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Joyce Bingham

Nov. 26, 1938

Aug. 3, 2018

Joyce Bingham, 79, of Sulphur Springs, Ark., died Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at the Highland Healthcare center in Bella Vista, Ark.

She was born Nov. 26, 1938, to Arling and Luella (Johnson) Stacy. She worked in Texas Public Schools in Cypress, Texas. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting and cooking. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Southwest City, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Randy and Charles David Rone; and a sister, Brenda Hammer.

Survivors include eight siblings, Arlene Hopkins of Westville, Okla., Leona Stinnet of Gravette, Ark., Wayne Stacy of Sulphur Springs, Sharon Hardin of Joplin, Mo., Patsy Tillman of Goodman, Mo., Rick Stacy of Gravette, Larry Stacy of Ardmore, Okla., Alice Corder of Gentry, Ark.; and two grandchildren, Shane and Rachel Rone of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Southwest City, Mo. Brother Rob Grimm will officiate. Burial will follow in the Southwest City Cemetery in Southwest City. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Southwest City Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home.

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Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Hayes


Aug. 3, 2018

Mary Lou Hayes of Durham, N.C., passed away on Aug. 3, 2018, at age 102 years. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, A. Truman Hayes; and two sisters, Frances (O'Brien) Young and Clara Mae (O'Brien) Viles. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Gerber (Gerald) of Durham, N.C.; son, Dan (Alison) Hayes of Canandaigua, N.Y.; grandchildren, Carl Gerber (Kelly), Susan Smoak (Wayne), Rachel Hayes (Cathy Stover), and Brooke Burlison (Larry); great-grandchildren, Jason Matthew and Jeffrey Truman Gerber; Hunter O'Brien, Savannah Rose, and Amanda Elizabeth Smoak; Jackson Daniel Hayes; and Holden Truman Burlison; and nephew Mike (Karen) Viles.

Mrs. Hayes was born in 1916 in Pineville, Mo., to John F. and Grace (Mosier) O'Brien and during most of her adult years resided in Lyons, Ellinwood, and Emporia, Kan., and Stockton, Mo. She was a pioneer among women who worked outside the home in addition to raising a family. She held jobs as a bank teller and accounts clerk, bookkeeper, Kansas State Employment Service placement officer, Juvenile Count Probation Officer, and Paralegal. She especially prided herself in the work she did for wayward and troubled youngsters to place into youth homes in order to reverse their misfortune and provide for their subsequent successful upbringing. She was named "Woman of the Week" by the Emporia Gazette newspaper in the mid-1960s and was active in the United Methodist Church and Altrusa Club. She and her husband were also institutional representatives of Emporia (Kan.) State University as Danforth Associates. She was a dominant motivating and supporting force and example to her husband as well as her children during their formative years. She was highly intelligent, articulate, possessed a strong sense of humor and Christian faith, and maintained -- as perhaps her greatest strength -- as positive an attitude toward life as perhaps any other living person.

A private memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at her family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Emporia State University Foundation and designated to the Truman and Mary Lou Hayes Scholarship Fund.

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Orlena Pearl Rookstool

April 24, 1946

Aug. 4, 2018

Orlena Pearl Rookstool, age 72, Blue Mound, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

She was born on April 24, 1946, in Chetopa, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Treva Smith Channel. She graduated from Franklin Technical Institute and worked as an LPN in several nursing homes. She was married to Jerry Purdy. To this union, two children, Rob and Vonda, were born. She later married Kenny Rookstool. Together they had a son, Frankie. Orlena loved playing with her grandchildren, gardening and canning.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Herb and Tom Robert; and a sister, Mary.

Orlena is survived by two sons, Robert Purdy and wife Susan and Frankie Rookstool and wife Rhonda; a daughter, Vonda Geeding and husband Pete; two brothers, Charles and David; five sisters, Loraine, Elsie, Beverly, Myrna and Stella; 12 grandchildren, Bryan, Matthew, Shaunntai, Jerry, Kyle, Deauzia, Adara, Kelsey, Heather, Brooke, Kendall and Ryland; and 11 great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Emily, Adrionna, Cooper, Dayton, Lisa, Bronx, Jaxon, Elliona, Daimon and Daison.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Burial will be in Curry Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel.

The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.


Josephine Faye Wright

Sept. 18, 1944

Aug. 2, 2018

Josephine Faye (Lewis) Wright, 73, of Noel, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at Freeman Hospital in Neosho, Mo.

She was born Sept. 18, 1944, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Fay Paul and Josephine Solis (Williams) Lewis. She grew up in Ft. Worth before moving to Rogers, Ark., where she graduated from Rogers High School. She studied nursing and worked for various hospitals. On Jan. 22, 1963, she married Jerry Clarence Wright, in Rogers. She was a member of Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church in Noel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Jerry Wright; and a brother, Richard Williams.

Survivors include her children, Diana Wright of Tarkio, Mo., Jerry Wright of Noel; two grandchildren; adopted son, Adam Wright Salman; and half-sister, Frances Churchill of Murrieta, Calif.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church in Noel with Father Chaz Dunn officiating. Burial with full military honors was held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.

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Ozark Funeral Home in Noel was in charge of arrangements.

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