Obituaries


Published Monday, January 06, 2003

Rita A. Bassett

Rita A. Bassett, 78, Blue Springs, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in Blue Springs.

Mrs. Bassett was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Beech Grove, Ind. She was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Blue Springs. She was an appointment clerk at the Indiana University School of Dentistry for 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary (Carrigan) Sahm.

Her survivors include her husband, Donald E. Bassett, of the home; three daughters, Joan Bassett, Kansas City, Nanete and Joe Huser, Lee's Summit, and Julie and Ryan Johnson, Independence; a sister, Mary Liddy, Indianapolis; a brother, Ted Sahm, Chino Valley, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Tyler, Colby and Lauren Huser, all of Lee's Summit.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City. A visitation and rosary will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at the Webb-Freer Funeral Home, Blue Springs. The family suggests contributions to Cancer Society Inc., in honor of Mrs. Bassett.

Loren C. Booth

Loren C. Booth, 75, Leavenworth, Kan., formerly of Independence, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veteran's Administration Medical Center of Leavenworth.

Mr. Booth was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Sandusky, Mich., to Robert and Mamie Booth, and spent his childhood in Michigan. Following high school, he served in the Merchant Marines, from which he was honorably discharged. He went on to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and the University of Iowa, where he received his bachelor's degree in business. He worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and later taught for several years at Truman High School until his retirement in 1976. After retiring, he started an insurance business and a tax service. He served as a substitute teacher and spent many years helping his fellow veterans through their recovery process at the DDE VA Medical Domicilliary. He was also the manager of the Catholic Social Service Reveille House, a home for recovering veterans. He and his wife, Janet Luff, met at Graceland College and were married in 1951 and had two children. He later married Nelda Tarwater. Both wives preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beulah Bowsky, and a brother, Bill Booth.

His survivors include a brother, Larry Booth, Flint, Mich.; two daughters, Cherie Vrentas, Lee's Summit, and Shelle Cox, Lenexa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Joan N. Duckworth

Joan N. Duckworth, 69, Independence, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at her home.

Mrs. Duckworth was born May 3, 1933, in St. Joseph, Mo., and had lived in this area most of her life. She was a secretary for many years before retiring from the Kansas City Police Department. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence and was a member of the Tarrara Court 83 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Duckworth.

Her survivors include two sons, Richard DeLaet, Independence, and Robert DeLaet, Blue Springs; a stepson, Tony Duckworth, Kansas City, Kan.; three daughters, Linda Stansell, Independence, Laura Amor, Oak Grove, and Dianna Kinsey, St. Joseph; three brothers, Marion Munns, Golden, Colo., Charles Munns, Las Vegas, Nev., and Ralph Munns, Florida; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the Park Lawn Chapel, Kansas City, where Scripture services will be at 7 p.m.

Christina M. "Chrissy" Handley

Christina Marie "Chrissy" Handley, 19, Independence, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident.

She was born March 30, 1983, and was a former student of Truman High School.

Her survivors include her mother, Patty Wielicki, Independence; her father and stepmother, Michael J. and Babs Handley, and a brother, Michael Ryan Handley, of Snellville, Ga.; a sister, Julie Street-House, and a nephew, Jared Street, of Canton, Ga.; grandparents, Anthony and Penny Wielicki, Pulaski, Tenn., Mike and Marie Handley, Huntsville, Ala.; maternal aunts and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wielicki, Yorktown, Va., David and Joette Wielicki, Mannington, S.C., Cathy Scroggins, Madison, Ala., Tim and Mary Tidwell, Elmont, Tenn., and Nancy Harbin, Huntsville; and paternal aunts and uncles, Pam and Paul Rigsby, Toney, Ala., John and Freddie Maddox, Gurley, Ala., Terry and Peggy Harbin, Huntsville, and Harvey and Bridget Peach, Tampa, Fla.

She gave so much of herself in life and as much as we knew her compassion she was able to give in death through donations to bring sight to two people and continue life for at least 100 others.

Services will 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5609 Norfleet, Independence. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be held Wednesday at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville. The family asks that flowers be sent to cemetery.

Herald H. Harrison

Herald Hilton Harrison, 64, Odessa, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Harrison was born Aug. 31, 1938, in Fulton, Mo., to Glenn Yates and Dorothy Louise (Harrison) Harrison. He married Julia Louise Bell on April 14, 1990, in Miami, Okla. He was retired from the Pent Tab Corp., formerly Stuart Hall/Mewell Co. of Kansas City. He retired Sept. 26, 2000, and had also worked for the Allis-Chalmers Corp. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1956 and was a member of the paper workers union. He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Harrison, in 1979.

His survivors include his wife, Julia Harrison, and a daughter, Amanda L. Bell, both of the home; four other children, Brenda, Bobby, Lisa and Theresa; his mother, Dorothy L. Harrison, Fulton; brothers and sisters, Carolyn Sutton, Fulton, Kenneth Harrison, Kansas City, Larry Harrison, Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Don Harrison, Russellville, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel, Odessa. Burial will be in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Odessa. Friends may call from 7 to 8 tonight at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to your favorite charity.

Lula B. Howard

 

Lula B. Howard

 

Lula B. Howard, 77, Independence, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Independence Regional Health Center.

Mrs. Howard was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Brunswick, Mo., to Harvey Lee and Anna Mae (Lunceford) Heishman. She was a food purchasing supervisor for the Medical Center of Independence for the past 32 years. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Heishman Jr.

