Sorenson, Ronald Eugene, Sr., d. 2007 - Spencer, Linnea Esther, d. 2009


Sorensen, Ronald Eugene, Sr. 8 Jan 1934 - 26 Jan 2007 CCH-N 31 Jan 2007 & SN-L 1 Feb 2007

[Note: Son of Herbert & Iverne (Brown) Sorensen; married 30 Jun 1963 Linda]

Ronald Eugene Sorensen, Sr., 73, of Ozark, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark. He was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Havana, Ill., the son of Herbert and Iverne (Brown) Sorensen. He graduated from Havana High School in 1952. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1954 until 1958, and also served in the Naval Reserves until 1967. On June 30, 1963, he and his wife, Linda, were united in marriage in Springfield, Ill. at Asbury Methodist Church. Mr. Sorensen was an industrial machinist for Fiat-Allis in Springfield, Ill. and retired from CSI in Harrisburg, Ill.  Survivors include: His wife, Linda; three children, Rhonda Orton of Peoria, Ill., Ronald Sorensen, Jr. of Craig, Colo., and Kevin Sorensen of Ozark; two step-daughters, Julia Turic and husband Jim of Ozark, and Tina Teater of El Dorado, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at Countryside Christian Church, 3350 W. Jackson, Nixa. Family and friends will gather before the service at 6 p.m.

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Sorrells/Baker, Amber Lynn (Baker) Willis 1970 - 19 Jun 2009 CCH-N 1 Jul 2009

[Note: Daughter of Willie & Marylin  (  ) Baker, married Randy Willis]

Amber Lynn Sorrells/Baker, 38, passed away June 19, 2009, in her home. Baker had just recently married longtime love of 15 years, Randy Willis. Baker left behind three children, Kalie Marie Babcock, Maddie and Ethen Willis. Other survivors include her parents, Marylin and Willie Baker, brothers Daniel and Billi and sister Anna Baker. Many loved ones will miss her loving, wonderful smile and her attitude for life. She will be missed by many and will never be forgotten.

Baker was buried June 24 in Potasia.  In lieu of flowers, a trust fund is being established for Amber’s children. Any and all donations to the fund are greatly appreciated and can be made at any branch of Great Southern Bank.


Sothern, Wanda (Gipson) Miller Powell 15 Mar 1922 - 6 Sep 2005 CCH-N 14 Sep 2002

[Note: Daughter of Foy & Orene ( ) Gipson; married Denny Miller; married ? Powell; married Donald Charles Sothern]

            Wanda Sothern, 83, of Nixa, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005. She was born March 15, 1922 in Carlsbad, N. M., the daughter of Foy and Oren Gipson. She was united in marriage to Denny Miller, who preceded her in death as well as a son, Gary Powell, a sister, Juanita Benson, and her parents. She was a registered nurse for several years while a resident of California. She and Donald Charles Sothern were united in marriage, and they both have been members of the Nixa Christian Church. Survivors include: Her husband, Donald, two children and their spouses, Diane and Terry Vigneaux, Branson West and Thomas and Patti Miller, , Fair Grove; five grandchildren, Joshua Roberts, Sommer Roberts, Cory Miller, Angie Waterman, and Carrie Amburgey; and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 9 in Nixa Christian Church with Rod Cannedy officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.


Southwick, Jerusha (Adams) Jones 29 Aug 1834 - 6 Sep 1903 CCR 10 Sep 1903

[Note: married Dr. James Jones 12 Jun 1828 - 1 Nov 1875; married Aug 1877 Hosea Southwick 1 Sep 1831 - 24 Dec 1908]

Jerusha Adams was born in Kentucky Aug. 29th, 1834 and came with her parents to Missouri  in early childhood. She was first married to Dr. James Jones, who died in 1875. She was again married to Hosea Southwick in August 1877. Sister Southwick professed religion and united with the Baptist church in 1867 and remained a consistent member till the day of her death. She died at her home in Ozark, Sept. 6th, 1903. She was kind to all. In the absence of her pastor, the writer preached her funeral. We laid her body to rest in the Ozark cemetery September 7, 1903. She leaves behind an aged husband, a brother and sister and other relatives and other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. May they “Sorrow not as those who have no hope.”   W. H. Son


Sowards, Chester Alvin 3 Jun 1907 - 12 May 1974  OH 16 May 1974 p1

[Note: married Clara Cheffey; married Joyce Elaine Baty  17 Jun 1917 - 18 Sep 1957]

Sunday Evening Crash Fatal for Sparta Man

Chester Alvin Sowards, 66, Sparta, was dead at St. John’s Hospital Sunday night after he was thrown from his car in a 6 p.m. crash on a bridge near Springfield’s edge. Admitted to the hospital were Mrs. Janeth Sowards, 35, who is listed in critical condition with head and internal injuries; a three-year-old son, Craig who suffered multiple bruises and abrasions and lacerations; another Sowards youngster, Chester, 5, was released after treatment for a scalp laceration.


Sowards, Jesse Oliver 15 Feb 1882 - 20 Dec 1928 CCR 27 Dec 1928

[Note: Son of Arthur & Z. B. (Morley) Sowards; married Virgie Foster Bonner 29 Mar 1881 - 6 Nov 1963]

Jesse O. Sowards -- Living northeast of Ozark, died December 20th and was buried December 22nd. He is survived by a widow and 7 children. Burial was made at Hopedale with rev. Ross Carter officiating and B. C. Klepper supervising.


