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Obituaries from April 2012

Robert Edwards (04/13/12)
Robert Edwards of Essex, Mo., died at his home in Essex on April 12, 2012. A complete obituary will be published later with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Mo., in charge of arrangements.
Hali Mikhel Rice (04/10/12)
Hali Mikhel Rice, daughter of Kevin Rice and Leslie Pattillo, both of Bloomfield, was born on March 3, 2010 at St. Louis and died at Missouri Southern Health-care in Dexter on April 6, 2012 at the age of two. Besides her parents, Hali is survived by one sister, Havyn Rice of Bloomfield; her paternal grandparents, Carey and Matthew Cossey of Hillsboro, and Allen and Jean Rice of Bloomfield; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Stephanie Pattillo of Malden, and Lisa and Darrell Tittle of Malden; her paternal great-grandparents, Norene Harvell of St. ...
Michael D. Henley (04/10/12)
Michael D. Henley, 44, of Dexter, Mo., died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Henley was born Aug. 30, 1967 in St. Louis, Mo. He had lived around Dudley and Dexter all of his life. He had been employed by Florida Marine Tank and Ken Minton Farms...
Cora Mae Putnam (04/06/12)
Cora Mae Putnam, daughter of the late Charles H. Perry and Myrtle Brown Perry, was born on May 26, 1913, in Dexter, Mo., and died on April 4, 2012, at the Central Gardens Residential Care in Dexter at the age of 98. Mrs. Putnam was a homemaker, member of the Pleasant Grove Community Church in Dexter, worked on the Stoddard County Election Board for many years, and was a resident of Dexter...
Barbara Sue McMullin (04/06/12)
Barbara Sue Walker McMullin, 69, of St. Peters, Mo., died April 4, 2012, following a prolonged illness. Mrs. McMullin was born on Oct. 10, 1942, in Dexter, Mo. She was the fifth of 12 children born to William Earl and Lvara Walker. Mrs. McMullin worked for most of her life in the tele-communications industry and loved gardening, crafts, sewing, and doing home improvement projects with her husband. She was a gifted writer and left behind several poems beloved by her family...
Vane L. Lindsay (04/26/12)
Vane L. Lindsay, age 68, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his home in Creston under Hospice care, with his family at his side. Vane Lamar, only son of Helen P. (Williams) and J. Myrl Lindsay, was born Jan. 3, 1944, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Vane graduated from Bernie High School, and then graduated with a degree in sociology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, followed by the University of Minnesota in Minn., with an Associate Arts degree in Mortuary Science...
Della Wooten (04/26/12)
Della Wooten, daughter of the late T.B. Walker and Willie Mae Kelly Walker, was born on Nov. 2, 1943, at Wilson, Ark. and died in her residence near Essex on April 24, 2012, at the age of 68. Mrs. Wooten was a home-maker and resident of rural Essex...
Allean Triplett (04/25/12)
Allean Triplett, daughter of the late Amiel and Ellen Eaton Hunt, was born in Bernie on Feb. 20, 1916, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on April 23, 2012, at the age of 96. Mrs. Triplett had lived in Essex most of her life. She was a member of the South Pleasant Valley General Baptist Church near Dexter and was a member of the Eastern Star...
Laura Stroder (04/24/12)
Laura Stroder, daughter of Doyle W. Eubanks of Bloomfield and Kathy M. Cantrell Eubanks of Dexter, was born on May 16, 1967, in Bloom-field, Mo., and died April 19, 2012, at her residence in Dexter at the age of 44. Laura was an employee with Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a resident of Dexter...
Cynthia Ranee Powell (04/24/12)
Cynthia Ranee Powell, daughter of Mary Gromer Kinder of Dexter and the late Bobby J. Powell, was born on March 23, 1960, in Dexter and died at her residence in Dexter on April 21, 2012, at the age of 52. Ms. Powell was a former beautician in the Poplar Bluff area, a member of Faith Fellowship Church of Dexter, and a resident of Dexter...
