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Obituaries

Published May 22, 2024

Colette Ida Hicks, 68
Colette Ida Hicks (Buechter) passed away on May 7, 2024, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 68. Colette had recently fought a brave battle with esophageal cancer and finally succumbed to complications of this disease.  She was born on March 14, 1956, in Iberia, Missouri, to the late Norbert and Irene Buechter.

Colette was a devoted wife to Richard Hicks, a loving mother to Shonna Rakes (Allen), and Jamie Geromini (Nathan), and a cherished grandmother to Fayth Bisby (Zoe), Emma Rakes (Coleson Schhiefelbein), Dakota Geromini (Hannah), McKae Geromini, Jozie Geromini, Ava Geromini, Kendall Geromini, and great-grandson Emmett. She was also survived by her siblings Linda Volmert, Michael Buechter (Josie), Chrissy Smith (Dennis), Marlene Bax, Beverly Murray (Dennis), and Patrick Buechter (Diana) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Colette is preceded in death by her parents Norbert and Irene, and brothers-in-law Jim Volmert and John Bax. 

Colette spent her teenage summers working at Kirkwood Lodge, where she met her husband, Richard. They shared 50 years of marriage together. She dedicated 44 years of her career to MarineMax, starting as a Marine Store Clerk and advancing to a Financial Analyst.

After MarineMax, she worked part-time as a Financial Analyst/Consultant at Big Thunder Marine where she worked until she became sick.

In her free time, Colette enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, watching sports (both professional and her grandkids) and reading. She was known for her compassionate nature, her tell it like it is attitude, and the active role she played in her grandchildren’s lives.

A ceremony in honor of Colette was held Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in St. Louis, Missouri.

Colette Hicks will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton, Missouri

Gene J. Kaltenbronn, 95
Gene J. Kaltenbronn, Four Seasons, MO, formerly of Ballwin, MO passed away on May 9, 2024 at the age of 95. He was born August 8, 1928 in New Baden, IL, the son of Lawrence and Martha (Karpinski) Kaltenbronn.  On February 11, 1949, he was united in marriage to Verna Krausz.
 
Gene graduated from New Baden High School in 1946 and from the University of Illinois in 1950 with a degree in business administration.  Gene worked his way up from the loading docks at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, to become a member of Purina’s international finance team, assisting foreign companies with preparing business plans to qualify for financing. 

Gene’s territories included Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and resulted in extensive world travel.  He loved to golf and enjoyed his retirement at the lake for nearly forty years.  He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a true gentleman.

Gene is survived by his children, Pamela Paulson (Greg), Birchwood, WI; Dr. Thomas Kaltenbronn (Kyra), Fairview Heights, IL; and Jon Kaltenbronn (Sallianne), Eldon, MO.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Erik Paulson, Portland, ME; Leif Paulson, Minneapolis, MN; Dr. Lee Appelbaum (Eddie), Cherry Hill, NJ; Adam Bernardi, Irvine, CA, Mica Bernardi Uher (Greg), Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Kary Kaltenbronn Wisniewski (Mike), River Forest, IL, Kane Kaltenbronn (Christin), Castle Rock, CO; Josh Kaltenbronn, Allen, TX;  and eight great grandchildren. 

Also surviving are nieces, Kathleen Harris, Chiefland, FL; Phyllis Culpepper, Oklahoma City, OK; and nephew, Dr. Emil Strotheide, Springfield, MO.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his amazing wife of sixty-five years, Verna who passed in 2014, his beloved daughter, Jann Bernardi (2019) and his son-in-law Mike Bernardi, (2017).

