Engelage, Roland C. 20 Aug 1904 - 12 Jan 1978 OH 2 Feb 1978 p8
[Note: married Dorothy Deeds]
Roland C. Engelage, 73, of 1153 E. Meadowmere, died in his home at 8:05 p.m. January 12, after a long illness. Mr. Engelage was a retired businessman, He moved here from Sarcoxie in 1975 and he was a member of the Sarcoxie Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (the former Dorothy Deeds, daughter of Mrs. Ed Deeds); a don, Dr. James R. Engelage, Arlington, Va.; and a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Redker, Morrison. Services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in Greenlawn North with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Engelke, Edwin Frederick 15 May 2008 - 21 Jun 1956 SN-L 17 May 2008 & CCH-N 21 May 2008
[Note: Son of Frederick & Darline ( ) Engelke; married Darlene]
Edwin Frederick Engelke, age 51, of Ozark, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 11:30 p.m., in his home, after his battle with cancer. He was born to Frederick and Darline Engelke in Clearwater, Fla., on June 21, 1956. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Darlene Engelke of Ozark; five children, Chris Chambers and wife, Lisa of Nixa, Chad Engelke and wife, Amanda of Rolla, Cammi Chambers and Michael Deckard of Spokane, Candace Chambers and Scott Sellers of Sparta and Caitriona Engelke of Ozark; three grandchildren, Dylan, Deason and Kyah; his mother, Darline Aaron; sisters, Sye Engelke of Springfield and Brenda Remmert and husband, Mike of Houston, Texas; and a brother, Tom Aaron of Tampa, Fla. Ed was blessed with a large loving family and many friends. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the E.F.E. Memorial Fund at any Peoples Bank location, or mail to Peoples Bank at PO Box 728, Nixa, MO 65714. A graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, in Martin Cemetery, south of Highlandville. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
England, Glendora V. “Glena” (Bounds) Perry Fregia 1 Aug 1925 – 15 Jul 2001 CCH-N 18 Jul 2001
[Note: Daughter of Ray & Iva Belle (Woods) Bounds; married ? Perry; married ? Fregia; married 19 Jun 1977 Lee England]
Glendora V. “Glena” England, 75, of Columbus, Kan., passed away at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after an illness. She was the daughter of Ray and Iva Belle Woods Bounds, born August 1, 1925, at Baxter Springs, Kan. She and her family moved to the Ozark, Mo., area when she was a small child. She attended grammar school at Swan and Middleton, Mo. She and Lee England were married June 19, 1977, at Ft. Scott, Kan. He preceded her in death on June 16, 1996. Glena worked as a nurse’s aid at Medicalodge of Columbus for 15 years. She also worked for the D&S Restaurant in Columbus. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Columbus. Survivors include one son, Herman R. Perry of Cesilla, La.; three stepsons, Evert England, Jr., of Columbus, Joe England of Arcadia, Kan., and Glenn Fregia of Liberty, Texas; three stepdaughters, Sharon Eilts of Galena, Jody England of Baxter Springs, and Becky Fregia Murphy of Liberty, Texas; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-children. One stepson, Donald Fregia, precedes her in death. Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday July 18, 2001, in the Edgmand Cemetery northeast of Columbus. Pastor Bob Eaton will officiate. The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Murdock Funeral Home.
England, Tara Diane 25 Oct 1989 -17 Mar 1997 CCH-N 22 Mar 1997
[Note: Daughter of Rick England & Tammy Jo Arthur]
Tara Diane England, 7, Ozark, died at 7:55 a.m., Monday, March 17, 1997, in St. John's Regional Health Center. Tara, a student, was born October 25, 1989, in Olathe, Kansas, the daughter of Rick England and Tammy Jo Arthur. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, George England. She is survived by her parents; Rick and Tammy; two sisters, Summer and Shauna England; a brother, Ricky England, all of Bolivar; her maternal grandparents, Jerry and Jewell Arthur, Ozark; her paternal grandmother, Maria England, Bolivar, two aunts, Debbie Sanders, Louisville, Kentucky; Evelyn Miller, Fort Worth, Texas; and three uncles, Jerry Arthur, Jr., Ozark; and George and Mike England, both of Desoto, Kansas; and several cousins. Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 1997, at Ayre-Goodwin-Lee, a Heritage Funeral Home at Rivermonte. Burial followed in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.
Engle, Ada Mae (Lee) 6 Jun 1906 - 9 May 1994
[Note: married George & Eva ( ) Lee; married 21 Jul 1923 William Engle 5 Jan 1901 - 25 Feb 1984]
Ada Mae Engle, 87, Ozark, died Monday, May 9, 1994 in Ozark Riverview Manor. She was born June 6, 1906 in Mountain View, and was the daughter of George and Eva Lee. On July 21, 1923, she was united in marriage to William Engle. she was a longtime resident of Ozark and a member of the Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; a daughter, Pauline Kimmons; a brother, Oscar Lee; and a grandson, Tom Kimmons; and an infant granddaughter, Brenda Kimmons. Survivors include a son, J.C. Engle, and his wife, Barbara, Fremont Hills; five granddaughters and their husbands, Terrie and John Gaither, Iowa City, Iowa, Karen and David Wilkerson, Rogersville, Georgia Sue and Ken VanHorn, Ozark, Linda and Mike Climer, Rogersville, and Debbie and Maurizio Corrao, Grand Prairie, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Lori and Erin Gaither, Amy Wilkerson, Courtney and Nichole Kimmons, Shawn and Mark VanHorn, and Stephanie Climer; a son-in-law, George Kimmons, Ozark; a nephew, Bob Lee; and his wife, Barbara; and a niece, Sara lee Whyzmuzis, and her husband Robert, all of Springfield. Graveside services were Friday, May 13, in Hopedale Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home. The Rev. Neal Grubaugh and the Rev. Paul Whitfield officiated.