Mary Lou Kinder (04/24/12)
Mary Lou Kinder, daughter of the late Eugene Walker and Mary Cato Walker, was born on May 29, 1928, in Advance, Mo., and died at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girard-eau, Mo., on April 21, 2012, at the age of 83. Mrs. Kinder was a former employee of Dexter Memorial Hospital in Dexter for 27 years and was affiliated with the St. Joe General Baptist Church...
Genevia A. Langston (04/24/12)
Genevia A. Langston, daughter of the late Don and Lelia Marie Doublin Douglas, was born in Puxico on April 29, 1924, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center on April 22, 2012, at the age of 87. Genevia had lived in Puxico all her life and was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Puxico. She loved to piece quilt tops and to garden. On Dec. 27, 1943, she was married...
William Eli Pogue, Jr. (04/20/12)
William Eli Pogue Jr., son of the late William Eli Pogue Sr. and Wilma Sweat Pogue, was born in Osceola, Ark., on June 24, 1934, and died at his daughter's home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on April 19, 2012, at the age of 77. Mr. Pogue made his career in education. ...
Wilma Jean Craft (04/20/12)
Wilma Jean Craft, daughter of the late Emery Stroder and Beulah Kynion Stroder, was born Aug. 26, 1936, in Crump, Mo., and died April 19, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 75. Mrs. Craft had worked at the International Hat Factory and was a home-maker...
Helen Beatress Zuck (04/20/12)
Helen Beatress Zuck, daughter of the late Benjamin Thomas and Eva May Schumpert Sanders, was born in Parma, Mo., on July 4, 1929, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on April 20, 2012, at the age of 82. Mrs. Zuck had grown up in Parma, and had lived the past 20 years in Dexter...
A. C. Lay (04/18/12)
A. C. Lay, son of the late Albert Charles Lay and Mabel Clara Ramsey Lay, was born on Aug. 4, 1924, in Bell City, Mo., and died on April 16, 2012, at the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 87. Mr. Lay was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dexter, worked in several factories in Dexter, was a former employee of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, and was a resident of Dexter...
Margie Worley (04/18/12)
Margie Worley, daughter of the late Charles Clinton and Lola Blanch Taylor Boyt, was born in Como, Mo., on Nov. 28, 1922, and died at her home near Doniphan, Mo., on April 17, 2012, at the age of 89. Mrs. Worley had been a resident of Stoddard County, Mo., most of her life. She moved to Doniphan three years ago. She was a member of the Grandin Full Gospel Holiness Church in Grandin, where she served as a board member. She worked at Elders Manufacturing and at area nursing homes...
A C Lay (04/17/12)
A C Lay, a resident of Dexter, died Monday, April 16, 2012, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming from Rainey-Mathis in Dexter.
Melba "Emadean" Hoffmeister (04/17/12)
Melba "Emadean" Hoffmeister, of Swinton, Mo., died on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the age of 84. She was the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Lydia Bradshaw. She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Torpea, and two sons, Paul (Tammy) Woodrow and Glen (Pam) Woodrow...
Bettie Rowland (04/17/12)
Bettie Rowland, daughter of the late Edward W. Bean and Olive Taylor Bean, was born on Sept. 9, 1918, in Sikeston, Mo., and died on April 15, 2012, at the Cypress Point Skilled Care Facility in Dexter at the age of 93. Mrs. Rowland was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, a seamstress for Elders Manufacturing and a resident of Dexter...
Emma Mae Niehaus (04/17/12)
Emma Mae Niehaus, of Dexter, daughter of the late Edward Fritts and Velma Crain Fritts, was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Bernie and died at the Golden Living Center in Dexter on April 15, 2012, at the age of 90. Mrs. Niehaus was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Dexter, a former employee of Medler's Cleaners and a housewife...
Seldon Harris (04/17/12)
Seldon Harris, son of Dorothy Horn Vander-Molen of Muskegon, Mich., and Ervin Harris, was born on April 9, 1947, in Dexter, Mo., and died on April 13, 2012, at his residence in Dexter at the age of 65. Mr. Harris was referred to as a mountain man. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and tracker. Seldon was a very loving family man...