 He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Lawrence, his sisters, Loretta Strotheide and Bernice Kaltenbronn and brother, James Kaltenbronn.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with entombment at Lake Memorial Gardens, Osage Beach, MO.
Memorials in memory of Gene can be made to St. George’s Catholic Church, New Baden, IL and will be received at Hedges Scott Millard Funeral Homes, 1270 S. Business Route 5, Camdenton, Missouri, 65020, who is serving the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedges-Scott-Millard Funeral Homes, 514 Highway 42, Osage Beach, MO 65065 573-348-3232. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.hedgesscottmillard.com

Patricia June Lynch Stoufer, 90
Patricia June Lynch Stoufer was born on February 25, 1934 at home west of Branch, Mo. She was the daughter of Leonard Cecil and Hazel Marie Allen Lynch. She passed away on May 12, 2024 at the age of 90 years old. She was saved at an early age and joined Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized in February 1955.
 
She was united in marriage to Johnnie J Stoufer and to this union one son was born, Lewis Cecil Stoufer. She worked at Sears in Kansas City, Mo for many years and was a den mother of Troop 428 Boy Scouts.

In 1975 her and Johnnie moved the family back to Macks Creek and opened up Stoufer Tire and Motor Service. She was City Clerk and Treasurer for the city of Macks Creek and dispatched volunteer fire department for many years. She helped start the Macks Creek Park and helped raise funds for senior housing. She worked at Macks Creek Senior Center and Camdenton Senior Center. She wrote a song for her son “Race of Life”.
 
She loved telling her family stories of her childhood. She wrote the book “Stoufer Memories”. Family was very important to her. She loved to crochet, make quilts, garden and write poetry. She wrote a poem “God’s Bouquet in Heaven”.
 
She leaves behind her son Lewis and wife Carla Stoufer, grandson JR. and wife Shannon Stoufer, great grandsons Carson Stoufer and Jack Stoufer, sister-in-law Terri Stoufer, along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great-nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors and special friends Janet Barnes and Martha Noland Woods both of Camdenton.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Hazel Lynch, three sisters Delma Nations and husband Eldon, Norma Stoufer, Judy Winn and husband Jay, two brothers, Jara Lynch and Ber Lynch, husband Johnnie J Stoufer, four brother in laws Glenn and Irene Stoufer, Norman and Eunice Stoufer (Hill), Donald and wife Ruth Stoufer, Karl and Bernita Stoufer, four sister in laws Blanche and Rroma Hicks, Bessie and Bob Laughlin, Bonnie Hunt (Young) and Ross Hunt, Beulah and Bert Owsley and Berniece Stoufer along with several nieces and nephews.
 
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services were held at Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Hedges -Scott-Millard Funeral Home Macks Creek.
 
Burial followed in the Macks Creek Cemetery in Macks Creek, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedges-Scott-Millard Funeral Homes, 14384 West Highway 54, Macks Creek, MO 65786 573-363-5360. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.hedgesscottmillard.com

Vanna Jo (Jody) (Wheaton) Housknecht, 72
Born Sept 27, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona to Richard Sr. and Velma (Caviness, Wilson) Wheaton. 
1969 Graduated from William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri
1970 Graduated from Longview Community College of Kansas City, Missouri with an associate degree in Business Administration. 
Married to Victor Housknecht June 24, 1972 and married for 51 years.  Together they had 3 children, Jessica Lynn, Nicole LeeAnn and Ryan Wade.

She had many interests and prior to an ankle injury was trying out to be a member of the Olympic gymnastics team.  She had a love of birds and one of her favorites was hummingbirds which for several years she was feeding over a hundred birds.  Her love of nature and outdoors led her family to many travels and adventures in the southwest states and Missouri.  Jody was also an avid reader and wrote many short stories for her family and great granddaughter.

She worked for the Social Security Department until she began employment for the United State Post Office in both Lebanon Missouri and finally in Independence Missouri where she retired.

She retired to Preston Missouri with Victor for many years, until health issued required, they move closer to medical facilities in Camdenton Missouri.

She was preceded in death by husband Victor Housknecht, daughter Nicole Housknecht, son Ryan Housknecht and parents Velma and Richard Wheaton Sr.

