Grand Old Lady Dies At Age Of 92  

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Shortly before noon Tuesday word came to Liberty of the passing of Mrs. M. L. Cundiff, aged 92, who died at her home near Phil around 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. Deceased was the widow of the late G. A. Cundiff, Sr., and was familiarly known to her large circle of friends as "Aunt Tish." She was a native of Adair county and her maiden name was Harmon. She had lived in the Dunnville section for a good many years and no person that ever lived in that section was more universally loved than "Aunt Tish." Her husband preceded her to the grave about twenty years ago. She had been an invalid for a good many years and despite her advanced age had enjoyed very good health until the past few months when her infirmities became too great for her weakened condition. No stranger was ever turned away from the home of Mrs. Cundiff and no one enjoyed visits from her large family and other relatives than did she. She was one of the few remaining widows of veterans of the Civil War residing in the county and perhaps has the largest number of surviving descendants of any person in Casey county, as she leaves two sons, Mr. L. W. Cundiff, of Glendale, Ariz., and Mr. George Cundiff, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, also six daughters, Mrs. Lona Rubarts, Louisville; Mrs. Ida Carson, Phil; Mrs. Mattie Combest and Mrs. Ann Russell, Dunnville, and Mrs. Ada Combest and Mrs. Maud Rich, of this city, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will number upwards of over one hundred. In her passing many hearts go out to the devoted children who have been so kind and thoughtful of her during her invalid years. She has received every care and attention that it was possible for her to have. Funeral services will be held at the Antioch Christian church of which she had been a faithful member for a good many years, at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with her pastor, Rev. H. B. Popplewell, of Jamestown, in charge. Burial will follow in the family lot in the Antioch cemetery.
The Casey Co. News, Liberty, Casey Co., Kentucky, 4 Jun 1941

Carrie N. Thompson  

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Carrie N. Thompson, age 88, of Macon, Missouri, formerly of Elmer, Missouri, passed away Friday (December 24, 2004) at the La Plata Nursing home.

Born April 19, 1916 in Elmer, Missouri, she was the daughter of Lewis and Della (Still) Hoffman. On May 9, 1942, in Piggot, Arkansas, she married Samuel Thompson who preceded her in death on May 9, 1995.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers, Herman, Virgil, Samuel and Lewis Hoffman, six sisters, Opal, Nelba, Fern, Mary, Beulah and Florence, and one grandson, Randy Johnson.

Survivors include two sons, Charlie Thompson of La Plata, Missouri and Johnnie Thompson and wife, Jean of Macon, Missouri; one daughter, Nelba Shockley and husband, Jim of Macon, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Carrie resided in Elmer, Missouri all of her life before moving to Macon, Missouri in 1992. She received her education at the Bell Rural School. Carrie was of the Pentecostal Faith. She was a member of the Elmer Assembly of God Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for several years, and after moving to Macon, Missouri she attended the United Trinity Church.
She enjoyed cooking, canning, and quilting. Carrie loved her God and family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday (December 29, 2004) at the Travis Funeral Chapel in La Plata, Missouri. Officiating will be the Reverend Denny Sikes. Music will be provided by organist, Vicky Sikes and vocalists, Mike and Kathy Austin. Musical selections will be "Under His Wings", "Wings Of A Dove", and "Amazing Grace".

Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery of Elmer, Missouri. Pallbearers will be Greg Johnson, Tim Johnson, Tony Johnson, Kurtis Johnson, Jimmy Maloney, Mark Stroppel, Gale March and Ben Miles.

Visitation will be held Tuesday (December 28, 2004) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church, La Plata, Missouri 63549, (660) 332-7145.

Memorials in memory of Carrie N. Thompson may be made to the Randy Johnson Memorial Cancer Fund. They may be left at or mailed to the Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church Street, La Plata, Missouri 63549.

Mrs. Lippincott's Funeral Friday  

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Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Lippincott, 70, were held at the home of Mrs. George King here Friday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. R. R. Watts, pastor of the Baptist church.

Mrs. Lippincott was born May 17, 1860. Her husand died in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1905. She was the mother of two sons, Claude who preceded his mother in death some years ago. One son, Malcom Lippincott resides in Cornith, Ky..

Deceased was a member of the Baptist church of Henrietta, Texas.
3 Jul 1930

Rites for Mrs. Josie Easley this Afternoon At Baptist Church  

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Mrs. Josie Easley, 83, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hobart Slauughter[sic], La Plata, Tuesday morning at 10:30. She had been seriously ill for the past two months.

