Waters Funeral Home

Obituaries - 2015

May 26, 2015
Renner, Roxie M. age 97 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Charles Heim, Bill Heim, Paul Durant, Alex Durant, Jim Ries and Brent Jones.

Roxie M. (Heim) Renner passed away unexpectedly at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at SSM Health, St. Mary's Hospital in Mexico. She was a 1935 graduate of Vandalia High School. After high school, Roxie worked for several years at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia. She then started working in 1951 in the office of Heim Equipment in Laddonia. Roxie worked at Heim Equipment for 40 years before her retirement. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. In their younger years, Roxie and husband Loy enjoyed boating and vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks. She also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her niece, nephews and their families.

Born: September 4, 1917 near Gazette, Missouri the daughter of Charles Ogle and Mary Ethel (Wright) Heim.

Married: Loy Gene Renner in Vandalia on November 21, 1959; he preceded her in death on May 28, 1975.

Survivors include: two nephews: Charles W. Heim of Laddonia; William W. and wife, Judy Heim of Perry; three nieces: Mary A. Hall of Jacksonville, Florida; Guyette Sumowski of Curryville and Sandy Renner of Vandalia; four great-nieces: Maggie (Paul) Durant of Lake St. Louis; Laura (Jim) Ries of Columbia; Angela Heim of Arizona; Ashley (Michael) DeKock of Arizona; two great-nephews: Wade (Susan) Heim of Arizona; Brent (Heather) Jones of Florida; five great-great-nieces and nephews; also survived by many friends.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Loy; three brothers: John W. Heim, William O. Heim and James E. Heim.

Memorials are encouraged to Tri-County Care Center or Vandalia Cemetery.

   
May 12, 2015
Morris, Mark A., age 53 of rural Curryville
Visitation:

Monday, May 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.

Service:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the New Harmony Christian Church in rural Curryville.
Officiating: Rev. Dawn Marie Turner.
Music: Deborah Kraft - pianist; Marion Branstetter - soloist.
Interment: the New Harmony Church Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Keith Scherder, Carl Smith and Dennis Noel.

Mark Allen Morris, USAF retired, passed away unexpectedly at 6:31 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 as the result of a vehicular/pedestrian accident in Madison County, Illinois. He was a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green High School. Mark worked at a grain elevator for a few years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He made the Air Force a career and retired in 2007 after 21 years of service. Mark served in Hawaii, Turkey, Florida and Mississippi during his career. When he returned home to visit, he enjoyed riding horses, shooting pool and hunting. He loved spending time with his daughter and granddaughters.

Born: July 6, 1961 in Hannibal, Missouri the son of Robert Allen and Dorothy Mae (Coss) Morris.

Survivors include: parents; one daughter, Pamela S. and husband, Cory Fox of Paris, Missouri; one sister, Angela Beth and husband, Steve DuBach of Sugarland, Texas; two granddaughters: Makenzie K. Fox and Makayla A. Fox both of Paris; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: grandparents; one sister, Crystal R. Greiner.

Memorials are encouraged to a college fund for Makenzie and Makayla. Please make donations to Pamela S. Fox and mail to Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.

   
May 7, 2015
Fitzgerald, John L., age 93 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.

Service:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ryan Fitzgerald, Aaron Fitzgerald, Dean Arnett, Josh Sebolt, Alan Jarvis and Neil Jarvis.

John L. Fitzgerald Jr. passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Missouri VA Home in Mexico. He was a 1939 graduate of Vandalia High School, and, in 1940, enlisted in the U. S. Army. John fought during World War II in the Moroccan, Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. He received five Bronze Stars and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received at the Battle of Anzio, Italy in 1944. He was a Tech Sergeant serving as a platoon sergeant in the 15th Infantry. After returning from the war, John worked at Weiser Drug in Vandalia until purchasing the store from Vernie Weiser in 1972; he later changed the name to Vandalia Drug. Several years later, he and Hal Clinton of Rexall Drug joined forces at Vandalia Drug Store in a partnership. John and Hal sold the drug store to Joe Salois in 1995. John also enjoyed riding motorcycles and made trips to the state of Washington, the Great Smoky Mountains, Canada and shorter trips. He loved his children and really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born: December 17, 1921 in Indianola, Iowa the son of John Law and Edith Mae (Hershey) Fitzgerald.

Married: Dorothy Jane Wanstreet in Warrenton, Missouri on February 4, 1945; she preceded him in death on November 18, 2008.

Survivors include: two sons: Mike and wife, Janelle of Lake Winnebago and Pat and wife, Barbara of Columbia; one daughter, Molly and husband, Dean Arnett of Springdale, Arkansas; one sister, Alice Wright of Escondido, Calif.; two grandsons: Ryan Fitzgerald of Kansas City and Aaron and wife, Jessica Fitzgerald of Lake Winnebago; three granddaughters: Allyson and husband, Josh Sebolt of Lee's Summit; Sarah and Alexis Arnett of Springdale, Arkansas; two great-grandsons: Timothy and Silas Sebolt and two great-granddaughters: Joanna Sebolt and Ellie Jane Fitzgerald. Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa will be dearly missed.

Preceded in death by: parents and beloved wife, Jane.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church of Vandalia or the National Parkinson Foundation.

   
May7, 2015
Traynor, "Gene" B., age 80 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:

Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Curryville Baptist Church.
Officiating: Rev. Jerry Gamm & Rev. Jamie Franke.
Music:
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Cody Ankrom, Josh Pease, Caleb Pease, Matt Traynor, Nicholas Exendine and Brian Crowder. Honorary pallbearers: Andrea Ankrom, Beth Traynor, Lucas Exendine and Danielle Crowder.

