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Archive for December, 2011

Paislee Alaina Murray, age 24 days, daughter of Robert and Alicia (Heath) Murray was born on December 5, 2011 in Lebanon, MO and went to be with Jesus on December 29, 2011, in Lebanon, MO.

She was preceded in death by her aunt, Christina Heath Wedlock.

She is survived by her parents Robert and Alicia of Lynchburg, MO, two sisters, Destany and Aubree; grandparents: Keith and

Teresa Murray of Plato, MO, Terry Heath of Plato, MO, and Deborah Heath of Elgin, IL; Great grandparents: Don and Naomi Dugger of Hartville, MO.

Although her time here was so short, she was loved abundantly.

Paislee was a small angel that we were blessed to have here. We will miss her smile and even her crying. Heaven now has one more small angel to await us someday.

We will continually love and miss her.

Funeral services for Donald Lester Schaumburg, 69, Pomona, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Schaumburg died 11:01 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri. He was born August 14, 1942 at Dubuque, Iowa to Fred J. and Alvina Tinkham Schaumburg. On July 11, 1970, he was married at Sherrill, Iowa to Ruth Leslein. Mr. Schaumburg had been a member of the Army National Guard and loved farming and was a stewart of the land. Also, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Schaumburg was a member of the First United Methodist Church, West Plains.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Schaumburg, of the family home; three children, Michelle “Mickey’ Walker, husband, Mark, Crider, Missouri, Jeffery Schaumburg, Wilton Manors, Florida and Scott Schaumburg, Rover, Missouri; three grandchildren, Bailey Dawn Walker, Riley Walker and Ellie Jo Walker; one brother, Fred Schaumburg, wife, Cora, Durango, Iowa; two sisters, Pearl Dubler and Betty Duehr, both of Dubuque, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Ruth Kramer, Durango, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Irene Savers and his father-in-law, Lawrence Leslein, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family to be dispensed to various charities.

Ruby Murray, age 91, daughter of W. R. (Turkey Bill) Hutsell and Alice Mae Scott Hutsell was born November 10, 1920 at Plato, MO and died December 28, 2011 in Carthage, MO.

She married Edward Douglas and four children were born to this union. She later married Stanley Murray.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her only sister Ruth, two daughters Kaye Douglas and Sue Bequette and a step great grandson, Garret Campbell.

She is survived by a son, Eugene Douglas and a daughter Cathy McKinney both of Carthage, MO, by two granddaughters, three great granddaughters and one great grandson; by two step-sons of the state of Florida, by twelve step-grandchildren, fifteen step-great grandchildren and eight step-great great grandchildren.

She graduated from Houston High School in 1939 and always enjoyed helping plan their class reunions and attending them.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Houston, MO over 53 years before placing her membership with the Alba Christian Church, Alba, MO on December 30, 2001.

She made quilts for herself and family members and loved quilting them.

She loved baking dinner rolls, loaves of bread and cookies, always sharing them with others.

She lived on the same farm 56 years before moving to Carthage, MO.

Memorials may be made to Avalon Hospice, 2024 S Maiden Lane, Suite 202, Joplin, MO 64804. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday January 2, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Paul Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Martha Ann “Marty” Baker, 75, a resident of Midway passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

She was born January 12, 1936, in Turon, Kansas to the late James Malon and Ida Etta Fry Pennel.

Marty meant a great deal to a lot of people. She was a fabulous friend, always there to lend a hand. She was Mrs. Wang to her many customers of her home sewing business. She loved fishing, casino’s and being second seat on her husband, Frank’s motorcycle. She had a wonderful love of life, a quick smile, great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. She will be greatly missed by many. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Frank Baker; her oldest child, Randy Jones and her siblings, Mary Imel and Joe Pennel.

Survivors include her four children, Brenda Hibdon of Merced, California, Dennis Jones of Taft, California, Twink Kaplan and her husband, Al of Penngrove, California and Brad Jones of Hope, Oklahoma; a step-daughter, Tina Baker of Mountain Home; four sisters, Viola Carmichael of Lyons, Kansas, Etta Taylor, Juanita Prichard and Ramona Rescoe, all of Hutchinson, Kansas; a brother, Marion Pennel of Hutchinson, Kansas; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2011, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

G.H. “Bud” Bryant, 85, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Monday, December 26, 2011, in Mountain Home.

He was born June 17, 1926, in Mountain Home to Guy Ebert and Della Weber Bryant. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during World War II. Mr. Bryant married Louise Deathridge on October 4, 1954 in Mountain Home. He owned Bryant Pump Service for 23 years and was a member of the United Church of Christ of Harrison. Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Louise Deathridge Bryant; a daughter, Kimberly Bryant; a brother, J.W. Bryant and a sister, Sterlene Burris.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Bryant of Mountain Home; a grandson, Sean Bryant of Springfield, Missouri; three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Paul Deathridge of Mountain Home, Howard and Carol Deathridge of Oklahoma and Junior and Judy Deathridge of Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters-in-law and their spouses, Billie and David Larson and Chloetta Abramovitz, all of Mountain Home and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are private and under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Bernice Bryson, 92, Peace Valley, Missouri will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 31, 2011 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bryson died 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at her home. She was born September 21, 1919 at Rifle, Colorado to Charles and Ella Taber Engstrand. On June 26, 1938, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Clarence Albert “Cotton” Bryson who preceded her in death on February 9, 1996. Mrs. Bryson attended the Smith Chapel Church.