James Ervin Fortner (04/17/12)
James Ervin Fortner died April 15, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born on Nov. 5, 1932, in Eupora, Miss., to Lonnie E. and Lydia McCain Fortner. James was a retired banker and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. James and Dixie Samples were united in marriage on Sept. 3, 1962, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Advance, Mo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 1997...
Richard "Pee Wee" Schaefer (04/13/12)
Richard Lee "PeeWee" Schaefer, son of the late Red and Thelma Schaefer, was born in Cape Girardeau on June 16, 1950, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, on April 12, 2012, at the age of 61. He lived in the Cape Girardeau area most of his life and was a member of the Cape Eagles Aerie...
Robert Lee Edwards (04/13/12)
Robert Lee Edwards, son of the late Lewis Lee and Daisy Ann Baker Edwards, was born in Canalou, Mo., on June 21,1932, and died at his home in Essex, Mo., on April 12, 2012, at the age of 79. He had lived in Essex most of his life and was of the Pentecostal Faith...
Terry Glen Strickland (04/12/12)
Terry Glen Strickland, son of the late John Marvin and Mildred Louise Teel Strickland, was born in Dexter, Mo., on Nov.16,1952, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo., on April 7, 2012, at the age of 59. He had worked as a plumber with his father and was also a truck driver. He had lived in Southeast Missouri most of his life, had lived in Gideon, Clarkton, and Puxico the past four years...
Eloise LaRue (04/11/12)
Eloise LaRue, daughter of the late Charles LaRue and Anna Barker LaRue, was born on Jan. 19, 1916, in Frisco, Mo., and died at her residence in Dexter, Mo., on April 9, 2012, at the age of 96. Eloise was a former receptionist at the Y.M.C.A. in Pon-tiac, Mich., and a former waitress at the Hickory Log Restaurant in Dexter. She attended the Second General Baptist Church in Dexter and was a resident of Dexter...
Mary Bostic (04/11/12)
Mary Bostic was born on July 10, 1931, in Kewanee, Mo., and died at her son's home in Bloomfield, Mo., on April 9, 2012, at the age of 80. Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Albert Donald Henson (04/06/12)
Albert Donald Henson, son of the late Walter Joseph and Pearl Babbs Henson, was born in Gideon, Mo., on Dec. 11, 1928, and died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., on April 4, 2012, at the age of 83. He was of the Freewill Baptist faith. On Sept. 2, 1964, he was married to Sarah Walker. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2005...
Betty Jane Doerschlen (04/06/12)
Betty Jane Doerschlen, daughter of the late John and Elsie Fischer, was born on Oct. 31, 1928, in Niles, Mich. and died at her home in Dexter, Mo. on March 31, 2012, at the age of 83. On April 11, 1955 she was married to Eddy J. Doerschlen in Lordsburg, New Mexico...
Patrick Ray Merick (04/05/12)
Patrick Ray Merick, son of Harold Merick and the late Joyce Ray, was born on Jan.14, 1964, in Tracy, Ca., and died at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on April 3, 2012, at the age of 48. Mr. Merick had lived Bloomfield most of his life. ...
Betty Jane Doerschlen (04/05/12)
Betty Jane Doerschlen, 83, died at her Dexter home on March 31, 2012. Graveside services were held April 3, 2012 with Chiles Cooper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Cora Mae Putnam (04/05/12)
Cora Mae Putnam, a resident of Dexter, died on April 4, 2012, at the age of 98. Funeral arrangements are incompleteand will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Marzella Catherine Skelton (04/03/12)
Marzella Catherine Skelton, daughter of the late John Franklin and Mary Catherine Smith Heldermon, was born in Bridgeport, Okla., on Sept. 14, 1914, and died at the Puxico Nursing and Rehab Center in Puxico, Mo., on April 1, 2012, at the age of 97...
Ralph "Eugene" Hessling (04/03/12)
Ralph "Eugene" Hessling, Sr., son of the late Edward Hessling and Polly Ann Brockwell Hessling, was born June 30, 1917, in Lilbourn, Mo., and died March 31, 2012, at his residence in Dexter at the age of 94. Mr. Hessling was a heavy equipment operator and a resident of Dexter...