Eugene "Gene" B. Traynor passed away unexpectedly at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Gene attended schools and grew up in the Bowling Green area. He worked for a few years in a local grocery store and the shoe factory in Vandalia. Gene then started with Harbison Walker Refractories and worked primarily in the burning department. He retired after working there for over 40 years. During his many years at the brick plant Gene also farmed, and raised horses, goats and livestock. He was instrumental in starting the Tri-County Saddle Club in 1961 and served as its president for many years. Gene also served on the Pike County Mutual board and the Tri-County Care Center board. He enjoyed playing cards, breaking horses and watching the Cardinals and the Cubs. Gene loved spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren.

Born: August 19, 1934 in Louisiana, Missouri the son of Miller B. "Podge" and Edith Marie (Dunn) Traynor.

Married: Erma Lee Cunningham in Vandalia on December 18, 1955.

Survivors include: wife, Erma of rural Vandalia; one son, Edward "Ed" E. Traynor of rural Middletown; four daughters: Karen Sue and Lyndell Ankrom of rural Middletown; Debra Ann and Darwyn Pease of rural Curryville; Pamela Kay and Todd Exendine of Sante Fe; Cynthia Lynn and Joe Crowder of rural Middletown; two brothers: Paul "Chip" and Sidney Traynor of Louisiana; Bill and Sandra Traynor of Bowling Green; one sister: Carol and Edsel Cunningham of rural Middletown; ten grandchildren: Andrea Ankrom, Cody Ankrom both of rural Middletown; Josh Pease of rural Curryville; Caleb and Sarah Pease of Bowling Green; Beth Traynor of rural Curryville; Matt Traynor of rural Middletown; Nicholas Exendine, Lucas Exendine both of Sante Fe; Brian Crowder of Vandalia; Danielle Crowder of rural Middletown.

Preceded in death by: parents; one grandson, Clint Rodney Ankrom.

Memorials are encouraged to the Curryville Baptist Church, the Ronald McDonald House or to the American Kidney Foundation

   
April 29, 2015
Archer, Georgia L. "Helen," age 91 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.

Service:

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music:
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Archer Woggon, Adam McNamara, Denis Rogan, Michael McNamara, Andrew McNamara and Steven Sawalski.

Georgia L. "Helen" (Stottlemeyer) Archer passed away at 2:48 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She grew up and attended schools in Hannibal with the class of 1944. After school and her marriage to George, he answered his country's call during World War II. They moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Helen worked in the shipyards as a welder and riveter while George was deployed. Helen then moved back to Hannibal until George returned from the war, then they bought a house and moved to Vandalia. For a short time, they moved to a farm south of Vandalia and share-cropped for six years. They then bought a farm nearby and lived there for many years. Helen was a faithful and devoted member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where she enjoyed Bible study group. She also enjoyed traveling and camping all over the country with George on their matching motorcycles. They spent many winters in Brownsville, Texas and she enjoyed all types of crafts including basket-weaving, painting and macramé.

Born: August 4, 1923 in Pike Station, Illinois the daughter of George and Lucretia (Shellhorse) Stottlemeyer.

Married: George Fields Archer on August 31, 1940; he preceded her in death on February 18, 1983.

Survivors include: one daughter, Sandra L. Woggon and Denis Rogan of Forest Park, Illinois; three grandchildren: Lorna E. McNamara of Dixon, Illinois; Althea Sawalski of Huntley, Illinois and Archer Woggon of Chicago; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, George; one brother, Paul A. Ator and one sister, Jackie Denish.

Memorials are encouraged to the Wounded Warrior Project.

   
April 26, 2015
Hammers, LaTamara S. age 22 of Columbia
Visitation:

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Officiating: Rev. Garland Williams.
Music: Special music.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Pallbearers: Shane Custard, Justin Lopez, Matthew Warren, Samuel Lee Jr., Jason Herd and Danny Robinson. Honorary pallbearers: Gerald Connor, Arthaniel Hammers, James Luper Jr., Troy Cockrell and Dustin Holt.

LaTamara Shonique Hammers passed away unexpectedly at 10:53 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was a 2010 graduate of Hickman High School. After high school, Latamara worked for about three years as a cook supervisor at Lenoir Retirement Center. Most recently, she worked as a patient representative at the BJC Internal Medicine Clinic. In her free time, she enjoyed hanging out with friends, doing nails, going to concerts and singing.

Born: May 31, 1992 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of Tony B. Luper and LaDawn T. Hammers.

Survivors include: parents: Tony Luper and LaDawn Hammers of Columbia; step-father, Terry Jo Holt Jr. of Columbia; three sisters: LaTara Hammers, LaTonia Hammers and Asha Davis all of Columbia; grandparents: Harold Ferguson and Geneva Ferguson both of Vandalia; Gracie Luper and James Luper Sr., both of Dallas; also survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: grandfather, Joshua Overton.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
April 23, 2015
Pease, Martha Jane, age 84 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Monday, April 27, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia.
Officiating: Mr. David Land.
Music:
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Martha Jane (Alder) Pease age 84, unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Audrain County Hospital.

Martha was born January 7, 1931 in San Marcos Texas, the daughter of Roy Carl and Violet Genevieve (Schroff) Alder. At the age of 3, her father passed away and her mother later married a Vandalia resident Forest Watts.

Martha loved music, drama, and small town life. She graduated Valedictorian of her class of 1948 and then worked as dental assistant to Dr. William Howell where she met her future husband. On September 24, 1950 she married a local farmer, George M. Pease, and they soon had two children, Judy and Dennis, who enjoyed many adventures on their farm and claypile.

In 1966, the family moved to town into the former Charles G. Daniel house. The spacious 13-room house immediately became a center for their growing family to develop many diverse individual interests. The house included a lovely entrance hall for reading and teaching piano lessons by Judy and several unfinished rooms upstairs for Martha to put her always growing collection of vintage clothes, ladies' hats, costumes, and stage props. Dennis created a "lab" from one room to host scientific experiments, while George claimed the century-old pony barn and a large shed for his collection of tools and farming paraphernalia. Their home soon became a well known and used gathering point for friends of Judy and Dennis, community gospel sings, anniversary celebrations, and Martha's extravagantly unique Halloween Shows.

