Born 7/28/1933 ~ Died 3/11/2022
Eathel was born in Galt, Mo. She began her education journey in Galt and finished in Trenton, Mo. In Galt she was on the first girls’ basketball team and was crowned the Queen of the Galt Fair in 1949.
Eathel married Dewayne Persell of Spickard, Mo., in 1953. They moved to Kansas City in 1954 and had three children. Dewayne passed away in 1999.
Eathel enjoyed family, life, nature, and learning. She received her Masters Degree in Education from UMKC and taught 3rd and 4th grade at Chinn Elementary in Parkville, Mo., until her retirement. Eathel was a founding member of the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener, ballroom and square dancer. She was always willing to give a helping hand to those who needed it and drove for Meals on Wheels until 2020.
She leaves behind her daughter, Jackie (Jim) Trimble of Lake Stevens, Wash.; son, Steve Persell of Laredo, Mo.; sister, Donna (Roy Jr.) Ferguson of Trenton; sister-in-law, Bonnie McNabb of Trenton; her dear friend and companion, Virgel Adams of Kansas City; eight grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Rachel Persell.
A celebration of life will be held on June 25, 2022 with visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. and service following from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd, Gladstone Campus, 2800 NE 64th St., Gladstone, MO 64118.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
So sorry to see this about Eathel passing. We received a long letter from her last year. She knew I was taking care of dad’s birds, feeding them. I sent her a couple of old pics. I found in mom and dad’s book of her and Dwayne at their first apartment at 4116 McGee. And the motorcycle!!! I was little, 4 or 5 and thought it was crazy good to see that beautiful motorcycle- I loved to touch it and I got caught and got my behind swatted! I will let my brothers, Marty, Dave & Don know. Our hearts are with you.
She was one of the best teachers I had. I was so honored to be one of her students.