She is survived by daughter Jessica Hunter and Dustin Hughes, granddaughter Brianne Hunter, grandsons Ethan and Wyatt Hunter, great granddaughter Haven Hunter.  Sisters: Karma Augustine, Konie Stillians and Tony, Patricia Todd and Harry, Nanette Smith and Steve, brothers Brad Wheaton and Rachel and Richard Wheaton, Jr and Pamela and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, many other cousins and friends.

Robert William Sucher, 88
Robert William Sucher passed away at the age of 88 at Lake Regional Hospital on May 9, 2024. Born on April 9, 1936, and raised in St. Louis, MO, Robert was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Robert, affectionately known as Bob, is remembered by his beloved wife, Vicki Sucher and his six children: Mary Anne (Bill) Florich, Robert (Delia) Sucher, Pat (September) Sucher, Joseph (Mary) Sucher, Marie (Dennis) Swann, and Louise (Chully) Williams; stepchildren Paul (Gracie) Frazier, Brian (Sharon) Frazier, as well as 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved late wife Cecilia Sucher (Ladic), parents Joseph and Louise Sucher, and stepson Chris Frazier.

Bob’s journey began in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended Cleveland High School and developed a passion for swimming. He was a Swim Team Captain for the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri. He earned the nickname “Baby Whale” setting school records in the medley relay, and the 200 breaststrokes.

He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and was a member of the Sigma Nufraternity as well as the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. His academic endeavors continued at Kansas State, earning a PhD in Cereal Chemistry. His thirst for knowledge was unending, reflecting his spirit as a lifelong learner.

His youth leadership skills culminated in attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. A true patriot, Bob was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve through the ROTC program at the University of Missouri-Rolla, attaining the rank of Captain in the Chemical Corps. His love of family and country continued through deep political discussions with anyone who would listen and his four Conservative friends later in life. Bob’s discussions always reflected the virtues of a deeply rooted Catholic faith and the desire to make the world a better place.

Following a professorship at Kansas State, Bob accepted a position at Anheuser-Busch in Saint Louis. Over the next 24 years he excelled as the Director of Allied Products Energy and Environmental Management. He built the company's sustainability initiatives recycling spent byproducts that were previously discarded. His loyalty was unmatched, famously never drinking any other brand, but Budweiser.

Upon retiring to Lake Ozark, Missouri in 1998, Bob embraced a life of leisure and family. He spent the days fishing, building upon the wonderful memories of time with his father. The home was the heart of family reunions, filling the lake house with joy and laughter. Between the swimming and boating activities, Bob created multiple racks of expertly prepared spareribs to savor and enjoy. An avid train enthusiast, Bob cherished the time he spent building model railways and sharing this passion with family.

Bob’s journey to Catholicism began upon meeting his first wife Cecilia. Her deep faith and love brought Bob’s conversion and became a centerpiece of his life. He exemplified the tenants of Christianity with love, commitment, resilience and humility through quiet action. Bob’s legacy will continue to inspire and guide us. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate a life well-lived, full of purpose and passion. As he once said, “Old swimmers never die, they just float away.”

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri with Father Michael Penn officiating.

Interment followed at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Laurie, MO.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN,  Our Lady of Lake Catholic Church,  or The Fisher House.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedges-Scott-Millard Funeral Homes, 1270 S Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65020 573-346-2090. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.hedgesscottmillard.com

Grant T. Richards, 104
Grant Theodore Richards passed away on May 8, 2024 at the StoneBridge Senior Living facility in Osage Beach.

Grant’s story began on January 20, 1920 on a farm near Sandusky Michigan.  He lived his early childhood in Carsonville, Michigan until the family migrated to Missouri.  After residing in Gilford and Cameron, Missouri, the Richards family relocated to Bunceton, Missouri when he was 12. A life-long profession of newspaper publication began with the purchase of the Bunceton Eagle. Grant graduated from Bunceton High School in 1938.