When their children entered college, Martha became the first activity director of the new Tri-county Nursing Home. Later Martha was employed for 26 years as a librarian at the Vandalia Branch Library. She was very active in church and community events in both Vandalia and Farber. During the 1974 centennial year, she directed the "Kickoff Fashion Show," assisted with programs and shows, helped organize the women's groups, provided costumes galore, and shared her home in the Centennial Home Tour. Martha created a vintage hat show, "A Century of Hats", which spanned 25 years and was performed 115 times throughout the state of Missouri. During the above period she survived two bouts of Stage 3+ Lymphoma, was a charter member of the Vandalia Historical Society, and developed many new close personal friendships.

Mrs. Pease was preceded in death by her husband, George and her parents. Martha is survived by one son: Dennis C. and wife, Colleen E.. Pease of Columbia; one daughter, Judy K. and husband, George O. Clossin of Knob Noster, Missouri; one sister, Lily Mae Korpal of Lawton, Oklahoma; one aunt, Dorothy Smith of Vandalia; three grandchildren: Elizabeth Pease and fiance, Ryan Garcia of Vandalia; Steven Pease of Mountain View, Calif; Timothy and wife, Alyssa Clossin of Springfield; three great-grandchildren: Jonah Clossin, Khloe Clossin and Katlynne Strickland. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, "adopted" family members, Jordan Myers and John Fife, as well as many, many, lifelong friends.

Born: January 7, 1931 in San Marcos, Texas the daughter of

Married: George Marion Pease in Vandalia on September 24, 1950; he preceded her in death on December 14, 2011.

Survivors include: one son: Dennis C. and wife, Colleen E. Pease of Columbia; one daughter: Judy K. and husband, George O. Clossin of Knob Noster, Missouri; one sister, Lily Mae Korpal of Lawton, Oklahoma; one aunt, Dorothy Smith of Vandalia; three grandchildren: Elizabeth Pease and fiancé, Ryan Garcia of Vandalia; Steven Pease of Mountain View, Calif; Timothy and wife, Allyssa Clossin of Springfield; three great-grandchildren: Jonah Clossin, Khloe Clossin and Katlynne Strickland; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, George.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Area Historical Society.

   
April 22, 2015
Cordry, Dr. Earl R., age 93 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music:
Interment: Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Iowa.
Pallbearers:

Dr. Earl Richard "Bud" Cordry passed away at 4:17 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was born in St. Louis but grew up and attended schools in Hannibal. After graduating high school in 1939, he was drafted to serve in World War II in the Pacific Theatre in the Aleutian Islands. Upon his discharge, he attended the University of Missouri on the GI Bill. He earned his Bachelor's in Education and briefly taught high school science in Troy, Missouri. Earl then went back to college and earned his optometry degree in 1953 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He met his wife, Marcia while in Optometry School. After their marriage, they moved to Vandalia where they owned and operated an optometry practice for nearly 45 years before retiring in 1998. Bud enjoyed being active in the community where he was a longtime and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. In the church, he was active in the choir and had served as a deacon and an elder. Bud also had lengthy memberships in the Vandalia Rotary Club, a charter member of the Vandalia Flying Club and life member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173.

Born: September 12, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Earl E. and Dorothy (Becker) Cordry.

Married: Marcia Jeanne Masson on June 19, 1954 in Washington, Iowa; she preceded him in death on February 4, 2005.

Survivors include: two sons: Daniel and wife, Huong Cordry of St. Louis and David and wife, Lynda Cordry of Columbia; one brother, Jim and wife, Margaret Cordry of Hannibal; two grandsons, Bryce Cordry of Columbia and Jonathon Phan of Los Angeles.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Marcia; one sister, Jessie Lou Cordry; three brothers: Burton, Kenneth and Lee Cordry.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia or the YMCA of the Rockies of Estes Park, Colorado.

   
April 21, 2015
Hursman, Archie R., age 84 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Justin, Ryan, and Jordan Eskew, Gary and Larry Eskew, and Dan Kemp.

Archie R. Hursman passed away unexpectedly at 6:38 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the family's home in Vandalia. His wife, Phyllis, was by his side.

Born: September 8, 1930 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Jim Mosie and Pearl Faye (Goins) Hursman.

Married: Phyllis Marguerite Eskew on May 26, 1950 in Vandalia. They were high school sweethearts; soon to celebrate 65 years together. They enjoyed camping and traveling across the country. Archie was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed a good book. Archie retired after 22.7 years from Farmall Works in Rock Island, Illinois where he was a lathe operator. He was a proud UAW member, a staunch Democrat, and a Mason for 50 years, with membership at the Vandalia Masonic Lodge # 491 AF & AM.

Survivors include: wife, Phyllis of Vandalia; 3 children, Deborah (Ted) Wells of Louisville, KY; Dennis (Joyce) Hursman of Auburndale, FL; Douglas (Sheri) Hursman of Ozark, MO. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Shawn; Shani; Tyra; Amber; Adam; Tia; Brandi; Emily; Justin; Megan; Marguerite; Brittany; and 13 great-grandchildren, Ashley; Mason; Madison; Zana; Abigail; Wyatt; Tristen; Tyler; Gavin; Isla; Fisher; Wesley and Charlie. Papa Archie was a great story teller; he could capture your heart and mind talking about his life. Once he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up; his answer, "a cowboy". One of his favorite sayings was, "I'm as hard as a pine knot". He definitely never gave into defeat. Dad taught us all and touched us deeply. He believed in being educated, working hard and earning your pay, being fair and kind to others, and to always be your best.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Jim R. Hursman and one sister, Sylvia M. Wilson.