Engle, William 5 Jan 1901 - 25 Feb 1984 OH 1 Mar 1984 p8
[Note: married 21 Apr 1923 Ada Mae Lee 6 Jun 1906 - 9 May 1994]
Services for William Engle, 83, Ozark, were held Tuesday in Harris Chapel with Revs. Wilbur Blansit and Dave Stevens officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery. Mr. Engle Saturday died in his home after an illness of four months. A native of Glenwood, Iowa, he moved to Mountain View in 1918 and to Ozark in 1944. He was a rural mail carrier for 42 years and a member of Ozark Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife, Ada; a son, Joseph C., Ozark; a daughter, Pauline Kimmons, Ozark; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Opal Ledbetter, Ozark.
Engle, William 5 Jan 1901 - 25 Feb 1984 OH 8 Mar 1984 pB7
Card of Thanks
We express our thanks and gratitude for the many acts of kindness shown us during the illness and death of our loved one. God bless you all, The William Engle Family 9-1tp
Englert, Austa Jacqueline “Jackie“ ( ) Sims 12 Sep 1952 - 1 Oct 2010 SN-L 3 Oct 2010
[Note: married ? Sims; married Ron Englert]
Austa Jacqueline "Jackie" Englert, 58, of Nixa, passed away on October 1, 2010 in her home. She was born September 12, 1952, in Springfield Mo. She is survived by her loving husband, Ron Englert, of Nixa; two sons, Scott Sims and his wife Rachel, of Imperial, Mo., Brad Sims, of Springfield; one daughter, Lindsay Lauderdale and her husband Simmons, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and her grandchildren, Branden, Tyler, Marli, Zach and Brianna. Jackie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a a loving, caring devoted wife and wonderful mother. Jackie's smile always lit up the room and will continue to light our hearts forever. An informal celebration of Jackie's life was held on October 7th in her home. The family would like to extend all their thanks to the family and friends that attended. A special thanks is also extended to Pastor Gary Swearengin. Donations can be made in honor of Jackie at Least of These in Nixa, Mo.
English, Mary Elizabeth (Slaback) 22 Sep 1921 - 7 Sep 2006 CCH-N 20 Sep 2006
[Note: Daughter of Harvey Travis & Florence Elizabeth (Gray) Slaback; married 25 Dec 1947 Buford Leroy English]
Mary Elizabeth English, 84, of Ozark, passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. She was born in Chanute, Kan. On Sept. 22, 1921, the daughter of Harvey Travis and Florence Elizabeth (Gray) Slaback. On Dec. 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to Buford Leroy English, who preceded her in death in 1993. Mary spent her youthful life growing up in and near Chanute. She enjoyed playing the viola in her high school orchestra and playing duets with her sister on the piano. Mary spent the was years in California working for the war effort. After the war, Mary and Buford were married in Chanute and moved to the Kansas City area. She was the proprietor of the Main Street Beauty Salon in Grandview, Mo. For many years and remained active in cosmetology organizations in the Kansas City area. Mary and Buford were also founding members of the Ruskin Heights Presbyterian Church in south Kansas City. Later, she and Buford retired to Cape Coral, Fla., but split their time between Florida and the southwest Missouri lakes area where they enjoyed bass fishing. Mary was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Cape Coral and held many other posts during her 50-yeat membership in the auxiliary. Recently, she spent much of her time in Columbus, Ohio, with friends and to be near her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mary was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Travis Wesley Slaback. Mary is survived by her daughter. Kathleen Gail Morrison and husband David of Ozark; three step-sons, Gary English of Pommel de Terre, Larry English of Fair Grove and Jerry English of Kansas City; three sisters, Lorna Stiles of Colorado Springs, Colo., Neva Workman of Overland Park, Kan. And Mildred Adcock of Daleville, Va.; three grandchildren; other caring relatives and friends. Private family visitation and graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Mary English was laid to rest in the IOOF Monett City cemetery, Monett, with Pastor Phyllis Winzenreid officiating. Donations are requested to Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Enke, Eunice Beatrice (Jordan) 1 Oct 1932 - 24 Dec 1994 CCH-N 4 Jan 1995
[Note: Daughter of Jordan & Lee Ella Beatrice (McClure) Jordan]
Eunice Beatrice Enke, 62, Ozark, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 1994, in Cox Medical Center, South. She was born Oct. 1, 1932, in St. Louis, the daughter of James Edward Jordan and Lee Ella Beatrice McClure Jordan. She had lived in Salem for many years before moving to Ozark in 1980. Survivors include a son, C.J. Enke, Ozark; a son-in-law, Jim Riddle, Kentucky; and five grandchildren, Jimmy, Gene, Karen, Amanda and Christina. Graveside services were Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Hall Cemetery, with the Rev. Roy Tennison officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.
Enloe, Rosa Ruth (Morgan) 2 Apr 1918 - 20 Jan 2006 SN-L 22 Jan 2006
[Note: Daughter of Clarence E. & Rosa (Benett) Morgan Morgan; married 23 Apr 1935 Woodrow Enlow]
Rosa Ruth Enloe passed away in her sleep January 20, 2006, at North Park Village in Ozark, Mo. She was born April 2, 1918, at Almartha, Mo., the daughter of Rosa Benett Morgan and Clarence E. Morgan. She was married to the late Woodrow Enloe on April 23, 1935. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Souder, Gainesville Order of the Eastern Star, and the Fire Dept. Aux. at Wasola, Mo. She and Woodrow ran the Noble Store where she was the postmaster for 30 years. Ruth helped her husband on the Enloe family farm for over 35 years. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting with all her family and friends. Mrs. Enloe is survived by two daughters, Alline Hicks and husband, Norman, of Ozark and Karen Enloe Matteson, of St. Charles, Mo.; one son, Jerry Enloe and wife, Patti, of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren ; one half-brother, C.J. Morgan, of Ava, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Eldred and wife, Audrey, of St. Charles, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Alice Menown, of California, Cosby Hill, of Buffalo, Mo., Nina Lewis and husband, Paul, of Freemont Hills, Mo.; and many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodrow; one son, Woody Enloe; and one granddaughter, Kelly Enloe. Services will be Monday, January 23, 2006, at the Souder Church of Christ with burial in the Souder Cemetery. Visitation and Easter Star Services are 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, January 22, in Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairhaven Childrens Home, Strafford, Mo., or the Souder Cemetery.