Sowards, Lee Roy 16 May 1914 - 16 Apr 1986 OH 1 May 1986 pB8

[Note: Son of Virgil & Mary ( ) Sowards]

Card of Thanks

We would like to thank everyone for the food, flowers, cars, and for the love and prayers that were shown to us during the death of our husband and father, May God return a hundred fold for your kindness. The Roy Sowards family  161tp


Sowards, Lola Mae (Abney) 21 May 1917 - 10 Jan 1993 OH 13 Jan 1993

[Note: Daughter of John W. & Eliza (Ross) Abney; married 9 Sep 1937 Perry Willard Sowards 12 Dec 1912 - 4 Dec 1995]

Lola Mae Sowards, 75, Ozark, died Sunday, Jan 10, 1993 in St. John’s Regional Health Center. She was born May 21, 1917 in Sparta, the daughter of John and Eliza Ross Abney. On Sept. 9, 1937, she was united in marriage to Perry Willard Sowards. She was a member of the Hopedale Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ruth Press, and a brother, Arthur Abney. Survivors include her husband, Perry Sowards; three daughters, Wanda Arthur, Springfield, Betty Fitzgerald and her husband, Donald, Rogersville, and Shirley Long and her husband, Gary, Rogersville; four grandchildren, Deborah McHaffie, Sparta, Hal Hull, Springfield, Chris Long, Sparta, and Mark Long, Rogersville; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clella Truitt, Marshfield, and Mildred Bilyeu, Potosi, OK; and nieces and nephews. Services were held January 12, in Adams Funeral Home with the Rev. Hubert Swearengin and Pastor Terry Kendrick officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery.


Sowards, Newson B. 26 Apr 1921 - 16 Jun 1982   OH 24 Jun 1982 p11

[Note: Son of Jessie Oliver & Virgie Foster (Bonner) Sowards; married 15 Dec 1945 Ileta Jean Branam 2 Dec 1925 - 8 Jan 2006 m/2 Charles Clifton Gann]

Services for N. B. Soward, 61, Ozark, were held June 19 in Adams Funeral Chapel in Ozark with Doin Pitchford officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery. Mr. Sowards died June 16 in his home following a long illness. He was a World War II veteran, a longtime volunteer fireman in Ozark, a member of the Booster Club for many years, and a longtime employee of Campbell Ford Motor Co. in Ozark. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two daughters, Mrs. Carlentina Scharfenkamps, Blue Springs and Mrs. Demetria Hadggega, Ozark; three brothers, Perry and Rex, both of Ozark and Roy, Sparta; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel McCoy and Mrs. Ruth Horner, both of Ozark and Mrs. Maggie Carroll, Springfield; and five grandchildren.


Sowards, Newson B. 26 Apr 1921 - 16 Jun 1982   OH 1 Ju1 1982 pB9

Card of Thanks

Maybe it was your care Or a silent prayer A phone Call Or a visit to us all  A love contribution Or flower salutation A lovely card to read Or delicious food to eat Whatever your part It touched our hearts And words can never express our appreciuation.  The N. B. Sowards Family Wife  Daughters Sons-in-Law  Granddaughters  Brothers and Sisters  Nieces and Nephews  24-1tp


Sowards, Perry Willard 12 Dec 1912 - 4 Dec 1995  CCH-N 9 Dec 1995

[Note: Son of Jesse Oliver & Virgie (Bonner) Sowards; married 9 Sep 1937 Lola Mae Abney 21 May 1917 - 10 Jan 1993p]

Perry Willard Sowards, age 82, of Ozark, died Monday, Dec. 4, 1995, in Ozark Riverview Manor. He was born Dec. 12, 1912, in Protem, and was the son of Jesse and Virgie Bonner Sowards. Mr. Sowards was a long time resident of the Ozark area and was a carpenter. He was a member of Hopedale Baptist Church. On Sept. 9, 1937, he was united in marriage to Lola Mae Abney, who preceded him in death in 1993, as well as three sisters and three brothers. Survivors include: three daughters, Wanda Arthur, Ozark, Betty Fitzgerald and her husband, Donald, Rogersville, and Shirley Long and her husband, Gary, Rogersville; four grandchildren, Deborah McHaffie, Sparta, Hal Hull, Rogersville, Chris Long, Ozark, and Mark Long, Springfield; four great-grandchildren, Cody Lee McHaffie, and Jessica, Keshia, and Cody Long; and a sister, Ruth Homer, Sparta.  Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Hubert Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery.


Sowards, Rex 5 Jan 1918 - 21 Mar 1990 OH 29 Mar 1990

[Note: Son of Jess Oliver & Virgie Foster (Bonner) Sowards; married 1 Sep 1984 Monica Gastineau]

Rex Sowards, 72, Ozark, died March 21, 1990, in his home, after a short illness. Born Jan 5, 1918, in Protem, to Jess and Virgie Sowards, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and in his later years worked as a mechanic in Christian County. On Sept. 1, 1984, he married Monica Gastineau. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Monica, of the home; a brother, Perry, Rogersville; and three sisters, Ruth Horner and Ethel McCoy, both of Ozark, and Maggie Carroll, Springfield. Services were Friday in Harris Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Wear Jr. officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery.


