Nila J.Blackwell

Nila J. Blackwell, 87 years of age, from Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, with his wife and family by his side. He was born in Trenton, Texas, to Mary Lou and Walter Blackwell on April 4, 1929. He was a veteran of the...

Bettie A. (Williams) Keller

Bettie A. (Williams) Keller, 86, of Kearney, Mo., passed away January 31, 2017. Bettie was born November 20, 1930 to Ray and Helen (Smith) Williams in Nashua, Mo. She joined First Christian Church at the age of 12. Bettie was preceded in death by her mother and father, and...

Lonnie Dravenstott

Lonnie Dravenstott, 78, Lawson, Mo., passed away January 31, 2017. Lonnie was born November 23, 1938 to Charles and Georgia (Mallory) Dravenstott in Henrietta, Mo. He married Larenda Pennington on December 30, 1968. He was a carpenter by trade and owned L.D. Construction for 31 years. He was a...

Arthur Faunce

Arthur Faunce, 77, of Holt, Mo., passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 due to complications from pneumonia. He was surrounded by family as he peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Arthur was a Christmas baby born on December 25, 1939 in Leon, Iowa....

Charles “Charlie” William Roberts

Charles “Charlie” William Roberts died January 27, 2017 at Excelsior Springs Nursing & Rehab, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Charlie passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, Molly, surrounded by family and friends. Charlie was born October 9, 1928 in Kansas City, Kans., to Leon M. and Pauline...

Vada Bell Graham

January 29, 1934 ~ January 26, 2017 Vada Bell Graham, 82, passed away at Liberty Hospital on January 26, 2017. Vada was born January 29, 1934 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Elizabeth and Charles Camden. She attended and graduated from the Excelsior Springs School District. After graduation she studied...

Barbara “Bobbie” June Houghton

Barbara “Bobbie” June Houghton, 84, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away peacefully January 25, 2017 at her home while reading her book. Barbara was born December 15, 1932 in Faucett, Mo., to Frances and A.D. Parr. She later had a step father, Vivion Peters. She married John Houghton and they...

Betty Wales Baker Stephens

Betty Stephens, 90, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away January 24, 2017. Betty was born March 12, 1926 in New Cambria, Mo., to Plages Morgan and Clara Irene (Cullen) Jones. She graduated from New Cambria High School May 4, 1944. Her first job after graduation was at Mattingley’s in Brookfield,...

John L. “Jack” Moodie

Long time Lawson resident John L. “Jack” Moodie, 93, died of natural causes at his home January 19, 2017. “He never knew a stranger” describes his outlook on life. He loved helping people and preferred to do it anonymously. Born in Chicago and raised in Arlington Heights, Ill., Jack...

Gregory Edward Allen

Gregory Edward Allen, age 71, died January 19, 2017 at Northcare Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Greg was born on October 3, 1945 in Kansas City, Mo. He retired from North Fork Southern Railroad after 41 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyde...

Donna Marie West

Donna Marie West, 68, was born in Eldorado, Ark., on February 28, 1948. She was born to Gerard A. and Ruth V. West. She survived her older sister, Jerri L. who was born in December of 1946 and died in 1952. To everyone, Donna was soft and kind hearted...

Mark Perkins Miller

Mark Perkins Miller, age 76, of Kansas City, Mo., died Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Cameron, Mo. Mark was born to parents Elvin and Francis Miller on June 18, 1940, in Kansas City, as the second of four children. After serving four years in the Navy, he met and...