The family wishes to thank; Mary Helen Eskew, Renee and Merle James, Rosalind Welch, Teri Eoff, doctors and nurses at SSM-Audrain Hospital, Vandalia EMS, Vandalia Police, and Gary Rahmeyer of Waters Funeral Home for their compassion, caring, love and support.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association or to the Vandalia Area Historical Society

   
April 21, 2015
Davis, Janice C. age 64 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.

Service:

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Jeffrey Mims.
Music:
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Hicks, Dempsey Dixon, Jeff Wilson, Eric Baker, Brad Walker, Cindy Fuemmeler, Travis Ward and Charlotte Clement.

Janice Carole (Pollard) Davis passed away unexpectedly at 11:21 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her home in Vandalia. She grew up in the Mexico area and was a 1969 graduate of Mexico High School. Janice then attended and was a 1970 graduate of the Mexico School of Practical Nursing. She worked for over 30 years at the Audrain Medical Center, primarily in the Emergency Room. Janice also was an EMT and was a volunteer EMT for the Van-Far Ambulance district for 20 years. As a cancer survivor, Janice was active in the local Relay for Life teams, collecting zebra artifacts, gardening, traveling and shopping. She was a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Born: January 19, 1951 in Hannibal, Missouri the daughter of James Madison and Mary Lou (Every) Pollard.

Married: Bobby Dale Davis in Vandalia on October 26, 1985; he preceded her in death on April 30, 1994.

Survivors include: one son, Joseph Davis and Elizabeth Shinn of Mexico; two daughters: Christina and Mark Brettschneider of Henley; Tracey and LaDonna Davis of Sikeston; four step-sons: David and Diona Davis of Vandalia; Michael T. Davis of Vandalia; Bryan and Stacey Davis of O'Fallon; Phillip and Rita Davis of Festus; six step-daughters: Marcia Davis of Columbia; Junie Davis of Columbia; Patricia Conway of Vandalia; Beverlia Conway of Vandalia; Donna and Greg Vandegriffe of Columbia and Bobbie Jo Wheeler of Belton; four brothers: James C. Pollard of Mexico; Gene and Glenda Pollard of Centralia; Jerry Pollard of Mexico; Dennis Pollard of St. Louis; three sisters: Betty and Gary Wilson of Fairgrove; Charlotte Baker of Mexico; Patricia and Rodney Walker of Mexico; 32 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Bobby Dale; one brother: Tommy Jo Pollard.

Memorials are encouraged to the "Together As One" Relay for Life Team.

   
April 11, 2015
Wright, Martha L., age 95 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.

Service:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn and Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music:
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jimmy Wright, Clark Wright, Allen Wright, J. A. Rutherford, Alan Kraft and Richard Dale Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers: Diane Spradling, Allison Loy, Angela Basinger, Betsy Kreisel and Ashley McKinnie.

Martha L. (Kraft) Wright passed away at 8:58 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a life-long rural Vandalia area resident and member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church. Martha was a 1937 graduate of Vandalia High School and got her teaching degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She began teaching near Martinsburg where she met her future husband, Gerald W. Wright. Martha then became a full-time homemaker on the family farm southeast of Vandalia. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling with Gerald, especially to Florida during the winter months. Martha's hobbies included gardening, her flowers, cooking, raising Pekinese dogs, livestock, jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and quilt making.

Born: January 7, 1920 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Herman August and Dolly Leota (May) Kraft.

Married: Gerald W. Wright on March 12, 1939 in Bowling Green, Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 20, 1999.

Survivors include: three sons: Herman "Sonny" Wright and wife, Alice of rural Vandalia; Jerry Wright and wife, Kathryn of rural Martinsburg; Charlie Wright and wife, Teresa of rural Vandalia; eight grandchildren: Diane and Thom Spradling of Vandalia; Jim and Lynda Wright of Columbia; Allison and Kerry Loy of Chesterfield; Angela and Jerry Basinger of Bruning, Nebraska; Betsy and Lyle Kreisel of Warrensburg; Clark and Stacy Wright of Martinsburg; Ashley and Kevin McKinnie of Springfield; Allen Wright and Trina Hays of Vandalia; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Gerald; one brother, Louis A. Kraft; four sisters: Eloise Diechman, Marie Rutherford, Wilma Rutherford and Geneva Moore.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.

   
April 8, 2015
Grawe, Wilma L., age 93 of rural Curryville
Visitation:

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music: Shirley Stubblefield - pianist; Virginia Carlson - soloist.
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Tim Brown, Roy Grawe, Tony Grawe, Mike Grawe, Scott Wilkinson and Chad Wilkinson.

Wilma Lee (Doyle) Grawe passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Golden Living Center - Pin Oaks in Mexico. She was a lifelong rural Vandalia/Curryville area resident. After school, Wilma worked for several years as a seamstress at the Ely Walker Garment factory in Vandalia. She then became a full-time homemaker on the family farm south of Curryville with her husband Norbert. Wilma was a member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church and enjoyed being outdoors with gardening and farming. She also enjoyed traveling the country with Norbert as he attended various military reunions.

Born: January 17, 1922 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Claude and Irene (Robertson) Doyle.

Married: Norbert Grawe on May 1, 1952 in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on December 4, 2011.

Survivors include: nieces: Karen and husband, David Wilkinson of Mexico; Pier and husband, Bob Hallaman of St. Louis; also survived by several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Norbert; sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Harold Grawe.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church

   
March 31, 2015
Kirby, Audrey Jean age 78 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Farber Baptist Church.

Service:

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Farber Baptist Church.
Officiating: Rev. Jerry Ostrom
Music: Sterling and Karen Holbrook
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.

Audrey Jean (Hardenburg) Kirby passed away at 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at her home in Farber. She grew up in the Flint, Michigan area and was a 1955 Dye High School graduate. Audrey worked on the assembly line of the A/C Sparkplug factory in Flint for about six years. She then worked as a waitress at Gregories Restaurant in Flint for six years until her marriage. Audrey then became a full-time homemaker raising four children. She was a Baptist by faith and active with the local Disabled American Veterans group as well as being a Girl Scout leader. Audrey also enjoyed several hobbies, including playing bingo, cooking, playing cards and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Born: March 19, 1937 in Lapeer, Michigan the daughter of Lewis M. and Lyla Ruth (Leathers) Hardenburg.