She was born Nov. 1, 1870 at Indainapolis[sic], Ind., the daughter of William and Sarah Arnold Allen. On June 23, 1888 she became the bride of Thomas H. Easley in a ceremony performed near Elmer.

Three children were born to the union: John H. Easley of Ft. Madison, Mrs. Hobart (Grace) Slaughter of La Plata, and David F., deceased.

Preceding her in death were her husband on July 6, 1922, and her four brother[sic] and three sisters.

Besides her surviving son and daughter there are nine grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren[sic].

She was a member of the Baptist Church of La Plata where funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Claude Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the La Plata cemetery and pallbearers will be B. G. Slaughter, R. T. Mercer, Cleo McHenry, Von McHenry, Levi Bellmeyer, and Elzie Beall.

Wilson Funeral is in charge.

Thomas H. Easley  

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Thomas Herrin Easley was born February 25, 1869, and departed from this life July 6, 1922, being at the time of his demise 53 years, 4 months, and 11 days of age. He lived in Macon county during his life time, and for almost two years had made his home in LaPlata.

Mr. Easley was united in marriage to Josie Allen, June 23, 1888. To this union three children were born, John H. Easley, Marceline, Mo, David F., of Lexington Junction, Mo, and Grace May Easley Slaughter of LaPlata, Mo. Other near relatives are J. W. and F. W. Easley of Chelan, Wash., brothers, James of LaCrosse, Mo., a twin brother and Isaac Vertress, of Gifford, a half-brother, also one sister, Mrs. Minnie Shultheiss, of Yarrow, Mo. There are a number of other relatives and friends who sympathize with the widow and children in their sorrow.

Mr. Easley was converted to the Christian faith about 23 years ago and united with the Chariton Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were conducted at Mt. Carmel Church by Rev. L. E. Stonecipher, July 8th. Interment was made in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
13 Jul 1922

Stella Hays  

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Christella (Stella) Mae Hays 98, of Yarrow, Missouri died Thursday morning (February 8, 1996) at the Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

The daughter of John Willard and Miriah (Gunnels) Cook, she was born July 10, 1897 in Yarrow, Missouri. On December 25, 1919 in Yarrow, Missouri she married Harley Lawrence Hays who preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son in infancy; one grandson, Larry Sigman; one son-in-law, Coy Sigman and one sister, Cory Swanson.

She is survived by one son, Cleeland Hays and wife Nolia of Kirksville, Missouri; one daughter, Leticia Sigman of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Kathy Sullivan and husband Gene, Tom Hays and wife Judy, Karen Hammons and husband Keith, John Sigman, Ike Sigman and Tony Sigman; thirty great-grandchildren; seventeen great-great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Myrtle Adams of Gifford, Missouri.

Stella was raised in the Yarrow, Missouri area where she attended the Mount Zion School. She also attended and graduated from the Normal School in Kirksville, Missouri. She taught school at the Golden Rule School in western Adair County, Missouri. She farmed with her husband on a farm west of Yarrow where she lived until 1983 when she went into the nursing home. She was always willing to help people by taking them into her own home or taking care of them in their home. She was a wonderful person.

She attended the Union Temple Church in western Adair County, Missouri.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday (February 11, 1996) at the Davis-Playle Chapel with the Reverend Virgil Jones officiating. Music will be provided by Carlyle Walker singing 'Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere" and "The Old Rugged Cross" accompanied by Cheyrl [sic] Newland, organist. Burial will be in the Union Temple Cemetery in western Adair County, Missouri.

Pallbearers will be Tim Acton, Tom Hays, Jr., Todd Hays, Justin Harris, Kenneth Acton and James Ralston.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Brandon Claybrook, Melvin Huff, Gene Sullian, Keith Hammons, Sam Breslin, Kevin Gardner, Tom Hays, Sr., and Phillip Hultgren.

Donald Shoemaker  

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Donald Richard Shoemaker, 69, of Marceline, Mo., and formerly of New Cambria, Mo., died Sunday (Feb. 10, 1996) at Grim-Smith Hospital in Kirksville.

Mr. Shoemaker was born Feb. 28, 1926, in West Liberty, Iowa, to Charles Richard and Jessie Elizabeth Call Shoemaker. He married Loretta Belle Thompson in 1945 in New Cambria. Mr. Shoemaker farmed and worked at Toastmaster in Macon, Mo.

