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EADS, Atsy Leah Breshears
Murray Funeral Home
Atsy L. Eads, January 22, 1907 - August 18, 2009. Mrs. Atsy Leah Eads, 102, Weaubleau, died Tuesday, August, 18, 2009 in Christian Health Care of Nixa. The daughter of James Henry and Beatrice Virginia (Murphy) Breshears, she was born at Avery in Hickory county. During World War II she worked in a garment factory making uniforms for soldiers. She was a baker at bakeries in Kansas City and volunteered to work in the kitchen at church camp each summer. Atsy was a member of Bethel Tabernacle Assembly of God in Kansas City. She lived on a farm west of Collins for 25 years before to moving to Weaubleau where she lived for 24 years. She lived in her own home until over the age of 100 and for the past 1 ˝ years she had resided at Christian Healthcare of Nixa. She was married to Robert H. Eads and they were the parents of 2 children, Wallace Eads and June Chambers. Survivors include 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Murray Funeral Home, Humansville with Rev. Joe Mezzacasa officiating. Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery west of Weaubleau. Visitation will be Saturday from 12 until 1:00 PM.

EATON, Fae Fox Wright
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, March 19, 2010
Fae Eaton was born to Thomas and Audra [Greenwell] Fox on Jan. 11, 1912 in Independence, Oregon. She departed this life March 11, 2010 at Truman Lake Manor at the age of 98 years and two months. She grew up in the Osceola community where she attended grade school and graduated from Osceola High School in 1931. As a child she attended church at the Osceola Baptist Church. She was saved at the age of 18, was baptised and joined the church. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Fae had two brothers; Roy Fox and Bill Woolery, three sisters;Maxine Cornwell, Irma Lee Dover and Mary Margaret Swinney. She taught school seven years in one-room schoolhouses in the Bear creek, Shady Grove and Kelley school communities in St. Clair County. She attended Southwest Missouri Teachers College and Central Missouri Teacher's College and earned her teaching certificate. In the sumer of 1938, she went to California to visit her Uncle Park and his wife Verna Greenwell and stayed there. Her mother, brothers and sisters soon followed. California became her home until 1968. She married Ralph Cleveland Wright on September 10, 1940. They made their home in Fullerton, California. In 1968 Ralph was badly injured in an accident while at work for Boeing Aircraft. After his long recouperation, they moved to Fowler, Colorado to be near an elderly aunt, Eunice Nelson. In 1974 they moved to Clinton to be near Ralph's mother and family. Ralph preceded her in death in May of 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters and her nephew, Stephen Woolery. She is survived by one sister, Maxine Cornwell and seven nieces and nephews. They are: Mike Paget, Candy Dover, Kenneth Geddy, Lynn Elder, Linda Artz, Kathy Clark and Joseph Woolery. Since 2003 she made her home as a resident of Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City. Services were Tuesday, March 16 at Wright's Creek Cemetery. Minister was Elder J.D. Baker. Interment Wright's Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

EATON, George Henry
George H. Eaton died Friday, April 2, 1936 at Iconium from a heart attack, He is the father of Jess Eaton of Iconium. He had lived with his son and family a number of years. George Henry, was born in Clarion County, PA. on August 31, 1850. He was united in marriage to Louisa Hughes, October 31, 1870 in Benton County, Missouri. Where they lived until her death on November 27, 1918. His survivors include two sons, Jessie Sanford of the home, John Franklin of Des Moines, Iowa. and 3 daughters, Lucy Wear of Kansas City, Mo.; Georgia Phillips of St Louis, MO.; and Laura Bell Dickerson of Tulsa, OK. burial in the Iconium cemetery.

EATON, Jesse Sanford
Source unknown, 6  April 1944
The funeral services were held from the Iconium Baptist church this [Thursday] afternoon at two o'clock for Jessie Sanford Eaton, who died suddenly Tuesday afternoon as he was enroute to the store at Iconium. The Rev. Kenneth Nichols officiated. Burial was in the Iconium cemetery under the direction of the Osceola Funeral Home. Jessie Sanford Eaton, son of G.H. and Louisa "Hughes" Eaton, was born at Aullville, MO. on July 19, 1885 and departed this life near his home at Iconium on Tuesday, April 4th,[1944] at the age of 58 years, 8 months, and 16 days. He was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Anglin, August 9, 1923. To this union seven children were born. He had been in failing health for almost four years, but his sudden death came as a shock to relatives and friends. Though he had never made an open profession in Christ, he had often said that he was convinced that there was a higher power. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Mrs Ruth Eaton, seven children, Myrl, George, Frank, Jack, Billy, and Alonzo, all of the home. and Mrs Wesley "Louise" Ackers of Kansas City; one brother, Frank Eaton of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Lacy Wear of Kansas City and Mrs. Georgia Phillips of St Louis, also a number of distant relatives. He was a devoted husband, a kind and loving father and will be sadly missed in his home and community.