Her survivors include her husband, Lawrence Howard, of the home; a son, Larry Howard and wife, Paula, Blue Springs; a brother, Robert Heishman Sr., Peculiar, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Christine and Katie Howard, both of Blue Springs.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens, Independence. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel.

Robert S. Kent

Robert Stevens Kent, 73, Greenwood, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Kent was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Detroit. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. He worked for AT&T for more than 17 years and was currently working at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Mo. He was a member of the Lee's Summit Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard R. and Verna M. Kent.

His survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty L. Kent; two daughters, Brenda Tanck and Cynthia Pittman and husband, Kevin; four sons, Steven Kent and wife, Vicky, Charles Kent, David Kent and Robert Kent; 10 grandchildren, George, John, Kevin and Paul Tanck, Mary Conrad, Carrolyn, Cassandra, Shawn and Daniel Kent, and Joseph Pittman; a great-grandson, Logan Conrad; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Joe Thoben; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Helen Kent.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial with military honors will be in the "Jackson County Veteran's Field of Honor" in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Grain Valley. Friends may call form 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, Grain Valley.

Marie T. Kilgore

Marie T. Kilgore, 99, Blue Springs, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Saint Joseph Health Center in Kansas City.

Mrs. Kilgore was born Oct. 17, 1903, in West Feliciana Parish, La. She was a member and church clerk at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia, La., for 40 years, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Blue Springs. She attended Southern University High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1930 from Southern University and her master's degree in student personnel administration from Columbia University in New York. She commenced and concluded her educational career of nearly 40 years at the same school with three different names, Bienville Parish Training School, Arcadia Colored High School and Crawford High School, from which she retired as assistant principal in May 1968. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and an officer in Bud and Barbara Lee Ministries Inc. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Thomas M. Kilgore.

Her survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bud Lee, Blue Springs; two grandchildren, David "DJ" Lee, Blue Springs, and Stephanie Lee, Jackson, Tenn.; and a great-grandchild, Melodye and Ken Moore, Atlanta.

Services will be at 3 today at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. Burial will follow at Kilgore Cemetery. A visitation and service will also be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia. The family suggests contributions to Bud and Barbara Lee Ministries Inc. Arrangements are under the direction of the Webb-Freer Funeral Home, Blue Springs.

Helen L. Murry

Helen Louise Oberlander Murry, 68, Blue Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs.

Mrs. Murry was born Sept. 5, 1934, in Peoria, Ill., to Peter G. and Dorothy M. (Hoeflin) Winkler. She married Dallas Lee Oberlander, also of Peoria, on April 12, 1959, who preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1979. She married C. Dale Murry on June 4, 1988. She was a homemaker and a past township committeewoman for Van Buren Township. She was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church, LMWL and the Stephens Ministry at the church. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Winkler, in 2002.

Her survivors include her daughters, Konda Thomas and husband, Kevin, Fishers, Ind., Kandi Oberlander, Overland Park, Kan., and Ketra Oberlander and (Simeon Leifer), Santa Clara, Calif.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Janet Winkler and Ronald and Nancy Winkler, of East Peoria, Ill.; and two granddaughters, Julianne and Lauren Thomas.

Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Timothy Lutheran Church, Blue Springs. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Association or the church. Arrangements are under the direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Blue Springs Chapel.

Donna K. Squires

Donna K. Squires, 73, Marshall, Mo., formerly of Slater, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at her home.

Mrs. Squires was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Miami, to the late William and Elva (LaRue) Fisher. She lived in Gilliam before moving to Marshall in 1998. She married William D. Squires on Oct. 1, 1946, in Ottawa, Kan. She and her husband owned and operated Squires Manufacturing Co. in Slater for many years before retiring in 1992.

Her survivors include two sons, Tim Squires, Gilliam, and Tom Squires, Platte City, Mo.; a daughter, Mary Ann Lusebrink, Marshall; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Lee Morris, Springfield, Mo.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Weiker Funeral Home, Slater. Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

Patricia D. "Pat" Stone

Patricia Darlene "Pat" Stone, 73, Grain Valley, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at her home.

Mrs. Stone was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Orvil and Violet (Dunn) Slaughter. She married Lewis H. Stone, on Aug. 29, 1959. She was a catalog service representative for Montgomery Ward and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.

Her survivors include her husband of 43 years, Lewis Stone, of the home; a daughter, Dana Williams, Grain Valley; a son, David Barnett, a granddaughter, Davina Wilson, and a great-grandson, Dylan Wilson, all of Clinton, Mo.; and four stepchildren, Venita, Charlotte, Helen and Michael.

Services will be at 2 today at the Royer Funeral Home, Oak Grove. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Yoko Warman

Yoko Warman, 72, Independence, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Carmel Hills Nursing Home.

Mrs. Warman was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Chichibu, Japan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Major Clarence Samuel Warman, in 1999.

Her survivors include a son, Lt. Col. Paul Keith Warman, Fort Polk, La.; a daughter, Anita M. Mitchell, Independence; and two grandchildren, Jason S. Rogers, Dallas, and Jillian K. Warman, Fort Polk.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 613 S. Main St., Independence. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a luncheon at the church immediately following the burial. Arrangements are under the direction of the George C. Carson and Sons Funeral Home, Independence.