Married:

Survivors include: one son, Bob and wife, Deborah Burnett of Grand Blanc, Michigan; two daughters: Kimberly Cooper of Flint, Michigan and Marlene K. Lynn of Farber; three brothers: Lewis and wife, Dorothy Hardenburg of Swartz Creek, Michigan; Neal Hardenburg of Flint, Michigan; Elwood and wife, Jeanne Hardenburg of Montrose, Michigan; two sisters: Mavis Merrill of Flint, Michigan; Judith and husband, George Bowren of Holly, Michigan; seven grandchildren: Shanna Kinnee, Tiffany Gaw, Brittany Skelton, Amanda Burnett, Misty Lynn, Danielle Burnett and Jenna Ireland; eight great-grandchildren: Jace Gaw, Haden Lynn, Bryleigh Gaw, Kaleigh Terry, Evan Kinnee, Melanie Skelton, Harleigh Skelton and Lucas Day.

Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Jim Hynes; three brothers: Keith Brackins, Willis Hardenburg and Curtis Hardenburg; one sister, June Slad.

Memorials are encouraged to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

   
March 30, 2015
Smith, Ruby Pearl age 91 of Lexington, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:

Friday, April 3, 2015 from 1 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Natalie Gibson - soloist.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Allen Winningham, Scott Archer, Bill Nutt, Charles Nutt, David Nutt and Clinton Mosley.

Ruby Pearl (Nutt) Smith passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Golden Living Care Center in Odessa, Missouri. Ruby grew up and attended schools in Vandalia. She was a Christian by faith and a full-time homemaker.

Born: June 26, 1923 in Vandalia the daughter of Charles and Sylvia (Nadin) Nutt.

Married:

Survivors include: one daughter, Virginia Winningham and husband, James of Lexington, Missouri; one sister, Alice Mosley of Clarksville; also survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents and two brothers: John and Cecil Nutt.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church in Lexington, Missouri

   
March 30, 2015
Kurz, Eva Belle, age 104 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music: selected favorite hymns.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Rick Kurz, Lisa Garvin, Tim Atchison, Brock Atchison, Kaycie Atchison and Randy Caldwell.

Eva Belle (Butts) Kurz passed away at 12:05 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She grew up, attended schools and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1928. Eva Belle also attended and graduated from William Woods College. She was the senior member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church and had the longest membership. She was a full-time homemaker but was active in many activities outside the home. Eva Belle was an avid bridge player and was well known for her quality ceramic pieces.

Born: December 6, 1910 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Charles Louis and Clara Josephine (Faust) Butts.

Married: Edward Orlow Kurz; he preceded her in death in 1980.

Survivors include: two sons: Charles E. Kurz of New Castle, Indiana and Louis A. Kurz; four grandchildren: Ricci Atchison, Rick Kurz, Julie Kurz and Jan VanBoening; four great-grandchildren: Brock Atchison, Kaycie Gatch, Jeremy Kurz and Abigail Moore and three great-great-grandchildren: Hannah Atchison, Persephone Gatch and Skye Kurz.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Orlow; one half-brother, Marlin Butts.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church

   
March 10, 2015
Phillips, Delpha M., age 103 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Louis Blase, Michael Sutton, Greg Sutton, Sean Weiser, Ross Blase and Tom Schillinger.
Honorary pallbearers: Mel Blase, Robert Sutton, Lloyd Browning, Bob Hanson, Gene Weiser and Melvin Hesterberg.

Delpha Margaret (Lotton) Phillips passed away at 1:29 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Mexico, Missouri. She grew up, attended schools, and graduated from Bellflower High School in 1929. Delpha has been a Vandalia area resident since the 1940s. She was a homemaker but also worked outside the home. Delpha was a waitress, worked at Waters Furniture Store, the phone company, and at Weiser Drug Store. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia and a founding member of the Vandalia Country Club. Delpha was active in the PTA, years ago, and also in the local bridge club. She enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, knitting/crochet, painting and porcelain, gardening, golf, and traveling.

Born: April 12, 1911 near Bellflower, Missouri the daughter of Lucien and Margaret (Murphy) Lotton.

Married: Vernon Anton Weiser in Bellflower; he preceded her in death on May 20, 1978. She married Willis Lee Phillips in Columbia in November 20, 1983; he preceded her in death on June 12, 2002.

Survivors include: one son, John A. Weiser of Vandalia; one daughter, Betty L. Blase and husband Melvin of Columbia; one son-in-law, Robert L. Sutton of Aurora, Illinois; eight grandchildren: Louis Blase of Louisville; Kentucky, Ann Blase of Columbia, Missouri; Robin Sutton of Aurora, Illinois; Gregory Sutton of North Aurora, Illinois; Michael Sutton of Honolulu, Hawaii; Sean Weiser of Shreveport, Louisiana; Gina Weiser of Bossier City, Louisiana and Kara Weiser Fortune of Pickerington, Ohio; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Preceded in death by: parents; one daughter, Connie Rae Sutton; one brother, Ivan Lotton; two sisters, Abbie Hesse and Olean Barton; one grandson, Larry Blase.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Country Club or to the Van-Far Alumni Association

   
March 7, 2015
Spitznagel, Rebecca Jo age 54 of Vandalia, formerly of St. Louis
Visitation:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. until service time at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.
Officiating: Bro. Michael Parmley.
Music: Huey Long - soloist.
Interment: Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown.
Pallbearers: Dave Spitznagel, Thomas Carlisle, David Gadberry, Kevin Murray, Joshua Murray and Jacob Carlisle. Honorary pallbearers: Mike Cook, Cole Carlisle and Terry Waters.