EATON, Robert Leao
St. Clair County Courier, 21 April 2006
Robert Leao Eaton passed away at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital on April 7, 2006, due to pneumonia and emphysema. He was born in Independence on Aug. 22, 1926, to Edward and Margaret Dippo Eaton. Robert was a son of 14 children. Robert was united in marriage to Georgie Waneta Richey on Aug. 28, 1948, at Butler. Robert was the father of five sons, David, Robert, Randy, Billy and Gary who passed away in 1972, and one and only daughter, Sissy Hazel and including Cathy, Linda and Tom. Robert was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edward and Margaret Eaton; four brothers; five sisters; several nieces; nephews and loved ones.
Robert is survived by his wife, Georgie, of the home; his four sons, David and Robert, Lowry City, Billy, of the home and Randy, Springfield; and one daughter, Hazel, Osceola. Robert had many grandchildren and great grandchildren, lots of nieces and nephews and many, many friends whom he loved all very much. He is also survived by his brother, Joe, El Dorado Springs, brother, Raymond, Nixa; sister, Mary Margaret Carson, El Dorado Springs, sister, Betty Finley, Peculiar and sister, Kathryn Mickey, Independence. Robert was a retired brick mason. Services for Robert were Tuesday, April 11, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Pastor Sam Masten and Reverend Harvey Woods officiating. Musical selections were "Daddy's Hands", "Winner Either Way", "One Savior" with Roger Powell and Nona Hahn, vocalist singing "Grandpa". Casketbearers were David Eaton, Jr., Kevin Pipes, Randy Eaton, Jerry Eaton, Clint Pipes and Gary Eaton. Honorary casketbearers were Matthew Williams and Tommy Williams. Interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Rockville, under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

EATON, Ruth Ann Anglin
Independence Examiner, Monday, 4 May 1981
Mrs. Ruth Ann Eaton, 81, of 9416 E.15th, died Friday, May 1, 1981 at her home. She was born in Warsaw and had lived in this area most of her life. Mrs Eaton was a member of the Englewood Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Sanford in 1944 and her parents, William Rupe Anglin Sr and Martha Elizabeth "Loyd" Anglin, and three brothers and three sisters. Her survivors include five sons, George Eaton, Carthage, John Eaton, Kansas City, Jack Eaton, Independence, Bill Eaton, Carthage, and Alonzo Eaton, Kansas City, Kansas; two daughters, Myrl Mann, Kansas City, and Louise Riley, McDonald, Kansas; a sister, Martha Lester, Marshall, MO.; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Service were today [May 4, 1981] at the Liberty Baptist Church, Iconium; burial in Iconium Cemetery.

EATON, Trisha Eckard
ElDorado Sun, Friday, Aug 21, 2009
Trisha Eckard Eaton, 33, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, due to a motor vehicle accident. Trisha is survived by her husband, Jerry Eaton, of the home; three children – Sidney Bayless, Jason Leroy Thomas and Colton Eaton; her parents, Zande Eckard, and wife, Linda – El Dorado Springs, and Karen Smith – El Dorado Springs; one sister, Stephanie VanReenan – El Dorado Springs; and many other relatives and friends. Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, in Bland-Hackleman Chapel with burial in Osceola Cemetery under direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. on Friday morning until service time.

EATON, William Martin Sr.
Joplin, Missouri News-Leader , Sunday, May 11, 2003. Submitted by: Katherine Eaton.
WILLIAM MARTIN EATON, SR. - William Martin Eaton, Sr. went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2003, in Joplin, MO., He was born May 31, 1934 in Iconium, MO., to the late Jesse Sanford Eaton and Ruth Ann (Anglin) Eaton. On October 7, 1955, he married the love of his life, Katherine J. McLaughlin in Independence, MO., and was married for 48 years. They lived in many places during their marriage --- Independence, Kansas City, Carthage, Springfield and Pittsburg, MO. and finally in Joplin, MO. He was a member of the International Bakery Union # 218 for over 45 years. Bill and Kathy owned and operated the Webb City Bakery in Webb City, MO., from 1977 to 1985. He worked for Consumers Bakery in Springfield as manager from 1985 until they closed in 1991. Due to his health he retired to Pomme de Terre Lake in 1992, moving to Joplin, Missouri in 2002. Bill's many hobbies included fishing and reading, but most of all he was an avid baseball and boxing fan.
He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; John Franklin, George Henry, Jessie Alonzo and one sister, Lavonia Louise. Survivors include his wife, Katherine J. Eaton, and their two sons; David Eugene Eaton of Oak Grove, MO., and William Martin Eaton, II of Joplin; one daughter, Kathy (Cissy) Eaton of Greenwood, MO.; five grandchildren, Teresa Stewart and husband, Mike, David C. Eaton and wife, Charity of Oak Grove, MO., Marc Hill and wife, Carrie of Lee's Summit, MO., Cody and Shelby Eaton of Joplin, MO.; three great-grandchildren, Quentin William Hill, Addie Eaton and one little boy on the way; one sister Myrl Mann of Kansas City, MO.; and one brother, Jack Eaton of Holden, MO.
He was a devoted husband and father. Our daddy was loving and truly a one of a kind man. We could not have asked for a better father. Our love for Daddy will continue to grow and will be forever in our hearts. He will be missed by many special friends and family. Graveside services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Iconium Cemetery in Iconium, MO., with the Rev. Larry Six officiating. Pallbearers will be David E. Eaton, Bill Eaton II, David C. Eaton, and Mike Stewart. Arrangements are with the Thornhill-Dillon Funeral Home in Joplin, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Iconium Cemetery in care of Jim Murray, 5771 NE Highway U, Osceola, MO., 65776.

