Warren, Christopher, d. 1996 - Wasson, Edna Bernice, d. 2006


Warren, Christopher 22 Apr 1977 - 23 Dec 1996

[Note: Son of Ronny & Sonja (  ) Warren]

Christopher Warren, 19, Clever, died at 4:52 p.m. December 23rd at Cox South as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident, north of Clever.  Warren graduated from Clever High School and was continuing his education as well as working part time in heating and air conditioning.  He was a member of the Clever First Baptist Church.  He is survived by his parents, Ronny and Sonja Warren, and a sister, Saville Warren, all of Clever; maternal grandparents, Andy and Diane Routh of Branson West, and David Lansdown of Brown Springs; paternal grandmother, Marlene Warren of Clever; aunts, uncles and cousins.  Funeral services were December 26th at Meadors Funeral Home, Republic with the Rev. Terry Fortner officiating.  Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

(Contributed by Hazel Messenger)


Warren, Corrie L. (Chaudoin) 27 Oct 1891 - 17 Aug 1985 OH 22 Aug 1985 p8

[Note: Daughter of  David H. & Emily Francis (Chaudoin) Chaudoin; married 10 Nov 1910 CCM Henry Seth Warren 29 Dec 1882 - 8 May 1955]

Services for Corrie L. Warren, 83, Ozark, were held Aug 20 in Adams Chapel with the Rev. Troy Rhoden officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery. Mrs. Warren died Aug. 17 in he her home of natural causes. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ozark and was a lifelong resident of Christian County. Survivors include two sons, Leo, Memphis, Tenn, and Noel, Palm Coast, Fla.; a stepson, Omer, Neosho; a stepdaughter, Edna Durham, Ozark; a sister, Clara Porter, Alexandra, Va; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several step grandchildren.


Warren, Corrie L. (Chaudoin) 27 Oct 1891 - Aug 1985 OH 29 Aug 1985 pB8

Card of Thanks

The family of Corrie Warren would like to thank all her friends and neighbors for the lovely floral arrangements and the many kindnesses should at the time of our mother’s funeral.  331tp


Warren, Edith (Pollard) 5 May 1907 – 27 May 1997  CCH-N 31 May 1997

[Note: Daughter of James robert “Jim” & Ada (Melton) Pollard; married Stanford Warren]

Edith Warren, 90, Ozark, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, in Ozark Riverview Manor. She was born May 5, 1907, and was the daughter of Jim and Ada (Melton) Pollard. She lived throughout her life in the Ozark area. She was a member of Selmore Baptist Church and had been a 4-H leader. Her husband, Stanford Warren, preceded her in death. Survivors include: a son, Joe Warren and his wife, Donna, Ozark; a daughter, Nell Jean Harman, Walnut Grove; four grandchildren, Gayla Warren, Ryan Warren, Marty Harman and his wife, Tena, and Gene Harman and his wife, Lynn; three greatgrandchildren, Haley, Alexis and Cheyenne Harman; two sisters, Estel McGinnis, Nixa, and Imogene Wallen, Prairie Village, Kansas; a brother, James Pollard, Nixa; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Elmer “Mac” McCully officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery.


Warren, Elmer 5 Sep 1877 - 21 May 1961 CCR 25 May 1961

Ozark Resident Takes Own Life

[Note: Son of Wyatt & Jane (Luttrell) Warren; married Mary Maggie Reeves m/1 Givans 5 Sep 1877 - 13 Aug 1969]

Elmer Warren, 83, a lifelong resident of Ozark, fatally shot himself at his home in Ozark Sunday. Authorities said he had been despondent over ill health and shot himself after his wife tried to wrest a .32 caliber pistol from him. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chaffin Chapel. The Rev. Fred Plank officiated and burial was in Linden Cemetery. A member of Smyrna Baptist Church, he is survived by his wife, Maggie; four brothers, Ezra of Burlington, Iowa. Isto of 1107 South Newton in Springfield, William of Monett; and Leonard of Kansas City and a sister, Mrs. Grace Caves of Route 2, Rogersville.


Warren, Emma (Pettijohn) 5 Feb 1850 - 12 Oct 1911 CCR 20 Oct 1911 p1

[Note: Daughter of John Mack & Margaret (Wilson) Pettijohn; married Charles Lafayette “Fate” Warren 14 Sep 1850 - 18 Aug 1913; name on 1960 census Emerline - possibly Emaline]

On Thursday night of last week at 10:45 o’clock, Mrs. Emma Warren, wife of C. L. Warren, living south of Ozark, passed away. Mrs. Warren was formerly Miss Emma Pettijohn and was well known, had been born and raised in Christian county. She was 61 years, 8 months and 5 days old. She leaves a husband and four children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Her children are all living and are: Bob Warren, Nellie Forrester, Seth Warren and Gertrude Wallace, all living in and near Ozark. The funeral was under the direction of Robertson Bros. The sermon was preached by Rev. Vanover at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Ozark cemetery. The cause of her death was a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered a few days ago. This is another good and well beloved woman gone to her eternal rest. The Republican joins the many friends off the bereaved family in extending sympathy.


Warren, Emmett 6 Sep 1888 - 27 Nov 1959      CCR 3 Dec 1959 p5

[Note: Son of Wyatt & Jane (Luttrell) Warren; married 13 Jul 1907 Virginia Anderson 22 Feb 1883 -2 Jun 1931; married Leah Fay Henderson 21 Nov 1889 - 20 Nov 1960 who married first a  Rathbun]

Funeral services for Emmet Warren, 76, of Near Lindenlure, who died last Saturday, were held Sunday in Chaffin Funeral Chapel at Ozark, with Rev. W. E. Dowell officiating. Burial was in Roller Cemetery under direction of Chaffin. He was a lifelong resident of the Linden community. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fay Warren; two sons, Leon Warren and Ottis Warren, four daughters, Mrs. Leila Roberts, Mrs. Jane Hayden, Mrs. Yuardo McKinley and Mrs. Clotene Fiddler; five brothers, Elmer, Isto, William, Leonard and Ezra Warren; one sister, Mrs. Grace Cave; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and five stepchildren.


