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Norma E. Smiley O'Neal
(October 2, 1917 - May 4, 2008)
She married Leonard M. O'Neal on April 5, 1936. They moved to Baxter Springs, Kan., in 1945. Leonard preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1978.
She was also preceded in death by two infants; three brothers, Clifford, Cleetis and Carl Smiley; and a son-in-law, Chris Williamson. Norma was a lifetime
homemaker. She was a 50 year member of the Magnolia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Baxter Springs. She also served as docent for the Baxter
Springs Heritage Center and Museum for many years.
Norma is survived by three sons, Richard O'Neal and his wife, Lona Mae, Larry O'Neal and his wife, Vicki and Dale O'Neal and his wife, Gay;
three daughters, June O'Neal, Wanda O'Neal Carter and her husband, Tomie and Debbie O'Neal Williamson; one grandson, Rick Carter; six
granddaughters, Wendy Carter Tyrrell, Stacy O'Neal Moss, Jennifer Williamson Lehner, Valerie O'Neal Adams, Natalie O'Neal and Lesli Williamson;
seven great-grandchildren, Stephanie Carter Souder, T.J. Carter, Rebecca Tyrrell, Madison Moss, Ethan Tyrrell, Hayden Moss and Chloe Adams; one
great-great-grandson, Cameron Souder; and a nephew, Gary Smiley.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Derfelt's Chapel in Baxter Springs, Kan. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
at Derfelt's Chapel with graveside services following at Brown Cemetery in Kissee Mills, Mo. Dr. Forest Link will officiate
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Norma's memory to the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum.
Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.
Mon, May 12, 2008 11:09 PM
Lula Mae "Smith" Wilson
(April 5, 1919 - May 8, 2008)
Lula was born April 5, 1919, in Success, Mo., to the union of James William and Lula Mae (Lewis) Smith. Lula was united in marriage to William A. Wilson
July 3, 1937, in Joplin, Mo. Lula was a homemaker, where she served her family and friends throughout her life. She was a member of the Riverton Friends
Church, Riverton, where she was very active until her health began failing.
Lula was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lula Smith; her husband, William A. Wilson; one brother, Vernie Smith; one sister, Grace Cox; and one
great-grandchild, Jonathan Pickard. She is survived by one son, William W. Wilson and wife, Mary, Baxter Springs, Kan.; one daughter, Elizabeth A. Hale,
South Carolina; two sisters, Billie Carriger, Branson, Mo., and Belle Pigg, of Galena; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one
great-great-grandchild; along with extended family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Quaker Valley Cemetery, Riverton. Family will receive friends
Monday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. Brother Jeff Adams will officiate the service. Arrangements are under the
direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. In lieu of flowers, Lula's wish was that contributions be made to the Lowell Friends Woman
Mon, May 12, 2008 11:20 PM
John Henry Thomas Jr.
(April 23, 1953 - May 11, 2008)
John was born April 23, 1953 in Joplin, Mo to the union of John Henry Thomas and Louise (Qualls) Wade. He was united in marriage September 24, 1977 to
Merry (Halligan) in Joplin, Mo.
John was employed by Tamko where he worked as a lab tech for 22 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Riverton, Ks.
John was preceeded in death by Oral Wade. John is survived by his dad John Thomas and wife Ruth, Riverton, Ks, his mom Louise Wade, Baxter Springs, wife
Merry of the home, three sons Brandon and Shannon, Darrick and Teri, Skylar. Along with two grandchildren Ben, and Colton. Along with extended family and
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the First Baptist Church, Riverton, Ks. With Rev. Tim Warren officiating. Arrangements are
under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Ks.
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Wan William "Bill" Qualls
(August 21, 1930 - May 13, 2008)
Bill was born August 21, 1930 in Neutral, Kansas to the union of Leonard and Vada (Dixon) Qualls . Bill was united in marriage to Katharine Lane, January
5, 1955 in Miami, Oklahoma. He worked as a cement finisher for the Parsons Ammunition Plant where he retired in 1996. He was a member of the Riverton Friends
Church, Riverton, Ks.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Buster Qualls, and James Qualls. He is survived by his wife Katharine Qualls of the home, daughter
Wendy Handshy and husband Bud of Frontenac, Ks, son Gary Qualls of the home, daughter Donna Loyd and husband Brent of Joplin, Mo, son Mike Qualls and wife
Pam of Riverton, Ks, son Billy Qualls and wife Norma of Baxter Springs, Ks, one brother Sanford Qualls of Neutral, Ks, two sisters Patricia Martin of
Oklahoma, and Doris Sweeton of Neutral, Ks, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, along with extended friends and family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Riverton Friends Church, Riverton, Ks. Family will receive friends Friday, May 16,
2008 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Ks. Rev. Wes Davis will officiate the services. Burial will be
in the Lowell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Riverton Friends Church, c/o Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, KS.
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Jerahmia Lee McDonald
WELCH, Okla. -- Jerahmia Lee McDonald, age 24, of Welch, Okla., and formerly of Parsons and Oswego, died in an automobile accident on Friday, May 23, 2008,
just east of Chetopa.
He was born Sept. 22, 1983, in Joplin and has been a lifelong area resident. He was last employed by the Grove Nursing Center as a CNA, and has worked as a
home health nurse and at various other nursing homes.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Monty and Vanessa Cudney of Baxter Springs; and his father and stepmother, Terry and Becky McDonald of
Riverton; paternal grandparents, Clara and Pete Brown of Columbus; and maternal grandparents, Bernard Krieger and Deana Grahm Krieger of Rogers, Ark., and
Mary "Granny" Krieger of Columbus; three sisters, Melissa Mae Scott of Miami, Okla., Rebecka Sue Cudney of Columbus and Molly McDonald of
Riverton; and two brothers, Matt McDonald and Andy McDonald of Riverton.
The service was at 2 p.m. today at the Bethel Community Church of Baxter Springs. Burial was in the Lone Elm Cemetery in Columbus. Services are under the
direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel in Baxter Springs.
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CHETOPA -- A Welch, Okla., man died Friday afternoon in a wreck east of Chetopa.
Jerahmia L. McDonald, 24, died in the wreck, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The accident happened at 3:54 p.m. Friday on U.S. 166 about 5 1/2 miles east of Chetopa.
According to the patrol, McDonald was driving a 2006 Honda Accord westbound on the highway. The car left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a
McDonald was wearing a seat belt, but he died at the accident scene, the patrol said.
An autopsy was to be done in Topeka.
Here's the scanned obit from the Galena Sentinel-Times, which I fancied up a bit, and added Lee.
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