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Obituaries: June 20, 2019

Donald E. “Andy” Anderson

Sept. 22, 1941 – May 20, 2019

Donald E. “Andy” Anderson, 77, of rural Marion County near Monroe City, died May 20 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal.

He was born Sept. 22, 1941, in Harrisonville, the son of Leslie Earl and Hazel Irene Loveland Anderson.

Andy was a 1959 graduate of Harrisonville High School, Harrisonville. He then graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in animal science. 

He was a member of the Garden City Methodist Church, Garden City, as a young man. He then attended the Prairie View Baptist Church in rural Hunnewell. 

Andy was a standout football player at Harrisonville High School, and then played for the University of Missouri. He was a lifelong Marion County grain and livestock farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Shelbina. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Marion County Soil Conservation Department. He was a member of the University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team. He enjoyed deer hunting, shooting rifles and working on guns and knives. He was a very knowledgeable gunsmith and expert marksman. Andy was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. 

He married Betty Jean Sparks on June 16, 1963, at the Prairie View Baptist Church.

He is survived by Betty Jean, of the home; two sons, Donald Ray Anderson, Garden City, and Leslie Harold Anderson and wife, Cynthia, Versailles, Kentucky; two brothers, Kendall Anderson and wife, Corelia, Belton, and Gary Anderson and wife, Julie Anne, Butler; one sister, Marilyn Moreland,  Harrisonville;  five grandchildren, Stephanie Camic and husband, Nick, Jennifer Anderson, Ben Anderson, Melissa Anderson and Lindsay Anderson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

Memorial services were June 15 at the Camp Inlow Chapel, Philadelphia, Missouri, with Pastor Andy Latin officiating.

In lieu of flowers or cards, Andy’s family request gifts to the Andy Anderson Memorial Fund for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 302 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211. These funds will help support the MU Livestock Judging Team, a passion of Andy’s. 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. 

Margaret E. Anderson

June 23, 1943 – June 8, 2019

Margaret Evelyn Fitzgerald Anderson, 75, died June 8 at her home in Independence after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born June 23, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Milo and Willa Sutcliffe. Margaret was one of eight children.

She married Robert Lee Fitzgerald on March 28, 1964. They raised three children together until his death in 1974. Margaret later married Leroy “John” Anderson on March 31, 1980. He died in 1988.

Margaret lived most of her life in the Harrisonville area. When her health started failing, she moved to Independence to live with her son.

Margaret loved her family, friends, cats, dogs (all living creatures really), sewing and a tremendous variety of collections and crafts.

She was also an avid collector of plants and flowers. She could grow anything. However, when you asked the name of the plant, she would often make up names because she couldn’t remember the real name for them.

She was extremely funny and loved to laugh and tell jokes and stories.

She was honest and loving, and would tell you her honest opinion about everything (even if you didn’t ask). She had a very colorful personality that she enjoyed sharing with everyone she came in contact with.

Margaret was a strong believer in her faith and in Jesus. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the community.

Margaret is survived by her three children, William Fitzgerald, Independence; Robert and Penny Fitzgerald, Flintville, Tennessee; and Frances and MaPilar Fitzgerald, Colorado Springs, Colorado; her grandchildren, Kevin Fitzgerald, Rebecca Bailey and David Bailey; five great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

A celebration of life was June 13 at the Gathering Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s name can be made to Project Linus, 4505 S. Noland Rd., Independence, MO. Project Linus provides new handmade blankets, quilts and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Reflections Memorial Services,  Kansas City.

Connie Ann Bagley

Dec. 10, 1947 – June 4, 2019

Connie Ann Bagley, 71, Blue Springs, was born Dec. 10, 1947, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Arthur F. and Doris (Noble) Calvert. She died June 4 at her home.

Connie was a 1967 Savannah High School graduate.

In 1973, she was married to Ron Bagley at the Gashland Presbyterian Church, Gladstone. They later divorced.

Connie was a dedicated homemaker who devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She was the best grandma that a child could have. She always had her arms wide open for hugs and kisses. Connie sang to her grandchildren when they were little and made them laugh with her funny jokes.

She enjoyed writing, drawing, painting, singing and was an exceptional pianist.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by three daughters, Karen Blake, Oregon, Sherri (and Thomas) Stechmann, Liberty, and Rhonda (and John), Greenwood; eight grandchildren, Dallas Blake, Kansas City, Joshua Davis, Liberty, Jacob Miers, Kansas City, Jordan Davis, Liberty, Jasper Davis, Liberty, Sabrina Davis, Greenwood, Tabitha Davis, Harrisonville, and Megan Davis, Greenwood; and other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held for immediate family at Wynbrick Mansion, Liberty.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Cletis Walter Hodges, Jr.