Warren, Emmett H. 18 May 1917 - 2 Nov 1988 OH 10 Nov 1988

[Note: married Clover]

Emmett H. Warren, 71, of Nixa, died Nov. 2 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. Services for Mr. Warren were held Nov. 5 at Kingdom Hall in Springfield, under the direction of Ragan-Thieme, Springfield. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar. Mr. Warren was retired after being a salesman with the National Paper company, Springfield, for 41 years. His survivors include his wife, Clover, Nixa, two daughters, Julie Probst, Nixa, and Elyse Hargis, Springfield: a son, David, Sacramento, California: a sister, Marjorie Booth, Kansas City; and seven grandchildren.


Warren, Elva P. (Stubbs) 1906 - 6 Apr 1970  CCR 26 Apr 1970 p8

[Note: Daughter of Harvey Dillard & Effie Mae (Melton) Stubbs; married Ottas Warren]

Mrs. Elva P. Warren, 63, of Palm Springs, Calif., died in a hospital there on April 6, after an illness of more than a year. A native of the Ozark community, she moved to Fresno, Calif, in 1935, and to Palm Springs about a year ago. Survivors include her husband, Ottas Warren, of Palm Springs; a daughter, Mrs. Jeanne Harryman of Palm Springs; three granddaughters; her father, Harvey D. Stubbs of Ozark; two sisters, Mrs. Ila F. Daniels of Kansas City and Mrs. Ramah D. Carson of Springfield; two brothers, Victor A. Stubbs of Silver Springs, Md. and Stanley D. Stubbs of Bethesda, Md. Funeral services were held April 9 in the Weiffel Funeral Chapel in Palm Springs, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery there.


Warren, George Thomas 1856 - 12 Aug 1913 CCR 15 Aug 1913 p1

[Note: Son of William A. & Mary Elizabeth (Callis) Warren; married 8 Nov 1878 Sarah Elizabeth Blevins 24 Jul 1861 - 25 Dec 1927;  no legible tombstone]

At Riverdale, Tuesday August 12, Tom Warren a well known citizen of the county and a brother of Fate Warren living two miles southwest of Ozark. Burial in the Collins cemetery Wednesday


Warren, Henry Seth 29 Dec 1882 - 8 May 1955 CCR 12 May 1955 p4

[Note: Son of William A. & Mary Elizabeth (Callis) Warren; married 1903 Etta Mae Hanks 22 Aug 1883 - 28 Sep 1908; married Corrie L. Chaudoin 27 Oct 1891 - Aug 1985

Funeral services for Henry Seth Warren, 72, a former presiding judge of the Christian County Court, who died at 4 p.m. Sunday in Burge Hospital, Springfield, following a short illness, were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Chaffin Funeral Chapel at Ozark. Rev. Harold Hurst, pastor of the Ozark First Baptist Church of which the deceased was  a member, was the officiating minister, and burial was in Selmore Cemetery under direction of Chaffin. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Corrie Warren; four sons, Omer Warren of Neosho; Carl Warren of Palentine, Texas; Leo Warren of San Angelo, Texas and Noel Warren of Kansas City; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Dunham of Nixa; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Warren, James Seth 14 Mar 1928 - 2 Jul 2009 SN-L 7 Jul 2009 & CCH-N 8 Jul 2009

[Note: Son of Carl & Wilma ( ) Warren; ]

James Seth Warren, 81, passed away July 2, 2009 peacefully at his home in Waco, Texas. He was born March 14, 1928 in Ozark, Mo. The son of Carl and Wilma Warren. He Graduated from Palestine High School and also attended Nixon Business College, graduating with an Accounting degree. James also served his country in the United States Navy. James began his career with Tidewater Oil Co., Getty Oil Co., which is now Texaco/Chevron. He retired as Plant Operator after 41 years. After retirement he settled in Waco, Texas. Hobbies included: Coin Collecting, Dancing, Dining with friends at the Flying J restaurant, Healthy Living, and many Handyman Projects. He enjoyed life and was loved by many. Survivors include; Glenda Blair/daughter-Eagle Lake, Texas; Brian and Kim Blair/grandson-Boyd, Texas; Greg Blair/grandson-Eagle Lake, Texas; Sr. Airmen Jacob (USAF) and Kassie Andre/great-grandson-Lompoc, Calif.; Brooke Smith/great-granddaughter-Kennedale, Texas; Anessa Blair/great-granddaughter-Eagle Lake, Texas; Warren Dunham/ Special Cousin -Springfield, Mo.; Dr. Bernice Warren/ Cousin-Springfield, Mo.; and many other cousins in the Springfield, Mo area. Also Madeleine Jernigan/Special Friend-McKinney, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009 in Selmore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity.



Warren, Jane (Luttrell) 13 Mar 1851 - 8 Aug 1926 CCR 13 Aug 1926

[Note : Daughter of Elmer? & ? ( ) Luttrell; married Wyatt Warren 1846 - 11 Mar 1920; caution - mortuary record confuses father and husband’s names]

Mrs. Jane Warren, aged 75 years, died at the home of her son, Elmer Warren, near Pembina, Sunday, August 8, 1926, at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at the Pembina cemetery Monday, August 9, with burial under direction of T. B. Chaffin of Ozark.


Warren, Leah Fay (Henderson) Rathbun 21 Nov 1889 - 20 Nov 1960 CCR 24 Nov 1960 p8

[Note; Daughter of Frank & Ovah (Douglas) Henderson; married 1907 Fred Rathbun; buried under  name Rathbun; married ? Warren]

Services for Mrs. Leah Fay Rathbun Warren 73, former resident of the Sparta community who died Sunday night at her home in Galloway following a long illness, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chaffin Chapel at Ozark, with the Rev. Lynn Swadley officiating. Burial was in Bruner Cemetery.  Mrs. Warren was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church. She is survived by four sons, Warren E. Rathbun, Dallas, Texas, Oran Joe Rathbun of St. Louis, Ross W. Rathbun of Galloway and James W. Rathbun of Sparta; one daughter, Mrs. Vennie Payne of the state of California, 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Warren, Leonard 1888 - 13 Mar 1974 OH 21 Mar 1974 p2

[Note: Son of Wyatt & Jane (Luttrull) Warren; married Callie Lawson]

Leonard Warren, 86, died at his home in Kansas City, March 13, after a long illness. He was a former resident of Christian county, but had resided in Kansas City since the early 1920’s. He is survived by his wife, Callie (Lawson); two sons, Oakie and Don; three daughters, Juanita, Irene and Imogene. Local relatives include a niece, Jane Engle and nephew Roscoe Cave. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 16 at Kansas City with burial in Memorial Gardens,


