West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Nadene Chronister

Clara Nadene Chronister was born the daughter of Mildon and Maggie (Mauldin) Blakley on April 9, 1927, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life January 27, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.

She was united in marriage on February 1, 1947, at Salem, Arkansas to Ivan Chronister, who preceded her in death on February 18, 2008.

She is survived by three daughters, Carol Jean Pitts and husband, Curt of Thayer, Missouri, Linda Pierce and husband, Roy of West Plains, Missouri, and Mary Jo Cook and husband, Kenny of Malden, Missouri; five grandchildren, Melissa Clark and husband, Stephen, Matt Pitts and wife, Valerie, Marc Pitts and wife, Megan, all of Thayer, Missouri, Bethany Bailey of West Plains, Missouri, and Blakley Cook and wife, Taylor of Columbia, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Gaige, Landry, Easton, Addyson, Cannon, and Marley Kate; one brother-in-law, Gene Chronister of West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildon and Maggie Blakley; her husband, Ivan Chronister; one brother, Bill Blakley; and half brother, Clarence Blakley.

Nadene attended Alton High School, graduating with the class of 1945. She taught school in the New Liberty community in Oregon County.

Nadene became a Christian at an early age and was a faithful member of the United Free Will Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

God blessed her with good health and a great mind until the day of her death. She loved being with people, especially her family, which was evident in the smile one always saw and in the loving, caring things she did. Anyone who met Nadene always remembered that encounter. Up until her death, she treasured her family and always had to know and be involved in every aspect of their lives.

As a result of her personality, she had many, many friends she met in her church, her volunteering at Ozark Medical Center and working for nearly 30 years at Wallace-Owens.

She touched many lives and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Dennis McGinley, Brother Jason Roberts, and Brother Glenn Murray officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 1:00 PM until service time on Friday.

Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery at Alton, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Richard and Janie King
    January 27, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

    We are so sorry to hear the passing of Ms. Nadine. She was so special to us as well as the rest of the church. She was in Richard’s Sunday school class and we always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. Nadine was a beautiful lady and you can rest assured you will see her again some day soon. Much love to the family.


  2. Terry and Teresa Tillman
    January 28, 2015 @ 8:16 am

    Carol and family,
    We are so sorry about the passing of your mother and grandmother. I know that she is with God and is looking down on you keeping you all safe. May God wrap his arms around you all to get you through this hard and difficult time. We love you all and are praying for you.
    Terry, Teresa, Dylan and Will


  3. kay huddleston
    January 28, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Nadines passing . we lived next door for 4 yrs. Such a sweet sweet lady . in our thoughts & prayers


  4. Rosemary Case
    January 28, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    Carol, do you think those two mothers of ours are giggling right there in heaven? We two girls were sure blessed by our God to have mothers like them. I wrote her a letter last week, I hope she got it. Mom always spoke fondly of your mother. When I was with her I always felt comfortable like I did when I was with my mother. She was truly a lady.


  5. Paula England
    January 29, 2015 @ 11:44 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a very special lady and I loved to visit with her. She was always so positive . I just adored her! I will keep you all in my prayers.


  6. Linda Sorg
    January 29, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about Nadine. She was always such a good neighbor and Rose and I were already planning a summer gettogether with her and Bonnie. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday cookies and candies that she had dropped off for me and I was already contemplating the vegetables that I would be sharing with her. Her smiling face will be greatly missed but I know that she is now wrapped in the arms of God. My God bless and comfort all of you during this time of loss.


  7. Deloris Bennett
    January 29, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

    How blessed to have your mother/grandmother for so many years and to enjoy her good mind and health. May these wonderful memories be a constant source of pleasure and many smiles. Thoughts and prayers to you all


  8. Virginia L. Walker
    January 30, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    I am so sorry she lived across the street from my parents, Alvin and Thana Mahan for many years. She was a very dear friend. Prayers are with your family.


  9. Sandy Crews
    February 1, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

    So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Truly a wonderful woman. Always enjoyed seeing her smiling face years ago at the grocery store. May God comfort you during this difficult time and the days ahead.


  10. Jinks and Pat Wynn
    February 3, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

    Always enjoyed visiting with Ms Nadine! She always had a beautiful smile and was interested in what was going on in my family’s life. I know she will be missed by many but especially by you who called her Mother and Grandmother! I have been thinking of your family this week and pray God’s comfort as you grieve her passing. Only God completely understands! Love you guys!


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