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Etta (Jewell) Coursey , 80 of West Plains, Missouri came into this world on March 2, 1943, in Siloam Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Eck and Alta Collins and peacefully left it on November 3, 2023, in Springfield, Missouri
She was married to Donald Coursey who preceded her in death in 2007

She is survived by one son Donnie and wife Valerie Coursey, of Mt. Home, Arkansas; two daughters Penny Palmer of West Plains, Missouri, Kathy and husband Gene Hardin of West Plains, Missouri; nine Grandchildren, Matthew and wife Mary Beth Palmer of Koshkonong, Missouri, Joshua and wife Hannah Palmer of Thomasville, Missouri, Ashley Haigwood and Justin McCauley of West Plains, Missouri, Samantha Ellis of L.A., California, Roman And wife Kristin of West Plains, Missouri, Hannah Gleason of West Plains, Missouri, Rachel Coursey of Mt. Home, Arkansas, Caitlyn and husband Ryan Harris of West Plains, Missouri, Shelby and husband Brenden Fellhauer of Thayer, Missouri, and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her greatly
She is preceded in death by her parents Eck and Alta Collins.

She was of the Christian faith. Reading her bible was one of her favorite things to do. She also loved being in her garden. Etta never met a stranger, was always willing to talk to anyone, and help where she could. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 2:00pm At the Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Rose Sloan
    November 7, 2023 @ 3:41 pm

    Penny so sorry for your loss my condolences and prayers are with you and your loved ones.


  2. Mary E Evans
    November 7, 2023 @ 5:45 pm

    The best neighbor. I loved her like a sister. Won’t be the same. Prayers for all her family.


    • Randall and Teresa (Eldringhoff) Romans
      November 8, 2023 @ 12:16 pm

      Penny, Kathy, Donnie and families, condolences on the loss of your mother.


  3. Barbara Linville
    November 7, 2023 @ 7:10 pm

    Etta was an amazing lady with a beautiful soul. She made a very positive mark on this world.
    May God bring peace to her family as they grieve the loss of this much loved lady.


  4. Wanda Hunter
    November 8, 2023 @ 7:21 am

    Prayers for all the family.


  5. Amber Redburn
    November 8, 2023 @ 8:17 am

    Matthew/Mary Beth & Family,

    My Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the passing of Matthew’s Grandmother, Etta. I will be keeping all of you in my daily prayers and that God will provide each of you comfort, strength, peace, and encouragement. God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Mrs. Amber Redburn


  6. Teresa Wilson
    November 8, 2023 @ 10:51 am

    Etta was my one of two aunts that I have left. She was my first babysitter that I can remember. She had such a nice laugh. I loved to hear it. I could talk about the Lord to her and we loved to do that. She was blessed and blessed others. I will miss her.


  7. Melinda (Burgess) Kng
    November 13, 2023 @ 4:47 pm

    So very sorry to hear this news. I worked at OMC/OZH for several years with Etta. She never failed to lift your spirits with that terrific smile. Blessings to all of you.


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