Warren, Leslie Stanford “Pigeon” 20 Dec 1911 - 11 Mar 1993 OH 17 Mar 1993

[Note: Son of William Robert “Bob” & Melissa Pearl (Deeds) Warren; married 20 Apr 1935 Edith Pollard 5 May 1907 - 27 May 1997]

Leslie Stanford "Pigeon" Warren, 81, Ozark, died Thursday, March 11, 1993 at Cox Medical Center, North. He was born December 20, 1911, the son of Bob and Pearl Warren. He was a lifelong resident of Ozark and was united in marriage to Edith Pollard April 20, 1935. A farmer and stockman, Mr. Warren was employed by Springfield Union Stockyards from 1957 until retirement. He was a member of Selmore Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Edith; a son, Joe Warren, and daughter-in-law, Donna, Ozark; a daughter, Nell Jean Harman, Walnut Grove; four grandchildren, Gayla and Ryan Warren and Marty and Gene Harman; and a great-grandchild, Haley Harman. Services were held Monday at Adams Funeral Home, Ozark with Dr. Elmer "Mac" McCully officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Warren, Lorine 18 Apr 1910 - 2 Feb 1914 CCR 6 Feb 1914

[Note: Daughter of Leonard & Callie (Lawson) Warren; no MO DC]

Burned to Death

A little four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Warren, living northwest of Sparta was burned to death about 10 o’clock Monday morning in the house at home. From what we can learn, the little one’s clothes caught fire from a stove and the fatal work done before relief could be had. Burial services were held Wednesday.


Warren, Lucinda (Ragland) 1 Jan 1848 - 8 Mar 1903 CCR 26 Mar 1903

[Note: Daughter of John & Martha (  ) Ragland; married 9 Dec 1866 B. L. Warren]

Lucinda Warren, wife of B. L. Warren, departed this life March the 8th, 1903. She was the daughter of John and Martha Ragland; was born in Washington County, Illinois, January 1st, 1848. She came with her parents to Laclede county, Mo. when then about 10 years old. When she was 18 years old, she again moved with her parents to Dallas county, Mo., where she married December 9th 1866. She was the mother of nine children, ____ of whom are still living. She moved with her husband to Laclede county where she professed religion in 1873 and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church. She and her husband afterward moved to Springfield, Mo. where they both joined the M. E. Church South and was baptized at Doling Park by Father McClure, he being pastor of Sale street church at that time. Eight years ago they again, with three children, moved to Day, Taney county, Mo. where she suffered a long illness until she was relived by death. She was a kind and loving mother and loved by all who knew her. She lived a faithful and christian like Paul and died in the triumphs of a living faith in her blessed Master and went home to father, mother, brothers and sisters who out stripped her in the race. She had many loving christian friends gone before that were watching and waiting for her where there is no more pain, sickness or death. She will now be with them and with the blessed Savior in whom she trusted. She was 55 years, two months and eight days old. And now since their sainted mother is gone and we are called upon to mourn with those who are bereft, may all who learned to love Sister Warren, do as she did, and put their trust in her Christ. This is the prayer of the scribe and friend.


Warren, Maggie L. (Couts) 14 Jan 1899 - 27 Apr 1980 OH 1 May 1980 p9

[Note: Daughter of Wade Franklin & Sarah L. (Davis) Couts; married Ottie E. Warren 1884 - 1945]

Services for Mrs. Maggie Warren, 81, Springfield, mother of Mrs. Bernice Letterman, Nixa, were held Wednesday in the Herman Lohmeyer Chapel with the Rev. Tom Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery. Mrs. Warren died Sunday after apparently suffering a heart attack in her home


Warren, Malissa Pearl (Deeds) 17 Jan 1875 - 12 Nov 1945 CCR 22 Nov 1945 p1

[Note: Daughter of Joshua T. & Mary Frances (Collins) Deeds; married 7 Aug 1896 William Robert  “Bob” Warren 19 Sep 1872 - 30 Jul 1936]

Malissa Pearl Warren was born Jan. 17, 1875, and passed away Nov. 12, 1945, following a lingering illness. She was a daughter of J.T. and Mary Frances Deeds. She was united in marriage to William Robert Warren on Aug. 7, 1896, and to this union were born four sons. Her husband and three sons preceded her in death. She was a member of long standing with the Christian church at Selmore and was an active member as long as health would permit her to attend services. Survivors include her son, Stanford of Ozark; two grandchildren, Nell Jean and Joe Stanford Warren; three brothers, Ed and Will Deeds of Ozark and John of Los Angeles, Calif.; one half brother, Elvin Deeds of California; and her step mother, Mrs. Rachel Deeds of Springfield. Funeral services held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 14, were conducted by Rev. Mahoney of Springfield in the Chaffin Funeral Home chapel with burial in the Selmore cemetery.


Warren, Marshall 4 Mar 1884 - 30 Jan 1921 CCR 4 Feb 1921

[Note: Son of Thomas & Sarah Elizabeth (Blevins) Warren; married 2 Nov 1913 Lena Cavener]

Marshall Warren, aged about 32 years, died at his home two miles south of Riverdale Sunday, January 30th. Funeral services and burial in the Collins cemetery was held Monday under direction of the Ozark Undertaking Co. Deceased leaves the widow and three small children.


Warren, Mary Maggie (Reeves) Givans 5 Sep 1877 - 13 Aug 1969    CCR 21 Aug 1969 p5

[Note: Daughter of James J. & Jane Louise (Lewis) Reeves; married Thomas Givans; married Elmer Warren 5 Sep 1877 - 21 May 1961]

Funeral services for Maggie M. Warren, 91, Ozark, were at 2 p.m. Friday in Adams Funeral Chapel here, with the Rev. Bill Evans officiating. Burial was in Linden Cemetery near Ozark. Mrs. Warren, a registered nurse who graduated from Burge School of Nursing in 1912, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in St. John’s Hospital Springfield, following a lingering illness. A lifelong resident of Christian County, she was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church. Her only survivor is a nephew.