Sowards, Robert Orlyn “Bob” 31 Aug 1931 - 29 Oct 2009 SN-L 30 Oct 2009

[Note: Son of Chester & Clara (Cheffey) Sowards; married Rita Ann Angel; married 1999 Pat Werner]

Robert "Bob” Orlyn Sowards, 78, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009, in Nixa Christian Healthcare. He was born in Springfield, Mo., on August 31, 1931. He is survived by his wife, Pat Sowards; brother Clarence of Fla./Ark.; sister Sandra Buckle of Springfield, Mo.; four sons, Danny Sowards and wife, Beth, Battlefield, Doug Sowards, Scott Sowards and Jeff Sowards and wife, Rachel all of Springfield; two daughters, Shirley Petersen and her husband, Mike, and Donna Angel and her fiancé, David, both of Nixa; Pat's children, Mike Werner and wife, Marcia, Neb., Russ Werner, Calif., Vickie Sarday and husband, Todd, N.C., Chris Kremp and husband, John, Lamar, Mo., and Dan Werner of Lamar; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wayne Sowards, Bert Sowards and Jim Sowards; and his wife of 19 years, Rita Ann (Angel) Sowards. Bob was united in marriage to Pat Werner Sowards in 1999. Bob was skilled in many trades that include a builder, a barber and a truck driver. He was an avid bowler and has many friends in the bowling community. Bob always had a story to tell and loved to make people laugh. Visitation will be in Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, 2001 W. Walnut Lawn, Springfield, MO 65807, on Friday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow in Hazelwood Cemetery.


Sowards, Virgie Foster (Bonner) 29 Mar 1881 - 6 Nov 1963  CCR 7 Nov 1963

[Note: Daughter of George & ? (  Bonner; married Jess Oliver Sowards 15 Feb 1882 - 20 Dec 1928]

Mrs. Virgie Sowards, 82, died at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday in the Bilyeu Nursing Home here following a long illness. She was a longtime resident. of Ozark and a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ethel McCoy and Mrs. Ruth Horner, both of Ozark, and Mrs. Maggie Carroll, 2623 Lincoln, Springfield; four sons, Perry, Route 3, Rogersville, and Roy, Rex, and N.B. all of Ozark; a brother, Willie Bonner, Selma, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Ettie Snelson, Portales, N.M., and l5 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements will be announced by Harris.


Sowards, Wayne 20 Feb 1934 - 8 Jan 2001  CCH-N 17 Jan 2001

[Note: Son of Chester & Clara (Cheffey) Sowards; married 1973 Sara]

Wayne Sowards, age 66, of Nixa, passed away Monday, January 8, 2001 in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born February 20, 1934 in Springfield, the son of Chester and Clara (Cheffey) Sowards. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 20 years. He and his wife, Sara, were married in 1973. His parents and a brother, Bert, preceded him in death. Survivors include: His wife, Sara; six children, Jennine Edmunds, Albany, NY, Terry Revels, Nixa, Harold Sowards and Deborah Sowards, both of Ozark, Marty Miller and his wife, Glenda, Clever and Sharon Sowards, Springfield; several grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence Sowards, Springfield, Jim Sowards, Lampe, Bob Sowards, Springfield; aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service was held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Rev. Charles Cheffey and Rev. Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.


Spalding, Richard William 8 Sep 1924 - 9 Nov 2005 SN-L 11 Nov 2005

[Note: Son of William & Esther (  ) Spalding]

Richard William Spalding, age 81, of Nixa, formerly of Claremont, California, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2005. He was born September 8, 1924, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the son of William and Esther Spalding. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Europe, and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Spalding was a graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, receiving Masters Degrees in education and theology. He won election to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Fraternity. He chose classroom teaching as his vocation, teaching in Whittier and Pomona, California for 35 years. He enjoyed retirement for several years. After becoming ill he moved to Nixa five years ago. Mr. Spalding had also served as a minister for Salem Lutheran Church of Whittier, California. He was most recently a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield. He had given many hours and donations to church, school and community service. He also had been an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pomona, helped with Little League, and Boy Scouts. He served with Pomona Meals on Wheels and March Air Force Base Museum. Survivors include: His son, Paul Charles Spalding and wife, Delia, Nixa; a daughter, Susan Spalding and husband, Greg Hale, Crestline, California; six grandchildren, Jonathan Durbin, Ashleigh Spalding, Elizabeth Spalding, Kyle Hale, Taylor Hale, and Amber Hale; a brother-in-law, Robert Scheif; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 12, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Inurnment will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.


Spanos, James William 2 Oct 1915 - 26 May 2002  CCH-N 5 Jun 2002

[Note: Son of James & Bertha (  ) Spanos; married Henrietta Tiggelaar]

James William Spanos, 86, Nixa, passed away May 26, 2002, in Manor Care, Springfield. He was born Oct. 2, 1915, in Chicago, the son of James and Bertha Spanos. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Before retirement he was employed by Ford Motor Company. Survivors include his wife, Henrietta (Tiggelaar) Spanos; a son, William Spanos and wife, Rosemary, Arlington, Va.; stepchildren, James Gemignani, St. Louis, Dale Gemignani, Beloit, Wis., and Robin Schmidt, Bettendorf, Iowa; two sisters, Eleanor Thiele and Karen Daly; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Connolly; a sister, Mary Spanos; and his parents. Funeral services were held May 31, in Tews Funeral Home, Homewood, Ill., with burial in Homewood Memorial Gardens. Local arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospicecare, 1378 E. Republic Road, Springfield 65804 or the American Cancer Society.


