The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

Obituaries

Published 4-17-19

Linda Fay Rayl, 70
Linda Fay Rayl, of Barnett, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019, at SSM Heath St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. She was born October 22, 1948, in Camdenton, a daughter of Leonard and Opal (Leffert) Ray.

She was united in marriage to Ronald Rayl on January 25, 1964.

Mrs. Rayl worked for Dixon Ticonderoga and Gates Rubber Company in Versailles.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills. She loved to garden, crochet, color pictures, fish and read the Bible.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Ronald Rayl; two sons, Everett Rayl and wife, Angela and Lonnie Rayl and wife Kellie all of Versailles; one daughter, Ronda Rayl of Eldon; five grandchildren, Kyle Rayl and wife Heidi of Versailles, Antonio Rayl of Eldon, Joanna White and husband James of Eldon, Hannah Rayl of Versailles and Alisha Albin of Eldon; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lucy Dailey and husband Eddie of Lenexa, Kansas, Sharon West and husband Warren of Buffalo, Missouri, Nancy Halderman and husband Larry of Eldon and Cherrie Sullivan and husband Glen of Eldon; two brothers, Dennis Ray and wife Ronda of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Andrew Causey of Jefferson City; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Opal Hardin and father, Leonard Ray.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 8, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with her son, Reverend Everett Rayl officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Nadyne Peoples, 91
Nadyne Peoples, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born June 24, 1927, in Barnett, a daughter of the late Guy and Goldie (Dusky) Kaiser.

On February 20, 1946, in Stover, she was united in marriage to her husband, Dan Peoples, who preceded her in death on November 16, 2018.

Nadyne worked at Primo Pants Factory in Versailles for over twenty years until her retirement.

In her younger years, she and Dan enjoyed bowling in local leagues.

She was a member of the Versailles First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Peoples and wife Kathie of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughter, Kelly Peoples of Phoenix, Arizona and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Ray Kaiser and her sister, Ethel Ricketts.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 12, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Chris Bass officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cooper Brian Hibdon Memorial. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 4-10-19

Charlotte Lee Baxley, 72
Charlotte Lee Baxley, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at her home. She was born January 20, 1947, in Yakima, Washington, the daughter of the late Leeverne Donald and Agnes Irene (Coombs) Leslie.

She was united in marriage to William Baxley, who survives at their home.

Charlotte served customers at Dogwood Restaurant in Laurie for many years.

She enjoyed spending her time crafting.

In addition to her husband, William, she is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Naval of the state of California; her son, James Frakes of Texas; grandchildren, Lauren Naval, Justin Garcia and Frakes and many other relatives and friends.

There are no services planned at this time. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

William F. “Bill” Fields, 90
William F. “Bill” Fields, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at his home. He was born March 14, 1929, in Purvis, Missouri, a son of the late Frank Dudley and Laura Belle (Faust) Fields.

On April 1, 1948, in Versailles, he was united in marriage to Dottie M. Kiser, who preceded him in death on April 10, 2010. On May 7, 2011, he married his surviving wife, Billie (Bradford) Fields.

Bill was employed at MODOT until his retirement after thirty-four years of service.

He was a member of the Versailles First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for many years.

Bill enjoyed woodworking, listening to bluegrass music, had a gift of playing musical instruments by ear and was an avid NASCAR fan.

In addition to his wife, Billie, he is survived by his sons, William Michael Fields and wife Nancy of Smithton, Missouri, Ronald Ray Fields and wife Debbie of Versailles, Missouri and Richard Ryan Fields and wife Leslie of Apache Junction, Arizona; his daughter, Diana M. Burdick and husband Chester of Versailles, Missouri; stepsons, Troy Bowline and wife Jana of Ozark, Missouri and Will Bradford and wife Abby of Linn, Missouri; stepdaughters, Angela Pietz and husband Alan of Ozark, Missouri and Ramona Bowline of Nixa, Missouri; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; eleven step-grandchildren; fourteen step-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, William Tyler Paxson and his siblings, Charles Thomas Fields, Burlee Fields, Maxine Fields Goldsberry, Anna Irene Fields Long, Lessie Lorene Fields Brown, Hazel Fields Davis, Eva Grace Fields Hopkins, Kenneth Eugene Fields, Henry Lee Fields, Roberta Ilene Fields Swanigan, Mary Evelyn Fields and Frank Dudley Fields, Jr.

Funeral services were held at Wednesday, April 3, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Chris Bass officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles First Baptist Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Kathleen Mary “Kathy” Palmer, 66
Kathleen Mary “Kathy” Palmer, of the Ivy Bend Community in Stover, passed away on March 25, 2019.

