Marjorie Brawley

Marjorie Brawley, age 58, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas died on August 21, 2019 at 7:37 PM at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Bernard Toomey officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

An Educational Fund has been opened at the Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas for Marjorie’s grandchildren.

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Otis Butler

Otis Butler

Otis Butler

Otis Lee Butler was born the son of Harold Otis Butler and Ola Venita Hutson Butler, on August 21, 1946 in Koshkonong, Missouri and departed this life on August 19, 2019 at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri at the age of 72 years.

He was united in marriage on February 6, 1976 to Karen Sue Daniel in Springfield, Missouri. Together they had a blended family and spent forty-three wonderful years together.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Butler, of the home in Koshkonong, Missouri; five children, Michael Butler and wife, Maureen, of South Fork, Missouri, Traci Jenkins French of Temple, Texas, Ryan Jenkins and wife, Lorie, of Thayer, Missouri, Jennifer Hicks and husband, Justin, of West Plains, Missouri and Cory Butler and fiancé, Leigh Ann, of Koshkonong, Missouri; one son-in-law, Randy Nelson of West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Carolyn Staley and husband, Ernest, of Koshkonong, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Sue Butler of Koshkonong, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Daniel and wife, Lora, of Creighton, Missouri and Larry Daniel of Ash Grove, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Brandi, Mason, Jared, Eric, Dagean, Jessica, Ashley, Nick, Amanda, Joshua, Levi, Trevor, Cameron, Lane and Mattie; three great grandchildren, Madisyn, Keyden and Caysen; several nieces and nephews; many cousins; other relatives and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ola Venita Butler; one daughter, Patricia Nelson; and two brothers, Lester and Richard Butler.

Otis was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard, serving his country proudly as a military police officer for many years. He later worked as the City of Thayer Special Road Commissioner, retiring after thirty-one years of dedicated service. He was also a successful cattle rancher, raising and producing cattle and hay.

Otis enjoyed living life on his farm, going to the lake to fish and hunting all sorts of game, including coon, pheasant, deer and turkey. Most of all, he loved and cherished time spent with his family.

Otis will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Charles Cochran officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be held at Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Frances Platts

Frances Platts, age 89, of West Plains, Missouri, died on August 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM at Brookhaven Health Care in West Plains, Missouri.

No arrangements are being made at this time.

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Emma Jean Jeffries

Emma Jean

Emma Jean

Emma Jean Jeffries was born in Koshkonong, Missouri, the daughter of Homer York and Grace Pressley York on April 7, 1927 and departed this life on August 17, 2019 at her home in St. Charles, Missouri, at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage to Arthur Jeffries on February 15, 1946 in Oregon County, Missouri. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1976.

She is survived by her son, Lynn Jeffries and wife, Marla, of West Plains, Missouri; her daughter, Vicki Powell and husband, Bob, of St. Louis, Missouri; one sister, Sue Taylor of Imperial, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Jeffries; her parents, Homer and Grace York; two sons, Jim and Jerry Jeffries; and three brothers, Mitchell, Herb and Ray York.

Emma Jean was a devoted homemaker, caring her family and their home most of her life. She enjoyed reading and watching television. Most of all, she loved spending time and taking care of her family.

Emma Jean will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services for Emma Jean Jeffries will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Charlie Cochran officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer.

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Ernestine DeFalco

Ernestine DeFalco was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, the daughter of Ed Mattox and Pearl Stokes Croney on March 27, 1938 and departed this life on August 12, 2019 at her home in Sparks, Nevada, at the age of 81 years.

She was united in marriage to Joseph DeFalco on February 14, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her four children, Kenneth Pierce and wife, Wende, of Newhall, California, Linda Rutledge and husband, Randy, of Rochelle, Illinois, Tena Brown and husband, Charles, of Sparks, Nevada and Gary Pierce of Manila, Arkansas; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph DeFalco; her parents, Ed and Pearl; one child, Shela Pierce; four sisters; and one brother.

Ernestine worked at General Motors in Auto Assembly, retiring after seventeen years of dedicated service. She loved to do needle point and quilting, making beautiful creations for her loved ones. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Ernestine will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Jared Russell officiating.

Interment will be held at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Lawrence Dale ‘L.D.’ Dunavin

 

L.D. Dunavin

L.D. Dunavin

Lawrence Dale ‘L.D.’ Dunavin was born in Thayer, Missouri, the son of Paul Matthew Dunavin and Opal Lucille Malone Dunavin on August 15, 1929. He departed this life on August 9, 2019 at his home in Pittsburg, Missouri at the age of 89 years, just a few days before his 90th birthday.