He is survived by four sons, Larry Shoemaker of Green River, Wyo., and Jim, Rick and Steve Shoemaker, all of New Cambria; one daughter, Alcidean Clarahan of Kirksville; two brothers, Danny Shoemaker of Bevier, Mo., and Bill Shoemaker of Bucklin, Mo.; two sisters, Thelma Hulett of Bucklin, and Erma Malloy of New Cambria; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Shoemaker was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clarence Earl Shoemaker, and two sisters, Rebecca Newton and Mary Ann Herrin.

Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Louis V. Scudiero and Sons Funeral Home in Bucklin, with burial in New Cambria Cemetery in New Cambria.

Margie Wylie  

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Margie Lee Wylie, 71, of Fort Sumner, N.M., and formerly of Adair County, Mo., died Thursday (Feb. 8, 1996) at Pecos Valley Care Center.

Mrs. Wylie was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Adair County, Mo., to Perry Earl and Aurilla Margaret Douglas Barnett. She married Virgil Eugene Wylie on June 9, 1954. Mrs. Wylie graduated from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and taught fourth grade at Fort Sumner Public Schools from 1948 to 1970.

She is survived by one son, Stephen Wylie of Clovis, N.M.; three grandchildren, Timothy, Andrea and Sarah Wylie, all of Clovis; and one brother, Harold Barnett of Kirksville.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Sumner Cemetery, under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, with burial in the Garden of Love at Fort Sumner Cemetery.

George Scurlock  

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George Lemoine Scurlock, 74, of Glenwood, Mo., died Thursday (Feb. 1, 1996) at Schuyler County Nursing Home in Queen City, Mo.

Mr. Scurlock was born Dec. 15, 1921, near Centerville, Iowa, to George and Carrie McGoldrick Scurlock. He married Erma Irene Engle on April 30, 1945, in Memphis, Mo. Mr. Scurlock farmed and operated a trucking service for area farmers.

He is survived by his wife and one sister, Vera Emogene Scurlock of Twin Pines Nursing Home in Kirksville. Mr. Scurlock was preceded in death by his parents and one half-brother, Victor Scurlock.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Mo., with burial in Glenwood I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Glenwood.

Herbert Kisner  

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Herbert Warren Kisner, 78, of La Plata died Friday (February 2, 1996) at the La Plata Nursing Home.

Kisner was born August 20, 1917 at Princeton, Minn., to David Warren and Ethel (Raffety) Kisner.

On Oct. 20, 1947 he married Jean M. Stowell, who preceded him in death.

Also surviving are three sons Neal and Scott Kisner of La Plata and Patrick Kisner of Chula Vista, CA,; one daughter, Marcia Kisner of Debuque, Iowa; one brother, George Kisner of Wellman, Iowa two sisters, Krances Magrabi of Wellman, Iowa and Carol Higgins of Estherville, Iowa, six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death one son in infancy and one brother, Charles Kisner.

Kisner was employed by the LeHigh Portland Cement Company at Mason City, Iowa. He was a member of the La Plata VFW, Elmer Christian Church and a WWII Veteran.

Funeral arrangements will be at the First Christian Church in Nora Springs, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Elliott Funeral Home in Atlanta.

Mrs. Sarah E. Perry  

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Mrs. Sarah E. Perry, widow of Gilbert Perry, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. E. Sykes in Gibbs Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock, following an illness of two years with tuberculosis.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Christian church at Gibbs, conducted by the Rev. C. E. Dunkelberger, of Macon, burial in the Union cemetery.

Mrs. Perry, a daughter of Jasper and Sarah (Axton) Moore, was born at Gibbs August 29, 1862. She was 67 years, 8 months and 27 days of age at the time of her death. She was married to Gilbert Perry December 12, 1880 and to this union were born eight children, of whom four preceded her in death.

Mrs. Perry is survived by three sons, Warner Perry, Los Angeles, Calif., Ace and Art Perry, both of Fayette, Mo., and a daughter, Mrs. Beulah Gluck, of Ft. Madison, Iowa. The late Mrs. John Hicks of LaPlata, was also a daughter. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. A. E. Sykes, Gibbs, and five brothers, Levi Moore, Kirksville, William Moore, Los Angeles, John Moore, Emporia, Kan., Uecilleus Moore, Parsons, Kan., and Elestus Moore, Ft. Madison, Iowa. Twelve grand children and three great grand children also survive her. Her husband died Nov. 26, 1923.