Warren, Omer T. “O.T.” 13 Feb 1905 – 16 Jun 1996

[Note: Son of Henry Seth & Etta Mae (Hanks) Warren; married 6 Feb 1926 Opal McCoy 1907 - 24 Oct 1970]

Omer T (O.T.) Warren, 91, Neosho, Missouri died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday. June 16. 1996 after a long illness. Mr. Warren was born on February 13, 1905 at Ozark to Henry Seth Warren and Etta Mae Hanks Warren. Mr. Warren moved to Neosho in 1934 from Ozark. Mr. Warren had been employed at Haas Ice Co. and Cold Storage in Neosho for over 20 years. He had also owned -the O.T. Warren Plumbing and Heating Co. in Neosho throughout the 1960s. He was a member of the Prospect Baptist Church, South of Ozark. He married Opal McCoy on February 6. 1926 at Ozark and she preceded him in death on October 24, 1970. He is survived by one daughter, Dr. Bernice Warren, Dean of College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. Other survivors are two half brothers, Leo Warren, Memphis, Tenn.; Noel Warren, Palm Coast, Florida; several nieces and nephews and a beloved family friend Stella Montgomery of Neosho. He was also preceded in death on one brother, Carl Warren. and one sister Edna Dunham. Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on June 18, 1996 (Tuesday) at the Neosho IOOF Cemetery Inc. The Rev. Leon Riddle will officiate. Friends may call anytime after 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 17, 1996 at the Clark Funeral Home, 312 S. Wood Street, Neosho. M0 64850.


Warren, Opal (McCoy) 1907 - 24 Oct 1970 CCR 29 Oct 1970 p4

[Note: Daughter of  Charley T. & Bessie (Hurst) McCoy; married 6 Feb 1926 Omer T. “O. T.” Warren 13 Feb 1905 – 16 Jun 1996]

Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Warren, 63, Neosho, were at 2 p.m. Monday in Clark Chapel with Dr. Robert Taylor officiating, Burial was in Neosho IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Warren died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday at the Springfield home of her daughter, Miss Bernice Warren, a teacher at Southwest Missouri State College. Mrs. Warren had been ill for some time, She was a native of Ozark and moved to Neosho in 1934. Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include her husband, Omer T. Warren; a brother, Lloyd McCoy of Ozark; and two sisters, Mrs. Eula Bilyeu, Springfield and Mrs. Floy Robertson, Los Angeles, Calif.


Warren, Sarah Elizabeth (Blevins) 24 Jul 1861 - 25 Dec 1927 CCR 29 Dec 1927 p1

[Note: Daughter of  James Thomas & Rose Anna (McCauley) Blevins; married 1877 Thomas Warren]

Sarah Elizabeth Blevins died at the home of her daughter, 1 ½ miles west of Ozark, at 9 a.m. December 25, 1927, at the age of 66 years, 5 months and l day. She was married to Thomas Warren in the year 1877 to which union were born four girls and four boys. She follows her husband and six children, Bill, James, Marshall, Frank, Kate, and one in infancy, in death. The living are Mrs. Minnie Glossip of Ponce de Leon and Mrs. Ollie McGinnis, of Ozark. Besides these, there are ten grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas and James Blevins of Ozark; one sister, Mrs. Parlee Wheeler of Springfield and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She confessed her faith in Christ in early days and lives a faithful life until death. She united with the Selmore church. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. To know her was to love her. “We’ll miss you greatly, Mother dear: But vision you through falling tears, As happy in your home above, Content, therein in heavenly love.”


Warren, Sarah Elizabeth (Blevins) 24 Jul 1861 - 25 Dec 1927 CCR 29 Dec 1927 p1

Sarah E. Warren died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carter McGinnis, December 25th at 9:30 a.m. age 66 years, 5 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held December 26th at 2 o’clock at the Selmore Christian church by Rev. James White with burial in Collins cemetery under direction of T. B. Chaffin. She leaves two daughters, one sister and two brothers besides other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.


Warren, Virginia (Anderson) 22 Feb 1883 -2 Jun 1931 CCR 4 Jun 1931 p1

[Note: Daughter of Hiram Payne & Mary Jane (Bloomer) Anderson; married 13 Jul 1907 Emmett Warren 6 Sep 1888 - 27 Nov 1959; mother of Leila (Warren) Roberts born 1908, possibly 16 Mar 1908 - Nov 1977 of McLean Texas;  Leon B. Warren born 1910 or 1911;  Ottis W. Warren born 1912 or 1913 possibly 19 May 1912 - 15 Nov 1988 of Hardin KY; Zula Wanda (Warren) McKinley born 1917 or 1918; Zelma Jane (Warren) Hayden 1920 - ?; and Clotene E. (Warren) Fiddler 1923 - ?; ]

Virginia Anderson, a daughter of Mary Jane and Hiram P. Anderson, was born at Linden on Feb. 22, 1888, and departed this life June 2, 1931, aged 48 years, 3 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage on July 13, 1907, to Emmitt Warren. To this union six children were born. Lela Roberts, of Sparta, Leon, Otis, Wanda, Zelma, Jane and Clotene, all of the home address, one mile north of Linden. She is also survived by one grandson, Chas. Dwayne Roberts, her parents, six brothers and five sisters. Funeral services and burial were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Roller cemetery, with Rev. Conover officiating at the services and B.C. Klepper directing the burial.


Warren, William Robert “Bob” 19 Sep 1872 - 30 Jul 1936 CCR 6 Aug 1936 p1

[Note: Son of Charles Lafayette “Fate“. & Emma (Pettijohn) Warren; married Melissa Pearl Deeds 17 Jan 1875 - 12 Nov 1945]

William Robert Warren was born, Sept. 19, 1873 and departed this life, Thursday, July 30, at 11:30 p.m. in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield after an illness lasting several weeks. He was 63 years, 10 months and 11 days old. He was a prominent Christian county farmer and a staunch Republican. He was born in Christian county, near Ozark and has lived here all his life, living in Ozark a number of years on the W.L. Hixson property on Walnut Street. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pearl Warren, one son, Stanford of the home address and one grandson. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Bunch of Ozark, and one brother, Seth Warren, former presiding Judge of the County Court of Christian County. He placed his membership first with the Ozark Christian Church after his conversion and later moved it to the Selmore Christian Church. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the Klepper Funeral Home in Ozark with the Rev. B. Frank West of Springfield, officiating. Burial was made in the Selmore Cemetery, south of Ozark, under the direction of the B.C. Klepper Funeral Home of Ozark.