Enloe, Rosa Ruth (Morgan) 2 Apr 1918 - 20 Jan 2006 SN-L 23 Jan 2006
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Ruth Enloe, 87, will be at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 23, at the Souder Church of Christ with burial in the Souder Cemetery, under direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Ensign, Bobby Delbert 18 March 1921 - 24 Jan 1994 NN-E 26 Jan 1994
[Note: Son of Leon & Grace (Larabes) Ensign; married Candy]
Bobby Delbert Ensign, 72, Ozark, died Monday, Jan. 24, 1994, in St. John's Regional Health Center. He was born March 18, 1921, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of Leon and Grace Larabes Ensign. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had resided in Ozark since 1972. He was an accomplished musician and had recorded three bluegrass albums. In 1948 he began collecting records, and in 1972 he founded Bob's Record Rack in Ozark. Survivors include his wife, Candy; two children, Mike and Mandy Ensign, both of the home; and two sisters, Betty Kruger and Fran Oudbier, both of Grand Rapids, Mich. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday; Jan. 27, in Weaver Cemetery, Ozark, under the direction of Adams Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the funeral home.
Ensminger, Richard Allen 29 Jan 1942 - 23 Apr 2003 CCH-N 30 Apr 2003
[Note: Son of Melville H. & Helen Mary (Hartman) Ensminger; married 21 Nov 1992 Margaret Bryson]
Richard Allen Ensminger, 61, Nixa, died April 23, 2003 in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. He was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Blue Island, Ill. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a disabled veteran. Ensminger had lived in the Nixa area since 1990. He retired from General Electric in Springfield in 1994, and had previously been employed by Commerce Bank. On Nov. 21, 1992, he and his wife, Margaret, were married. He was a long-time Crosslines volunteer and member of the Disabled American Veterans. He also volunteered in many Muscular Dystrophy telethons. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter Angela Cheney and husband John, Ozark; two stepsons, Russell Henderson Bogle and Cathy Jennings, Joplin, and James Thomas Bogle, Granby; grandchildren Tristan Brooks, Hunter Virden, Meghan Cheney, Jordan Cheney, Ryan McGeehee, Brittany McGeehee, Candace Jennings and Patrick Jennings; brother David H. Ensminger and wife Janet, Machesney Park, III.; two sisters, Diane Casey, Ambler, Penn., and Sandra White, Springfield; mother-in-law Alice Bryson; sister-in-law Kathy Roweton and husband J.R.; nieces and nephews, Michael Ensminger, Laura Patterson, David Ensminger, Shawn Casey, Chad Casey, Scott Stowell, Dale Stowell, Brian Stowell, Kane Wildforster, Brad Roweton, Lance Roweton, Brock Roweton and their families; and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Mary (Hartman) Ensminger; father Melville H. Ensminger; and stepmother Virginia Ensminger. Services were at 10 a.m. April 25 in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Crosslines of Springfield.
Eoff, Archie Wilson 28 Jan 1918 - 10 Jul 2004 SN-L 12 Jul 2004
[Note: Son of Harve Wilson & Sallie A. (Inmon) Eoff; married 1971 Euella V. 13 Nov 1921 - 25 Jun 2007 m/1 Calhoun]
Archie W. Eoff, 86, Springfield, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Mercy Villa, after a 3 1/2 year illness. Archie was born on January 28, 1918, near Nixa, Mo., the youngest of five children, to Harve and Sallie A. (Inmon) Eoff. Archie graduated from Nixa High School in 1935, and later from Daughon's Business College. He played on the Nixa High Basketball team and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Archie was a restaurant operator and businessman for many years in the Springfield and Nixa areas. He enjoyed working his farm on AA Highway, where he grew up. He loved to fish and travel. Archie and Euella Calhoun were united in marriage in 1971. He was a member of Brentwood Christian Church and Elk Lodge #409. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Flossie Eoff; and three brothers, an infant, James Everett Eoff, and Hubert Eoff. Survivors are his wife, Euella V., of the home; one son, Jerry L. Eoff, St. Charles, Mo.; one stepson, Michael W. Calhoun and his wife, Kay, of Birmingham, Ala.; and one step grandson, Michael Calhoun II, of Harrah, Okla. The family wishes to thank St. John's Hospicecare, Mercy Villa, and Brentwood Christian Church for everything done during Archie's illness. A special thanks goes to Billie Collinson, Elna Nelson, and Jill Norton for always being there. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Archie's memory to St. John's Hospicecare, 1378 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65805. Funeral services will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home South at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with Rev. Phil Snider and Rev. Emily Bowen officiating, with burial in Patterson Cemetery, south of Springfield. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home at 441 W. Battlefield.