Spanski, Paul Leo 10 Oct 1933 - 6 Feb 2008 SN-L 9 Feb 2008 & CCH-N 13 Feb 2008

[Note: Son of Leo & Elizabeth (Pfund) Spanski; married 1984 Mary Wientjes]

Paul Leo Spanski, age 74, of Nixa, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2008. He was born October 10, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Pfund) Spanski. Mr. Spanski retired in 1990 as an Automotive Engineer for the Federal Government. After retirement he enjoyed working with machine tools. Astronomy was also an interest of Paul's which lead him to be involved with the Astronomy Department at MSU. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Springfield. In 1984 he married Mary Wientjes who survives him. Survivors also include: three children and their spouses, Adam and Natalie Spanski, Parma, Ohio, Diana and Kevin Kerwin, Lake Orion, Mich., and Carol and Joe Esch, Somerset, Ky.; six grandchildren, Clarice, Justyn, Danielle, Allyson, Connor and Lucas Paul; a brother, Gregg Spanski, Golden, Colorado; a niece, Lara Simcox; and a nephew, Jeffrey Spanski. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene and his parents. A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 11, at Immaculate Conception Church in Springfield, with a luncheon following. Visitation and viewing will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. A funeral mass and burial will be in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday, February 15. All arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Sparger, James Earl 21 Oct 1891 - 27 Nov 1975 OH 4 Dec 1975 p8

[Note: Son of William M. & ? (?) Sparger; married 1 Jul 1914 Myrtle Elizabeth Luttrull 25 Dec 1888 - 25 Dec 1965 who had married first David Newton McHaffie]

BRUNER - Earl Sparger, 84, Bruner, died at 2 p.m. Thursday in Springfield General Osteopathic Hospital following a short illness. He was a resident of the Bruner community since 1907, a retired farmer and a member of the McHaffie  Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Lassley, Fresno, Calif. and Mrs. Eugenia McHaffie, Bruner; a step-son, Hobson McHaffie, Bruner and 16 grandchildren. Harris Funeral Home of Ozark announced services.


Sparger, James Earl 21 Oct 1891 - 27 Nov 1975 OH 11 Dec 1975 p8

We wish to express our gratitude to everyone for their many acts of kindness shown to us during the illness and death of our father and grandfather, Earl Sparger. We thank our friends, neighbors and relatives for prayers, food and beautiful flowers. A special thank you to the singers, the Harris Funeral Home and Rev. Jesse L. Phillips for the comforting words.  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lassley.  Mr. and Mrs. Burk McHaffie and family.  Mr. and Mrs. Hobson McHaffie and family.


Sparger, Myrtle Elizabeth (Luttrull) McHaffie 25 Dec 1888 - 25 Dec 1965    CCR 30 Dec 1965 p4

[Note: Daughter of Allen Tolbert & Percilla Jane (Lay) Luttrull; married first  David Newton “Dick” McHaffie  9 Sep 1878 - 19 Dec 1912; married second James Earl Sparger 21 Oct 1891 - 27 Nov 1975]

Mrs. Myrtle E. Sparger, 77, Bruner, died Saturday afternoon in the state hospital in Nevada after a lingering illness. Mrs. Sparger who was a resident of the Bruner community all her life, died on her birthday, according to a funeral home attendant. Surviving are her husband, Earl; three daughters, Mrs. Jewell Todd, Bruner; Mrs. Hazel Lassley, Fresno, Calif., and Mrs. Eugenia McHaffie, Bruner. Also surviving are a son, Hobson McHaffie, Bruner; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Osburn and Mrs. Florence McHaffie, both of Sparta. Also surviving are five brothers, Newt Luttrull, Ramona, Okla., Jess, Ozark, Elmer, Bruner, Otis and Gus, both of Rogersville; and 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Bruner Baptist Church with the Rev. Deloris Willis officiating. Burial will be in McHaffie Cemetery north of Bruner under direction of Harris of Ozark.


Spargo, Melvin 21 Jun 1905 - 23 Oct 1986 OH 30 Oct 1986 p2

Services for Melvin Spargo, 81, were held Oct. 25 in Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Teresita, with the Rev. John Thomas officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Teresita, under the direction of Duncan Federal Home, Mtn. View. Mr. Spargo died Oct. 23 in Cox Medical Center North, Springfield. Survivors include three sons, Robert, Jacksonville, Ill., Robert, Ozark and Roger, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Charles “Bud” Spargo, Cuba, Ill. and Harold Spargo, Gordon, Texas; one sister, Thelma Grznich, Moline, Ill.; and six grandchildren.


Sparkman, B. A. “Sparky” 31 Dec 1916 - 3 Jul 2004 SN-L 6 Jul 2004

[Note: Son of David C. & Geneva (Frazier) Sparkman; married Mabel V. 22 Mar 1918 - 14 Apr 1984]

B. A. (Sparky) Sparkman, 87, Republic, passed away at 9:09 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004, in his home, with family at his side. He was born December 31, 1916, in Nixa, Mo., to David C. and Geneva (Frazier) Sparkman. Mr. Sparkman was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield, and a retired auto tire repairman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, on April 14, 1984; a son, Edward L. Sparkman; his parents; two brothers, Forest and Rex Sparkman; and a sister, Iva Lee Geiger. He is survived by a son, Sammy Gerald Hedrick, Republic; three daughters, Lavon Drake, and Lou Compton and husband, Carroll, all of Republic, and Paula McGuire, Gallatin, Tenn.; two brothers, Eldon Leon (Lonnie) Sparkman, Springfield, and Clarence David (Tony) Sparkman, Littleton, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren ; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2004, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with Pastor, Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial will follow in McConnell Cemetery, Nixa. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today, July 6, in the funeral home.