Warren, Wilma Leone (Adams) 2 Nov 1906 - 31 Jul 2001  CCH-N 8 Aug 2001

[Note: Daughter of James Henry & Rose Lea (Phipps) Adams; married 5 Nov 1926 Carl Lester Warren]

Wilma Leone Warren, 94, of McGregor, Texas, passed away July 31, 2001 in Westview Manor, McGregor, Texas. She was born Nov. 2, 1906, in Ozark, the daughter of James Henry and Rose Lea Phipps Adams. Wilma grew up in Ozark, graduating from Ozark High School in 1924. On Nov. 5, 1926, she was united in marriage to Carl Lester Warren, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1972. Wilma was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, Texas. Survivors include: a son, James Warren, Waco, Texas; a granddaughter, Glenda Ruth Blair, Eagle Lake, Texas; two great-grandsons, Brian Todd Blair and Gregory Kyle Blair; a great-great-granddaughter, Anessa; a sister, Mina Ruth Strauser and her husband Frank, St. Ann, Mo.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; and three sisters, Verdia Adams, Cleo White and Leora Johnston. A graveside service was held Aug. 3 in Selmore Cemetery. with Pastor Gary Robertson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Warren, Wyatt 1846 - 11 Mar 1920 CCR 19 Mar 1920 p1

[Note: married Jane Luttrell 13 Mar 1851 - 8 Aug 1926]

Wyatt Warren, aged 74 years, died of Bright’s disease, Thursday of last week, Burial was held Friday under direction of the Ozark Undertaking Co. Rev. A. S. Hanks conducting the services. Burial was in Linden cemetery. The deceased leaves the widow and several grown children.


Warrick, Ronald D. 16 Feb 1941 - 27 Mar 2005 SN-L 29 Mar 2005

[Note: Son of Albert Basil & Wanda L. (Miler) Warrick; married 4 Feb 1964 Cathy Boes]

Ronald D. Warrick, 64, Rogersville, passed away in his home, at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005, surrounded by his family. He was born February 16, 1941, in Silverton, Ozark County, Mo., the son of Albert Basil Warrick and Wanda L. Miler. He was united in marriage to Cathy Boes on February 4, 1964, in Ava. Ron was a mathematics teacher for over 38 years, serving at Glendale High School for 31 years before retiring in 1999. Recognized as one of the truly outstanding teachers in this area, his unsurpassed ability to effectively teach the widest range of students won him respect and admiration of both his students and colleagues. He was an avid float fisherman and outdoorsman. He was a longtime Boy Scout Leader, serving as Scout Master of Troop 46, Rogersville. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Lawrence Haynes; and a daughter, April Warrick. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy; son, Bryan Warrick, Fordland; two daughters, Beth Warrick, Fayetteville, Ark., and Alyssa Warrick, Rogersville; a stepmother, Edith Warrick, Branson; three half-brothers, Ricky Warrick, Davenport, Iowa, Larry Haynes, Tulsa, Okla., and Mark Haynes, Branson; two uncles, Joe Miller and Lawrence "Boog" Miller, both of Ava; special cousins, Billie Blair, Springfield, Karen Cotham, Thayer, Carryl Brown, Gainesville, Connie Holobaugh, Ava, and Gib Miller, Ava; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, at the corner of Hwy 60 and Farm Road 223, West of Rogersville. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, South of Rogersville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in the funeral home.


Warrick, Ronald D. 16 Feb 1941 - 27 Mar 2005 SN-L 30 Mar 2005

Ronald D. Warrick, 64, Rogersville, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005, in his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, at the corner of Highway 60 and Farm Road 223, West of Rogersville. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, South of Rogersville. Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.


Warrington, James C. Nov 1883 - 22 Sep 1943 CCR 30 Sep 1943 p1

[Note: Son of John & Elizabeth A. (  ) Warrington; no stone in Glenn Cemetery]

James C. Warrington, 59, died of heart trouble and other complications at 2:15 o’clock Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, in his home north of Nixa after an illness of many months. Mr. Warrington, an amicable, neighborly man, made many friends here and in the Riverdale community during their residence there. In ill health since their return in March of this year, he still took much pleasure in exchanging pleasantries with those who visited him. Besides the widow, Mr. Warrington is survived by one son, David, of the U.S. Army, one sister, Mrs. Sadie Baker of Monrovia, Calif., and two brothers, Roy of Denver, Colo., and Ira of Pueblo, Colo. The funeral service under direction of Wilburn Maples, was held Friday at 2:30 in the Riverdale church with Rev. David A. Beam in charge. Burial was in the Glenn National cemetery south of Nixa.—Nixa Correspondent.


Washam, Coeta “June” (Ware) 8 Jun 1926 -  Mar 2002 SN-L 19 Mar 2002

[Note: Daughter of Woodson A. & Lela Pearl (Pigg0 Ware; married 2 Sep 1944 Clarence E. Washam]

June went to be with Jesus on March 17th at the age of 76. June was born on June 8, 1926 to Woodson and Pearl Ware. She graduated from Highlandville High. She married Clarence E. Washam on September 2, 1944. Three boys and two girls were born to this union. She was a devoted stay-at-home mother. She was a devoted Christian who attended Sycamore Baptist Church and Pleasant Grove Baptist in Highlandville. She was a devoted wife who loved her precious family. She dedicated her life to putting others’ needs before her own. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Rex, Roy, Ray and Darrell Ware, and one son-in-law, Johnny Garrison. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence; three sons, two daughters, and their spouses, Don and Judy Washam, Nancy and Steve Garrison, Dennis and Debbie Washam, Rick and Eda Washam, and Connie and David Garrison, all of Springfield; one sister, Jean and Jerry Combs; one brother, Max and Carol Ware; twelve grandchildren, Shane and Trish Washam, Lori and Scott Dasal, Scott and Mary Garrison, Todd Garrison, Tammy and Jeff Jones, Heather Garrison, Chris and Julie Washam, Kirk and Micah Washam, Amy and Kelly Patton, Amber and Rick Crawford, Chad and Audrey Garrison, Cory and Jennie Garrison; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. March 20 at Greenlawn Funeral Home South with burial in Highlandville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the funeral home. Springfield News-Leader, March 19, 2002.