Eoff, Betsy Ann (Watterly) 7 Dec 1958 - 6 Jun 1984 OH 14 Jun 1984 p9
[Note: Daughter of Orval & ? ( ) Watterly; married Dwayne Eoff]
Memorial services for Betsy Ann Eoff, 25, Springfield, were held June 9 at Greenlawn South Chapel with the Rev. Earl H. Potts officiating. The body was cremated in Greenlawn Crematory. Ms. Eoff died June 6 of injuries she received in an auto accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Christian County CC. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she lived in Springfield most of her life. She was a representative for the Ozark office of the Missouri Division of Family Services. Survivors include a son, Aaron Nicholas, of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orval Watterly, Springfield and two sisters, Mrs. Elyse Benson, Williams, Ore., and Mrs. Kay Mihalik, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to foster children in care of Family Services, Ozark
Eoff, Betsy Ann (Watterly) 7 Dec 1958 - 6 Jun 1984 OH 14 Jun 1984 pB11
Card of Thanks
Precious are the words from God’s holy words that give us daily comfort and strength and guidance. Precious also are our true and steadfast friends. To each and every friend who sent prayers, memorial contributions, beauteous flowers, and food, all of Betsy’s family wish - God grant a special blessing on all of you. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Watterly Mr. and Mrs. Mike Mihalik Elyse Benson Dewayne and Aaron Eoff Mr. and Mrs. Bill Eoff Mr. Everett Eoff Mrs. Kay Gifford Mrs. Jan Parr Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Eoff
Eoff, Billy Joe "Bill" 4 Dec 1930 - 5 Jun 2007 SN-L 8 Jun 2007 & SN-L 13 Jun 2007
[Note: Son of James Everett & Reba June (Walker) Eoff; married 8 Dec 1954 Geraldean Louis “Jerry“ Smith 30 Jan 1930 - 26 Apr 2005 m/1 Stahl]
Billy Joe "Bill" Eoff of Nixa went to be with his heavenly Father June 5, 2007, in St. John's Regional Hospital after a sudden illness. Bill was born to James Everette and Reba June (Walker) Eoff on December 4, 1930, in Nixa, Missouri. He was united in marriage to Jerry Stahl on December 8, 1954, in Harrison, Ark. They celebrated their 50th anniversary a few months before Jerry passed away in April of 2005. Bill served in the U.S. Army for two years and received an honorable discharge. He received military honors for service in 2000 from the Department of Defense. After Bill served in the U.S. Army, he and Jerry settled on the Eoff homestead in Nixa, Missouri. Together, they raised four children. Harve Eoff, Bill's grandfather, arrived in southwest Missouri by covered wagon in 1876 at the age of 12. In 1902, he purchased land along the James River where Bill enjoyed a long career in farming. In 2002 Jerry and Bill received the Century Farm recognition from University Outreach and Extension. He found great satisfaction in working with the land and caring for his cattle. As a young man, Bill won numerous awards at horse shows with his beautiful palomino, Queen. The entire family loved watching Bill with Queen long after he quit showing her. Bill also enjoyed exploring his family's genealogy and loved sharing stories about his findings. He set a good example for his children by being honest, kind and understanding while helping to teach them the value of working and taking care of family. Bill enjoyed his grandchildren and was affectionately called "Pop Bill" by the younger children. Bill was a faithful member of Parkcrest Baptist Church and loved his Sunday School Class. He leaves behind many wonderful church family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerry, a brother, Harold, and his parents. Bill leaves behind his two sons, Stephen Eoff and wife, Cheryll, and DuWayne Eoff and wife, Jackie; two stepdaughters, Kay Brock and husband, Paul, and Jan Naegler and husband, Joe; his grandsons, Bryan, Aaron and Dallas; his granddaughters, Thesha and husband, Tom, Tiffany and husband, Byron, Nikki, Abbey and Aundria; his great-grandchildren, Spencer, Macy and Elijah; and a nephew, Jimmy. Bill will also be missed by special friends, Bill Collison, Norm Collison, Jim Joy, and Bill and Faye Swearengin. Funeral services will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home South at 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2007, with burial to follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Springfield Lake. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2007, at Greenlawn. Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1510 W. Elfindale, Springfield, MO 65807.
Eoff, Dona Roselean 15 Apr 1894 - May 1981 OH 7 May 1981 p7
Services for Dona Roselean Eoff, 87, Ozark, were held Wednesday in the Adams Chapel with the Rev. Joe Fahl officiating. Burial was in the Eastlawn Cemetery in Sacramento, Calif. Mrs. Eoff died Monday in the Christian County Nursing Home after a long illness. She was a member of the Baptist church in Sacramento, Calif. and had lived in the Ozark area for the past 10 years.
Eoff, Euella (?) Calhoun 13 Nov 1921 - 25 Jun 2007 SN-L 27 Jun 2007 & SN-L 28 Jun 2007
[Note: married 1942 William Lloyd Calhoun; married 1972 Archie Wilson Eoff 28 Jan 1918 - 10 Jul 2004]
Euella Eoff, age 85, of Birmingham, Alabama, died Monday, June 25, 2007. She was born November 13, 1921, in Bruner, Missouri, and was married in 1942 to William Lloyd Calhoun, who preceded her in death. She married Archie Wilson Eoff in 1972 and he preceded her in death in 2004. Euella was a resident of Springfield for 32 years before moving to Alabama in October 2004. She was a member of the Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield and the Riverchase United Methodist Church in Birmingham. She was an accomplished artist, creating many beautiful landscapes and still-life oil paintings. She is survived by one son, Michael Calhoun and his wife Kay of Birmingham; one stepson, Jerry Eoff of St. Louis, and one grandson, Mike Calhoun II of Harrah, Oklahoma. She leaves behind many other loving cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of friends who will miss her outgoing enthusiasm for life and her positive, radiant personality. She is also survived by her longtime friend Mrs. Billie Collinson of Springfield, whom she loved as a sister. A graveside service will be held in Patterson Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29 with Greenlawn Funeral Home South in charge of arrangements.
Eoff, Flossie (Eoff) Owen Jun 1899 - 27 Jul 1983 OH 4 Aug 1983 p5
[Note: Daughter of Harve Wilson & Sally A. (Inmon) Eoff; married C. A. Owen 1 Apr 1898 - 8 Nov 1918; apparently resumed maiden name after husband & sons died in flu epidemic Hershel Owen b: 17 Feb 1917 - 22 Mar 1917 & Cester Owen b & d 31 Mar 1918;no SSDI record found]
Services for Flossie Eoff, 84, Springfield, were held July 29 at Harris Chapel in Nixa with the Rev. Joseph Fahl officiating. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery. Miss Eoff died July 27 at Maranatha Village after a long illness. A native of Nixa, Miss Eoff moved to Springfield in 1961. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Nixa. Survivors include two brothers, Everett Eoff, Route 2, Nixa and Archie Eoff, Springfield; nephews and one niece.
