Vera Cleo Bailey

Vera Cleo Bailey, 90, died April 8, 2014 in the state of California.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Tony H. Risner

Funeral services for Tony H. Risner, 86, will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Chapel, West Plains. Burial will be held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri. There will be a short visitation starting at 1:30 p.m. before the service.

 Tony H. Risner, son of the late Edgar Ray Risner and Willie Mae Fernimen Risner, was born February 19, 1928 in Myrtle, Missouri and died April 10, 2014 at the age of 86 years old.

He was married to Betty Anderson and to this union two sons were born, Michael and Steven. In September 1971 he married Sue Schlag, and to this union one daughter, Lisa, was born.

He is survived by his wife of the family home; two children, Michael Risner and wife, Lynette, Riverside, California, and Steven Risner and wife, Angela, Norco, California; three grandchildren, Rachel Risner, Riverside, California, Sarah Waters and husband, Dustin, Riverside, California, and Tiffany Risner, New York.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lisa Risner, and three sisters, Bernice Cantrell, Mildred Bell, and Genevieve Johnson.

He was an avid gardener. He never gave up on anything. Whatever he started he saw it through until it was finished. He loved Irish music and dancing, especially the groups, Celtic Thunder and Riverdance. He also had a love for country music. He was a great technician in the computer world. He was a rescuer of a stray dog that he took in. It took almost a year to win his trust, but he accomplished that too. He was a beloved, kind, and wonderful husband, loving father and grandfather, and a generous man to many people.

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Thomas Wayne Fisher

Thomas Wayne Fisher

Thomas Wayne Fisher

Thomas W. Fisher, son of the late Xury Fisher and Pearl Irene Adams Fisher, was born June 27, 1934 in Mexico, Missouri and died April 1, 2014 at the age of 79 years old.

He was married December 9, 1955 at Lebanon, Missouri to Willa Dene Bailey, who preceded him in death November 21, 2003.

He is survived by two children, Tyra Wilson and husband, Raymond, Independence, Missouri, and Cindy Rogers and husband, Robert, Tecumseh, Missouri; one brother, Zury “Joe” Fisher and wife, Crystal, Lebanon, Missouri; two sisters, Polly Thomas, Lebanon, Missouri, and Alice Randolph, state of Arizona; five grandchildren, Jason, Robert, Angela, Donna, and Jon; seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Continue reading

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Pamela Kay Coatney

Pamela Kay Coatney

Pamela Kay Coatney

Pamela Kay Coatney, daughter of the late Oscar Allen Pond and Melva Nadine Stubbs Pond was born May 14, 1963 in

West Plains, Missouri and passed away March 29, 2014 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 50 years.

She is survived by two children, Keith Coatney and wife, Jesi, Norwood, Missouri, and Nathan Collins, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Crystal Owens, West Plains, Missouri, and Angela Murray, East Palatka, Florida, and four grandchildren, Jade, Ty, and Shaylee Coatney, Norwood, Missouri and Brendan Collins, West Plains, Missouri, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Continue reading

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Homer Isom Howard

Homer Isom Howard, 80, West Plains, Missouri died March 29, 2014 at his home in West Plains.

Church services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Howard will lie in state Tuesday, April 1st thru Friday, April 4th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, he will lie in state from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or Fair Haven Children’s Home, 3132 N. Fair Haven Loop, Strafford, MO 65757.

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Micky Diane Hastings

Micky Diane Hastings

Micky Diane Hastings

Micky Diane Hastings, daughter of the late A.L. Foster and Anna Marie Watson was born December 25, 1948 in West Plains, Missouri and died March 8, 2014 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 65 years.

She was united in marriage to Ruben Thomas Hastings. Unto this union one child was born, Joanna Lyn Hastings-Holt.

She is survived by: her daughter Joanna Holt of Galena, Missouri; brother Michael Foster and wife Connie of Wichita, Kansas; sister Sheila Watson of Ozark, Missouri; brother, Charlie Watson and wife Robin of Rockford, Illinois; brother Paul Watson and wife Francis of Rockford, Illinois; brother Larry Brazeal of Golden City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Dianna and Grace Holt of Galena, Missouri; an Aunt, Culen Haughn of West Plains, Missouri; an Uncle, Carl Foster of Springhill, Kansas; and many other family members and friends. Continue reading

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Ross Callahan

Funeral services for Ross Callahan, 76, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Randy Folks officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Alfred M. Callahan and Lottie Fox Callahan, on October 25, 1937 in Arditta, Missouri and died March 1, 2014 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage July 21, 1961 in West Plains, Missouri to Ruby Crabtree.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Callahan, of the home; four children, Guy Callahan, Trissi Callahan, Ragan Callahan, wife, Sarah, all of West Plains, and Torrey Callahan, Caulfield; one sister, Elsie Folks, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and two grandchildren, Brodie and Abbey Callahan, West Plains and several nieces and nephews. He has a very special Army buddy who has stayed a longtime friend, Ron Ferrari, Coal City, Illinois. Continue reading

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Wanda Lee Moss

Wanda Lee Moss

Wanda Lee Moss

Funeral services for Wanda Lee Moss, 78, Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Elijah Church of Christ with Roy Neal Moss officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late William Newton Romans and Ople Lane Romans, on March 5, 1935 in Elijah, Missouri and died February 18, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri.