In 1937, his parents sought an opportunity with more potential and purchased the Reveille newspaper in Camdenton.  Grant remained in Bunceton to finish school and assist with running the Bunceton Eagle.  Grant’s parents purchased the Central Missouri Leader in Camdenton while Grant remained in Bunceton.  He continued working in Bunceton after his 1938 graduation as he had met the love of his life, Frances Marie, who lived close by in Boonville.

Grant moved to St. Louis in 1942, during WWII, to attend Curtis Wright Sheet Metal school.  After completing the courses, Curtis Wright hired Grant to assist with building airplanes at Lambert Field.  When it became apparent that he would be drafted, he enlisted in the Navy.  His first station was the Navy AirCore at Lambert Field, St. Louis.  On November 8, 1942, after completing basic training, he married his high school sweetheart, Frances Marie.  They purchased a home in Camdenton and she joined Grant’s parents in operating the Reveille and Central MO Leader.

After the honeymoon, Grant transferred from Air Core to small boat operations. In early 1943, his unit departed California for their place in the pacific conflict.  His boat’s responsibility was as port directors off the coast of Iwo Jima re-fueling B-29 bombers.

When the war in the pacific ended, he returned to the states and was discharged from the Navy on November 7, 1945, one day before his third wedding anniversary.  With Frances waiting in Camdenton, he came home to start his lifetime at the lake working in newspaper publication.

The first week home from WWII, he became a member of the Camdenton Rotary Club.  For 78 years, he recorded perfect attendance at Rotary meetings receiving numerous recognitions from Rotary and Rotary International for his attendance.  Covid did not prevent Grant from attending the meetings, as Zoom Rotary meetings became a part of his life.  During his temporary relocation to Overland Park, KS he continued attendance via Zoom.  In October 2023, hospitalization and his health prevented continued attendance ending the 78 year perfect record.

Grant’s life in Camdenton was full of assisting his dad with the newspaper, becoming a father, and actively supporting his friends and the town he loved.  In addition to Rotary, Grant was active with the Camdenton Booster Club and the Saddle Club.  In 1950, he purchased 180 acres adjoining the Camdenton city limits to begin living his dream of owning and showing horses.  He shared this dream with his children as the family began riding and showing horses all over the US.  While operating a horse farm and showing horses, he continued with the full-time job of newspaper publication.  In 1978 he was named the MO Quarter Horse Association Man of the Year.

In 1980, the newspaper sold and Grant and Frances retired.  The horse farm continued until MODOT took acreage, including the barns and riding pens, to build the Highway 5 bypass. Grant and Frances travelled in retirement and purchased a travel trailer for their explorations.  The favorite destination became Branson, MO where they made friends with other couples who also enjoyed the travel trailer experience.  The friendships continued until members of the group were deceased.  Grant was the survivor of the group.

Grant continued an active life with a daily routine of a McDonald’s Coffee group and then to the Camdenton Senior Center for lunch and socialization.  Rotary continued weekly as did attendance at the Laclede Cowboy Church.  In 2003 he was honored as Grand Marshal of the 53rd Dogwood Festival Parade.

Grant’s 100th birthday was celebrated with the McDonald’s coffee club at McDonald’s and again with the community at the Camdenton Senior Center.  MO Legislature honored him with a flag flown in his honor at the capitol in Jefferson City and a special resolution.

COVID ended Grant’s social life as he knew it.  He relocated to Overland Park, KS with his daughter in 2020 where he resided until his health dictated the need for long-term care.  He wanted to go home to the lake and chose the StoneBridge Senior Living facility in Osage Beach as his final residence.

Grant was preceded in death by his wife Frances Marie, his wife of 58 years, his parents G. T. and Mary Richards, his brother and sister-in-law Gomer and Lillian, an infant brother, one niece Pat Richards, and all of his in-laws.

