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Anneliese Conzelman Betge passed away July 3, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Body will lie in state at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, from Monday, July 7, 2014 until time of service.

Florence “Lois” Larson age 96 of Ash Flat, Arkansas passed away July 5, 2014 at the Ash Flat Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born February 14, 1918 at Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was retired from the Federal Civil Service. Lois was very active in her church and the TOPS program, she was a loving wife and mother and a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Cherokee Village.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, one daughter Dr. Pauline Delozier and one brother.

She is survived by her husband Melvin Larson of the Fountain Place in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, one son Marshall Larson of Phoenix, Arizona, one daughter Margurite Campbell and husband Jim of Arlington, Virginia, two brothers Early Hartley and Daniel Hartley, eight grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will begin Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery located in Highland, Arkansas. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

No Visitation is planned.

Graveside services for Bernice Pauline (Walsh) Gibson, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gibson died 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born October 29, 1927 to the late John J. Walsh and Ida M. Grable Walsh in Mitchell, Nebraska. Bernice was married to Glen Robert Gibson in Torrington, Wyoming on April 15, 1950. To their union were born three children, Cecil Robert, Arthur William and Mary Annell Gibson

Bernice and Glen moved from Wyoming to Colorado, where they lived for several years before moving the family to Alton, Missouri in the late 60′s. Bernice worked at the Alton Bank for many years until her retirement. She and Glen enjoyed their many friends in Alton. After her retirement, Bernice and Glen moved to Mansfield where she enjoyed volunteering at the Library, many friends and their daily walks to the Post Office before moving to West Plains in 2007.

Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband, Glen Robert Gibson, her daughter, Mary Annell Sippy, and her son, Arthur William Gibson.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer Miller, husband, Christopher, Eric Gibson, wife, Emily, all of West Plains, Marcus Sippy, Dallas, Texas, David Sippy and Deidra Sippy, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her great-grandchildren, Samuel and Hanna Miller and Jack Gibson; son, Cecil Robert Gibson; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Gibson; son-in-law, Mark Sippy; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and her special family at West Vue.

Mrs. Gibson will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 5th until noon, Sunday, July 6th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be express at

Margaret Elizabeth (Kelly) Coatney, 63, of Willow Springs, Missouri died June 30, 2014 at her home in Willow Springs, Missouri. She was born November 4, 1950, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Otto Claude and Vivian (McClure) Kelly.

Visitation will be Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary – Willow Chapel. Funeral Services will be Thursday July 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at First Christian Church-Willow Springs. Interment will be in the Willow Springs City Cemetery

Margaret graduated from Willow Springs High School in 1968 She was united in marriage to Delmar Ray Coatney on June 13, 1968 in Willow Springs, Missouri.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Otto Claude and Vivian (McClure) Kelly; father and mother in law Jesse and Ruby Coatney; and daughter in law Cynthia Jo Coatney.

Survivors include her husband, Delmar Coatney of the home; children, Jennifer Smith and husband, Kelly, of Van Buren, MO, Dennis Coatney and wife, Renee, of West Plains, MO, and Crystal Coatney of Willow Springs, MO; half-sister, Sherry Tilley and husband, OD, of Mountain Home, AR; and grandchildren, Katlyn Ross and husband, Andrew, and Melissa Smith, all of Van Buren; Jarod Coatney and Jesse Coatney of West Plains, MO; and Garit Spence of Willow Springs, MO.

Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church in Willow Springs, Missouri. She worked as court clerk, police clerk and homemaker.

Margaret loved quilting, her animals, and her grandchildren. She also loved spending time with her family.

Opal Marie Hicks, 85, of Willow Springs, Missouri died June 30, 2014 at Willow Care Nursing Home, Willow Springs. She was born April 21, 1929 in Winona, Missouri, the daughter of Claude Francis and Grace Lavada (Brawley) Haynes.

Visitation will be Thursday July 3, 2014, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. at Blue Buck Full Gospel Church. Funeral Services will be Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:00PM at Blue Buck Full Gospel Church. Interment will be at Willow Springs City Cemetery.

Opal was united in marriage to Charles Bentley Hicks on May 22, 1946 in Eminence, Missouri. To this union three children were born, Danny Joe, Carol, and Linda Sue.

Opal is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bentley; one brother, Charles Haynes; and two grandchildren, Darlene and Ladonna.

She is survived by one son, Danny Joe Hicks and wife, Beth, of Willow Springs; two daughters, Carol Collins and husband, Paul, and Linda Sue Cain and husband, Lonnie, all of Willow Springs; two brothers, Vernon Haynes and wife, Joyce, and Marvin Haynes and wife, Virginia, all of Winona, MO; one sister, Dorothy Gruter of Cabool, MO; one sister-in-law, Christine Haynes of Winona, MO; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Opal was a member of Blue Buck Full Gospel Church in Willow Springs. She was a seamstress, artist, carpenter, and a wonderful cook. She could “do anything”.

She will be greatly missed.

Marvin Dwain Hayes, Jr. age 24, son of Marvin and Debbie (Phillips) Hayes, Sr. was born June 11, 1990 in Houston, MO. He passed away on June 28, 2014 in Licking, MO.