She was born on August 18, 1952, the daughter of the late Everett and Jean Branson.

She was born in Missouri but her mother was from England. At a young age, she took Kathy back to England on the Queen Mary, where she lived until she was a young adult. She then came back to the United States.

Kathy got a job at a casino in Las Vegas where she met the love of her life, Dale Palmer. They were married June 6, 1986, at the Trees of Mystery in California. He preceded her in death in October of 2015. They had no children.

She is survived by quite a few internet friends from her cocker spaniel email list and one friend of over twenty years from Pennsylvania, Lynn Pyle.

Kathy bred and showed Cocker Spaniels and had many champions under the Playtime name. It was after her mother passed away that she turned the showing over to a handler. She loved every one of her “fur babies”.

As a 25th wedding anniversary gift, Dale bought her dream car, a 1979 Trans Am, Bandit Gold Edition. That first summer they took the car on the official Bandit run from Texarkana to Atlanta.

She also enjoyed going to car shows with the car and just driving it around in the summer. The burn-outs they do at the car shows inspired her to name one of her cockers: Playtime's Light-em-up Jack.

She also liked doing things around the house outside and had several fairy/gnome gardens.

Interment will be held in the Stover Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Stanley R. Bowles, 66
Stanley R. Bowles, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at his home. He was born April 25, 1952, in North Kansas City, Missouri, a son of the late Carl Edward and Mary Macree (Cole) Bowles.

On April 23, 1981, in Stockton, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Pam Barnes, who preceded him in death on January 11, 2013.

Stan was a groundskeeper at the Versailles Cemetery for over twenty years until he was no longer able due to his health.

He enjoyed playing the guitar, collecting rocks and Superman memorabilia, cooking and baking, woodworking and repairing anything that was asked of him. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Stan was a member of Lakeside Community Church in Gravois Mills.

He is survived by his children, Jennie Bowles of the home and Rachel DuVal and Corey King of the Ivy Bend Community in Stover; grandchildren, Raelynn King, Ember King and Bowyn King; brothers, Brad Bowles and wife Vanessa of Plainview, Texas, Randy Bowles of Sapulpa, Oklahoma and Victor Bowles of Kansas City, Missouri; sister, Barbara Bowles of Plainview, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Bowles and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Bowles.

A celebration of Stan’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Robert Lee Carter, 93
Robert Lee Carter, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at his home. He was born August 1, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska, a son of Joseph Marion and Leota Pearl (Porter) Carter.

He was united in marriage to Mary Louise McVey and together they shared over sixty years of marriage.

Bob was raised in the Kansas City area and attended Paseo High School. At the age of seventeen, he made a deal with his high school principal to graduate early and joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, later identified as the United States Air Force.

He served his country proudly in World War II as a top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bomber based out of Italy. His plane was shot down and he was captured in Germany becoming a POW. He was liberated by Patton’s Army.

He was honorably discharged and received a Purple Heart.

Bob returned to his hometown of Kansas City, where he met the love of his life on the day the war ended. He served a second term during the Korean War.

Bob and Louise made their home in California where they raised their children. Bob had a career in Insurance. They retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1980.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705, American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars #5923. He was a family man who would often choose spending time with his family over hobbies.

He is survived by his wife, Louise of the home; a daughter, Sharon Morgan and husband Gale of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; a son, John J. Carter and wife Amy of Nixa, Missouri; three grandchildren, Teresa Morgan of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, John R. Carter and Derek Dotson both of Nixa, Missouri; a niece, Diane Campbell and husband R.J. of Manitou Springs, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Bakun.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Laurie, Missouri.

Burial followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum, PO Box 67, St. Charles, MO 63302.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Published 4-3-19

Lisa Gail Clark, 56
Lisa Gail Clark, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at her home. She was born April 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, a daughter of Wayne and Louise (Trobaugh) Farris.

Lisa enjoyed collecting Barbie Dolls, watching her favorite television shows and visiting with her friends.

She is survived by her sons, Jesse Harrison of Blue Springs, Missouri and Joey Harrison of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri; grandchildren, Isabella, Ava Marie, Brooklyn, Kelton and Maddox; her father and stepmother, Wayne and Nellie Farris of Versailles, Missouri; sister, Cheryl Bolton and family; brother, Denis McFarland and family and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Farris and her sister, Julie Harrington.

A celebration of Lisa’s life was held Friday, March 29, at the Versailles United Methodist Church with Pastor Lora Cunningham officiating.