Washam, Donna Lynne (White) Snape 13 Sep 1951 - 12 Feb 2004 SN-L 14 Feb 2004

[Note: Daughter of Jack E & Mary Jane (   ) White; married first ? Snape; married second Edwin Washam]

Donna Lynne Washam, 52, Springfield, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004. Donna is survived her husband, Edwin Washam; two sons, Aaron and Adam Snape; grandson Destin Snape; mother Mary Jane Pigg; two brothers, David Pigg and wife Katherine, of Springfield, and Edward White and wife Janice, of Orlando, Fla.; Donna's father, Jack E. White and wife Betty; brother Danny White, all of Nixa; and sister Debbie Lunn of Springfield; and many aunts, uncles and cousins survive. Donna was preceded in death by her infant son, Abraham Kay. Donna was born on Sept. 13, 1951. She attended Holland and Hickory Hills Grade Schools, and Glendale High School. From her early years she loved music and ballet classes. When her children were older, she trained from several professional dancers in Middle East dance as well as the Tahitian, Flamenco, and Hawaiian dances. She eventually had her own studio where she gave lessons. Her "troop" has performed in Kansas City, St. Louis, and throughout the state. Donna was known by the stage name "Jasara" and was a well-known performer throughout the country. She taught classes at SMSU before her illness. Donna was very artistic in other pursuits: home decor, painting, designing and making costumes for dancing. We will remember Donna as a loving, caring person. To know her was to love her. Memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Klingner Cope Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Gardens at a later date.


Washam, Florence Alice 3 Feb 1901 - 26 May 1968 CCR 30 May 1968 p8

[Note: married William Sherman Washam 6 Sep 1899 - 13 Mar 1982]

Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Alice Washam of Tustin, Calif., a former resident of Highlandville, who died Sunday in Orange Medical Center after a lingering illness, were held Wednesday at Tustin, Burial was in Fair Haven Cemetery there. Survivors include her husband, William Sherman Washam; a son, Harold of Oxnard, Calif.; and a daughter, Mrs. Betty J. Hopkins of Orange, Calif.; a brother, three sisters and 11 grandchildren.


Washam, Frances (Williams) 1875 - 11 Jun 1968      CCR 13 Jun 1968 p8

[Note: Daughter of Preston & Marena Catherine (Geren) Williams; married John Wesley Washam 15 Oct 1861 - 19 Mar 1930 who m/1 Liza Laney - John the son of Mathias & America (Higknight) Washam]

Mrs. Frances Washam, 93, life-long resident of Billings, died Tuesday in the Aurora Community Hospital. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and is survived by two daughters, Mrs. M. H. Tubbs, Joplin, Mrs. A. J. Hoops, Wichita, Kan.; a son, John J., San Gabriel, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Garbee, Springfield, Mrs. Lucy Medlin, Billings; a brother, Robert Williams, Springfield; two step-daughters, Mrs. Ed Garbee and Mrs. Elton Hill, both of Billings; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Billings Baptist Church with the Rev. Loyd Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Laney Cemetery under direction of Cantrell.


Washam, Helen (Woodworth) 1 Jan 1871 - 4 Sep 1952 CCR 11 Sep 1952 p5

[Note: married Mathias S. Washam 18 Nov 1908 - 31 Aug 1949]

Mrs. Helen Woodworth Washam was born January 1, 1871 near Boaz D’Arc [SIC] and died at her home near Clever on September 4, 1952 at the age of 81. In 1886, she was united in marriage to Mathias S. Washam who preceded her in death three years ago. To this union, eight children were born. One son, John, died in March, 1951. Mr. and Mrs. Washam were lifelong residents of Christian County. They first were baptized and joined the Mount Carmel Methodist Church, but later transferred their membership to the Clever Methodist Church where they were faithful workers. To Mrs. Washam, her family was her all and she made her life a pattern for them. Survivors are one son, Glenn of Clever; six daughters, Mrs. W. E. Sullivan, Mrs. John Chastain, Mrs. Onis Little and Mrs. Eddie Kerr, all of Clever, Mrs. Jim Ferrier of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Vernon Wilder of Fresno, Calif.; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Clever Methodist Church with Rev. D. S. Frazier and H. C. Green officiating. Pallbearers were Messrs Clay Hodges, Chloe Hayes, Floyd Little, Albert Bohm, Howard Little and Everett Solomon. Burial was made in Wise Hill Cemetery under direction of Harris of Clever.


Washam, John Howard 21 Jan 1908 - 27 Mar 1951 CCR 5 Apr 1951

[Note: Son of Mathias S. & Helen (Woodworth) Washam; married Ollie]

John Howard Washam, 43, son of Mrs. Helen Washam of Clever, died March 27 in a Kansas City hospital. He attended school at Clever and was a member of the Methodist church there. Survivors include his widow, of Springfield; his mother; one brother, Glen of Clever; six sisters, Mrs. Edd Sullivan, Mrs. John Chastain, Mrs. Onis Little, all of Clever, Mrs. Jim Farrier of Beverly Hills, CA, and Mrs. Vernon Wilder of Fresno. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Methodist church at Clever with the Rev. Lynn Swadley in charge, assisted by the Rev. William Butts. Burial was in Wise Hill cemetery under direction of Harris Funeral Home. Pallbearers were; Chloe Hays, Floyd Little, Everett Solomon, Leonard Lehman, Harold Wampler, Sr. and Albert Bohm.


Washam, Mathias S. “Matt” 18 Nov 1863 - 31 Aug 1949 CCR 8 Sep 1949

[Note: Son of Mathias J. & America (Ignite) Washam; married Helen Woodworth 1 Jan 1871 - 4 Sep 1952; first name spelling from census & tombstone]

Mathias S. “Matt” Washam, 85, died Wednesday at 12:20 p.m. in his home in Clever. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Washam had lived in the Clever vicinity for the past 48 years and was a member of the Clever Methodist church for 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Washam, of Clever, two sons, Glen and John, both of Clever; six daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Sullivan, Mrs. Ada Chastain, Mrs. Alma Little and Mrs. Nellie Kerr of Clever, Mrs. Mattylene Ferrie of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Dorothy Wilder of Fresno, Calif.; one brother, Charley Washam, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the Clever Methodist church with the Revs. J.W. Harvey and D.S. Frazier officiating. Burial was made in the Wise Hill cemetery under the direction of the Maples-Harris Funeral Home of Clever. Pallbearers were Clay Hodges, Floyd Little, Leonard Lehman, Chloe Hayes, Albert Bohm, and Everett Soloman.


Washam, Mathias S. “Matt” 18 Nov 1863 - 31 Aug 1949 CCR 15 Sep 1949

Methias S. “Matt” Washam, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, in his home in Clever. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Washam had lived in the Clever vicinity for the past 48 years, and was a member of the Clever Methodist church for 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Washam of Clever; two sons, Glen and John, both of Clever; six daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Sullivan, Mrs. Ada Chastain, Mrs. Alma Little and Mrs. Nellie Kerr of Clever, Mrs. Mattylene Ferrier of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Dorothy Wilder of Fresno, Calif.; one brother, Charley Washam, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, in Clever Methodist church with the Revs. J.W. Harvey and D.S. Frazier officiating. Burial was made in the Wise Hill cemetery under the direction of the Maples-Harris Funeral Home of Clever. Pallbearers were Clay Hodges, Floyd Little, Leonard Lehman, Chloe Hayes, Albert Bohm, and Everett Soloman.


