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Lorene Short

Lorene Short, 99, died Monday, July 26, 2010. Ms. Short was born Oct. 11, 1910, to Laura and Jess Southwick, Collins, Mo. She graduated from Lawson High School, living most of her life in Ray and Clay counties.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Virginia; a brother, Murl; her husband, Lloyd Short, in 1972; and a grandson, David Eldridge, in 1993. Lorene is survived by three children: son Jerry Short, wife Jackie; daughters, Jo Ann Eldridge, husband Bob; and Hazel Livingston, husband Gene; eight grandchildren: Jeff Short, wife Kathia; Juree Short; Janelle Martinovich, husband Andy; Jennifer Pederson, husband Mark; Jim Eldridge; Larry Daniels, wife Marsha; Leslie Coleman, husband Scott; Becca Lee, husband Godfrey; 17 great-grandchildren: Jamie, Rachel, Kasey Short; Audreauna Short; Emily, Matthew Eldridge; Nicholas Mack, Savanah, Malina, Remy Martinovich; Tanner, Maggie, Carly Daniels; Hansen, Elizabeth, Peter, Forrest Coleman; and Evan Lee; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorene’s family was her joy and delight. She loved to travel, play pitch and work crossword puzzles. Mom always made her own decisions: she decided when to sell the farm after Dad died, she arranged putting her home in town up for sale, she knew when to move out of the upstairs apartment in Excelsior to an assisted-care facility in Kearney, she told us when to dispose of her car and when she needed to go to a nursing home, and finally she tried to tell us when she was through with hospitals and she meant it. The family is grateful to the caregivers at Excelsior Springs Nursing & Rehab for their tender care. Lorene was a loving person with a ready smile and will be greatly missed by those who loved her.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Visitaiton will be one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Excelsior Springs Presbyterian church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

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