EBLEN, Rachel White
Lowry City Independent, Friday, 6 June 1913. Submitted by Fran Miller and Mary Zeiler.
Mrs. Rachel Eblen died at her home in this city about 2:00 last Friday morning. She was the mother of Mrs. James H. Reading, Mrs. E. Ream and Mrs. Cynthia White. Mrs. Eblen had resided here a great many years and was highly respected by all who knew her. For the past 5 years, she had been a helpless invalid caused by a fall and bore her affliction with great patience. Mrs. Eblen had reached the advanced age of 92 years 4 months and 2 days. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The sermon being·delivered by Rev. Simmons. Internment was made at the Lowry City Cemetery. Her husband Jesse Eblen preceeded her in death 27 years ago. She was born near Greenville, OH January 28, 1823, was married to Jesse Eblin in 1840 & departed this life May 30, 1913, age 92 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Burial in Lowry City Cemetery (Barnett Cemetery.)

ECKHOFF, Donna Lorene Stark
Donna Lorene Stark Eckhoff was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Sedalia to Omer Milton and Mary Ann Binder Durrill. She passed away Sept. 11, 2006, at Beautiful Savior Care Center, Belton. Donna worked for many years at the hospital in Warrensburg, as a dietician and later worked many years as an inspector for Harmon Industries at Warrensburg until she retired. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Donna enjoyed traveling with her late husband, Elmer, working in her garden and flower beds. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, her parents, and one sister, Gretta Woodward. She is survived by her son, Omer Bud Stark, Sweet Springs; daughter, Wanda Bucklinger, Kansas City; grandson, Michael Young, Raytown and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, officiated by Geg Mangum. Music selection was, "How Great Thou Art". Interment was in Robinson Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

EDLAND, Althea Toler
Osceola Library files
Althea Toler Edland was born in St. Clair County, Missouri on November 7, 1906. She passed away in St. Joseph hospital, Wichita, Kans., February 15, 1963. She spent most of her married life in Pueblo, Colo., but had been a resident of Wichita, the past three years. She was a member of the First Christian church of Pueblo, and was past president of the Beaucement Auxiliary of Knights of Templar, in Pueblo. Survivors include her husband, Edwin P. Edlund of the home; two sisters, Mrs. E.C. Morris of Wichita, Kans., Mrs. Orville Hill of Roscoe, Mo.; one brother, R. Lynn Toler, Cupertino, Calif., and one niece, Mrs. Joe L. Roland, Wichita, Kans.; other relatives and many friends. Her patience and courage in meeting the many trials of her life is known by all who loved her.

EDMUNDS, Brady Carl
Clinton Daily Democrat, 29 December 2005
Brady Carl Edmunds, 38, Lowry City, was born December 4, 1967, to Billy Carl and Shirley Jean (Perry) Edmunds, and died December 18, 2005, at his home. Brady worked hard, loved his kids and endured lots of sorrow in his all too short life. He was a truck driver for many years. Brady was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather John Perry and his paternal grandmother Gladys Dowell. Brady is survived by his three
children, Katy 17, Cord 15, and Carlie 10, all of the home; his parents, Billy and Shirley; two brothers, Lance and John; his sister Melody; half-sister Kelly; numerous cousins and wife April. Funeral services were Wednesday, December 21, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Burial was in Kidd's Chapel Cemetery, Lowry City.

EDMUNDS, Tanner Lane
Clinton Daily Democrat, 22 June 2006
Tanner Lane Edmunds, infant son of Lance Edward Edmunds and Sarah Renae Hudson, was born June 3, 2006, at Overland Park Regional Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas, and died six hours later at the hospital. Tanner is also survived by his maternal grandmother Diane Holt, Deepwater, and his paternal grandparents Billy and Shirley Edmunds of Lowry City. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel on Wednesday, June 7, with burial in Kidds Chapel Cemetery, Lowry City.