Eoff, Geraldean Louise "Jerry" (Smith) Stahl 30 Jan 1930 - 26 Apr 2005 SN-L 28 Apr 2005
[Note: Daughter of Vernon & Una (Carter) Smith; married ? Stahl; married 8 Dec 1954 Billy Joe Eoff 4 Dec 1930 - 5 Jun 2007]
Geraldean Louise "Jerry" Eoff went to be with her heavenly Father April 26, 2005, in St. John's Regional Hospital after a short illness. Jerry was born to Vernon and Una (Carter) Smith on January 30, 1930, in Iola, Kan. She was united in marriage to Billy Joe Eoff on December 8, 1954, in Harrison, Ark. They were planning a formal celebration of their 50th anniversary which had to be canceled due to Jerry's illness. After Bill served in the U.S. Army, he and Jerry settled on the Eoff homestead in Nixa, Mo. Together they raised four children. Jerry enjoyed quilting. Her children, grandchildren, friends, and many foster children were blessed with these labors of love. She also worked diligently on her own and on Bill's genealogy. She was always receiving letters from long lost cousins and acquaintances and enjoyed sharing these with family and friends. Jerry was a caregiver to the elderly and found much satisfaction in giving her time to this service. This was her profession up until her illness. Jerry was a faithful member of Parkcrest Baptist Church and loved her Sunday School class. She always shared the lives of her church family and events as though they were her own. She was a loving, giving person. She was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind her loving husband, Billy, of the home; her two daughters, Kay Brock and husband, Paul, and Jan Naegler; her two sons, Stephen Eoff and wife, Cheryll, and DuWayne Eoff and wife, Jackie; her grandsons, Bryan, Aaron, and Dallas; her granddaughters, Thesha and husband, Tom, Tiffany and husband, Byron, Nikki Jo, Abbey, and Aundria; her great-grandchildren, Spencer and new arrival, Macy, who was born a week prior to Jerry's passing. Although she never got to hold Macy, she showed off Macy's pictures to her hospital caregivers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2005, in Greenlawn Funeral Home South, with burial to follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Springfield Lake. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1510 W. Elfindale, Springfield, MO 65807.
Eoff, Harve Wilson Nov 1876 - 31 Jan 1952 CCR 7 Feb 1952
[Note: Son of James Pleasant & Martha Ellen (Gooch) Eoff; married 18 Aug 1895 Sallie A. Inmon 14 May 1876 - 23 Sep 1969 m/1 Keltner; in Lincoln Co KY 1880 census; Harves’s MO DC says Sallie‘s maiden or middle name Inmon; her name on marriage record Keltner]
Harve Wilson Eoff, 76, a retired farmer, who lived in the Nixa community for 64 years died Thursday morning, January 31, in the Ozark Osteopathic hospital in Springfield, where he had been a patient for several weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Nixa Christian church with Rev. Floyd Courtney officiating. Interment was in the Patterson Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Nixa.
Eoff, James Everett 3 Aug 1903 - 28 Jun 1989 OH 6 Jul 1989
[Note: Son of Harvy Wilson & Sally A. (Inmon) Eoff; married Reba June Walker 25 Sep 1904 - 5 Apr 1974]
James Everett Eoff, 85, of Nixa died at 12:20 p.m. June 28 at St John's Regional Health Center Springfield. Services for Mr. Eoff were held July 1 in the Greenlawn Funeral Chapel South, Springfield, with the Rev. Joe Fahl officiating, Burial was in Payne Cemetery, south of Springfield. Mr. Eoff was a farmer and a lifelong resident of the Nixa community. He was a member of the Calvary Bible Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reba, and by a son, Harold. Surviving are his son, Billy J., and his wife, Jerry, both of Nixa; a brother, Archie, Springfield; three grandsons, Jimmy Dale, Steve and DuWayne Eoff; two step-granddaughters, Jan Parr and Kay Gifford; two great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; a step-great-grandson; and a step-great-granddaughter.
Eoff, Martha Ellen (Gooch) 15 Jun 1857 - 26 Sep 1941CCR 1 Oct 1941 p1
[Note: Daughter of Wilson & Mary Ann (Griffin) Gooch; married James Pleasant Eoff 23 Nov 1850 - 22 Nov 1936]
Mrs. Martha Ellen Eoff, mother of Mrs. Myrtle McCauley of Ozark, died last Friday in a nursing home at Springfield. A long time resident of the Richwood community, she was 84 years old and had been ill three years. Besides Mrs. McCauley, she is survived by three sons, Harve W. Eoff of Nixa, Loyal Eoff of Springfield and Roy L. Eoff of Sacramento, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, James Gooch of Springfield. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Chaffin Funeral Home chapel here with Rev. Albert Hanks officiating.
Eoff, Reba June (Walker) 25 Sep 1904 - 5 Apr 1974 OH 11 Apr 1974
[Note: married James Everett Eoff 3 Aug 1903 - 28 Jun 1989]
Nixa - Funeral services for Mrs. Reba J. Eoff, 69, of Route 2, Nixa, were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Harris Chapel here with the Rev. Joseph Fahl officiating. Burial was in the Payne Cemetery near Nixa. Mrs. Eoff died at 9:10 a.m. Friday in St. John’s Hospital Springfield after a two-year illness. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church west of Nixa. Survivors include her husband, J. Everett; one son, Billy J. of Route 2, Nixa; one brother, Harry Walker, of Springfield; one sister, Mrs. Florence Perryman of Nixa and three grandsons.
Eoff, Sally A. (Inmon) Keltner 14 May 1876 - 23 Sep 1969 CCR 25 Sep 1969 p5
[Note: Daughter of James E. & Margaret D. (Jones) Inmon; married John D. Keltner 10 Jan 1870 - 23 Aug 1894; married 18 Aug 1895 Harvy Wilson Eoff], her half-siblings are all children of James E. & Virjilie Elvira (Buckmaster) Inmon]
Funeral services for Mrs. Sally A. Eoff, 93, of Springfield, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Harris Chapel in Nixa with the Rev. Joseph M. Fahl officiating, Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery. Mrs. Eoff died at 11:44 a.m. Tuesday in a Springfield nursing home, A resident of Nixa most of her life, she moved to Springfield in 1961. She is survived by a daughter, Miss Flossie Eoff, Springfield; two sons, Everett, Nixa and Archie, Springfield; two half-brothers, Charles Inman, Clever and Lon Inmon, Springfield; one half-sister, Mrs. Stella Moore, Nixa; two grandsons and three great grandsons.
