Community Church. Burial will follow in the Orange Cemetery. A
visitation will follow the burial in the church.

On line condolences may be shared at _www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com
<http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/>_.

Roxann Cupp - Aurora - Service Thursday

Mrs. Roxann Toka (Vaughn) Cupp, 59, of Aurora Mo, died Sunday February
7, 2010 at her home after a short illness.

She was born October 17, 1950 in Hickory, Ark. to Lloyd and Edna
(Tucker) Vaughn. She was united in marriage to Delbert Cupp May 28, 1968
in St. Louis, Mo. She lived in the Aurora area for more than 55 years.
Mrs. Cupp had worked in the medical field most of her life. She was an
EMT for the Barry Lawrence County Ambulance, a CMA in long term care
facilities in the area for over ten years, a home health-care provider
in the area with integrity Health Care in Joplin and for 15 years she
was a certified medical assistant for Dr. Jones.

Mrs. Cupp is survived by her husband Delbert; one son, Mike Cupp of
Springfield Mo.; one daughter, Dawn Moore of Aurora, Mo.; one brother,
Leon Vaughn of Monett Mo.; two sisters, Earlene England of Stella, Mo.
and Nadine Bearden of Eugene, Ore.; and three grandchildren. Mrs. Cupp
was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Amber Darneil
Cupp, May 7, 1993.

Visitation will be in the Bennett-Wormington Funeral home in Monett Mo.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at
the funeral home Thursday February 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev.
Walter Jolly officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Park Cemetery in
Aurora Mo. Roxann has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations
be made to St. Judes Research Hospital. She included that "money would
be better spent to save a child than to put flowers on my grave, also if
that money saves just one child then my time on earth was important."
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in
Monett, Mo

Donald Root -Miller - Service Friday

Donald Jack Root, 77, of Miller, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday,
February 8, 2010 at his residence. He was born on September 7, 1932 in
Modesto California the son of Virgil and Elsie (Simons) Root. He was an
Army Veteran of the Korean War, member of American Legion Post 120,
Lifetime member of the VFW Post 4541. Don owned a Grocery Store and a
Cocktail Lounge in Modesto, California before moving to Miller in 1980
where he built the Rusty Nail Saloon and also owned the Crossroad
Convenience Store and property in Miller. He married LaVada Howard in
Reno Nevada in 1975.

Those who survive him include: his wife, LaVada, of the home; daughter,
Donnene Hudspeth and her husband, John of Roseville, California; sister,
Yvonne Spencer of Fresno, California; brother, Gene Root and his wife,
Vera of Thyme Wyoming; two brother-in-laws, Winford Howard and his wife,
Sandy of Verona and Jack Howard of Modesto California. His parents, and
brother, Richard Root, preceded him in death.

Graveside services, under the direction of Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral
Home, Miller, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010 in
the Campground Cemetery, southeast of Mt. Vernon. A visitation will be
from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Thursday,

February 11, 2010 in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Miller
Christian Center, in care of the funeral home.

On line condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Eula Faye Topper- Mt. Vernon- Service Thursady

Eula Faye Topper, 70, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday,
February 7, 2010 in the Cox South Hospital, Springfield. Eula was born
on November 29, 1939 in Miller the daughter of Homer and Sue Ella
(Smith). She was a graduate of the Miller High School with the class of
1958, served as the head bookkeeper for the First National Bank in Mt.
Vernon from 1958 thru 1973, where she was one of the first two ladies to
be an officer in the bank. She retired in 2007 as a sales
representative for Avon after 27 years. On July 23, 1963 she married
James Topper in Miller.

Those who survive her are: husband, James, of the home; daughter,
Sharon Collins and her husband, Mike; son, Aaron Topper and his wife,
Shannon all of Mt. Vernon; grandkids, Rendie, Abbie, Colton and Dylan
McDonald and Kyla, Chelsea, Alyssa and Olivia Collins; four sisters,
Mary Hinkle and her husband, Dorse of Hamilton, Ohio, Doris Asher and
her husband, Johnny of Miller, Barbara Manning and her husband, Dave of
Mt. Vernon and Sarah Mullins and her husband, Tom of Monett; son-in-law,
Randy McDonald of Mt. Vernon, brother-in-law, LeRoy Wiese of Mt. Vernon;
sister-in-law, Lavonne Hilton and her husband, Loren of Battlefield and
several nieces and nephews. Her parents, daughter, Shelly McDonald and
sister, Fannie Wiese, preceded her in death.

Funeral services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home,
Mt. Vernon, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2010 in
the Summit Baptist Church, northeast of Mt. Vernon. Burial will follow
in the Summit Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 in the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Summit Baptist
Youth or Summit Deacon Ministry in care of the funeral home.

Cindy Lou Burks - Miller

Cindy Lou Burks, 44, of Miller, passed away at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday,
February 7, 2010 in her residence. Cindy was born on November 19, 1965
in Mt. Vernon the daughter of James and Freda (Linder) Burks. She was a
graduate of the Mt. Vernon High School and was a Supervisor for the
Service Master Company.

Those who survive her are: daughter, Natasha Belleau of Mt. Vernon;
grandson, Kellen DuBose, of Mt. Vernon; three brothers, Danny Burks and
his wife, Judy, Jerry Burks and his wife, Dawn and Ancil Liehe all of
Mt. Vernon; four sisters, Gayle Lester and her husband, Bobby and Carole
Maples and her husband, Steve all of Mt. Vernon; Pam Southards and her
husband, Randy and Lena Lung and her husband, Don all of Miller and
several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Her parents
preceded her in death.

A visitation will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10,
2010, in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family for
funeral expenses in care of the funeral home.