Sparkman, Nellie Elma (Stover) 30 Sep 1867 - 9 Dec 1939 CCR 14 Dec 1939 p1

[Note: Daughter of Samuel & ? ( ) Stover; married 28 Jan 1901 CCM James A. Sparkman 1855 - 1938]

Funeral services for Mrs. Elma Sparkman, 72, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the McConnell cemetery with Rev. R.C. Harding officiating with burial there under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Sparkman, Robert J. 15 Nov 1925 - 5 Jan 2008 SN-L 7 Jan 2007

[Note: married Wilma]

Robert J. Sparkman, 82, Springfield, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2008, after a short illness. Bob was born November 15, 1925, in Willard, Missouri. He was a graduate of Springfield Central High School and Southwest Missouri State College. Bob worked in the banking industry for 40 years. He was preceded in death by both his parents and a brother, Denzel. Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wilma; his daughter, Teresa; his son, Ryan and his wife, Lisa; and granddaughter Stephanie. Private family graveside services will be held Wednesday in Payne Cemetery. Public visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Sparkman, Robertson “Bob” 1910 - 5 Apr 1974  OH 11 Apr 1974

[Note: Son of  James A. & Nellie E. ( ) Sparkman]

NIXA - Graveside services for Robertson “Bob” Sparkman, 64, Springfield, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in McConnell Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Schudy officiating. Burial was under direction of Harris of Nixa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Mr. Sparkman’s body was found at Jordan Creek at 7:37 p.m. Friday. According to Greene County Coroner Erwin Busiek. Sparkman apparently fell partially into the creek. Survivors include one brother, John, Route 1, Brookline; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Cavner, 2723 West Elm; two half-sisters, Mrs. Jane Inmon, Springfield and Mrs. Marie Hart of Appleton, City, MO.


Sparks, Michael Lee 1952 - Dec 1985  OH 26 Dec 1985 p1

Body Found Sunday In River; Inquest Is Held

An inquest is being held Thursday morning to decide is foul play is indicated in the death of a man whose body was recovered from the James River near Battlefield.

Until them, very little information is being released.

About 10 a.m. Sunday, a passerby discovered the body submerged near a bridge about a half mile south of Greene County Route FF in northwest Christian County, according to the Christian County Sheriff’s office.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Coroner Arthur Adams, Deputy Danny Clinton said.

Both Clinton and Adams said Monday that positive identification of the body has not been made.

Adams also said that it was strictly a guess that the body had been in the water “Perhaps around 36 hours,” he said.

When questioned about a report that the body had three bullet wounds, Adams said he didn’t know where that information came from. As to the cause of death, he preferred that information to be supplied by Dr. Gerdes, a Springfield pathologist.

When Dr. John Gerdes was contacted by a reporter, he relayed through a spokesman that he had, “No statement” and told the reporter to contact Christian County Coroner, Arthur Adams.

Efforts to contact Sheriff Dwight McNiel were equally unsuccessful.

Deputy Clinton would not say for sure is an autopsy had been performed. The report about the bullet wound had not been verified as far as he knew, Clinton said.


Sparks, Michael Lee 1952 - Dec 1985 OH 2 Jan 1986 p1

[Note: no SSDI record found]

Arkansas Man Shot In Christian County: Investigation Continues

The investigation is continuing into the death of Michael Lee Sparks whose body was found Dec. 22 in the James River. Sparks had been shot three time in the chest with a large caliber gun.

The 33-year-old Manila, Arkansas man’s body was identified about 8 p.m. the following day by his father and brother.

Christian County Sheriff Dwight McNiel said Monday that the weapon used in the shooting had not been recovered. “Right now we are concentrating more on the investigation aspects of the case, but that does not mean we won’t continue searching for the gun.”

Volunteers from the Battlefield Fire and Rescue Squad spent about an hour on Christmas Day searching for the gun in the James River near where Spark’s body was found.

His body was discovered about 10 a.m. just west of the Old Nelson’s Mill slab by two Springfield men who were floating the James River. The body had only been there a short time, McNiel said.

An autopsy shows that Sparks had died from gunshot wounds in the chest. There was no evidence of a struggle at the bridge, McNiel said. “We are speculating that he had been murdered elsewhere and then dumped into the river.”

McNiel said that Sparks had been staying with people on the West side of Springfield, and that he was being sought by Arkansas authorities, including the Arkansas State Police and the State Bureau of Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics, on drug related charges.

A Coroner’s Inquest, to be held last Thursday, has been rescheduled for today.


Sparks, Michael Lee 1952 - Dec 1985 OH 23 Jan 1986 p1

Gun Found In Finley River

January 16, a gun was recovered from the Finley River in shallow water near the U. S. 160 bridge in Christian County, south of Nixa.

The pistol was discovered January 15 by a fisherman gigging in the river, and he reported the finding to the Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning. With the help of divers from the Battlefield Volunteer Fire Department, the gun was retrieved from the river.

The pistol was sent to the Springfield police Department Crime Lab for ballistics tests. As of last Tuesday, the results have not been received in Christian County.

A small-caliber gun was used in a recent homicide in Christian County, but it is not known whether the gun found in the Finley River is connected with that incident.


Sparks, Michael Lee 1952 - Dec 1985 OH 6 Feb 1986 p1 & OH 6 Feb 1986 p12

McFall Arrested, Charged With Murder Of Sparks

David McFall, 33, of Springfield turned himself in to the Springfield Police Department January 29 after being charged with the first degree murder of Michael Sparks. He is currently being held in the Greene County jail. No bail has been set.

Sparks’ body was found December 21 in the James River in northern Christian County. An autopsy showed that Sparks had been shot in the chest three times.

Christian County Sheriff Dwight McNiel that they’d searched for McFall for two days, then January 29, he turned himself in with his lawyer to the Springfield Police Department. McNiel said the warrant was issued in Greene County because they believed the murder was committed in Springfield. He added then that the body was driven to the James River across the Christian County line and was dumped in the river.

The Greene County warrant was issued for McFall January 28 following information received for the Christian County Sheriff’s Department were from several people who were to appear before the grand jury. Instead of testifying for the grand jury later that day, the provided the Sheriff’s Department with the information which resulted in the issuance of the warrant for McFall’s Arrest.