Eoff, Virgil Green 27 Nov 1885 - 27 Sep 1932 CCR 29 Sep 1932 p1
[Note: Son of James Pleasant & Martha Ellen (Gooch) Eoff; married 17 Sep 1905 Laura Pearl Haguewood 21 Jun 1883 - 15 Feb 1973; father of Connie Eoff 13 May 1907 - 5 Jun 1909; Nola (Eoff) Peck 14 Jan 1917 - 2 Apr 1999 and Howard Eoff 26 Apr 1922 - Aug 1980]
Virgil G. Eoff, aged 46 years and 10 months, died at his home west of Ozark Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, at 10:30. He is survived by the widow, three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Richwood cemetery. Rev. Ross Carter officiating. Burial was made in the Richwood cemetery under the direction of T.B. Chaffin.
Eoff, Virgil Green 27 Nov 1885 - 27 Sep 1932 CCR 6 Oct 1932 p1
Virgil Green Eoff was born Nov. 27, 1885 and departed this life Sept. 27, 1932, aged 46 years and 10 months. He was born in Christian county and spent his life among us. On Sept. 17, 1905 he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Haguewood. To this union were born three children, Connie, who died in infancy, Nola, age 16, and Howard, age 10, who with their mother survive. Besides the widow and children, he is survived by his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Eoff, three brothers, Harry. Loyal and Roy and one sister, Mrs. Myrtle McCauley, all of Christian county. Many other relatives also mourn his departure. His family has lost a faithful companion and father, his parents a dutiful son, and his brothers and sisters a real pal, while his neighbors and friends will remember him as one true to friendship and a willing helper in time of need. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Richwood with Rev. Ross Carter officiating with burial under the direction of T.B. Chaffin of Ozark.
Epley, Noah 12 Jul 1928 - 31 Jan 1996 CCH-N 3 Feb 1996
[Note: Son of Albert & Verna ( ) Epley; married Mary]
Noah Epley, age 67, of Ozark, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1996, in St. John's Regional Health Center. He was born July 12, 1928, in Dora, Missouri, and was the son of Albert and Verna Epley. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ozark. Survivors include: his wife, Mary; three daughters, Joyce Sever, St. Louis, Mo., Kathy Baniak, St. Charles, Mo., and Janet Schaefer, Chicago, Ill.; three stepsons, Mark McDaniel, Denver, Colo., Gregg McDaniels, St. Louis, and John McDaniels, Hazelwood; a grandson, Jim Sever; a step-granddaughter, Megan McDaniels; two great-grandchildren, Brett and Ryan Sever; four sisters, Nora Easter, Noble, Okla., Ruby Ballinger, Westboro, Mo., Ann Easter, Sullivan, Mo., and Leona Collins, Mount Clair, Calif.; a brother, Joe Epley, Wentzville. He was preceded in death by: his parents; and two brothers, Noel and Raymond Epley. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 2, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Troy Rhoden officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
Eppler, Carolyn Ann (Copley) 11 May 1934 - 13 Mar 2010 SN-L 15 Mar 2010
[Note: Daughter of Larry A. & Katherine (Reynolds) Copley; married 10 May 1987 Harold Eppler]
Carolyn Ann Copley Eppler, of Ozark, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010. She was born May 11, 1934 to Larry A. Copley and Katherine Reynolds Copley, both preceding her in death. Also preceding her in death were a son, Ronnie, and a brother Edwin "Eddie" Copley. She married Harold Eppler May 10, 1987. As a result of this marriage she is survived by her children, Pamela, Michael, Roy and Kathy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Linda Fulp, and brothers Jim Copley and Larry Copley Jr. Carolyn served as the cheerleader for her entire family, keeping their spirits up and joy in their hearts. She had no extended family; all were part of her inner circle. She had many interests including playing piano and singing, gardening, assisting Harold in caring for their animals, reading, making dolls, and traveling. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During her long and eventful life she touched the lives of many and leaves them as friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 15 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 in the funeral home. Burial will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.
Eppler, Carolyn Ann (Copley) 11 May 1934 - 13 Mar 2010 CCH-N 17 Mar 2010
Carolyn Ann Copley Eppler, Ozark, passed away March 13, 2010. She was born May 11, 1934, to Larry A. Copley and Katherine Reynolds Copley, both preceding her in death. Also preceding her in death were a son, Ronnie, and a brother, Edwin “Eddie” Copley. She married Harold Eppler May 10, 1987. As a result of this marriage she is survived by her children, Pamela, Michael, Roy and Kathy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Linda Fulp, and brothers Jim Copley and Larry Copley Jr. Carolyn served as the cheerleader for her entire family, keeping their spirits up and joy in their hearts. She had no extended family; all were part of her inner circle. She had many interests, including playing piano and singing, gardening, assisting Harold in caring for their animals, reading, making dolls and traveling. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During her long and eventful life she touched the lives of many and leaves them as friends. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. March 15 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services were at 1p.m. March 16 in the funeral home. Burial followed in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.
Epps, Beulah Belle 18 Aug 1912 - 17 Mar 1981 OH 26 Mar 1981 p10
[Note: married Robert Fredrick Epps 27 Jul 1906 - 13 Feb 1982]
Services for Mrs. Beulah Belle Epps, 68, Ozark, were held Friday at the Ozark Christian Church with the Rev. Bennie Yount officiating. A second services for Mrs. Epps was held Monday in Carlyle, Iowa, with burial in the sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Adams of Ozark. Mrs. Epps died March 17 in St. John’s Regional Health Center after a short illness. After living in Des Moines, Mrs. Epps moved to Ozark seven years ago. She was a member of Ozark Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star No. 546, Des Moines. Surviving are her husband, Robert; one stepson, Lon Epps, San Jose, Calif.; four step grandchildren and one niece.
Epps, Beulah Belle 18 Aug 1912 - 17 Mar 1981 OH 16 Apr 1981 pB9
Note of Thanks
I wish to thank everyone for all the kindness shown to me during the loss of our beloved wife, Beulah. Robert Epps & family.