Rebecca Jo (Carlisle) Spitznagel passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Rebecca was born in Centreville, Illinois and attended schools there. Since the mid-1990s, she lived and worked in the St. Louis area. Rebecca began at a Steak-n-Shake restaurant and later was the manager of a Burger King for six years, before her health prevented her from working. She enjoyed crafts, particularly plastic canvas. Rebecca also was an avid reader and loved to play monopoly and listen to music.

Born: February 20, 1961 in Centreville, Illinois the daughter of Coleman Irby and Shirley May (Long) Carlisle.

Survivors include: two daughters, Crystal D. Waters and husband, Terry of Vandalia; Shirlena M. James of St. Louis; one brother, C. Allen "Toby" Carlisle and wife, Lisa of Middletown; two sisters, Victoria L. Cook and husband, Mike of Vandalia; Rhonda J. Tapley and husband, Michael of Vandalia; special friend, Dave Spitznagel; also survived by three grandchildren: Brink L. Waters, Rowe M. Waters and Micaiah A. Waters; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Care Center Activities Department.

   
March 3, 2015
Henderson, Sue Mae, age 89 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Marilyn Love - pianist, Ellen Roy - soloist.
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Keith Pease, Eddie Pease, Roger Morris, Darwyn Pease, Gary Pease, and Dan Carr.

Sue Mae (Pease) Henderson passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended Pleasant Plains rural school. Sue was a member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church and enjoyed being a homemaker. Her hobbies included gardening, her flowers, canning and music. Sue was accomplished at playing the piano and the bass. At times over the years, she played in the band that her husband Earl Wayne was a member of.

Born: December 24, 1925 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Ira Leland and Mabel Isabelle Tallmadge (Kelly) Pease.

Married: Earl Wayne Henderson on August 22, 1947 in Bowling Green, Missouri.

Survivors include: husband, Earl Wayne of Vandalia; one brother, Wayne and wife, Doris Pease of Vandalia; two sisters: Dorothy M. Emo of Freeport, Illinois; Leota Craghead of Ozark, Missouri; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one daughter, Janet Sue that died in infancy; four brothers: Tallmadge Pease, Clifford Pease, Leroy Pease and Melvin Pease; four sisters: Julia Mae Pease, Viola Mae Maskey, Evelyn Grover and Mildred Morris.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
February 20, 2015
Nolan, Leona M. age 98 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn and Rev. Mike Barter.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Glen and Carolyn Bailey -duet; Natalie Gibson - soloist; Rick Jones - soloist.
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Rick Jones, Matthew Jones, Michael Higgerson, Michael Culwell, Lucas Gibson, Melvin Fisher and Monte Fisher. Honorary pallbearers: Stacey Higgerson, Lori Culwell, Natalie Gibson, Colleen Jones, Gayle Jones, Dick and Diane Hammett, Glen and Carolyn Bailey, Jim Mac Elzea, Raymond and Betty Abington. Care givers: Debbie Welch, Lorie and Laura.

Leona Marie (Fisher) Nolan passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended country schools near New Harmony. Leona was a homemaker and longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Leona also enjoyed sewing dresses for family members and for weddings.

Born: December 12, 1916 in New Harmony, Missouri the daughter of Clifford and Mary Alice (Patrick) Fisher.

Married: Wyatt Dennis Nolan on September 22, 1937 in Mexico, Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 12, 2003.

Survivors include: one daughter, LaVonne Jones and husband, Richard of Vandalia; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Nolan of Vandalia; grandchildren: Rick and Colleen Jones of Center; Stacey and Michael Higgerson of Glen Carbon, Illinois; Matthew and Gayle Jones of Vandalia; Lori and Michael Culwell of Vandalia; Natalie and Lucas Gibson of Vandalia; great-grandchildren: Brian and Nathan Jones, Nolan and Cody Gilley, Samantha and Colton Higgerson, Cameron, Lexie and Lindsay Jones, Gage and Zoe Gibson, Sara Marshall and Lacy Hinch.

Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Lynn Nolan; three sisters: Edith Houchins, Edna Fukua and Arline Staton; three brothers: Harold Fisher, M. W. Fisher and Clarence Fisher.

Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home or the First Baptist Church Food Pantry or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

   
February 7, 2015
Marshall, Donna P. age 74 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 11 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel, Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be: Bro. Nathan Detmer.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Guy E. Marshall, David Phillip Marshall, William Benjamin Marshall, Timothy Darrin Marshall, Paul Lamberson, Bill Bontz, Josiah Marshall, Shaun Marshall. Honorary pallbearer: Dylan Marshall.

Donna Pearl (DeGraffenried) Marshall passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She spent her early childhood growing up in the Pleasant Hill, Illinois area. Donna lived most of her life in the Vandalia area and was a member of the Curryville Presbyterian Church. She started babysitting and then ran the St. Louis Post Dispatch delivery route in Vandalia for a couple of years. Donna retired in 2006 after 35 years at the Tri-County Care Center. She had worked as a med-tech driver and most of her time was devoted to working in the Activities Department. Donna had been active as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Boy Scout Leader, Brownie Leader and Girl Scout Leader. She also enjoyed crafts such as sewing, embroidery and making gifts. Donna loved her music, dancing and different animals.

Born: February 28, 1940 in Bowling Green, Missouri the daughter of William Caruth and Emma Oneita (Woodson) DeGraffenried.

Married:

Survivors include: four sons: Guy E. Marshall ; David Phillip Marshall and wife Debbie and William Benjamin Marshall all of Vandalia; Timothy Darrin Marshall and wife Melissa of Moberly; one daughter: Katherine P. Lamberson and husband Paul of Vandalia; one sister, Ethel Nell Petty of Garden City, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Veneta DeGraffenried; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, James DeGraffenried.


Memorials are encouraged to the Marshall family in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

   
February 1, 2015
Ogden, Ara O. age 96 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. until service time at the Vandalia United Methodist Church.