Sparks’ death is believed to be drug-related, as were the murders of Jim Sullivan, 44 and Cheryl Lynn Osborn, 28, both of Springfield. Sullivan and Osborn were shot several times with a small-caliber handgun and a shotgun on a farm southwest of Billings January 2. Both were involved in drug-trafficking. Sheriff McNiel would not say whether the three were related.

Sparks had been wanted in Mississippi County, Arkansas, on a felony warrant charging him with the sale of drugs to an undercover state issue. That warrant had been issued sometime in September.

According to the warrant for McFall’s arrest, Sparks had been had been dead since December 17, four days before his body was found in the river.

Arraignment was held for McFall January 20 before Judge Tom McGuire in Greene County Associate Circuit Court. Bail was denied McFall during the arraignment. His preliminary hearing has been set for February 7, at which time the bail request will be reconsidered.

In February of 1978, McFall was found guilty by a Green County jury of manslaughter in the stabbing of 17-year-old Robert Eugene Albers of Springfield on June 27, 1977. He was sentences to one year in jail and was given a $1,000 fine. McFall was paroled after four months.

McFall is currently on bail with two separate incidents, one in connection with a fatal accident August 5, 1985, in which a passenger in the other car, Edward Beitlach, 34, of Onalaska, Wis. died Aug. 30. McFall is awaiting a jury trial in the case. The other incident is also a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. This occurred in northwest Christian County December 17, near the area in which the body of Sparks was found.

Mr. Falls had been arrested earlier in connection with the homicide, but had been freed without charges due to lack of evidence.

An undisclosed number of guns have been found recently in various locations in rivers in Christian and Greene Counties. Sheriff McNiel would not say where any were the weapons used in the recent homicides in Christian County.


Sparks, William E. 29 Oct 1856 - 30 May 1910 CCR 16 Jun 1910

[Note: Son of David & ? ( ) Sparks; married]

William E. Sparks, a farmer who lived near Diamond was struck by lightning Monday afternoon and instantly killed. Sparks was driving along the road when the approaching storm caused him to halt, prepare his team as best he could and he then crawled under the wagon to protect himself from the rain. A short time after the storm had ended, a farmer passing along the road found Sparks dead under the wagon, one of the horses killed and the other lying on the ground badly stunned. - Verona Advocate.


Sparrow, Gertrude Rose “Trudy” (Peters) 11 Mar 1927 - 25 Jun 2010  CCH-N 30 Jun 2010

[Note: Daughter of Julius F. & Virginia (Baum) Peters; married 15 Jun 1946 Thomas C. Sparrow 21 Oct 1923 - 23 Jul 1980]

Gertrude Rose “Trudy” Sparrow, 83, of Ozark, was pronounced dead at 6:52 p.m. June 25, 2010, in her home. Born March 11, 1927, in Quincy, Ill., Trudy was the daughter of Julius F. and Virginia Baum Peters. She married Thomas C. Sparrow on June 15, 1946, in Quincy. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1980. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and received her associate degree from John Wood Community College. She and her husband owned and operated Sparrow Real Estate for 16 years and then in 1987, she was employed at Bergner’s Department Store until her retirement in 2007. Trudy loved to visit with her many friends. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker who took great pride and joy in her children and grandchildren. Survivors include eight sons, Gregory C. Sparrow and his wife Mary Jo of Jacksonville, Ill., S. Bruce Sparrow of Osage Beach, Kent D. Sparrow and his wife Se of Chesterfield, Michael J. Sparrow and his wife Susan of Green Bay, Wis., Dennis E. Sparrow and his companion Jane Carpenter of Ozark, Mark C. Sparrow and his wife Dawn of Fredricksburg, Texas, Arthur C. Sparrow and his wife Lisa of Springfield, Daniel C. Sparrow and his wife Kimberly of Morton, Ill., along with 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter expected in October. Also surviving are two brothers, Glenn Peters of Quincy, Ill., and Karl Peters and his wife Jackie of Quincy; four sisters, Laverne Brinker and her husband Rudy of Indianapolis, Ind., Vivian Hogge and her husband Jack, Virginia Hunter and Julia Huntley, all of Quincy. Mrs. Sparrow was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas, one brother Jay Peters, and one grandson Lucas Sparrow. Visitation will be held Friday evening, July 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held  July 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament (formerly St. Mary’s) Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Quincy.

Memorials may be made to the World War II Honor Flight.


Spaulding, Harry W. 17 Aug 1882 - 20 Jan 1936 CCR 6 Feb 1936 p5

[Note: Son of Augustus & Mary (Webb) Spaulding; married Bertha]

Funeral services for Mr. Harry W. Spaulding, aged 53, who died at his farm home near Union City Thursday morning, Jan. 30, were held Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. in the Cross Roads church, conducted by Rev. Messer of Springfield, with burial in the Marionville cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Bertha Spaulding, four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Bell Raven of Alberta, Canada, Miss Doris Spaulding of Wisconsin, Miss Mary Spaulding of the home address and Mrs. Ethel Maples of Clever, He is also survived by three brothers, Clarence of Minnesota, Frank and Asa of Wisconsin, and two sister, Mrs. Amie Burt of South Dakota and Mrs. Nellie Adams of Iowa.