Eileen Little - Everton - Service Saturday

Eileen M. Little, 66, of Everton, Missouri passed away at 10:12 a.m. on
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Eileen was born on August 16, 1944 in Everton the daughter of Isaac and
Iva (Lane) Graham. She was a homemaker, a lifetime member of the First
Baptist Church in Everton and a member of the Everton American Legion
Auxiliary. On November 16, 1962 she married Joe Little, Sr. in
Springfield, Missouri.

Those who survive her are: her husband, Joe of the home; daughter,
Maratonya Mitts and her husband, Jeff and son, Joe Little Jr. all of Ash
Grove; three sisters; one brother; four grandchildren, Brittany, Bryan
and Trinity Little and Katelyn Mitts. Her parents, grandson, Quide
Little, an infant sister and brother preceded her in death.

Graveside services, under the direction of Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral
Home Miller, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February
13, 2010 in the Sinking Creek Cemetery in Everton. A visitation will be
held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com
<http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/>.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Vicki Archer, Republic (formerly Aurora) - Service Wed 2-10

Victoria "Vicki" Childress Archer, 44, of Republic, formerly of Aurora,
passed away in her sleep Friday morning, February 5, 2010.

A 1983 graduate of Aurora High School, Vicki was an avid NASCAR fan and
considered herself an "Earnhardt girl,"—being a top fan of Dale
Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. On May 27, 1983 she married Pete Archer
in Tempe, Arizona. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her
family and friends. Always flashing a beautiful smile, she enjoyed
people, adventure and looking for the good in those she came across each
day. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Taryn Nicole Archer; her
maternal grandmother, Helen C. Yoakum; and her paternal grandparents,
Jim and Lucille Childress.

She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Pete of the home; her
father, Jimmy (and Maxine) Childress of Aurora; her mother, Genny
Wagoner (and James) of Republic and Scottsdale, Arizona; three sisters,
Teresa Ann Woods of Marionville, Debbie Lynne Hagewood (and Denny) of
Republic, and Tammy Reed (and Scott) of Sarcoxie; one brother, Greg
Childress (and Terri) of Pierce City; her maternal grandfather, Loren
Stanley Yoakum of Mt. Vernon; nieces and nephews, Travis, K.C.,
Nicholas, Shaye, Andy, Adam, Jessica, Jacob, Connor, Cody and Kyle;
great-nieces and great-nephews, Maggie, Macee, Miley-Lou and Easton;
aunts and uncles, Bobby Childress (and Cherry) of Aurora, Ronnie
Childress (and Diane) of Aurora, Linda Mooneyham (and Randy) of
Republic; and great-aunt, Sylvia Smith of Aurora; stepbrother, Kerry
Stultz (and Janice) of Cape Fair; and stepsister, Marsha Perryman (and
Carl) of Marionville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10,
2010 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with burial in the
Maple Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be
made to the Children's Miracle Network in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Phyllis Beck -Aurora- Service Wed 2pm

Phyllis Margaret Beck died on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 in the Aurora
Nursing Center. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. Beck was born in Webb City, Missouri, on October 19, 1915, to Alta
and Floyd Cannon. She grew up in Webb City, attending the Webb City
schools. In 1932, she married William Daniel (Dub) Beck of Carthage.
They lived in Carthage until 1945 when they moved to Aurora.

Mrs. Beck was an active member of the Chapter DD of the P.E.O. and a
longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. She loved music and
played both the organ and the piano. She also enjoyed playing golf,
bridge and traveling with her husband.

She had been in 48 of the 50 states, plus five different continents. She
had flown in a blimp, a hot-air balloon, a helicopter, a private plane
and commercial planes, including the Concorde.

When Mr. Beck, Cliff Journagan and Bob Thurman owned the B & T
Supermarket on the square in Aurora, she enjoyed keeping books for the
store. After the store was sold, she still enjoyed keeping books and
keeping track of what companies merged with what companies.

She had many good friends throughout her years. Her two sisters
pre-deceased her. Doris Beeler lived in Joplin and Frances Mitchell
lived in Virginia. She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Kessler of
Belvedere, California; one granddaughter, Christina Robinson, of
Tiburon, California; and three grandchildren, Hayley, William and Walker.

A memorial service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral
Home, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, at the First
Presbyterian Church with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her memory to the First
Presbyterian Church, 4 E. College Street, Aurora, Mo. 65605.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mike Zay-Aurora- Private Services later

WILLIAM MICHAEL "MIKE" ZAY

William Michael "Mike" Zay, age 68, of Aurora, passed away at 2:38 a.m.
on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield,
Missouri. He was born on December 23, 1941 in Springfield, the son of
William John and Merry (Waddell) Zay. Mike was a 1959 graduate of
Parkview High School in Springfield and was a U.S. Marine veteran. He
was the former owner of the Elliott Street Laundromat and Aurora Bowl.
Mike worked as a broker for Century 21 in Aurora, was a member of the
Aurora Lions Club, the Aurora United Methodist Church, and former
councilman for the city of Aurora.

Those surviving him include Danette Zay of the home; five daughters,
Sabra and Angela Zay of Springfield, Ashley Ivkovic of Leawood, Kansas,
Audrey Koop of St. Louis, Annalyn Zay of New Orleans, Louisiana; one
sister, Elizabeth Zay of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; one brother, Bob Zay of
West Hollywood, California; three stepchildren; Alison Perriman of
Lecenter, Washington, Amy Savage and Joshua Barr of Aurora; sixteen
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His parents preceded him in death.

A private memorial services under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell
Funeral Home will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from
6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in the funeral home chapel. Memorial
donations may be made to the Lions Club in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
<http://www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com/>.