Service:

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vandalia United Methodist Church
Officiating will be Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music provided by: Shelly Dillion - soloist; Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: James Culver, Michael Ogden, Justin Bauman, Don Hoover, Zachary Culver and Alex Culver.

Ara O'Laura (Damron) Ogden passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home in Vandalia. She grew up in the Whiteside area and was a 1936 Elsberry High School graduate. After her marriage to Cottle, they moved to Vandalia where she and her husband owned and operated several businesses in Vandalia. They owned the slaughter house and Ogden Locker for many years. They also had an ice business and ran the Freeze and Snack in town for several years. They last had Oggie's Place at the west edge of town for seven years before retiring. Ara loved her country and was a 69-year member of the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a very active member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where she had been a member of the ladies circle and always was baking and cooking for different church events. She enjoyed sewing, refinishing furniture, antiques and making candles for the church bazaar.

Born: August 15, 1918 in rural Whiteside, Missouri the daughter of Edward Meriwether and Georgie Vesta (Davis) Damron.

Married: Preston Cottle Ogden on January 29, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona; he preceded her in death on March 6, 2007.

Survivors include: one daughter: Cheryl O. Culver of Summerfield, Illinois; one brother: Melville M. Damron of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren: Melissa Smith and husband, David of Memphis, Missouri; James P. Culver and wife, Rhonda of Vandalia; Michael D. Ogden of Vandalia; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Cottle; son, Phillip M. Ogden; three brothers: Norman Richard Damron, George D. Damron and Garrett E. Damron; one sister, Lillian A. Eddy.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church.

   
January 29, 2015
Jenkins, C. Paul, age 88 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Monday, February 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Water Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be: Rev. Glenn Forman.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Troy Johnston, Bobby Johnston, Jeff Gay, Alan Edfors, Bobby Welch and Mike Van. Honorary pallbearers: Ronnie McBride, Butch Welch, Burt Morris, Bruce Welch, Micha Johnston, and Bill Wise.

Carroll Paul Jenkins passed away at 11:58 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Missouri. Paul was drafted while in his senior year of high school into the U. S. Army during World War II. After serving his country, and upon his return, he married Marjorie Johnston and began working in 1949 at CE Refractories near Farber. Paul was proficient at many jobs there and retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed many hobbies, including woodworking, fishing, horseback riding, gardening, bicycling, camping, and spending time with his grandkids.

Born: November 6, 1926 in rural Jonesburg, Missouri the son of William F. and Carrie (Horton) Jenkins.

Married: Marjorie Elizabeth Johnston on December 11, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia; she survives.

Survivors include: wife, Marjorie of Vandalia; one daughter, Lula Sims and husband, C. L. of Middletown, Missouri; three granddaughters: Lisa Shimp and husband, Brian of Frankford, Missouri; Regina Cover and husband, William of Bowling Green; Melissa Baskett and husband, Jared of Vandalia; four great-grandchildren: Haley Baskett, Kaleb Baskett, Mealiea Cover and Bridgett Cover; raised also by Paul and Marjorie in their home, Shirley Johnson, Robert Johnston, Everett Johnston, Debbie Ammeter, Jon Paul Bergman, Jason Bergman, and Bruce Welch; one surviving sister: Helen F. Kidd of Bowling Green.

Preceded in death by: parents; four siblings: William Jenkins, Alvin Jenkins, Louise Waring and Dolly (Carrie) Welch; one niece, Mary Ann Jenkins.

Memorials may be made to to the Tri-County Saddle Club or the Elm Grove Baptist Church.

   
January 18, 2015
Smith, Opal L., age 92 of Louisiana, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Water Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be: Rev. D. Randall Cone.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ronald Suddarth, Bob Suddarth, Hayden Adkison, Donald Hayden, Terry Smith and Earl Wayne Smith.

Opal L. (Suddarth) Smith passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Maple Grove Lodge in Louisiana, Missouri. Opal grew up in the Louisiana area and was a 1940 graduate of Louisiana High School. After her marriage to Ferrell Leon Smith, they lived and worked in Vandalia. Opal worked at the Bobby Brooks factory and other garment factories from 1960 until her retirement in 1982. Shortly after she retired, they moved back to Louisiana to be closer to their daughter and her family. Opal was a long-time member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. While her health was still good, she walked at least twice daily and enjoyed playing cards and bingo at the Trimble House in Louisiana.

Born: March 31, 1922 in Louisiana, Missouri the daughter of Walter Henry and Emma Mae (James) Suddarth.

Married: Ferrell Leon Smith in Texas where he was stationed in the U. S. Army on April 5, 1942; he preceded her in death on October 7, 2001.

Survivors include: one daughter, Patricia Anne (Smith) Boyd of Eolia, Missouri; step-granddaughter, Michelle Lee Danback of Eolia; step-great-granddaughter, Alyesa Nichole Danback of Eolia; three sisters-in-law: Mrs. Basil (Melba) Suddarth of Vandalia; Mrs. Walter Clark (Dorothy) Smith of Vandalia; Mrs. Richard (Lori Ann) Smith of Bowling Green; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Ferrell Leon Smith; four sisters: Roxie, Lorraine, Gladys and Mary; four brothers: Elmer, Henry, Raymond and Basil; son-in-law, Richard T. (Rick) Boyd.

Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund for Opal's great-granddaughter, Alyesa N. Danback in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia.

   
January 13, 2015
White, Carl W. age 63 of Vandalia
Visitation:

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be: Rev. Glenn Forman.
Interment of his cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Carl's nieces and nephews.

Carl Wayne White passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. He was a 1969 graduate of Van-Far high school and lived most of his life in the Vandalia area. After school he began working at CE Refractories near Farber until it closed. Carl then worked at Car Rubber Plant near Hermann for several years before joining the Missouri Department of Corrections. He worked at the WERDCC in Vandalia for 17 years as a corrections officer. Carl was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico and enjoyed the hobbies of fishing and hunting.