EDWARDS, Jessie Lavinia Toby Jenkins
St. Clair County Courier, 23 February 1989
Jessie Lavinia (Toby) Jenkins Edwards died at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri February 17, 1989. She was born December 9, 1904, at the farm home of Ggeorgia and Andrew Jenkins near Bates City, Mo. Mrs. Edwards attended Bledsoe County School until eleven years of age. She attended Bryant School in Independence, Mo. one year, then Junior High School and graduated from Wm. Chrisman High School in Independence in 1922. She attended Warensburg State College and Missouri University. January 1, 1925 she maried Rider C. Edwards. Both taught school in Deepwater, Urich and Osceola. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards purchased the "St. Clair County Republican" in 1932 and served as co-editors and publishers. Mrs. Edwards served as Secretary of the St. Clair County Republican Committee, the Sixth District Republican Committee, and the Republican Editorial Association. Along with her various responsibilities involving the newspaper, Mrs. Edwards also taught dancing in Clinton and Osceola in the 1930's. In the 1940's, the Edwards organized "The Edwards Press" and "Hillbilly Printers". In 1943, Mrs. Edwards was appointed Superintendent of Schools for St. Clair County, Missouri. Mrs. Edwards also became the first woman in Missouri to serve on a jury under the provision of the new State Constitution when she took her place in the jury box of the St. Clair County Circuit Court. She was made foreman of the jury by her fellow jurors.She was proceded in death by her husband, Rider C. Edwards, on April 20, 1970. Rider and Toby incorporated "The Edwards Press" in February of 1970.
Surviving family members include a niece, Mamie Alice Edwards Warnick and her husband, Charles P. Warnick of Arizona, their three children, Ward, Tracy and Sean Warnick, and several cousins. Funeral services were February 20, 1989 in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with the Rev. Jack Kiefer and the Rrev. Dan Dellinger officiating. Soloist was Jim Sunderwirth with Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were: Coy Fleetwood, Walter Hollowell, Lewis L. Motley, Marvin Zeiler, Robert Smith, William Schatz.

EDWARDS, Rider Clark
St. Clair County Courier, 20 April 1970
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at Osceola for Rider C. Edwards, a prominent Osceola businessman who died at Sac Osage Hospital Monday. He had been in failing health for more than a year.
Together with his wife, Toby, he had developed a school and church supply business that served a wide area of the midwest. It is known as The Edwards Press. Mr. Edwards was a former teacher, school superintendent and newspaper owner. The services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Goodrich Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Warrrensburg. Rev. Jack Kiefer will officiate and music will be provided by Mrs. Beryl Kiefer and Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Kiefer. Pallbearers will be John Martin, Herbert Brooks, Walter Hollowell, Coy Fleetwood, Lewis Motley and Paul Riley. Mr. Edwards was born in Liberty and attended high school there. He was a student two years at William Jewell College and received his bachelor's degree at Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg. He attended the University of Chicago and the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his master's degree. On graduation he became a high school teacher and athletic coach in Deepwater, Missouri. In 1926 he became school superintendent at Urich, Mo, and in 1928 superintendent of schools of Osceola schools, holding the post several years. In 1933, Mr. Edwards bought the St. Clair County Republican newspaper which later merged with the St. Clair County Democrat to form the St. Clair County Courier. Mr. Edwards founded the school supply company in 1942 and was active in the business until his death. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Toby Edwards of the home and a niece, Mrs. Charles P. Warnick of Fairfield, Washington.

ELDER, James I.
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
James I. Elder - February 26, 1928 - January 9, 2009. James Irven Elder, son of Lee G. and Orpha M. Elder, was born in Troy, Kansas February 26, 1928. He departed this life January 9, 2009 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri at the age of 80. Jim spent eight years of his life serving his country in the United States Army and Navy. After his time in the armed forces, Jim worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. On January 28, 1956 he was united in marriage to Patty Jo Gregg. To this union two children were born, Tricia Lee and Tamberla Faye. Jim was baptized at an early age in the Christian Church in Troy, Kansas and again in the United Methodist Church with his family. Jim had his own plumbing and electric business until he worked and retired from Peabody Coal as a master electrician. Jim and his wife Patty owned and operated Elder RV in Montrose, Missouri for over 26 years. He was a member of the Ararat Shriners, the Freemasons and the Grand Lodge. Jim was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Lee and Orpha Elder; three brothers, Max, Rex and Bobby Elder; six sisters, Ruth MaCaslin, Anna Lee Stadler, Raymona Baker, Hazel Parks, Laura Sterndorf and Emma Elder. He is survived by his wife Patty of Appleton City; two daughters, Tricia Lee Evans and husband Mark of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Tamberla Faye Cook and husband Jeffrey of Appleton City, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tyler Evans and wife Katie of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Brittany and Cassidy Cook of Appleton City, Missouri; one brother Raymond Elder of Olathe, Kansas; one sister Beverly Bianchi of Omaha, Nebraska; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Service:Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Minister: Reverend Robert Sefrit. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. VFW Graveside Service: Missouri Honor Guard. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: Appleton City Cemetery