He is survived by his son John Theodore (Ted) (Carolyn) of Argyle, TX, a daughter Susan Richards Bredeman of Overland Park, KS, one granddaughter Jennifer Wood (Mark) of Rollinsville, CO, a grandson James Michael (Mike) of Ashland, OR, and a cousin Colleen Smith (James) of Sandusky, MI.  He is also survived by a group of loving nieces and nephews.

Grant did not want a funeral or in his words “just take me to the cemetery and plant me”.  The family greeted friends and share memories at a visitation on Tuesday, May 21 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.  Burial will follow on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 am in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, MO.  He will receive Military Honors at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the funeral home that the family will distribute in honor of Grant.

Published May 15, 2024

Marvin Richardson, 95
Marvin Richardson, of Eldon, Missouri passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Eldon, Missouri.

He was born on November 12, 1928 in Ulman, Missouri, the son of Floyd and Brooksie (Workman) Richardson.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life Lorraine Robinett on December 26, 1947, in Eldon, Mo. They shared 76 beautiful years together at the time of his passing. Marvin was a Christian and believed in Christ Jesus as his Savior. He loved God’s beautiful outdoors and was an avid bird and animal watcher.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting all his life. He took great pride in his career as a journeyman lineman.

After retirement he pursued the hobbies of making baskets, working in the yard, and planting flowers. But most of all his greatest love was his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his wife and only companion throughout life, as well as family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife Lorraine  Richardson; his children Tim Richardson and wife Dianna, Kathy Rains  and husband Larry, Joy Dane and husband David, and Tom Richardson and wife Nancy; his eleven grandchildren Ben and wife Josie, Beth  and husband Brad, Travis and wife Kim, Joshua, Justin and wife  (Amanda), Tracy  and husband Evan, Craig, Cody and wife Paige, Dallas, Bow and wife Syndey, and Hunter and wife Maddy; his fourteen great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and many friends.

Marvin was preceded by his daughter Suzy Bradley and her husband John; his parents Floyd and Brooksie Richardson; and his eight siblings.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 11, 2024, at First Church of the Nazarene of Eldon, Missouri with pastor Jerry Frye officiating.

Marvin’s final rest place will be at the Eldon City Cemetery in Eldon, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Lorraine Richardson 28 Redbud Ridge Dr., Eldon, Mo. 65026.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedges-Scott-Millard Funeral Homes, 902 East North Street, Eldon, MO 65026 573-392-3351. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com

Patricia Jean Schwinn, 86
Patricia Jean Schwinn, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Laurie Care Center.  She was born November 12, 1937 in Leavenworth, Kansas, a daughter of the late Roy W. and Evelyn Sophia (Sacks) Wright.

On August 30, 1959 in Leavenworth, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Gene Bennett Schwinn.  Together they shared sixty-three years of marriage before his passing on July 13, 2023.

She was a member of Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church where she was very active in the United Methodist Women and the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 both in Laurie, Missouri. 

Patty was co-owner of Kaycee Knitting where they sold knitting machines, taught classes and demonstrated at knitting club events.  As a youth, she was active in the Girl Scouts.  She became an adult leader when her daughter was old enough to participate.  She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, which was the top volunteer award for the Girl Scouts Mid-Continent Council.

In her spare time, she loved to travel, gardening and sewing.  She loved watching birds, especially purple martins.  She collected antiques of many varieties.

Survivors include her daughter, Sherry McCarty and husband Mark of Wentzville, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jennifer Willenbrink and husband Jon of Wentzville, Missouri and Matt McCarty of St. Peters, Missouri; two great-grandchildren, Delilah Willenbrink and Rosalie Willenbrink and other relatives and many friends.

Services were held Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurie, Missouri. Graveside services and burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

John William Gohagan, 63
John William "Hollywood" Gohagan passed away on May 5, 2024, in Osage Beach, MO. John was born on May 31, 1960, to James Raley and Lena Irene (Coleman) Gohagan in Verdon, France. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Jeffery Lynn Gohagan, one sister, Jeanette Sue McDowell, and his mother-in-law, Erlinda Montez.