Speake, James Tot 7 Sep 1915 - 23 Dec 2003 SN-L 26 Nov 2003

[Note: Son of Harrison Allison & Grace E. (Edmonson) Speak; married Mildred; SSDI records his surname as Speake, his father’s surname as Speak]

James Tot Speake, age 88, of Nixa, passed away in Christian Health Care of Nixa on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003. He was born Sept. 7, 1915, in Harrison, Ark., the son of Harrison and Grace Speak. During his youth, he was a boxer and played outfield for a semi-pro baseball team in Arkansas. Until recently he enjoyed playing baseball with young people. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Thornhill in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Before retirement he worked for almost 40 years in Kansas City for the Sheffield Steel Mill. Mr. Speake was a member of First Baptist Church of Nixa. He was also a member of Friend Masonic Lodge #352 AF and AM in Ozark. He loved his church and family and enjoyed bowling and fishing. Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy Ann Gloyd and her husband, Darren, Sparta; a sister, Marge Tauriella, Lincoln, Neb.; two half-brothers, Ray Speak, Ozark, and Max Speak and his wife, Ann, Ozark; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; a sister, Virginia Downing; and a brother, Bob Speak. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Dr. Richard Eakins officiating. Burial will follow in Hazelwood Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. A Masonic service will follow at 7 p.m.


Speake, Robert Willard “Bob” 25 Sep 1913 - 1 May 1982  OH 6 May 1982 p3

[Note: Son of Harrison Allison & Grace E. (Edmonson) Speak; married Marguerite June Plimmer; married Virginia 21 Jun 1908 - Jul 1993 who m/1 Carl E. Haden who may be 15 Jun 1909 - Feb 1974; SSDI records his surname as Speake, his father’s surname as Speak]

Services for Robert Willard Speak, 68, Forsyth, were held May 4 in Riverview Bible Baptist Church with the Revs. David Holvick and Ross Quincy officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery. Mr. Speak died May 1 near his home after apparently suffering a heart attack. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, Robert David, Sugar Creek; a daughter, Lurita Grace Finkledei, Pasadena, Texas; four stepsons, Tom and Carl Haden, Jr., both of Springfield, James Haden, Sparks, Nev., Charles Haden, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Mary Elizabeth Davison and Sharon Kay Steinbergs, both of Omaha, Neb.; three brothers, Jim, Nixa, Raymond, Springfield and Max, Ozark; two sisters, Marge Taurellia, Exeter, Neb. and Virginia Downey, Lincoln, Neb.; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund.


Spear, Dica (Forester) 4 Apr 1903 - 9 Mar 1979 OH 15 Mar 1979 pB2

Services for Mrs. Dica Forester Spear were held Tuesday in Marionville. Burial was in Marionville IOOF Cemetery. She died last Friday in St. John’s Regional Health Center. A brother, Noel Forester of Billings, is among those surviving.


Spears, Dixie Lee 31 Jul 1949 - 2 Aug 1949 CCR 4 Aug 1949

[Note: Daughter of Kenneth & ? (Parks) Spears]

Graveside services for Dixie Lee Spears, two-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spears of Hurley, who died Tuesday morning in Burge hospital were held Wednesday afternoon at the Short cemetery with Rev. Frank Eaton officiating under the direction of the Maples-Harris Funeral Home of Clever. Other survivors include one sister, Katherine Jane; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Nannie Spears of Hurley and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Parks of Aurora.


Spears, Henderson Lee 1872 - 15 Jun 1938 CCR 23 Jun 1938 p1

[Note: Son of William & Elizabeth (Sanders) Spears]

Funeral services for Henderson Lee Spears, 65, who died June 15, where held last Friday, June 17, at the Baptist church in Hurley with burial in the Quail Spur cemetery under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. He is survived by the widow, three children, Onus Spears of Springfield, Kenneth of the home, and Mrs. A.G. Hemphill of Crane, three grandchildren, two brothers, Charley and Sam of Hurley and one sister, Mrs. W.R. Hall of Brown Springs.


Spears, Sam 1866 - 12 Feb 1947 CCR 20 Feb 1947 p1

[Note: married Mary Jane]

Sam Spears, 80, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Stone county, Missouri, died at his home in Hurley on Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 1947. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane; four sons, Carroll of Crane, Mo., Albert of Overland Park, Kans., Loren of Cabool, Mo., and Edward Spears of Huntington Park, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Clemmie Jones of Hurley, Mo. Funeral services were conducted at the Hurley high school Thursday afternoon with burial in the Masonic cemetery at Crane under the direction of Maples of Clever.


Spears, Susie Jane (Johnson) Baker 18 Aug 1852 - 15 Dec 1935 CCR 19 Dec 1935 p4

[Note: Daughter of Richard & Cecelia (Morris) Johnson; married ? Baker; married William Spears]

Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Jane Spears, aged 83, wife of William Spears, a retired farmer, who died at her home Sunday morning in Hurley were held at 11:30 a.m. in the home and at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Yeakley chapel, six miles northwest of Republic, conducted by Rev. N.C. Chastain of Springfield, with burial there under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. She is survived by her husband, Mr. William Spears, two sons, J.L. Baker of Hurley and Fred Baker of Bois D’Arc, and two daughters, Mrs. Ella Likins of Republic and Mrs. Ollie Frame of Mt. Grove, also by two brothers, B.B. Johnson of Willard and Joseph Johnson of Bois D’Arc.


Spence, Leicester T. 31 Mar 1924 - Jul 1978 OH 3 Aug 1978 p9

NIXA - Leicester T. Spence, 54, Route 1, Clever, died at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday in Cox Medical Center, Springfield after a short illness. Mr. Spence was the Vice President of Syntex AgriBusiness, Springfield. He was a veteran of World War II, when he served in the United States Army. He is survived by two daughters, Susan and Katherine of the home and a sister, Mrs. Joan Carson, Red Bank, N. J.