He was united in marriage to Wilma Louise Howell on August 15, 1946, just a few days short of celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Dunavin, of the home in Pittsburg, Missouri; his two daughters, Linda Boettger (Kent) and Beverly Casteel; two sisters, Paula Duffy (Dino) and Barbara Stewart; four brothers, Dan Dunavin (Peggy), Dennis Dunavin, Garry Dunavin (Fran) and Terry Dunavin (Annie); five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Dunavin and Opal Staton; his son, Larry Dunavin; grandparents, Elvis (Bullet) and Florence Malone; and two brothers, Bob and Rod Dunavin.

L.D. was a carpenter by trade and worked himself up to Superintendent on many commercial construction jobs in the Omaha area and the job he was most proud of, the Monastery in Schyler, Nebraska.

He and Wilma retired in 1979 to Pomme De Terre Lake area and attended the Pomme De Terre Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Missouri. Their home was often filled with family and friends. Everyone loved to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

L.D. will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

     A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pomme De Terre Southern Baptist Church, 25459 State Hwy 64, Pittsburg, MO 65714

Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Mary Vaughn

Mary Vaughn, age 89, of Thayer, Missouri, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM in West Vue Nursing & Rehab in West Plains, Missouri.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

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Andrew Blankenship

Andrew Blankenship, age 85, of Thayer, Missouri died on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:40 PM at Shady Oaks Healthcare Center in Thayer, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

No services are planned at this time.

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Dorothy Lou Grooms

Dottie Grooms

Dottie Grooms

Dorothy Lou Grooms was born in Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of Lehman Whiteside and Leona Stroud Whiteside on June 28, 1929 and departed this life on July 15, 2019 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, just a few weeks after her 90th birthday.

She was united in marriage to Cecil Grooms on October 20, 1991 at their farm in Couch, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2012.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mickey Fisher and husband, David, of Springfield, Missouri and Kelley Richards and husband, Stan, of Branson, Missouri; three step children, Melisa Daily and husband, Travis, of Conway, Missouri, Stuart Grooms and wife, Georgia, of Gladstone, Missouri and Brian Grooms of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Pat McAbee of Thayer, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Jenny Zogg, J.D. Zogg, Justin Brock, Joel Baca, Rachel Brown, Kevin Grooms, Eric Grooms, Casey Cornelius and Jared Daily; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Grooms; her parents, Lehman and Leona Whiteside; and one son, John Roger.

Dorothy was a Christian and member of the First United Methodist Church in Thayer, Missouri. She was a homemaker, dedicated to taking care of her husband, children and their home.

She enjoyed reading all sorts of books and loved her many cats.

Dorothy will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Pam Ekey officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time at the chapel.

Interment will be held at the Moten Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Betty Wetzel

Betty Wetzel

Betty Wetzel

Betty Ann Wetzel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Rudolph George Benbenek and Wanda Bell Lewis Benbenek on November 3, 1936 and departed this life on July 12, 2019 in Plainfield, Illinois, at the age of 82 years.

She was united in marriage to Donald Truman Wetzel on June 20, 1959 in Thayer, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2017.

She is survived by her son, James Douglas Wetzel and wife, Robyn, of Northbrook, Illinois; two daughters, Kathleen (Wetzel) Mozdzierz and husband, Walter, of Chicago, Illinois and Margaret (Maggie) Wetzel and fiancé, Victor Maggio, of Oak Lawn, Illinois; three grandchildren, Brittany Wetzel and Marisa Wetzel, both of Chicago, Illinois and Sam Wetzel of Northbrook, Illinois; other relatives; and countless friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Don; her parents, Rudolph and Wanda Benbenek; and her beloved brother, Bob.

Betty Ann gradually adjusted to country life by spending time with the animals, helping with chores around the farm and playing with her brother Bob.

Betty Ann attended Couch school where she met her soon to be High School sweetheart Don Wetzel. Upon graduating High School as co-valedictorians, Betty Ann and Don both attended The University of Missouri where she majored in Home Economics. After graduating college, the two of them immediately were married on June 20, 1959.

They traveled and lived throughout the United States and Europe as they raised their family. Betty Ann and Don were happily married for over 57 years. They were together until he passed in March of 2017.

Betty Ann had many interests ranging from caring for her cats, horseback riding, collecting dolls and for a while, being one of Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fans. She also enjoyed volunteering at Hinsdale Hospital for many years.

Betty Ann will be deeply missed by her family who she loved and cared for immensely.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 9:30 AM until the service time at the Chapel.

Interment will be held at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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