Washam, William A. “Bert” 27 Dec 1866 - 6 Feb 1944 CCR 10 Feb 1944 p1

[Note: Son of Matthew J. & America (Ignite) Washam

Funeral services for William A. Washam, 77, retired farmer, who died Sunday at the home of a son, Sherman, near Riverdale, were held Tuesday at the Maples Funeral Home in Nixa, with burial in the Jones Cemetery.


Washburn, Ermina 1853 - May 1943 CCR 13 May 1943 p1

[Note: married 1869 Henry Washburn died 1938]

Funeral services for Mrs. Ermina Washburn, 89, who died at the home of her son, J.E. Washburn, at Nixa, were held Friday, May 7, in the Maples Funeral Home at Nixa, conducted by Rev. R.C. Harding. Interment was in Guthrie City, Iowa. A native of New York, she was married to Henry Washburn in 1869. Her husband preceded her in death five years ago. She was a member of the Free Methodist church since 1876. She is survived by the son with whom she made her home, a daughter, Mrs. Minerva Brown of Denver, Colo., seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


Washburn, John E. d 11 Dec 1953 CCR 17 Dec 1953 p4

Friends at Nixa and Ozark have received word of the death on December 11 of John E. Washburn at Newton, Kan. Mr. Washburn, formerly resided on a farm near Nixa, A son, Loren Washburn, now living in Florida, is also a former Nixa and Ozark resident.


Wasson, Amanda Caroline (Klann) 23 Mar 1873 - 5 Sep 1949 CCR 8 Sep 1949

[Note: Daughter of August & Henrietta (Hackbert) Klann; married 22 Jan 1899 Frances Marion Wasson 30 May 1864 - 29 Sep 1957]

Mrs. Amanda Klann Wasson of Nixa, 76, wife of F.M. Wasson, died at 2 p.m. Monday in St. John’s hospital after a lingering illness. Mrs. Wasson was born near Hamburger, Germany, and when she was six weeks old, was brought to the United States by her parents who settled in Wisconsin. When she was seven years old, the family moved to Missouri, residing in the Riverdale community. Mr. and Mrs. Wasson, who were married on Jan. 22, 1899, and established their home in Nixa, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last January. Mrs. Wasson was a member of the Nixa Christian church. She is survived by her husband; one son, Kermit Wasson, of West Plains; two daughters, Mrs. Blond McCrosky of Nashville, Tenn., and Miss Pansy Wasson of the home, and two brothers, Herman Klann of Springfield and Frank Klann of Portland, Ore. The body lay in state in Nixa Christian church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday when services were conducted by the Rev. B. Frank West and the Rev. Robert Warren, both of Nixa. Burial was in Glenn cemetery under direction of Maples-Harris Funeral Home of Nixa.


Wasson, Bobby George 23 May 1941 - 29 Apr 1943 CCR 6 May 1943 p8

[Note: Son of George & Doria (Blankenship) Wasson]

Funeral services for Bobby George Wasson, 23-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wasson of Garrison, who died April 28, 1943, were held April 29, with Rev. Wright officiating. Burial was in the Garrison cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Chadwick. Survivors include the parents, one sister, four grandparents, and many other relatives.


Wasson, C. Okla Oct 1895 - 18 Nov 1966    CCR 24 Nov 1966 p1

[Note: Son of John C. & Ella J. (Wallace) Wasson]

Funeral services for C. Okla Wasson, 71, Sugarland, Tex., who died Friday morning Nov. 18 in Sugarland, following a lingering illness, were at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Triska Funeral Home, Rosenburg, Tex. A former resident of Christian County, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Garland Henley, Sugarland; a son Bern, Peoria, Ill; a brother, Paul E., Nixa; three sisters, Mrs. Christine Inman, Nixa, Mrs., Fern Goddard, Portland, Ore, and Mrs. Marian Lohmeyer, Springfield and three grandchildren.


Wasson, Claribel (Stine) 11 Jan 1904 - 24 Jul 1955 CCR 28 Jul 1955 p5

[Note:Daughter of William Otis & Lola (Keltner) Stine; married 12 Jan 1929 Kermit Wasson]

Mrs. Claribel Wasson died at 5 p.m. Sunday at her home in West Plains after an illness of nine months. A native of the Ozark community, Mrs. Wasson had been a resident of West Plains since 1929. Survivors include her husband, Kermit; two brothers, Lawrence Stine of Ozark and Stanley Stine of West Plains and a sister, Mrs. Malcolm Logan of Denver, Colo. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Church of Christ in West Plains and conducted by Walter Billingsley. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery near Nixa under direction of Thornsburgh of West Plains.


Wasson,  Edna Bernice (Wood) 23 Mar 1912 - 22 May 2006 SN-L 23 May 2006

[Note: Daughter of William Floyd & Clara Mae (Smith) Wood; married 4 Sep 1947 John Milton Wasson 26 Mar 1896 - 5 Nov 1974]