ELDRIDGE, Dwayne Logan
Springfield News-Leader, 3 June 2007
D'Wayne L. Eldridge, Springfield, Mo., died June 2, 2007. D'Wayne was born April 19, 1932, in Osceola, Mo. He married his high school sweetheart, Venita Harris, on October 22, 1950.  D'Wayne moved his young family to Springfield, Mo. in 1959, where he worked for Burroughs Corporation as a banking machine technician for 36 years. From an early age he was gifted at repairing mechanical equipment. At the age of fourteen he made a lawn mower, one of the first in Osceola, by adding various parts to a gasoline washing machine motor. For years he restored Studebakers and was active in the Ozark Trails Studebaker Club. He became a follower of Jesus shortly after he and Venita were married. He taught Sunday School for more than 50 years, the last 25 years with the Harmony Class at Second Baptist Church, Springfield. He loved God's Word and was an excellent Bible study teacher. He served his church in many volunteer capacities, including deacon, usher, and video camera operator. He helped fix and maintain equipment around the church, and he was a strong supporter of mission programs. He was known throughout the community for his servant spirit, doing house repairs and odd jobs for widows and many others. Always putting others before himself, D'Wayne was the consummate servant leader. D'Wayne is preceded in death by a son, D'Wayne Logan Eldridge, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Venita; his son, Daryl Eldridge and wife, Carole, Springfield, Mo.; daughter, Marla Kundey and husband, Gary, Columbus, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Melinda Davis and husband, Matthew, Houston, Texas, Mark Eldridge and fiance, Leigha Caldwell, Arlington, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, Stanley Eldridge and wife, Peggy, Osceola, Mo.; a sister, JoAnne Mick, Springfield, Mo.; three half-sisters, Cordelia Bates, Oklahoma City, Okla., Doris Hammerson Stockton, Calif., and Mary Beth Greathouse and husband, J.V., Osceola, Mo.; and many other extended family members. The memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, in Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., with the Rev. John M. Edie officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Osceola Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, in Second Baptist Church and 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the D'Wayne Eldridge Servant Leadership Fund at Rockbridge Seminary, 3111 E. Battlefield, Springfield, Mo.; Second Baptist Church Missions; or the Community Hospice of Springfield. Arrangements are by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO.

ELLIFRITS, Charlene Blanche Nichols
St. Clair County Courier, 22 June 2007
Services were held June 9, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, and will be officiated by Rev. Alan Anzalone.
Music will include: "One Day At A Time", "In The Sweet By And By" and specials by Kelly Elmer, Soloist, and Ruth Schmidli, Accompanist. Casketbearers will be: Brad Elmer, Bill Chiles, Dewayne Hehner, Change Nichols, Jodi Brown, Scott Elmer, J.P. Nichols, Bobby Lyon, Larry Brown & Mike Cox. Interment will be at the Lowry City Cemetery, with arrangements made by the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola, Mo. Charlene Blanche Ellifrits was born July 24, 1933 in Brownington, Mo., the first child of Charley Guy and Eva Blanche (Chiles) Nichols and gently passed from this world on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Charlene graduated from Deepwater High School. She loved to read and visit with family, and she would make each birthday a celebration of joy. She enjoyed listening to blue grass and gospel music and she was a member of the Brownington Baptist Church. For years, Charlene faithfully made the rolls for the Plantation restaurant. Charlene and Harold loved to travel. Charlene was a resident of Truman Lake Manor, recently moving to Lowry City to be near her loved ones. Charlene was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Harold Ellifrits, her parents, Chrles Guy and Eva Blanche Nichols, one daughter-in-law, Lucille Blanche Witherspoon Hehner, two grandchildren, Kevin Michael and Angie Renee Hehner, and one nephew, Chad Nichols. Charlene is survived by her three sons, Edward Hehner of Iberia, Mo., Ricky Hehner of LaDue, Mo., and Mark Hehner and wife Sandy of Lowry City, Mo., two brothers, William (Bill) Nichols and wife Jackie and Jerry Nichols and wife Sis, one sister, Sharon Brown, all of Lowry City, Mo. Six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