She is survived by four children, Patricia Bales, husband, Wayne, Rolla, Missouri, Marcella Huff, husband, Curtis, West Plains, Missouri, Charles Bryson, wife, Patricia, Princeton, Texas and Pauline Simily, husband, David, Rolla, Missouri; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one infant daughter, Barbara, one grandson, Mitchell Bryson and one brother, Phin Engstrand, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Smith Chapel Church and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Bradley Steven Collins, 57, West Plains, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2011 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died 7:15 a.m., Monday, December 26, 2011 at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born August 29, 1954 in West Plains, Missouri to Harold and Mabel Collins. On November 15, 1980, he was married in Kansas City, Missouri to Vickie Gallant.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Collins; children, Bradley Collins, Jr., Adam “Bub” Collins, Jessica Collins; Toby McCoy; David McCoy; Tanika Elswick and Angel Burr; parents, Harold and Mabel Collins, West Plains; two sisters, Beverly and Bonnie; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Pauline Elizabeth Collins, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Collins died at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 25, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born January 1, 1920, at West Plains, Missouri, to Frank and Pearl Ford Willard. On May 18, 1935, she was married to Floyd “Harvey” Collins, who preceded her in death on December 20, 1970. Before her retirement in 1991, Pauline was the head cook at Richards School and she loved quilting, reading and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren. She attended the First Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by four children, Rosalie Hudlow, husband, Eldon, Pottersville, Missouri, Bonnie England, Alvin Collins, wife, Gloria, both West Plains, Missouri, and Earl Collins, wife, Candy, Boise, Idaho, eight grandchildren, several great and great-great-grandchildren, two brothers, George Willard and Jim Willard, both of West Plains, Missouri, one sister, Naomi Dye, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, three grandchildren, Clifford Douglas England, Regan Collins and Debra Smith, one brother, Hershel Willard and one sister, Marie Wheat, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jim Kell, age 66, son of Sherman and Violet Kell was born April 6, 1945 in Holtville, CA. He died December 26, 2011 in Springfield, MO.

He is preceded in death by his father, Sherman.

He is survived by his mother, Violet of Houston; his wife of 24 years Deborah Belt Kell of Houston; three children: Martin F. Kell and companion Isa of Stuttgart, Germany, Megan Power of London, England and Marina Del Rey, CA, and Matthew Kell and wife Tara and granddaughter Brooklyn Erin Kell of Springfield, MO; two younger brothers; Sherman Ronald Kell of San Francisco, CA and Daniel Kell and wife Karen of Houston, MO; Also many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim went to 17 schools growing up in a military family. He played football at MU before transferring to SD State University.

He spent many years in San Diego, and moved to Houston 18 years ago to be a support to his mother. He had experience in many jobs including Captain of a Sport Fishing boat, Yacht Sales, and Mortgage Broker and Banker, working for the Bank of Houston the last 13 years.

Jim was devoted to his family and friends and never met a stranger. He has had a zeal for life and loved to hunt and fish. He raised birds, llamas and bees. He loved to eat, play cards and root for the Chargers! He loved to socialize and never was at a loss for a good story to tell.

He and Deb traveled to many countries. He was always ready for a new adventure that would hopefully include a fishing trip.

Jim had a light and joy about him and that light will be sorely missed.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday December 30, 2011 at the Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. Burial was in Kell Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were; Charlie Mueller, Wes Murray, Steve Hutcheson, Joe Richardson, Brian Durham, Brad Eidson, Matt Kell, Martin Kell, Larry Sutton and Jim Elam.

Dr. Vann A. Smith (Doc), 62, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011, in Mountain Home.

Dr. Smith was born February 18, 1949, in San Bernardino, California to William Alfred and Genevieve Margaret White Smith. At the age of 5, he started playing the fiddle and won several awards throughout his childhood, including the Idaho State Fiddling Championship at age 17. During his youth, he was an active member of boy scouts and 4H, where he showed cattle and swine. In high school, he won many awards for track and field, baseball, football and basketball. After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1968, Dr. Smith attended Idaho State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees. Continuing his education, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the United States International University in San Diego in 1975.

Dr. Smith joined the United States Navy serving as the house staff neuropsychologist, Chief of Neurosciences at Great Lake, Illinois and as the research neuroscientist with the United States Navy Office of Naval Research. He was commissioned in 1991 as a Commander in the Medical Service Corps as a Reserve Officer with the Office of Naval Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith was a Gulf War Veteran. Dr. Smith’s practice in Mountain Home, Arkansas since August of 1994 focused on traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other disorders of the brain. He was involved in many organizations that deal with traumatic brain injury and stroke.

He married Bonniebelle Ann Hanson on April 24, 1982, in Libertyville, Illinois. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home. Dr. Smith loved fly fishing, golf, target shooting, karate, chess, playing the violin and caring for his pets. Dr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bridget Susan Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Smith of Mountain Home; a daughter, Bridget Smith of Mountain Home; a son, William Dayton of West Bend, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Annabelle, Lucy and Raemona Dayton, all of West Bend, Wisconsin and numerous other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home with the Rev. Carl Cook officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Perry’s Orphan Sanctuary, 1031 County Road 144, Oakland, Arkansas 72661.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.