Graveside services and inurnment followed in Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Victor R. DeCastro, 71
Victor R. DeCastro, of Camdenton, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. He was born February 28, 1948, in Dighton, Massachusetts, a son of E.W. and Mary (Fenimore) DeCastro.

Victor worked at Metro Workshop in Westminster, Colorado for several years. After moving to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1992, he went to work at Lake Area Industries in Camdenton for twenty years.

He was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Victor enjoyed bowling and making beaded keychains for his family and friends.

He loved people and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Victor was a member of The Door in Laurie.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Phipps of the home; his siblings, Bonnie Collett of the home, Bill DeCastro and wife Karen of Gravois Mills, Missouri, Randy DeCastro and wife Sharon of Ogallala, Nebraska, Cherri Evans of Aurora, Colorado and Apryl Jones and husband Robin of Broomfield, Colorado; his aunt, Avis DeCastro of Massachusetts; nine nieces and nephews who adored him; seventeen great-nieces and nephews; six great-great-nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, E.W. DeCastro, his stepfather, Thomas Phipps and his brothers-in-law, Jack Evans and Robert Collett.

A celebration of Victor’s life was held Saturday, March 30, at The Door in Laurie with Pastor Thom Jones officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Victor’s Christmas Jar in care of Bonnie Collett.

Victor collected his loose change throughout the year to provide some assistance to a family in need each Christmas and his family would like to carry on his legacy.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Alice Ann Hammel, 74
Alice Ann Hammel, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri. She was born September 26, 1944 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, a daughter of Clarence Eugene and Catherine Mary (Thwaites) Peacock.

Alice was raised in Griffith, Indiana and graduated from high school there. She received a nursing degree from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Danville, Illinois, a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Governors State University in University City, Illinois and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

She had a long career in nursing having served as Staff Nurse at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, Director of Nursing at County Health in Gifford, Illinois and Clifton Regional Hospital in Clifton, Illinois, Director of Education at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Illinois, Vice-President of Special Services at Howard Community Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana and ICU Cardio Rehab Nurse at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, Missouri, Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie, Missouri, Business and Professional Women of Kokomo, Indiana and Rotary International in Kokomo, Indiana.

Survivors include two sons, Leo Hammel and husband Anthony of Wichita, Kansas and Todd Hammel and wife Christy of Nashville, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Nathan and Harper; five siblings, Jack Peacock and wife Lana of Marlboro, New Jersey, Clarence Peacock and wife Cindy of Griffith, Indiana, Kathy Pfiefer and significant other Charlie Dancer of Crown Point, Indiana, Janice Flanigan and husband Ray of DeMotte, Indiana and Marilyn Plomann of Denver, Colorado; her significant other, James Kaye, Sr. of Gravois Mills, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Joseph Hammel and a brother, Robert Peacock.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Laurie, Missouri.

Graveside services and burial was held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Crown Point, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, 176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO 65038.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Published 3-13-19

Ronnie Samual Morris, 73
Ronnie Samual Morris, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home. He was born January 15, 1946 in Springfield, Tennessee.

On September 19, 1988 in Wilmington, Illinois, during a square dance, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Parks. Together they shared the past thirty years.

He was raised in Tennessee and was a graduate of Springfield High School. At the age of eleven, he learned the art of welding and made it a life-long career.

He lived in Lockport, Illinois for a time before retiring to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2002.

He was a member of Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church and enjoyed camping and fishing in his free time.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Morris of the home; three sons, William Edward Cottrell and wife Bridgette of Morganton, North Carolina, Steven Wayne Cottrell and David Isaac Cannon and wife Rose of Lockport, Illinois; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Gene Erbe, 85
Gene Erbe, affectionately known as “the onearm painter,” of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in his home. He was born April 15, 1933 in Sandusky, Michigan, a son of Ira and Elsie (Devitt) Erbe.

He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-three years.

He is survived by eight children; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce and a brother, Larry.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Branding Iron Restaurant and Saloon in Sunrise Beach.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Peggy J. Simpson, 62
Peggy J. Simpson, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at her home. She was born November 23, 1956, in Bloomfield, Iowa, a daughter of Charles J. and Mary Helen (Lancaster) Simpson.

Peggy received her nurse’s training in Davenport, Iowa and worked for many years until she was no longer able due to her health.

She enjoyed spending time doing cross stitch and caring for her dog, Penny.

Peggy was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and the Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Simpson of the home; her sisters, Libby Mander and husband Rich of Jacksonville, Illinois and Dixie Salzman of Versailles, Missouri; her aunt, Shirley Eggleston of Memphis, Missouri; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles J. Simpson, her sisters, Terry Lee Calton and Cathy Ryherd and her uncle, Paul Lancaster.

