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Kyree Alexis Clark

Oct. 24, 2017

Jan. 30, 2018

Kyree Alexis Clark, infant daughter of Jamie Renee Ford and Christopher Adam Clark, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born on Oct. 24, 2017, in Kansas City.

Survivors include her parents; brother, Zachary Paschal; sisters, Jiann Gray and Taila Gray; maternal grandparents, Patricia Pearson and James Ford; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Opal Clark.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home. Burial followed the service at the Tracy Cemetery in Anderson, Mo.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Allen Floyd Cooper

March 17, 1926

Jan. 29, 2018

Allen Floyd Cooper, 91, of Grove, Okla., died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at his home after weeks of declining health.

He was born March 17, 1926, in Southwest City, Mo., to Floyd Milo and Maymie Belle (Seay) Cooper. On June 21, 1947, he married Ruby Lee Ferrell in Columbus, Kan. He was a truck driver most of his life. At 18, he joined the Navy and served in San Diego and the Far East in WWII as a Seaman Second Class. He was a member of New Life Church in Anderson, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Lee Cooper; his parents; five siblings; a son, Sam Cooper; one grandson, Jackie Cooper; and a great-granddaughter, Jayden Mestrovich.

Survivors include three sons, Allen Cooper (Valerie) of Arlington, Va., John Cooper (Randi) of Pryor, Okla., Russ Cooper (Karla) of Neosho, Mo.; five daughters, Mary Lou Roark of Anderson, Betty Mestrovich (Ken) of Bentonville, Ark., Melanie Witham (Rod) of Southwest City, Dorlene Atkinson of Willard, Mo., and Peggy Watts (Gerald) of Anderson; and 21 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 1, at New Life Church in Anderson with Brother Tom Ellis officiating. Burial with full military honors followed in the Southwest City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Shirley Ruth Fletcher

Dec. 31, 1940

Feb. 2, 2018

Shirley Ruth Fletcher, 77, of Anderson, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 31, 1940, in Tiff City, Mo., to Albert and Margaret (Arnett) Ledford. She was a lifelong area resident. On Nov. 13, 1993, she married Wilbert Fletcher. She worked 20 years at the Tiff City Store and she enjoyed cooking, tending to the needs of her home, spending time with her family and church gatherings. She was a member of Buffalo Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Louise, Norma and Lewis; and a great-grandson, Tanner Quinn.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbert; five children, Leona Lee (Ed) of Aurora, Mo., Bonnie McDaniel of Seneca, Mo., Dannie McLaughlin (Annetta) of Wyandotte, Okla., Darrin Campbell (Cheri) of Anderson, and Shelly Webb of Little Rock, Ark.; two stepsons, Leon Fletcher (Bobbie) of Bentonville, Ark. and Brian Fletcher (Christy) of Neosho, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Dohle and Barbars Sutton; and a brother, Johnnie Ledford.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Buffalo Creek Baptist Church with Brother Jared Proctor officiating. Burial followed in the Cummings Cemetery in Tiff City.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Frank Hollingsworth

Nov. 18, 1934

Jan. 20, 2018

Frank "Dink" Hollingsworth, 83, of Anderson, Mo., formerly of Joplin, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

He was born Nov. 18, 1934.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Buddy Lee Peck

April 17, 1930

Jan. 29, 2018

Buddy Lee Peck, 87, of Noel, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at his home.

He was born on April 17, 1930, in Lanagan, Mo., to Cleve and Lina (Bryant) Peck. He married Norma Carole Mitchell on May 10, 1952, in Anderson, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Sheridan in Illinois and served 18 years in the National Guard. He was production manager for Sundance Trailer Plant in Noel, he created designs for Noel Woodcraft, and taught water and wastewater in Jamaica. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Peck of the home; four sons, Steve Peck of Noel, Keith Peck (Rosie) of Anderson, Mo., Dan Peck of Noel, Jon Peck (Imma) of Joplin, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial service was held on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Noel Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral services were by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Sonja Ruth Pitts

March 8, 1932

Jan. 30, 2018

Sonja Ruth Pitts, 85, of Anderson, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at the McDonald County Living Center in Anderson.

She was born March 8, 1932, in Schweinfurt, Germany, to Joseph and Katy Rottmann. She was a devoted housewife and mother, an avid gardener and loved working in her flowerbeds.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Tosh (Richard) of Goodman, Mo., and Jutta Chiles (Tommy) of Joplin, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

Joe Henry Pogue

Joe Henry Pogue, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the United Methodist Village in Godfrey, Ill.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Gent Funeral Home in Alton, Ill.

R.R. Stauber

Aug. 6, 1928

Feb. 2, 2018

Colonel R.R. Stauber, known as Rose, died Friday, February 2, 2018. She was born in Noel, Mo., August 6, 1928, to Martin and Pearl Rose Stauber, and grew up on the Stauber Farm near Noel. Rose graduated from Noel High School and Southwest Missouri State University where she graduated with honors in 1949. After teaching briefly in Springfield Public Schools, she joined the U.S. Army.

Rose graduated from Officer Candidate School in March 1952; and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Her career alternated troop duty with public affairs, serving in the WAC Center, Ft. Lee, Va.; Ft. McClellan, Ala.; Ft. Eustis, Va., Ft. Levenworth, Kan.; and Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. She served four tours in Germany and one year in Vietnam. In 1967, Rose was sent to the University of Missouri, where she earned a master's degree in journalism.

During her career, Rose was the first woman to hold four positions in the Army: Battalion Commander at the U.S. WAC Center, Ft. McClelland; Public Affairs Officer with the Army's V Corps, Frankfort, Germany; Editor-in-Chief of Military Review, the Army's professional journal, Ft. Levenworth, Kan.; and Editor -in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of the Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper for U.S. Forces in Europe and the Middle East, headquartered at Darmstadt, Germany. The Stars and Stripes had a budget of $40 million and delivered daily newspapers to U.S. troops from Scotland to Turkey, a distance comparable to the distance from Seattle to Key West. This was her last assignment; she retired as a full colonel in 1982. Rose was awarded the Legion of Merit, the second highest decoration for service; the Bronze Star Medal; and the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

During her retirement in Grove, Okla., Rose became interested in genealogy. As with everything she did, nothing was haphazard. Every name and date had to be documented through official records. She had work published in several historical publications and made presentations to various historical groups in Oklahoma and Missouri. With a crew of Grove volunteers, she read the cemeteries of Delaware County, publishing their work in cemetery books. She also published records for McDonald County cemeteries, and funeral homes.

For many years she volunteered at the Grove Library, helping those who needed help with their family genealogy. Rose also led the VITA program in Grove, which helps seniors with their tax returns.

Rose is survived by three siblings; James B. Stauber and wife Joan of Noel; Stevens Stauber and wife Della of Bozeman, Mont.; and Shirley McAllister of Sun City, Ariz. She will be remembered by her nephews and a niece, grandnephews and a grandniece. She benefited from the loving care of her guardians Juanita Holmes and Kathy Ford and several caregivers who saw that she could remain in her home as she wished.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel in Grove, Okla. Burial will be held at Southwest Cemetery in Southwest City, Mo. Online condolences can be made by viewing Rose's Book of Memories at Memorial donations can be made in Rose's name to the Southwest City Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 248, Southwest City, MO 64863 or the Grove Public Library 1140 NEO Loop, Grove, OK 74344.


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