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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Reba Callahan
Reba Callahan

Reba Juanita (Paxton) Callahan was born the daughter of Lonnie L. Paxton and Anna Mae (Lasseter) Paxton on July 3, 1932, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and died on August 27, 2015, at her home in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

She was united in marriage on May 15, 1954 at Thayer, Missouri, to Travis Callahan.

She is survived by her husband, Travis Callahan of the home in Springfield; two sons, Jack Callahan and wife, Suzanne of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Neal Callahan and wife, Jennifer of Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Chase Callahan and wife, Morgan, Carter Callahan and Emily Prince; one brother, Richard Paxton and wife, Hazel of Olive Branch, Mississippi; one sister-in-law, Shirley Kerby of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; four nephews, Mike Paxton, Jeff Paxton, Tim Paxton and Ryan Kerby; two nieces, Denise Frazier and Melinda Kerby; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Anna Mae Paxton; one brother-in-law, Cletes Kerby; and one nephew, Richard Kerby.

Reba was a graduate of the Mammoth Spring High School, graduating with the class of 1950.

She was a proficient bookkeeper, starting her long career with Memphis Light, Gas & Water. After returning to Thayer, she worked for many years as bookkeeper for Central Ozarks Livestock Auction as well as various other livestock auctions in the area.

Reba worked in real estate sales for several years with United Farm Agency. She, along with business partner, Sam Rhoades was instrumental in establishing Country Network/Town & Country Realty where she worked as Broker/Partner.

She enjoyed painting landscapes, and caring for her home and family. She was a long time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Thayer.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving Mother and grandmother, and a friend to all.

Funeral services for Mrs. Callahan will be held Monday, August 31, 2015, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Dr. Jeff Paxton officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Sunday afternoon, August 30th from 2:00 until 4:00 PM.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.



  1. Sharon Lasseter Ehmann
    August 29, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    Jim and I send our sincere regrets to Travis and family. Reba was a very special and lovely lady and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I am so sorry we will be unable to attend her services but we do send our love and prayers to all who loved her.

  2. Bill and Faye Staggs
    August 30, 2015 @ 5:58 am

    Sending our deepest sympathy. Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers and praying God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
    Much Love,
    Bill and Faye Staggs

  3. Cindi Poulson and Barbara Poulson
    August 30, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    Neal and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Reba was a great lady and will be missed by us all. Prayers for you and your family.

  4. Deloris Bennett
    August 30, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    Wishing peace and comfort to all.