Spencer, Almus Preston 15 May 1907 - 26 Oct 1970    CCR 29 Oct 1970 p4

[Note: Son of Marion & Rachel Emmaline (Johnson) Spencer]

Almus Preston Spencer, 63, of Linden, died at 5:25 p.m. Monday in the Nevada State Hospital, following a long illness. Mr. Spencer was a lifelong resident of Ongo and Linden communities. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Gladys Stone of Rogersville and a nephew, Harold Adams of Rogersville. The nephew was reared in the Spencer home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in Harris Chapel, Ozark. The Rev. Bill Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Linden Cemetery.


Spencer, Barbara Joan (Day) 14 Aug 1939 - 29 Dec 2006 SN-L 31 Dec 2006

[Note: married 11 Mar 1958 Knox Winford “Toby” Spencer 15 Nov 1937 - 16 Oct 2010

Barbara Joan Spencer, age 67, of Nixa, passed away on Friday, Dec. 29. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial will follow in McConnell-Bledsoe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the funeral home.


Spencer, Betty (Mooneyham) 20 Oct 1936 - 1 Oct 2009 SN-L 3 Oct 2009

[Note: Daughter of Burel & Gussie (Wade) Mooneyham; married Jim Spencer]

Mrs. Betty Spencer, 72, Springfield, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was born October 20, 1936, in Republic, Missouri, the daughter of Burel and Gussie (Wade) Mooneyham. Betty retired in 2005 after 21 years of service as a Coordinator of St. John's Auxiliary. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Billings. She enjoyed people, reading, traveling, sports and particularly the St. Louis Cardinals, and was always especially fond of her pets. Two brothers, Steven Gilmore and Richard Mooneyham; a sister, Jolene Jaracke; and her parents, preceded Betty in death. She is survived by her husband, Jim Spencer of the home; two sons, Randy Andrus and Tamara, Jacksonville, Florida, and Greg Andrus, Republic; two grandsons, Kristopher Andrus, Lee Summit, and Tony Cole, Ozark; six siblings, Jay Mooneyham, Republic, Mary Raney, Fair Grove, Martha Luce, Springfield, Linda Brown, Republic, Sybil Ryan, Billings, and Elizabeth Brake, Springfield; her good friends at the Billings First Christian Church and the St. John's Auxiliary; and many other extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2009, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with Rev. Micki Pulleyking officiating. Burial will follow in Wade Chapel Cemetery, Republic. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions can be made to the St. John's Auxiliary. Online condolences may be made at


Spencer, Knox Winford “Toby” 15 Nov 1937 - 16 Oct 2010 SN-L 17 Oct 2010 & CCH-N 20 Oct 2010

[Note: Son of Carl & Louise (  ) Spencer; married 11 Mar 1958 Barbara Joan Day 14 Aug 1939 - 29 Dec 2006]

Knox Winford "Toby" Spencer, age 72, of Nixa, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010, in the home of his daughter, Alicia. He was born November 15, 1937, in Springfield. He served his country in the U.S. Army, from 1954 until 1962. On March 11, 1958, he and Barbara Day were united in marriage. Mr. Spencer retired from Nattinger Materials Company in Springfield.

During the past few years he visited area Senior Centers, where he met many new friends and danced with his girlfriend, Johnnie Gould. Survivors include four children, Angela Nicholson and husband Chuck, Alicia Adams and husband and husband Johnny, Steven Spencer and wife Chela, and Tonja Blount; six grandchildren, Michael Childers, Jessica Garrison and husband Tanner, Jansyn Morgan and husband Jordan, William Blount, Justin Adams, and Tony Spencer; great-grandchild, Carlie Garrison; four sisters, Donna O'Dell, Anna Keller and husband Charles, Joann Smith and husband Jeff, and Carolyn Deeds and husband Everett; a step-sister, Ann Pinon and husband Mike; nieces nephews; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Barbara; two grandchildren, Cale Gormley and Cody Nicholson; his mother and step-father, Louise and David Brockus; his father and step-mother, Carl and Lynn Spencer; two brothers, Danny Brockus and David Brockus; and a step-sister, Kay Shipman.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 20, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Reverend Greg Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in McConnell-Bledsoe Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Spencer, Linnea "Lynn" Esther (Sundquist) Bunn 4 Feb 1917 - 29 Apr 2009 SN-L 1 May 2009

[Note: Daughter of John & Esther (  ) Sundquist; married 1941 Carlisle Bunn; married Carl Spencer]

Linnea "Lynn" Esther Spencer of Springfield passed away on April 29, in Strafford Care Center at the age of 92. She was born on February 4, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., the fourth child of Swedish immigrant parents, John and Esther Sundquist. Linnea was the crossing guard at Robberson school for 14 years. She was active in her church and loved working in her yard. In the 1970s she made two trips to Israel. In 1997, she took a trip to Sweden to spend time with cousins she had written to and never met. In 1941, she married Carlisle Bunn and moved to the Hartville, Mo. area. They had two daughters, Margaret Ann of Montana, and Elizabeth Kay, who died in 1999. After their divorce, she moved to Springfield, Mo., where Linnea's father built her a home with a restaurant so she could work and watch her girls. Lynn's Cafe was on the corner of Campbell and Kearney. While working at the cafe, she met her second husband, Carl Spencer. Carl was the father of Donna Marie of Kansas City, Toby of Nixa and Anna Carol of Springfield. Together they had one daughter, Carolyn of Springfield. Linnea is survived by her 96 year old sister, Alice Ply of St. Paul, Minn.; her children and spouses; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; a grandson, Scott Shipman; and two great-grandsons, Cale Gormley and Cody Nicholson. Family visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home North. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Central Christian Church. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Monday, at 11 a.m.

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