Feb. 26, 1963  June 11, 2019

Cletis Walter Hodges, Jr., was born Feb. 26, 1963, in Harrisonville, the son of Cletis Walter Hodges, Sr., and Eunice Ethel (Ware) Hodges Vogeler. He died  June 11 at his home in Harrisonville, surrounded by love and family at the age of 56 years, 3 months and 16 days.

On June 12, 1981, Butch was married to Linda Diane Willoughby in Harrisonville.

Butch was employed as plant supervisor for Quality Aggregates in Kansas City. Earlier, he was employed at Limpus Quarries and Apac Quarries, both in Harrisonville. He enjoyed working on cars, his dune buggy and riding his motorcycle. Butch loved his family and adored his grandchildren and great-grandson. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville.

Butch was preceded in death by his father, Cletis Hodges, Sr.; his stepfather, Amos Vogeler; a son, Steven Hodges; and a brother, Gary Vogeler.

Butch is survived by his wife, Linda Hodges, of the home; a son, Jacob Hodges; two daughters, Cassandra Curtman (Jeremy), and Diana Gott (Brandon), all of Harrisonville; four grandchildren, Austyn, Heaven, Brandon and Alexis; a great-grandson, Noctis; his mother, Eunice Vogeler, Creighton; four sisters, Leanne Smith, Creighton, Marlene Howard and Marilyn Hobbs, both of Springdale, Arkansas, and Carolyn Stevens, Grandview; and other relatives and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held June 14 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Bikers For Babies.

Kathryn Louise Kelly

April 25, 1951 – June 9, 2019

Kathryn Louise Kelly, Raytown, formerly of Harrisonville, was born April 25, 1951, in Kansas City, the daughter of Michael John and Susan Anna (Norris) Walsh.

She died June 9 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 15 days.

June 16, 1973, Kathy was married to Robert “Shorty” Kelly in Kansas City.

Kathy was employed as a data processor for AT&T in Kansas City until her retirement. Later, she was employed by the Cass County Publishing Company and Branding Iron Barbeque, both in Harrisonville. Kathy had also worked at Tripmate in Kansas City in customer service.

Kathy worked her last few years for Summit Christian Academy in its child care department.

She attended the Abundant Life Church, Lee’s Summit, and was a lifelong member of the former Harrisonville Optimist Club, Harrisonville.

Kathy had lived in Harrisonville and Pleasant Hill before moving to Raytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shorty, on Aug. 1, 1994; and her brother, Michael Walsh.

Kathy is survived by her nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

A memorial visitation was June 15 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Carolyn E. Sidebottom

April 15, 1938 – June 8, 2019

Carolyn Elizabeth Sidebottom, 81, Kansas City, died June 8 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence. Funeral services were June 11 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville.

 Carolyn was born April 15, 1938, in Canton, Illinois, the daughter of Granville Arthur and Alta (Beatty) Gorsage.

She was a 1956 graduate of Harrisonville High School. She married Waido Franklin Sidebottom on April 10, 1959, in Harrisonville. They moved to Kansas City to make their home.

Carolyn worked for Farmer’s Insurance in Kansas City as a bookkeeper, and had also worked for JCPenney at the Blue Ridge Mall in Kansas City. 

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Independence.

 Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Waido, Nov. 5, 1997; three brothers, Jesse Ray Gorsage, Calvin Gorsage and Walter Gorsage; and a sister, Frances Marie Gorsage.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Marsha Nichols (Ronnie), Murrayville, Illinois; two sisters, Gladys Todd, Independence, and Betty Drehle, Harrisonville; numerous nieces and nephews; and three step-granddaughters.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Lois M. Stuart

May 18, 1928 –  June 8, 2019

Lois Maxine Stuart, Garden City, was born May 18, 1928, in Hoxie, Kansas, the daughter of Elva and Jessie Taylor.

She died June 8 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, at the age of 91 years and 21 days.

Lois was married to Ovid Stuart.

Lois was employed as a clothes washer for a dry-cleaning business.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ovid Stuart; a brother, Dale Taylor; and a sister, Margie Moody.

Lois is survived by her brother, Darrel Taylor, Kingsville; a sister, Dorothy Grah, Garden City; several nieces and nephews and their families; and other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life gathering was June 12 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

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