A celebration of Peggy’s life was held Monday, March 11, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Versailles with Reverend Gary Patterson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Versailles Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Dimple J. Hanks, 84
Dimple J. Hanks, of Basehor, Kansas, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at her home. She was born August 22, 1934, in Stover, a daughter of the late Edgar and Thelma (Webb) Marriott.

On January 22, 1951, in Boone County, Arkansas, she was united in marriage to Homer Franklin Hanks, who preceded her in death on June 21, 1994.

Dimple was employed at Proctor and Gamble for thirty-two years until her retirement.

She enjoyed spending her time gardening and working in her yard.

She is survived by her children, Loren Hanks and wife Barbara of Blue Springs, Missouri, Iva Hanks-Sadler of Jenks, Oklahoma and Jimmy Hanks and wife Melinda of Basehor, Kansas; grandchildren, Aubrey Enloe and husband Craig, Matthew Hanks, Joshua Eberth and wife Megan, Jessica Sadler, Justin Hanks, Julie Smith and husband Mike and Aimee Jarvis and husband Chris; great-grandchildren, Drew Enloe, Brendan Enloe, Elliott Eberth, Edan Eberth, Abby Jarvis, Jamison Jarvis and Conner Jarvis; her brother, Charles Marriott and wife Anita of Calhoun, Missouri; her sister, Helen Carver and husband Jim of Trenton, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Hanks.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 9, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 3-6-19

Shawn Wesley Libby, 49
Shawn Wesley Libby was born on March 17, 1968 in Sedalia, Missouri to Janet Ann Libby and Keith Kirby. He was adopted and raised by Wes & Chapell Libby.

He leaves behind a wife and three children whom he loved with all his heart - Mary Libby, Linn Creek, Missouri, Christian (Kerrington) Libby - Linn Creek, Missouri, Derek Libby (Katherine Kempf) – Kansas City, Kansas, and Chelsi Libby (Travis Miller) – St. Charles, Missouri. Three Grandchildren – Hayleigh, ViviAnne & Tyler Libby – Linn Creek, Missouri. A sister – Kim Howard – Aurora, Colorado. Two nieces & a nephew – Sassha Howard, Paige Howard & Tristan Howard. His Grandmother – Ann Stewart – Springfield, Missouri, and two Aunts – Kate (Greg) Griesemer – and Robin (Toby) Felton.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Wes & Chapell Libby, and his mother Janet Libby and his father Keith Kirby.

He worked as an EMT at the Lake of the Ozarks Ambulance and for several years at Summerset Boat Lifts in Osage Beach, Missouri. He then stayed home to care for his mother, Chapell Libby, who lived with his family until she passed at the age of 100.

Shawn loved the outdoors and especially loved deer hunting with his family and friends. He loved watching football and NASCAR. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, LSU Tigers, MO Western Griffons and the Camdenton Lakers.

He loved history, the Lake of the Ozarks and loved to watch old war movies. Shawn was the family Trivial Pursuit champion.

Shawn loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. He was very proud of all of them and loved to spend time with them. Shawn especially loved the times he spent with them hunting, riding four-wheelers, fishing and watching them play sports.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, especially his hilarious one-liners and quick wit. His advice, knowledge and deep love that he passed on to his children will live on in their hearts forever.

Visitation and service was held Saturday, February 23 at The Exchange Venue, 57 Court Circle, Camdenton, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations payable to the Memorial Fund for Shawn Libby, c/o OakStar Bank, PO Box 138, Camdenton, Missouri 65020 (for Education Fund for Grandchildren) or Cardinal-Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, glennon.org

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Ralph Patrick “Pat” Ball, 59
Ralph Patrick “Pat” Ball, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. He was born May 15, 1959, in Denver, Colorado, a son of James L. and Victoriana (Torres) Ball.

Pat was an over the road truck driver for many years until he was no longer able due to his health.

He enjoyed spending time creating stained glass.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Kreiman of Wisconsin; grandson, Marcus Kreiman; his mother, Victoriana Ball of Versailles, Missouri; brothers, Larry Ball of Versailles, Missouri, Jim Ball of Piedmont, Missouri and John Ball of Stover, Missouri; sisters, Kathy Thibault of Piedmont, Missouri, Mary Wright of Versailles, Missouri and Kelly Norman of Linn Creek, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Carol Joan Kennard-Stringer, 81
Carol Joan Kennard-Stringer, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019. She was the middle child of seven born to Edwin Powell Kennard and Mildred Blanche (Iman) Kennard on March 6, 1937, in Pierre, South Dakota.