Epps, Irene I. 1923 - 15 Sep 2005 SN-L 18 Sep 2005
[Note: married John Epps]
Irene I. Epps, 82, Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Ozark, Mo., passed away September 15, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, John and one daughter, Barb. She is survived by her children, Tommy, Deanna, Dorthy, and Ricky. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 20, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ava, Mo., with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Epps, Lester Byron 20 Jun 1900 - 14 Dec 1979 OH 20 Dec 1979 p8
[Note: Son of Enoch Thomas & Lottie Mahala ( ) Epps; married Patsy]
Services for Lester Byron Epps, 79, Ava, were held Tuesday in Clinkingbeard Chapel with burial in Goodhope Cemetery west of Ava. Mr. Epps died Friday at Ava Medical Center where he had been a patient for three weeks. Among those surviving are his wife, Patsy; two brothers, Robert of Ozark and Tommy of Oldfield and a sister, Mrs. Elsie Williams, Sparta.
Epps, Nina K. 1916 - 22 Aug 2005 SN-L 23 Aug 2005
Mrs. Nina K. Epps, age 89, of Nixa, Mo., formerly of Ozark and Clinton, Mo., died Monday, August 22, 2005, at her home in Nixa. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2005, in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Mo. Family suggests contributions may be made to the American Pomeranian Club. Final arrangements trusted to Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701 (816-884-6244)
Epps, Robert Fredrick 27 Jul 1906 - 13 Feb 1982 OH 18 Feb 1982 p11
[Note: Son of Enoch Thomas & Lottie Mahala ( ) Epps; married Beulah Belle 18 Aug 1912 - 17 Mar 1981]
Services for Robert Epps, 75, Ozark, were held Feb. 15 in the Ozark Christian Church with the Rev. Bennie Yount officiating. A second service was held Feb. 17 in Richardson’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa, with burial in the Sunset Memorial Garden in Des Moines, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Ozark. Mr. Epps died Feb. 13 in St. John’s Regional Health Center after a short illness. Survivors include a son, Lon, San Jose, Calif; three brothers, Vernon, Ava, John Thomas, Ozark and Lawrence, Runnelle, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Williams, Sparta; and four grandchildren.
Epps, Robert 26 Jul 1906 - Feb 1982
Robert Epps, 75, Ozark, died Saturday afternoon in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. Mr. Epps was a retired furnace builder for Green-Colonial Furnace Co. He was a member of Ozark Christian Church and an Eastern Star and a Masonic lodge, both in Des Moines, Iowa. Survivors include a son, Lon, San Jose, Calif.; three brothers, Vernon, Ava, John Thomas, Ozark, and Lawrence, Runnells, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Williams, Sparta; and four grandchildren. Adams will announce services. Clipping dated February 14, 1982.
Erdman, William C. 1843 - 14 Jun 1937 CCR 17 Jun 1937 p1
[Note: no legible tombstone in Ozark Cemetery; MODC #23450 does not give any birthdate, or family information; 1930 Webster county census says he was born in Poland to a father who was a native of Denmark and a mother a native of Poland; and that he came to America in 1886, never became a citizen and his native tongue was Polish; unable to verify him on any other census - numerous men with this name and near this age, but none given born in Poland]
Elsewhere in this issue is the accounting of the rather sudden death of William C. Erdman, 93-year-old bachelor recluse, who lived about 7 miles south of Fordland, in Christian county. As far as is known he leaves no living relative, and inasmuch as he had considerable property, the public administrator, Mrs. Bertha L. Hedgepeth will administer the estate. The appraisers were appointed by the court Wednesday, and they went to the place to make their appraisement. They found several head of stock, a fine set of blacksmith tools, a few chickens and a rather poorly furnished three-room house. But, according to neighbors, the aged bachelor had other property of which the appraisers could find no trace. Erdman was known to have loaned considerable money to friends and neighbors and kept his funds in a small satchel. He was also known to have had a fine shotgun, two fine railroad watches and notes on which he had loaned money. None of the last named property could be found by the appraisers. A thorough search of the small house failed to disclose any trace of the satchel, the gun, the watches or the notes. No papers of any kind could be found, not even a deed to the 40-acre farm on which Erdman lived. The appraisers were told by neighbors they knew the satchel was in Erdman’s house just before his death. They were told that it was Erdman’s habit to keep a considerable amount of money in the satchel, as they had seen him go to it many times when some friend or neighbor would come to pay what he owed. It seems that Erdman had had a disagreement with the banks and was using his satchel as a place in which to keep his money and papers. In all probability, the matter will be investigated in an effort to find out what became of this property which several neighbors say they are positive Erdman possessed. Arrangements were being made today, Thursday, by the public administrator for removal of livestock from the farm and having it cared for until sale can be arranged.
Erdman, William C. 1843 - 14 Jun 1937 CCR 17 Jun 1937 p1
William C. Erdman, 93-year-old Christian county bachelor, was found dead in his home southwest of Fordland, on Tuesday, June 15, between the hours of 9 and 10 am. The exact time of his death is not known, but was believed to have been either Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning. Mr. Erdman’s body was found in his own home lying on the floor, his head resting against a stick of wood, by Mr. Hyde, a neighbor. Mr. Erdman had lived in the home where he died about four years, but had lived in the immediate vicinity for some time. He was a bachelor and was a man of considerable means, having loaned money to numerous persons throughout this vicinity for several years. He came to this state from Texas several years ago, but the exact time or place from which he came are unknown. His home is located in East Benton township, in the edge of Christian county, near both the Webster and Douglas county lines. Coroner Maples of Clever was summoned, and his investigation revealed the deceased had died suddenly from an apoplectic stroke. He said no inquest would be held. He had been an herb doctor for several years previous to his death but had not practiced in the last few years. He was well known throughout the vicinity in which he lived. He had no living relatives and as a result his estate will be handled by the public administrator. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 16, 1937, at 1:00 pm at Ozark. Interment was made in the Ozark City cemetery under the direction of the Klepper Funeral Home of Ozark.