ELLIOTT, Dick Harry
Clinton Daily Democrat, 22 January 2003
Dick H. Elliott, 70, Gladstone, a retired law enforcement officer, died Wednesday, January 15, in North Kansas City Hospital. Dick Harry Elliott was born to Harry Samuel and Edith Rebecca Elliott, on February 26, 1932, and died January 15, 2003. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his half-sister, Roberta Fern Francis, and his first wife, Jannie Lou Roberts. He is survived by his wife, Margie; two daughters from his marriage with Jannie, Connie Arlene Castanada and Edith Elaine Wilson, and stepdaughters, Leilani Suellentrop and Kayla Keiss; grandchildren, Elana Antonia Castanada, Jannie May Castanada, Alicia Rosa Castanada, Ruschell Arlene Dryden, step-grandchildren, Andrew Suellentrop, Jonathan Suellentrop, Elizabeth Suellentrop, Gregory Suellentrop, Autumn Keiss, Shelle Castanada, Ryan Wilson, Brady Wilson, and great-grandchildren, Keaton Myles Dryden; step-great-grandchild, Claudia Wilson. Funeral services were held January 19 at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

ELLIOTT, Edith Rebecca Killingsworth
Funeral services were held in Goodrich Chapel, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., January 12, 1972 for Edith Rebecca Elliott, who died at the Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri, January 10, 1972, at the age of 74 years, nine months and 12 days. Rev. Donald Carroll, pastor of the Osceola Church of The Brethren, officiated at the services and burial was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery, West of Collins, Missouri. Marian McCaslin, accompanist, Bob McCaslin sang "How Great Thou Art", "Beyond the sunset". Pallbearers were; Lester Peterie, John Ozbun, Paul Gardner, Jim Bishop, Fred Baker, Fred Elliott. Mrs. Elliott, daughter of the Rev. Abel and Anna (Yost) Killingsworth, was born South of Rainey, Missouri, March 15, 1897. At the age of 17 years she united with the Oak Grove Church of The Brethren. On November 16, 1929, she married Harry Samuel Elliott. She is survived by one son, Dick Harry Elliott, and one daughter, Roberta Fern (Killingsworth) Francis.

ELLIOTT, Elsie Belle Smith
Elsie Belle Elliott was born March 28, 1908 near Osceola, MO, the Smith Bend area, to John I. and Ida Gilbert Smith. She passed away June 8, 1994 at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, MO. Elsie was a lifelong Osceola area resident. She was baptized in the Osage River and was a member of the Church Of God (Holiness). She was preceded in death by her parents, and 3 children. Elsie is survived by six sons, Donald Richard Lego, George Lego, Jimmie Lee Elliott, Robert Elliott, Ronald D. Elliott and Jay McMillin, Two Daughters; Mrs. Marie AnnaBelle Crowder, and Mrs. Mary Madeira, one brother; Roy Smith, three Sisters; Bessie Evans, Lydia Smith, and Hannah Beckner, 15 Grandchildren, 8 Great-Grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Services were held Friday, June 10, 1994 , at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. The minister was Reverend John Madeira, with music by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hartley. Casketbearers were Bruce Elliott, Brian Elliott, Timothy Elliott, Tyler Elliott, Jim Elliott, and George Lego. Burial at Smith Bend Cemetery.

ELLIOTT, Fred Alexander
St. Clair County Courier, July 1995
Fred A. Elliott was born August 17, 1907, near Collins to Scott E. and Fannie Margaret (Lytton) Elliott. He
passed away July 18, 1995, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri. Fred grew up in St. Clair County. On October 5, 1932, he was united in married to Minnie Elizabeth Keller. This began a 59 year faithful and loving marriage. They moved to a farm near Vista, Missouri, where they lived until moving into Osceola, Missouri, in 1978. This union was blessed with three children, all of whom survive. Fred was a farmer all his life. He lived from the land and he held the land in great respect. He took care in leaving the earth he borrowed for a while in good condition. He loved to hunt in earlier years. Fred maintained an honesty that is rarely seen in our troubled world. His word was his bond. A lock would be of no value in this world if everyone followed Fred's example. He respected his neighbors. He served his God and his community well. He worked on election boards and school boards. Fred loved young people and always helped and encouraged them in school and church, he loved his children, grandchildren and his family and they returned that love. Fred saw many changes in the world; some good, and some bad, but he knew that someday he would see the greatest change of all, the transformation to a new life, and that he would see God. Fred will be greatly missed by all of us. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie, on May 28, 1992, his parents, and eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, Roy Francis, Helen Lois, and Jean Carol; Sons-in-law, Jack Martin Shelby, and John Wesley Hail; daughter-in-law, Gladys Lorene Elliott; grand-children, Rory Jay Shelby, Martin Clell Shelby, Garret Lee Elliott, Linda Ladona Basore, Kimberly Ann Nelson, Vicki Bogart, Dennis Looney and Gary Hail; Great Grandchildren, Audra and Andrew Shelby, Travis and Nikki Elliott, Melissa and Mindy Short, Tyson and Travis Basore, Brian, Brett and Brooke Bogart, Deanna, Danielle, and D. J. Looney, and John, Stephanie, Amanda and Sean Hail, and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral services were held on Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with the Rev. Durward Scott officiating. Burial was in Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, Missouri. Music was provided by Richard Powell, Soloist and Mary Lu Hildebrand, Organist. Casketbearers were Garret Elliott, Martin Shelby, Rory Shelby, Jack Shelby, Roy Elliott and John Hail.

