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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Lois (Waggoner) Barton, 88 of West Plains, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2022, in West Plains, Missouri. She was born January 15, 1934, in Alton, Missouri to Herman and Alta (Bettis) Waggoner.

    Lois was united in marriage to Melvin Barton on July 10, 1952. They were married for 70 wonderful years and had three children during their time together.

    Lois accepted Christ into her life at the age of fourteen and served him the rest of her life. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and everyone loved being in her class. She was full of life and loved being with her family and friends. She loved helping her husband on their farm, being a homemaker and raising her family.  Lois will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

    Lois is survived by three children, Dan (Kay) of Nixa, Missouri, Dennis (Sandy) of Alton, Missouri, and Melba (Randy) Johnson of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Rek, Broc, Blaz (Julie), Brandon (Chelse), Brooke and Brianna; two great-grandchildren, Kolby and Karly; two sisters-n-laws, Carolee of Thayer, Missouri and Nadine of Alton, Missouri; three brothers-n-laws, Gordon (Donna) of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Carlos (Marietta) of Marthasville, Missouri, and Curtis (Linda) of Springfield, Missouri; along with many nieces and nephews.

    Lois is proceeded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Bois Waggoner; three brothers-in-laws, Willard and Millard Barton Wayne Forrester; sister-in-law, Fern Forrester; her father-in-law Elgan Barton and her mother-in-law Bonnie (Sanders) Barton.


   Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday December 11, 2022 at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

   Interment will follow the service at Cave Springs Cemetery in Alton, Missouri.



  1. Clifford and Dorothy Brawley
    December 9, 2022 @ 6:54 pm

    Prayers of Love and sympathy to you Melba and your family in this sad loss. We will be in prayer for you in days ahead. Love you,
    Uncle Clifford and aunt Dorothy

  2. Huff Family
    December 9, 2022 @ 7:24 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to your entire family.

  3. Cathy Feagle
    December 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am

    So sorry for your loss, but sounds like she had a wonderful, full life with lots of love. Celebrate this wonderful ladies life. Hugs and prayers for you all.

  4. Mary Schmidt.
    December 10, 2022 @ 10:10 am

    All my love to the family of Lois. She will be missed.

  5. Pam Johnson
    December 10, 2022 @ 3:05 pm

    Lois was such a precious lady… we always enjoyed visiting with her and Melvin… I’m so glad we have heaven waiting for us! What a glad reunion day! Love and prayers…Kelly, Pam, and Kaley Johnson

  6. Michelle Bates
    December 11, 2022 @ 3:36 pm

    Rest in peace, Aunt Lois, and hug my grandpa for me. We’ll all be together again someday. Love you!