Erhart, Kenneth T. 2 Jul 1916 - 9 Sep 1988 OH 15 Sep 1988
[Note: married Mary Lou Henderson 24 Apr 1937 - 10 Aug 2003]
Kenneth T. Erhart, 72, of Ozark, died Sept. 9 at his home following a long illness. Services for Mr. Erhart were held Monday in the Harris Chapel, Ozark, with the Revs. Gary Ankrom and Dave Stevens officiating. Burial was at Vaughan-IOOF Cemetery, Ozark. Mr. Erhart came to Ozark in 1979 from O'Fallon, Illinois. He had resided for most of his life in the state of Illinois. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving in North Africa, Italy, Germany, Korea, and Japan. He was a member of the Sam Appleby Memorial VFW Post 7628 in n Ozark. He attended the Ozark Assembly of God church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lydia Galeski, in 1959. Mr. Erhart's survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; three daughters, Paula Clouse, of Okawville, Illinois, Peggy McCool, of Huntington, Indiana, and Pamela Morton, of Harrison, Arkansas; five grandchildren; one brother; Clarence Erhart, St. Louis; and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Bracktendorf, St. Louis and Mrs. Norma Uhl; St. Louis.
Erhart, Mary Lou (Henderson) 24 Apr 1937 - 10 Aug 2003 CCH-N 13 Aug 2003
[Note: Daughter of Robert & Julia (Block) Henderson; married Kenneth T. Erhart 2 Jul 1916 - 9 Sep 1988]
Mary Lou Erhart, 66, Ozark, died in her home Aug. 10, 2003. She was born April 24, 1937, in Amagon, Ark., the daughter of Robert and Julia (Block) Henderson. Erhart served as Ozark City Clerk for 17 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of James River Assembly. She was interested in mission work, and looked forward to mission trips to Native American Reservations. Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Paula and Kerry Clouse, Mt Vernon, Ill., Peggy and Tim McCool, Huntington, Ind., and Pam and John Morton, Springfield; seven grandchildren, Ian Cohoon, Paul Clouse, Kelly Cocklin, Michelle McCool, Staci McCool, Emileigh Morton, and Aria Morton; a great-grandson, Clayton McCool; and a sister, Ernestine Oakley, Okawville, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; a brother, Alexander Henderson; a sister, Willistine Glover; and her parents. Services were at 10 a.m. Aug. 12, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor John Lindell officiating. Burial was in Vaughan-Oddfellows Cemetery, Ozark. Memorial gifts may be sent to, The Mary Lou Erhart Memorial Fund, c/o Donna Konapasek, All Tribes Christian Center, PO Box 589, Wapato, Wash. 98957.
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Erhart, Mary Lou (Henderson) 24 Apr 1937 - 10 Aug 2003 CCH-N 13 Aug 2003 Page 1
An icon. The one person who knew more about Ozark than anyone else. The one person who cared more about Ozark than anyone else. Those were just some of the comments made by friends of Mary Lou Erhart, retired Ozark city clerk, who died suddenly Aug. 10. Mayor Donna McQuay said she fielded the same question over again when folks called to express their regret and sympathy: Did Mary Lou ever get her trip to Hawaii? No, McQuay said. "She didn't. But if I know Mary Lou she is up there in Heaven with her own island and with Kenny and she's in charge. It was something she always wanted to do. We had our own little luau party at the community building when she retired." Erhart often talked about going to Hawaii, McQuay said. But living life got in the way of that dream. Former mayor Neal Grubaugh remembers Erhart and that dream. "She always wanted to go Hawaii," he said. "But she was always on the go with her grandkids-she didn't have time to go to Hawaii." Erhart became city clerk in 1982 and retired in 1999. During those 17 years she kept the city running through different mayoral administrations, ran a household and buried her husband. "Her husband, Kenny, developed cancer," Grubaugh said. "She took care of her job and of him and never missed a beat." Grubaugh, who was mayor from 1983 to 1991 said Erhart combined honesty with loyalty-qualities that endeared her to the Ozark community. "I think she was a very loyal person-to her job, to the community and to me as mayor," he said. "She was city clerk the whole time I was there. Nobody is any better than the people working for them. If I was any good at all, it was because of her. "If she told you something that was exactly what she meant; there was never any question. She said it and that was it. She was honest and forthright with everybody. And if she made a mistake she expected to be told but she didn't make many. "I'm going to miss her-miss her a lot." Grubaugh's wife, Betty, a local political force in her own right, also remembers Erhart with fondness. "She was quite a lady," she said. "This town will certainly miss Mary Lou. There's no doubt about that. She knew what was going on in this city when no one else began to understand. She was sharp. She was Neal's very close worker when he was mayor and she has been a very dear friend to me. I feel sorry for Ozark that we've lost a friend like Mary Lou. She will be greatly missed." City Clerk Lana Calley and Treasurer Alice Edwards, reflecting through their tears, expressed their sadness at losing a friend. Mary Lou was like everybody's mother or grandma," Calley said. "Everybody really relied on her knowledge and her pep talks. I called her every once awhile for reassurance. It is like losing your mother-you're going to pick up that phone to call her and she's not going to be there." "Mary Lou was city clerk when I started," Edwards said. "She was a wonderful lady. She loved the city of Ozark and she always tried to do what was right for the city. She lover her Lord and she loved her family. I don't think a day went buy when she didn't share a story about her grandchildren. She was a wonderful friend to me and I will miss her." Even after Erhart retired, she consulted for the city to keep things running smoother, McQuay said. And not only will the folks in Ozark miss Erhart but many outside the are who benefited from her kindness will miss her too. "She was here at City Hall last week," McQuay said. "She was getting ready to go on a missionary trip to Arizona. She was always involved in church work and dedicated even more time with church after she retired. Her dedication and loyalty was just overwhelming. That is hard to find in this day and age-to find someone who cares that much. There's no doubt in our mind where Mary Lou is."
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Name: Jerry Parks Date: Aug, 13 2003
Mary Lou was everything you said in your article and more. She impacted my life and the lives of everyone that met her. Her life was dedicated to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she is now in His presence in heaven. She made it home! Thank you. This was a wonderful and memorable article.
Name: Norma Parks Date: Aug, 13 2003
This is a WONDERFUL story about Mary Lou. Ever since we became close friends with her daughter and son-in-law, Pam & John Morton, 18 years ago, Mary Lou was like my "second mom." She made AWESOME chocolate gravy, southern-fried chicken and the best potato salad in the world! My husband, Jerry, and I will miss her dearly....her memory will live on with us into eternity, when we will get to see her again!