As a child she spent time in the Morgan County countryside with her sister, Jan, roaming the woods and rescuing wildlife, whether it wanted to be rescued or not. She spent many wonderful hours with her Granddad and Grandma Iman on their small farm.

She attended Oak Grove and Versailles grade schools and Versailles High School. She worked at the Versailles theater and Pat’s Café. She had her daughter, Teresa in 1954 and on November 23, 1955, married Sam N. Stringer. The three celebrated their wedding anniversary every year.

In 1956, she gave birth to their son, Danny and in 1960, their daughter, Connie. They lived in many apartments and rentals until they bought their first home in 1967, in the Kansas City Northland.

They moved to Gravois Mills in 1995, after both retired, he from Georgia Pacific and she from Furr’s Cafeteria. Their retirement home was full of wildlife that they enjoyed watching and feeding.

They fed thousands of oreo cookies to the raccoons prompting them to come to the storm door and rattle it, signaling that they wanted another cookie. Her husband of nearly fifty-five years passed away from kidney cancer in 2010. She moved back to the Northland to be near her children shortly after.

Carol was a stay at home mom until 1981, when she went to work at the Forum Cafeteria that would become Furr’s Cafeteria. She was the smiling face that customers expected on the serving line for fourteen years.

Carol was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church until it closed and then a member of St. James Catholic Church. She taught preschool CCD classes at St. Raphael’s. Her love of animals never changed. She loved her family, her dogs, all dogs, Hallmark movies, babies, purses, homemade ice cream, Christmas lights, QuikTrip hot dogs and barbeque ribs, not necessarily in that order.

She was an avid garage seller and thrifter enjoying countless hours of bargain hunting with her sisters, Pat & Linda.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, sister & brother-in-law, Janice & Alan Kirschke, her husband, Sam and son, Danny, her sister-in-law, Zelma Kennard, her brother-in-law, Tom Daniels, her nephews, Dennis Weymuth and Mike Kirschke and her niece, Brenda Daniels.

She is survived by her daughters, Teresa (Terri) Turner (Todd), Connie Kanatzar (Mark) and Nancy Stringer; her sisters, Pat Morrison (Buster) and Linda Daniels; her brothers, Bill Kennard, Bob Kennard (Carol) and Jim Kennard (Donna); her grandchildren, Jason Ross (Janet), Kelley Huonker (Dan Showmaker) and Brooke Turner (Dan Mays); her great-grandchildren; Paige & Taylor Ross and Briley Thompson and by many nephews, nieces and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday February 26 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles, with her grandson, Jason Ross officiating. Graveside services and interment was held at the Prairie Ridge Cemetery in Polo, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter in Sunrise Beach.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Mary Louise Fernandez, 78
Mary Louise Fernandez, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born February 8, 1941, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Ray and Florence Cook.

On October 26, 1987, she was united in marriage to David Fernandez, who preceded her in death on February 7, 2003.

Mary enjoyed spending time playing bingo with her friends and cooking.

She expressed her religion through the catholic faith.

She is survived by her children, Debra Hurley of the state of California, William Hurley, Jr. of the state of California, John Hurley and fiancée Marci Swope of Eldon and Robert Hurley and fiancée Donna Gomez of Tipton; two grandchildren, Keanna Hurley and Sean Hurley; her sister, Rosie Shubert of Ohio; her brother, Gene Cook of Ohio and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Chuck Cook, Richard Cook, George Cook and Kathy Cook.

A private family celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Bertha D. Bacon, 81
Bertha D. Bacon, of Versailles, passed away Monday, February 25, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born August 24, 1937, in Tuscumbia, a daughter of the late Willis and Mae (Lawrence) Stone.

On November 7, 1956, in Eldon, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, LeRoy Bacon.

In 1965, she lovingly opened her home to children, caring for them during the day while their parents worked. She loved and cared for over one hundred fifty children until this past September, when she was no longer able due to her health.

Bertha was a member of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Versailles. She served as the financial secretary for over fifty years for the Trinity Southern Baptist Church and the Versailles First Baptist Church.

She enjoyed spending time flower gardening. Above all, she loved her grandchildren and cherished the time she spent with them.

In addition to LeRoy, her husband of sixty-two years, she is survived by her children, Greg Bacon of the home and Jodi Lehman and husband Joe of Jefferson City; five grandchildren, John Lehman, Nick Bacon, Travis Bacon, Adrienne Bacon and Joni Lehman; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Lehman and one due in April; her sister, Anna Lee Stone of Eldon and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six siblings.

A celebration of Bertha’s life was held Friday, March 1, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Reverend Jim Randall officiating.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trinity Southern Baptist Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

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