She was united in marriage June 1, 1956 in Peoria, Illinois to Edwin L. Moss.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin L. Moss, of the home, Springfield, Missouri; four children, Roselind Renna Hamm, husband, Carl, Springfield, Missouri, Melita Dever, husband, Frank, Dallas, Texas, William Moss, wife, Kathy, Marshfield, Missouri, and Dale Moss, East Peoria, Illinois; one sister, Loretta Romans, Mountain Home, Arkansas; two half brothers, Dwayne Bales, wife, Debbie, Bakersfield, Missouri and Patrick Bales, Bakersfield, Missouri, and one half sister, Delene Bales, Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Karen June Johnson, New Mexico, Joshua L. Moss, Springfield, Missouri, and Jason Scheinder, Dallas, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Continue reading

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Marjorie S. Allen

Marjorie Allen

Marjorie Allen

Marjorie Sonnenschein Allen crossed the threshold into eternal peace on February 14, 2014 in the company of her devoted family. Marge, as she came to be known, was born November 11, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of Dr. Ervin L. and Josephine Sonnenschein. She grew up in Chicago but moved west as a teenager, first to Elko, NV and later to Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School and attended Phoenix Junior College before transferring to the University of Arizona where, in 1951, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Secondary Education and Speech. At the University, Marge lived in Pima Hall, a cooperative dormitory where the girls shared the chores, prepared and served meals in a formal dining room and formed lifelong friendships. One of those friendships was with her roommate, Lou Anne Allen Kirby. On a simple blind date, Marge met Lou Anne’s brother Clinton and thus began a lifelong love story. Marge and Clinton were married on March 23, 1951, in Tucson. Early in their married life, they bought a farm in West Plains, which they kept for years and developed into their present-day ranch home.

Marge always supported and encouraged Clint’s lifelong passion for flying. The family moved from Tucson to Mineral Wells, TX, in the 1960s, where Clint became a helicopter pilot and mechanic, in addition to his skill as a fixed-wing pilot. His career later took them to Lafayette, LA and Fort Worth, TX, before they settled in West Plains.

Marge enjoyed the ranch and liked watching the birds flit in and out of the birdhouses on their back fence. She spent hours observing the peaceful view of the pasture behind the house, the ponds, the barns, and their cattle grazing in the distance. She welcomed the excitement of each newborn calf and the drama of the goats vying for top spot on their shelters.

In recent years, her life has centered around her friendships and activities as a member of the Missouri Pilot’s Association (MPA) Chapter 20 and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1218, both of Willow Springs.

A creative spirit with a wry sense of humor, Marge authored a one-panel comic titled “Buzz Thunderbee.” Writing under the pen name Squawk, an aircraft term related to navigation, Marge’s “Buzz” provided aircraft safety tips and observations in the EAA newsletter for several years. Marge also authored several unpublished short stories, each with a surprising, humorous plot twist. Although she never bragged about her accomplishments, many amazing creations emerged from her sewing room, from the practical to the whimsical, including a doll named Mahidabelle. For a time, Marge worked at Hancock’s Fabrics, a job for which she was eminently well-suited because of her excellent sense of style, color and texture. Continue reading

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Debra Ann Bridges

Debra Ann Bridges

Debra Ann Bridges

Debra Ann Bridges (Debbie to all who knew her) joined her Savior on Feb. 4, having lived a beautiful and giving life. Her love of the Lord inspired her to serve her family, community and church with energy and selflessness. She loved life and loved to help her family and all around her enjoy each moment to the fullest.

Debbie married her high school sweetheart, Kelly, in 1970 and spent the next 43 years living the life of a Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31;10-31). She spent the majority of their marriage as a homemaker where she created an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She used hospitality, mostly through her delicious cooking, to minister to those around her. She was a very loving and devoted wife to Kelly and an amazing mother to her two children, Amee and Rory.

Her hands were always busy. She loved to work in her garden, care for all of her many animals on the farm, and she enjoyed creating through countless arts and crafts and projects on her sewing machine. Most of these projects, were for her many nieces and nephew that she adored, her children, and most recently her four grandchildren that she would do anything for, Ethan and Anna, Aven and Paxton.

Above all, her favorite thing to do on Earth, was give praise to our Heavenly Father through singing. She loved singing in the church choir, with her two sisters, Sandy and Pam, on long walks in the woods, or just simply humming praise songs while cooking in the kitchen. She reminded all who knew her that every moment is an opportunity to give God praise, through song or a thoughtful deed. She is survived by her husband, Kelly; her children, Amee Minge and husband, Justin, West Plains, and their two children, Ethan and Anna, Rory Bridges and wife, Lexi, Nixa, and their two children, Aven and Paxton. She is also survived by her two sisters, Sandy Collins and Pam Wolfe. Continue reading

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