McDonald County Press Obituaries For Aug 11, 2022


Esther Charlotte Armstrong

Jan. 13, 1937

Aug. 4, 2022

Esther Charlotte Armstrong, 85, of Webb City, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in the comfort of her home surrounded by family.

She was born Jan. 13, 1937, in Grandview, Mo., to William Thomas and Charlotte Esther (Dodson) Lair. She was raised and attended school in Anderson and then attended Crowder College. On July 3, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark., she married Artie Armstrong. They lived in various places throughout the country and for three years in Germany while Artie served in the U.S. Army. She worked in many places, including helping her husband operate Artie's Café and Donut Shop in Anderson, before retiring from Jasper County Family Support Division. She enjoyed photography and working on crossword puzzles. She was of the Full Gospel Faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 65 years, Artie Armstrong (Aug. 26, 2017); Bay Carrier, whom she thought of as a son; a brother, Donald Lair; two sisters, Dorothy Workman, Pauline Daniels; and four half-sisters, Gladys, Ruth, Violet, Bertha.

She is survived by her four daughters, Brenda Joyce Clutter (Joel) of Carl Junction, Deborah Ann Caywood of Diamond, Susan Esther Armstrong of Plano, Texas, Lisa Rosalie Davis (David) of Webb City; and 11 grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at Peace Valley Cemetery in Anderson, Mo., with Joel Clutter officiating.

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Arrangements were by the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.

Hazel Eva Cooper

Aug. 11, 1930

Aug. 4, 2022

Hazel Eva "Grandma Bean" Cooper, 91, of Lanagan, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., after a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 11, 1930, in Grinnell, Kan., to Samuel and Ida May (Close) Sherman. She was raised in Lanagan and was a 1949 graduate of Noel High School. On Sept. 6, 1950, she married Robert Paul Bemiss. They resided in Wellington, Kan., and La Junta, Colo. When her first husband died suddenly in 1958, she moved her family back home to Lanagan. She retired at the age of 72 from Freeman Neosho Hospital after 31 years of employment as a nurse's aide. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and board games.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Robert Paul Bemiss and Robert Cooper; a son, Roy Bemiss; a grandson, Robert Paul Bemiss; and a son-in-law, Dan Stone.

She is survived by her four children, Mike Bemiss (Kathy) of Joplin, Sandra Cash of Taft of California, Gloria Stone and Judy Gann (Kevin), both of Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Faith Bemiss of Sedalia, Mo.; thirteen grandchildren; and a sister, Lena Belle Evans of Bentonville, Ark.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Pastor Scott Leonard officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery.

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Arrangements are by the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.

Gary L. Keeler

Sept. 26, 1958

Aug. 2, 2022

Gary L. Keeler, age 63, entered into his eternal home on August 2, 2022, following an illness.

Gary was born September 26, 1958, in Neosho, Missouri, one of five children to Roy Eugene and Mary Anna (Landon) Keeler. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1976 and worked as a cab driver in Joplin and as an over-the-road truck driver. He collected hot wheels and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Gary was a longtime member of the Goodman Baptist Church and is currently a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Seneca.

Gary is survived by two brothers, Danny Keeler and wife Vicki of Neosho, and Kenneth Keeler and wife Karen of Wichita, Kansas, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his twin brother, Terry Keeler, and sister, Linda Keeler.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10 a.m., at the Goodman Baptist Church; Rev. Reese Morrow will officiate. The family received friends at a time of visitation before the service from 9 a.m. until service time. Interment followed in the Banner Cemetery, with family serving as pallbearers.

Contributions in memory of Gary may be made to the Goodman Baptist Church, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, Missouri 64850.

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Services were under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.


Carrie Illene Proctor

June 3, 1936

Aug. 6, 2022

Carrie Illene Proctor, 86, of Goodman, Mo., died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at her residence with family by her side.

She was born June 3, 1936, in Cyclone, Mo., to George Herman and Lucille Marie (Collins) Cooper. She married Cecil Lee Proctor on July 2, 1955, in Granby, Mo. He preceded her in death in July of 1999. She married Daniel Proctor on May 12, 2012, he also preceded her in death. She was a nurse's aide and worked for the McDonald County Nursing Center for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sister, Dorothy Sue Adair; brother, Junior Herman Cooper; sons-in-law, Rick Corsbie and Donald Coffey.

Surviving are her daughters, Marcella Sue Worden of Granby, Cecelia Lee Corsbie of Goodman; brother, James Locke of San Jose, Calif.; sisters, Phyllis Bruder of Denver, Colo., Mickie Lico of San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, at the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at this time. Cremation will follow the visitation. A private family burial will be held at a later date in the Union Cemetery in Stella, Mo.

Cremation arrangements are by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.

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photo Proctor
photo Armstrong
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