John attended many elementary schools, including in Bangkok, Thailand, before moving to Camdenton where he would graduate from Camdenton High in 1978. John was a Christian and was baptized at an early age at Myetta Church.

Following high school, he moved to the state of California where he started his career operating heavy machinery and driving dump trucks. It was there that he met his wife, Jessica. They were united in marriage in 1995 at the Ponderosa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, before moving home to Camdenton, Missouri.

Once home, John continued the work he loved of driving dump trucks and operating machinery as a supervisor for JWE Inc. He quickly developed close friendships and camaraderie with his fellow drivers. He lovingly earned the nickname “Hollywood” for his handsome good looks, confident stride, and perpetual sunglasses around his neck. He further lived up to the name by showing up to job sites neat and tidy, always wearing cologne, and without a hair ever out of place.

John was a devout Dallas Cowboys fan. Every year he promised that “this was their year” and he would defend them to the end, even when the year was definitely not ending with a championship. His love of the Cowboys led to many hilarious conversations and harmless bets between friends.

Although he stood at 6’4”, John was a softie who loved animals, friends, and family. Most of all, John loved to be home surrounded by family and grandkids. More recently, you could find him in his recliner with his Cowboys blanket, watching his favorite shows with a Pepsi in hand.

John is survived by his wife Jessica, of the home, sons Michael Gohagan of California, J.J. Gohagan of San Antonio, Texas, Kurt Gohagan of Kenedy, Texas, and Kyle Gohagan of Folsom, California, Justin Salinas of Camdenton, MO, and Jason Norwood of Campbell, California, and Josh Norwood of Sunrise Beach, MO. Brother Jim Gohagan of West Virginia, sisters Debbie McGuire of Lebanon, MO, and Tammy (John) Williams of Camdenton, MO, sisters-in-law Corrina Loveland and Lena Chavez, both of California, many grandkids, nieces, and nephews, and friends.

John will truly be missed by the family and friends who loved him.

Funeral Service was held Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri, followed by at Burial in Myetta Cemetery, Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to TBI Survivors or Dogwood Animal Shelter and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Shirley Hooper, 85
Shirley (Coffey) Hooper, daughter of Shelby Coffey and Pebble (Eidson) Coffey, was born September 29, 1938 in Macks Creek, Missouri.  She passed away on May 6, 2024 in Warrensburg, Missouri at the age of eighty-five years, seven months and seven days.

On August 25, 1955 she was united in marriage to John in her home, and started a family consisting of a daughter, Susan (Hooper) Gudde and a son, Bryan Hooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Janice Anderson; brother-in-law, Corkie Anderson; and sister-in-law, Betty Coffey.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan of Missouri; son, Bryan and wife Michele of Florida; brother, Carl Coffey; grandchildren, Ryan Hooper and wife Lauren, Trevor Gudde and wife Haley Day, Rachel Gudde and husband Mike Godsy, Anne Hays and Husband Stanley, and Jordan Gudde; and great-grandchildren Virginia Hays, James Hooper, Emma Hooper, and Brandon Hays.

Shirley was raised in Macks Creek and married John when she was a teenager and he was in the Air Force. They lived in various places throughout his enlistment. After John left active duty, they moved to Holts Summit, Missouri and then in the 1970s to Warrensburg, Missouri.

Shirley was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Warrensburg, but also maintained strong ties to her first church home, where she was baptized in January 1956 and joined the Parrack Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She loved to travel, and in particular, going on “mystery trips.”  One of her favorite things to do on a trip was to arrive at airports early so she could people watch. Her dear friend, Gwen Hix, was her reliable travel partner and they went on many adventures together.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor and friend.  We celebrate her life and her accomplishments and will treasure the memories she created for her family and friends.

Funeral services were held at Parrack Grove Church, Macks Creek, Missouri. Burial followed in Parrack Grove Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

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