He was preceded in death by three grandparents, two uncles and a great aunt.

He is survived by his parents, Marvin and Debbie of the home; his son Wyatt Ray Cross of Licking, MO; four sisters, Jennifer Holden of Bucyrus, MO, Billie Pursifull of Raymondville, MO, a twin sister Sarah Robbins of Bucyrus, MO and Stephanie Hayes of Bucyrus, MO; nieces and nephews, Matthew age 10, Sylvia age 5, Jaydin age 6, Hailey age 8, Skyler age 5, Natalie age 5, Isabella age 3 and Cortana age 1,

Dwain was a fun loving young man, and often a daredevil , willing to try anything new. He was an artist and gave many of his drawings to family and friends. Because of his interest in art he became interested in doing tattoos, making patterns and even doing some tattoo work on others.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved going hunting and fishing. He enjoyed being with his Dad working horses.

Dwain loved his family and will be missed by the many family members and friends who knew him.

Services were Thursday July 3rd, at 10 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Ben Pursifull officiated with burial in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Richard Hayes, Matt Pursifull, Steven Holden, JR., Michael Cape, Ben Pursifull and Jerald Pursifull. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to The Dwain Hayes Memorial Fund.

Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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Deborah Ann Baldree, age 60 was born February 10, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York.

She passed away on June 28, 2014 with her family by her side at her home in Bucyrus, MO.

Graveside services will be Wed. July 2nd, at 10 AM in Emery Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to

She is survived by her children, three sons, David Christ and Virginia Copeland, James Baldree and Phillip Baldree; one daughter, Colleen Copeland and husband William; two grandchildren, Ashley Copeland and Timothy Baldree.

Debbie was a cook, working at Mom’s Kitchen and Whispering Pines.

Debbie was a homebody and enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She gave many special items made with love to family and friends. She loved her dogs and counted them as family. However her children, grandchildren and other family members brought her the greatest joy.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Ellen Imogene McAlister “Burns” age 74 of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away June 28, 2014 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas. She was born November 7, 1939 in Dover, Arkansas to Elton McAlister and Onva “Sparks” McAlister. She worked in sales for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Mountain Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tommy Dale Burns and one sister Nadine Ruth Lewis.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Don McAlister of Gamaliel, Arkansas, Michael Hewitt of Stockton, California, three daughters, Janice Marshall (Denise) of Atascadero, California, Kathy Beach of Gamaliel, Arkansas, Tiffany O’Neil (Dermot) of Bloomfield, New Jersey, one brother Doug McAlister, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Chester Leroy Smith age 75, son of Earl and Lottie Ellen (Mace) Smith was born on June 28, 1938 in Success, MO. Chester went home to meet his Lord and Savior on June 26, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Visitation will be Monday June 30th, at 6-8 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday July 1st, at 1:00 PM in the Plato Christian Church, Plato, MO. Eugene Earp will officiate with burial in the Long Hollow Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Mace, Nolan Mace, Leon Mace, Jimmy Marshall, Robert Marshall and Frank McKee; Honorary Pallbearers are Braxton Marshall, Johnny Martin, Hayden Martin, William Gammons and Gene McKee.

Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch or Central Christian College.

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Chester married Barbara Ann McKee on November 19, 1966. To this union 2 children were born, Debbie Smith and Loretta Smith.

After Barbara’s passing Chester married Marlene Anderson on May 8, 2010.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, his half-sister Bernice Nall, his half-brother Winford Smith and 3 other infant siblings.

Chester is survived by his wife Marlene of the home in Ozark, MO; his daughters Debbie of Branson, MO and Loretta of Ozark, MO; a step-son Aaron Anderson of Protem, MO; his grandchildren Savannah and Braxton and two step-grandchildren Johnny and Hayden; his sister, Shirley Carter and several nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Navy from 1960-1964 and after leaving the Navy he worked at Fort Leonard Wood, MO until his retirement in 1993.

Chester loved reading his Bible, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by the ones who knew and loved him.

Mary Catherine Halter, 74, of Birch Tree, Missouri died June 25, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born October 13, 1939 in Cairo, Illinois, the daughter of Andrew John and Mary Elizabeth (Brewer) French.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Wayne Halter Sr.; two sons, Charles Wayne Halter Jr. and Gregory Lynn Halter; and one granddaughter, Kendra Nicole Gray.

Survivors include one daughter, Lucy Crawford of Mountain View, MO; two brothers, Andrew French Jr. of Bertrand, MO and Jim French and wife Brenda of Benton, KY; one special aunt, Mildred Gallagher of Sikeston, MO; five nieces and nephews, Patricia French Warren, Andrew French III, James Allen French, Jim French Jr., and Scott French; five grandchildren, Heather Crawford Perkins, Tessa Joanne Crawford, Tiffany O’Neil, Randy Cook, and Josh Uetrecht; and one great grandchild, Cameron Bailey Michaels.

Mary enjoyed cooking, gardening, and animals. For years she was employed as a cook on the river boats. Mary loved her family very much and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held Saturday June 28, at 1:00p.m. at McMikle Funeral Home