Mrs. Perry united with the Christian church at Gibbs nine years ago under the ministry of Rev. Geo. Kitchen. She was well known and held in high esteem by her friends of the Gibbs community, where she had spent most of her life.
22 May 1930

Two Deaths Here On Wednesday  

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Sudden Passing of Mrs. Rose Reynolds Shocks Community

The death of Mrs. Floyd Reynolds at four o'clock yesterday afternoon, which was the second death of the day, Mrs. Blessing dieing that morning, came as a shock to the entire community, her illness having been over a period of but two or three days. Her devotion to her beautiful little daughter was an outstanding thing in her life, the child having come to the home after years of married life. Mrs. Reynolds was much beloved by all who knew her.

Ozella May Wilkerson was born March 9, 1891, and died at her home in La Plata, Mo., Feb. 1, 1928. She was born at Boonesboro, Howard Co., Mo., daughter of George F. and Martha Lou Wilkerson. She was married to Floyd E. Reynolds, Dec. 22, 1909. Their daughter, Martha, was born August 23, 1925. Besides her husband and daughter, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Alderson of California, and her father, George F. Wilkerson, Boonesboro, Mo., two sisters and four brothers, Lollie Lee, Frank, James Willard, Harry and Hawkins of California, and Anna Herring of Salisbury, Mo. Funeral services will be conducted at the Christian chuch, Friday afternoon at 3:15 by Rev. Shoemaker.
2 February 1928

Elza Prough  

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Elza Prough, 91, of Green Castle, formerly of Kirksville, died at 12:30 Thursday afternoon (July 24, 1986) in Milan Care Center where he had been a resident 26 days.

Born July 18, 1895 near Tulvania in Macon County, he was the youngest son of Daniel and Martha Jane Pinkerton Prough. On July 19, 1916 in Macon he married Eliza Francis Parish who preceded him in death on August 12, 1982. Also preceding him in death were four sisters, Emma Prough Aiple, Addie Prough Wonch, Ethel Prouch Hoelscher and Ada Prough Bishop and five brothers, John Prough, Amzy Prough, Dannie Prough, Albert Prough and Virgil Prough.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Prough was engaged in farming in Macon and Adair Counties before his retirement.

Graveside services will be held at eleven o'clock Saturday morning (July 26, 1986) in Highland Park Cemetery. The Rev. Terry Hunsaker, pastor of Hamilton Street Baptist Church will conduct the services which will be under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home.

Casket bearers will be: Clarence M. Craig, Steven L. Prough, Ernest Wood, Bob Love, Paul Straight and Donald R. Harrington.

Friends may call at Fohn Funeral Home (the rest of the article was cut off).

Verna Alice Prough  

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Verna Alice Prough, 89, of La Plata passed away at 11:15 Saturday night (March 5, 1983) in a hospital in Marceline.

The daughter of William and Emma Guthrie Parish, she was born July 8, 1893 in Macon County, Missouri. On April 22, 1914 in Macon County she was married to Amzie Prough who preceded her in death on February 1, 1920. Also preceding her in death were one great-grandson, Steven Louis Prough; one sister, Elisa F. Prough; one brother, Willis Parish and her parents, William and Emma Burthree Parish.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Charles Roy (Opal) Shumaker of Route 4, La Plata, Missouri; two sons, Edwin Prough of La Plata and Olen Prough of La Plata; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Prough resided for many years in Mercyville, Missouri. For a short time she lived in La Plata before entering the Pioneer Health Center in Marceline three years ago.

She was a member of the Winigan Christian Church.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon (March 8, 1983) in the chapel of Foster-Fohn Memorial Home. The Rev. Archie Cooper conducted the services. Music was provided by Mary Weerts, singing, "Amazing Grace" and "Going Down the Valley." She was accompanied by Dianthe Cable, organist. Burial was in the Helton Cemetery.

Casket bearers were: Calvin Allen, Kenny Baker, Steven Prough, Clarence Shott, Nile Wilson and Bill Galaspie.
Macon Co. Home Press, Macon Co., Missouri, 16 March 1983

Welcome to My Blog!  

Posted by Kate Keller

For over 20 years my mother did genealogical research on our family lines. When she entered a nursing home I inherited all of her genealogy records. In going through those records I found some articles on people that I can't find a family connection to. Also, as I have been going down the genealogical road I have amassed a number of obituaries, documents, newspaper articles, etc. of people who are also not related to me. I thought I would share them here and maybe somebody would read them and go "Hey, those are my relatives!" or "Hey, I know somebody who might be interested in that information." The items will be sourced where possible. Hopefully YOU will find a Genealogical Treasure here!