ELLIOTT, Harry Samuel
Funeral services were held in the Goodrich Chapel, Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., August 26, 1963 for Harry Samuel Elliott, who died at his home in Osceola, Missouri, August 23, 1963 at the age of 65 years, six months and 12 days. Rev. Earl Traughber, pastor of the Osceola Church Of The Brethren, officiated at the service and burial was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Collins, Missouri. Roxie Martin, pianist, Mrs. Gerald Winters, Wilma Hannah, Margaret Luckey sang "Over There", "Beyond The Sunset", and "Going Down The Valley". Pallbearers were Waldo Jones, Lester Peterie, R.C. Ellis, Clark Foster, Harold Burr and John Ozbun. Mr. Elliott, son of Joseph Henry Elliott and Lidda Jane (Burkhart) Elliott, was born at Vista, Missouri, February 11, 1898. On November 16, 1929, he was married to Edith Rebecca Killingsworth. One son, Dick Harry Elliott, was born to the couple. Mr. Elliott was member of the Oak Grove Church Of The Brethren, West of Collins, Missouri, and was a active member until his health failed. The Elliott's lived on a farm in the Rainey community until July 19, 1960, at which time they moved to Osceola, Missouri, to make their home.

ELLIOTT, Lorene R. Williams
Clinton Daily Democrat, 18 November 2003
Lorene R. Elliott, 76, Osceola, died Saturday, November 15, 2003 at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 22, at Roscoe Christian Church. Burial will be in Roscoe Cemetery.

ELLIOTT, Minnie Elizabeth Keller
St. Clair County Courier, June 1992
Our Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Minnie Elizabeth Keller Elliott, was born January 15,
1910, to John Keller near Rainey and departed this life on Thursday, May 28, 1992, in Springfield, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Fred Alexander Elliott on October 5, 1932, at Roscoe, Missouri. She remained his faithful and loving wife for 59 years. They moved to a farm near Vista where they earned a living until they moved to Osceola, Missouri, in 1978. To their union was born Roy Francis Elliott, Helen Lois Hail of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Jean Carol Shelby of Osceola, Missouri. She is survived by her husband, Fred of the home; children, Roy, Helen, and Carol; sons-in-law Jack Martin Shelby and John Hail; daughter-in-law Gladys Lorene Elliott; grandchildren, Rory Jay Shelby, Martin Clell Shelby, Garrett Lee Elliott, Linda Ladona Basore, Kimberly Ann Nelson, Vicki Bogart, Denise Looney, and Gary Hail; great-grandchildren, Andra and Andrew Shelby, Travis Lee Elliott, Melissa and Minday Short, Tyson and Travis Basore, Brian, Brett and Brooke Bogart, Deanna, Danielle, and D. J. Looney, and John, Stephanie, Amanda and Sean Hail; and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Albin, Bailey and Casper Keller and Eula Clyde. Minnie had a great zest for living. Her friends and neighbors will miss seeing her working at her favorite hobby in her garden and flowers. Minnie especially loved her Lord and her church. She was a member of the Vista Baptist Church, serving faithfully for over 50 years. Minnie knew she would face this day and she prepared for it with a profession of faith in her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She will be missed by those she loved and who loved her. The family wishes to share with you a tribute: The loving kindness you have shared so happily and so often through the years is a beautiful reminder of God's love and a touching example of his love at work in our family. Than you, Mom, for being such a very special blessing. Services were held Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola with Rev. Clarence Hyde officiating. Vocalist David Kline was accompanied by Mary Lu Hildebrand. Casketbearers were Garrett Elliott, Martin Shelby, Rory Shelby, Jack Shelby, Roy Elliott, and John Hail. Burial was in Osceola Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Missouri.

ELLIS, Clyde W.

Clinton Daily Democrat, 17 July 2003
C. W. Ellis, 88, Appleton City, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Helen Ellis, of the home; one son, Dean Ellis, Springfield; one daughter, Susan Rotert, Appleton City; one brother, Wade Ellis, Corona Del Mar, California, and one sister, Louanna Robinson, Wilson, Kansas. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 19, at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, with burial in the Appleton City Cemetery.