Born: January 18, 1951 in Mexico, Missouri the son of William Clifford and Iva Laura (Meteer) White.

Survivors include: four brothers: Billy Joe and Judy White of Vandalia; Kenneth and Leona White of Bowling Green; Charles and Janie White of New London; Dennis Ray White of Columbia; four sisters: Iva Joyice Mullinix and Jim of Vandalia; Linda and Earl Traynor of Centralia; Sue and Roger Carroll of Boonville; Janice Sloan of Conway, South Carolina; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Memorials are encouraged to to the American Heart Association

   
January 8, 2015
Maskey, Viola F. age 98 of rural Wellsville
Visitation:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1 p.m. until service time at the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by: Shirley Stubblefield - pianist; Virginia Carlson - soloist.
Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown.
Pallbearers: Eddie Pease, Roger Morris, Darwyn Pease, Gary Pease, Keith Pease and Larry Pease.

Viola F. (Pease) Maskey passed away at 8:25 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Golden Living Center - Pin Oaks Nursing Home in Mexico, Missouri. She was a life-long rural Wellsville area resident and attended Pleasant Plains School. Viola has been a member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church since 1928 and had served as an elder and a Sunday school teacher. She was a homemaker on the family farm and during her lifetime, she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and Bible school; visiting and helping family and friends; gardening, especially flowers. In the winter months, Viola would quilt, embroidery and work puzzles.spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Born: February 20, 1916 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Ira Leland and Mabel Isabelle Tallmadge (Kelly) Pease.

Married: John Russell Maskey on December 12, 1936 in Mexico, Missouri; he preceded her in death on May 5, 2004.

Survivors include: one son, Russell L. Maskey and Carol Natividad of Charleston, South Carolina; one daughter: Shirley M. Bradley of Mexico; one brother, Wayne and wife, Doris Pease of Vandalia; three sisters: Dorothy M. Emo of Freeport, Illinois; Sue M. and husband, Earl Wayne Henderson of Vandalia; Leota Craghead of Ozark, Missouri; grandchildren: foster grandson, Dickie L. and wife, Lynda Austin of Goose Creek, South Carolina and Kyle J. and wife, Charlotte Bradley of Kansas City; three great-grandchildren: David and Ashley Austin, Mackenzie Bradley.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, John; four brothers: Tallmadge Pease, Clifford Pease, Leroy Pease and Melvin Pease; three sisters: Julia Mae Pease, Evelyn Grover and Mildred Morris.

Memorials are encouraged to Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church or to the Fairmount Cemetery Association, Middletown, Missouri.

   
January 6, 2015
Seeley, Darlene P. age 75 of Farber
Visitation:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. until service time at the Farber Presbyterian Church.

Service:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Farber Presbyterian Church
Officiating will be Rev. Bob Balwanz.

Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.

Darlene (Presson) Seeley passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Countryview Nursing Home in Bowling Green. She grew up in the New Harmony area and attended Bowling Green schools. After her marriage to Ted, they moved to Farber and she started working at North American Refractories. Darlene worked at NARCO for 17 years as a production supervisor. She then began working for the Van-Far Schools in the elementary cafeteria and was there for over 18 years before retiring. Darlene was a member of the Farber Presbyterian Church where she had served as an elder and deacon. She enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Born: December 14, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Joseph Andrew and Margie Isabelle (Mason) Presson.

Married: Teddy Duane Seeley on November 16, 1957 in Bowling Green, Missouri; he preceded her in death on March 12, 2007.

Survivors include: one son: Jim A. and wife, Brenda Seeley of Mexico, Missouri; one daughter: Sherry L. and husband, Rick Ellis of rural New Hartford; one brother: Billy Joe and wife, Barb Presson of Phoenix, Arizona; three sisters: Jane Wentworth of Hudson, Florida; Mary Ann and husband, Phillip Elliott of Perry; Carolyn Sue and husband, Bob Treaster of Quincy; also survived by seven grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Teddy; one son, Ricky W. Seeley and one daughter, Tori A. Hatton, and one grandson, Steven Eugene Puttnam.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to to the Farber Presbyterian Church or to the Community Care Loving Hospice in Bowling Green, Missouri.

   
January 3, 2015
Emo, Dorothy Libby age 90 of Belleair, Florida
Visitation:

Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, Vandalia, MO

Service:

Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, Vandalia MO
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn
Music provided by: Sharon Hoehn - Pianist; Madison Stuart - Soloist

Dorothy Libby Emo passed away unexpectedly at her home in Belleair, Florida on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

Dorothy was born and raised in Vandalia, MO, where she attended school and graduated from High School. She married W.R. "Babe" Emo on August 22, 1948 and raised their three children in Vandalia until 1963 when they moved to Gainesville Florida. Dorothy and Babe remained in Florida, working and raising their three children. After Babe's death, Dorothy moved to Belleair Florida to be closer to her daughters. Dorothy was an amazing woman of strength. Up until her death, she attended exercise classes, volunteered regularly at her local hospital, was active in her church, travelled and stayed busy with her family and many dear friends.

Born: March 22, 1924 in Whiteside, MO.

Married: W.R. "Babe" Emo on August 22nd, 1948 in Vandalia, MO.

Survivors include: daughter Carolyn Emo Chunn and husband Frank, grandson Charles and wife Kristine, grandson Brian, and great-grandsons Chase and Lucas; daughter Marilyn Emo Connelly and husband John, and grandchildren Kaley, Caroline, and Cameron; son Warren Emo and wife Vicki, and granddaughter Jennifer Emo Phillips and husband Gabe, and great grandson Theodore. Other survivors include brother H.E. Harold Libby and wife Martha, sisters Pat Prichett and husband Bud, Ginger Pilliard, and Wanda Utterback and husband Bob, and many nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by: her parents, husband, and her brother, Mack Henry Libby.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   

 

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