Edna Bernice Wasson, 94, of Nixa, passed away in the Ozark Nursing and Care Center in Ozark, Missouri, on Monday, May 22, 2006. Edna was born March 23, 1912, in Protem, Missouri, the oldest of four children born to William Floyd Wood and Clara Mae (Smith) Wood. The Wood family moved to Nixa in 1919 and Edna graduated from Nixa High School in 1930. She attained an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri, in 1932 and she attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri. She was appointed postmaster of Nixa on December 1, 1933, and retired in 1972. In 1976 Edna was elected Nixa City Mayor serving a two-year term. Edna was united in marriage September 4, 1947, to John Milton Wasson, who preceded her in death in 1974. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Russell Wood; and a sister and brother-in-law, Vonda and Harry Bodanske. Edna taught Sunday School at the First Baptist Church in Nixa where she was a member since 1925. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter of Ozark, Missouri, the Nixa Garden Club, the Nixa American Legion Auxiliary, and the Nixa Community Foundation. Edna received the Nixa R-II Schools Outstanding Alumni Award in 1986 and she was inducted into the Nixa Academic Hall of Fame in May, 1995. Edna had a fond appreciation for the beauty in flowers, in books, in music, and in art. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Survivors include a daughter, Hattie Carter and husband, Collin, Nixa; a son, Jay Wasson, Nixa; one grandson, Caleb Carter and wife, Andrea, St. Louis; one granddaughter, Callie Linville and husband, L.G., Ozark; a brother, Dr. Victor Wood and wife, Lavenia, Nixa; a sister-in-law, Marcella Wood, Springfield; three nieces, Judith Martin and husband, Robert, Nixa, Edith Carlson, Springfield, and JoEllen Paredes and husband, Victor, Tucson, Arizona; seven nephews, John Bodanske and wife, Barbara, Edinburg, Virginia, Steve Wood and wife, Linda, Kirbyville, Dan Bodanske and wife, Wendy, Fair Grove, Hal Wood and wife, Lyn Marie, Kansas City, Phil Wood and wife, Mary, West Bloomfield, Michigan, Joe Fitzgerald and wife, Mary, Wichita, Kansas, Bill Fitzgerald and wife, JoAnne, Liberal, Kansas; and a host of other relatives, friends and loving caregivers. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the First Baptist Church, Nixa, with Dr. Richard Eakins and Rev. Joseph Fahl officiating under the direction of Adams Funeral Home in Nixa. Burial will follow in Glenn Cemetery, south of Nixa. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nixa Community Foundation (Edna B. Wasson Family Fund) at 105 Sherman Way, Suite 108, Nixa, MO 65714, or the Nixa First Baptist Church.


Wasson, Edna Bernice (Wood) 23 Mar 1912 - 22 May 2006  SN-L 27 May 2006

Nixa's first female mayor dies at 94 By Didi Tang


Edna Wasson also served as postmaster and inspired her son to go into politics.

Edna Bernice Wasson, who served as Nixa's postmaster for nearly 40 years and was the town's first female mayor, will be remembered as an independent woman devoted to her community and family. Wasson died Monday in the Ozark Nursing and Care Center in Ozark. She was 94. "She didn't sit down very much," said her son, state Rep. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa. "She was always busy." Said Carla Sanders, the city's postmaster: "She was full of life, and she had a full life. She was very respected in the community." Sharon Whitehill Gray was the town's second female mayor. "Mrs. Wasson was a leader in our community," Gray said. "She certainly set an example of what leadership is all about." Born in 1912 to the Wood family in Protem, Edna Wasson moved to Nixa in 1919, where she graduated from Nixa High School in 1930. She attended Southwest Baptist College and Southwest Missouri State Teachers College. On Dec. 1, 1933, she was appointed postmaster for Nixa. She retired in 1972. In 1976, she was elected mayor of Nixa. She served one two-year term. She was married to John Milton Wasson, who died in 1974. "She was the first independent woman I knew, even before that term became popular," said Jay Wasson. "She had her job, and she had her own checkbook. She did things the way she wanted to do them." Edna Wasson was a well-known figure in Nixa. "She knew everybody, and everybody knew her," said Jay Wasson, who also credited his mother for his interest in public service. "She probably started me in public service," said the state representative, who remembers that he started going to city meetings after Edna Wasson became mayor. From there, Jay Wasson said he joined the park board, the city's planning and zoning commission and then the Board of Aldermen. At the same time, Edna Wasson was a traditional woman who raised her children and grew flowers and vegetables, said her son. "She did all of those things, yet she was extremely involved in raising me and my sister," said Jay Wasson. "She had a huge garden every year. She was very involved with the garden club. ... And she canned vegetables every year." Edna Wasson also helped others in the community, he said. "She helped anybody and everybody she saw needed help," Jay Wasson said. "... Nixa meant a lot to her, and she meant a lot to Nixa."


Wasson, Edna Bernice (Wood) 23 Mar 1912 - 22 May 2006 CCH-N 7 Jun 2006

Edna Wasson with her children, Hattie Carter and Jay Wasson, courtesy of Wasson family

First Lady of Nixa died at 94

Edna Wasson Known for the progressiveness

Ryan Bowling, Headliner News

            Edna Bernice Wasson, who died May 22 at 94-years-old, watched Nixa grow up around her. “Her generation were the people who built the foundation of what Nixa is today,” Edna’s son State Rep Jay Wasson R-Nixa, said. “The progressive type of thinking that these people had, she was a major part of that. She was part of the generation that was always trying to improve the community.” She was born in Protem, Mo. In 1912 but moved to Nixa seven years later. She had a strong character and pleasant personality that everyone in the community enjoyed, daughter Hattie Carter said. “She always tried to find the good in everyone and everything,” Carter said. “She really set a great example for the rest of us.” Edna meant a lot of things to a lot of people - wife, mother, postmaster, mayor, friend. “She was a contemporary independent woman before that was a phrase, but she was traditional when it came to raising us,” Wasson said. “She was a small town lady who did everything she could for her family and her community.” Edna Wasson graduated salutatorian from Nixa High School in 1930 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Baptist College (now SBU) in Bolivar in 1932. She graduated from Southwest Missouri Teachers College (now Missouri State University) a few years later. She was the first editor for the Nixa High School newspaper and was later editor for the Nixa Missourian newspaper. She also helped operate the Elite Movie Theater in Nixa in 1939 and sold countless war bonds across southwest Missouri during World War II. But, among all he accomplishments, she will always be remembered as the first woman mayor in Nixa’s history in 1976, serving one two-year term, and as postmaster from 1933-1972 after recommendation from Sen. Harry S. Truman and appointment by President Franklin S. Roosevelt. “I believe when mom became postmaster, she said there were 500 hundred people in Nixa,” Carter said. “She was very proud of being from Nixa,” Jay Wasson added. “When you’ve lived some place for 88 years, you’re going to take some pride in it.” Edna Wasson also received the Nixa R-II Schools Outstanding Alumni Award in 1986 and was inducted into the Nixa Academic Hall of Fame in 1995. “She was always wanting to learn,” Jay Wasson said, “ She was s voracious reader, very inquisitive about life and people.” She was also loved by the community, Jay Wasson and Carter said that October 6, 1972 was proclaimed Edna Wasson Day by then-mayor Claude Phillips after she retired as postmaster. “She basically lived the history of this community,” Jay said. “But             never knew mother to mind the change, unlike many people of that time. Edna Wasson was married to John Milton Wasson for 27 years before his death in 1974. She was at the Ozark Nursing and Care Center when she died .


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