ELLIS, George Frederick
George Frederick Ellis, the son of Clyde and Lotta (Piepmeier) Ellis was born on July 11, 1912 in Bates County, Missouri. Mr. Ellis passed away at University Hospital on February 2, 2003 in Columbia, Missouri at the age of 90 years. George lived nearly all of his life in the Appleton City, Missouri area where he farmed to provide for his family. He owned and operated the school buses from 1936 through 1940, which was the first time that school buses were used in the school system. He owned Ellis Plumbing and Heating from 1950 to 1970. George was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, First Christian Church and a lifetime member of Montrose VFW Post 8820. Mr. Ellis served his country in the Army during World War II where he served in the 982 Engineers Maintenance Company where he was attached to General Patton’s Army. He was united in marriage to Zelpha N. Hyde on October 2, 1936 in Sedalia, Missouri, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 2, 1986. To this union one daughter was born. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Zelpha of the home; daughter Linda and husband Mike Gilbert of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter Kimberly and husband Matthew Roney of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; grandson Kristopher Gilbert of Columbia, Missouri; great-grandson Quintin Roney; two brothers, C.W. and Helen Ellis of Appleton City, Missouri and Wade and Elsie Ellis of Corona del Mar, California; one sister Louanna and husband Marlin Robinson of Wilson, Kansas; several nieces, nephews and friends.

ELLIS, Zelpha Nadine Hyde
Zelpha Nadine Ellis, daughter of Irvine Ronald Hyde and Della Caroline Malone, died October 3, 2004 at Appleton City Manor. She was born January 14, 1914 in Windsor, Missouri and passed away at the age of 90 years, 8 months and 20 days. Zelpha moved to Appleton City in 1916 and lived nearly all her life on a farm east of Appleton. Zelpha attended Appleton City schools and graduated valedictorian for Appleton City High School in 1932. After high school she worked at Schlichtman Hatchery and Doc Martin’s Drug Store in addition to taking care of her mother after she became ill. Zelpha left Appleton City to follow her husband, George, while he was serving in World War II and worked on various Army bases including El Paso, Texas, Biloxi, Mississippi and Los Angeles, California. When George was stationed overseas, Zelpha lived in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with Ray and Carolina Dunning and worked the graveyard shift at Ft. Pratt Whitney Defense Plant. Mrs. Ellis was a member o the First Christian Church, accepting Christ at an early age and rededicating her life by baptism at a later age. Zelpha was a past member of Rebecca Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. When her daughter, Linda, was is school Zelpha was a member of PTA and supporter of Rainbow for Girls Organization. Zelpha and George spent many years as “snowbirds” in Casa Grande, Arizona and she was always very involved with her grandchildren’s lives. She enjoyed playing cards, working crossword puzzles and going out for breakfast. She was united in marriage to George F. Ellis on October 2, 1936 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 2003. They were married 66 years and to this union one daughter was born. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wellington “Doc” Hyde, and one brother-in-law, C.W. Ellis. Surviving is her daughter Linda and husband Mike of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter Kimberly and husband Matt Roney Grain Valley, Missouri; grandson, Kristopher Gilbert, Owatonna, Minnesota; great-grandson, Quintin Roney, Grain Valley, Missouri; and a sister, Pauline Galt, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Also surviving are: sisters-in-law, Helen Ellis, Appleton City, and Louanna and husband Marlin Robinson, Wilson, Kansas; brother-in-law and wife, Wade and Elsie Ellis, Corona Del Mar, California; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

ELTON, Opal Frances Rhoads
St. Clair Courier, 21 October 2005
Opal Frances Rhoads Elton was born February 14, 1914, to Hardaman and Gladys Holmes Rhoads in the Deepwater area and passed away October 12, 2005, at Truman Lake Manor nursing home, Lowry City. Opal attended school in the Deepwater rural area through the eighth grade and then she stayed home to help out and care for her brothers and her sisters. She was a member of the Golden Gate Baptist Church in Deepwater. Opal was united in marriage to W.R. Reg Elton on October 26, 1936, and they made their home in the Osceola area. To this union one son, Bill J. Elton was born. Opal worked at Edwards Press and Osceola Greenhouse but mainly was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. of 63 years and a son, Bill. Opal is survived by her daughter-in-law, Alma Elton Rodabaugh, Osceola, and one granddaughter, Billie Jo Elton Mooney, and her husband Brian, of Welch, Okla., other relatives and friends. Services were held Friday, October 14, at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. The minister was Rev. Francis Leslie. The music was “Amazing Grace”, “In the Sweet By and By”, with Richard Sunderwirth, vocalist and Mary Lu Hildebrand, accompanist. The casket bearers were Joe Hubbard, Wilbur Slocum, Basil Hildebrand, Tom Rodabaugh, Brett Shelby and Brian Mooney. Interment was a King’s Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements were by Sheldon Goodrich funeral home.