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Beverlee M. Constance
Sept. 7, 1927 – Feb. 18, 2021

Beverlee Marvella Constance, Cleveland, was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of George Henry and Emma Caroline (Ferden) Brock. She died Feb. 18 at Meadow View Health and Rehabilitation, Harrisonville, at the age of 93 years, 5 months and 11 days.

everlee was a homemaker, Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout leader. She was also employed as an assembler for Allis Chalmers, Independence.

She retired and lived 26 years at Truman Lake with her husband, then moved to Cleveland where she lived for the past five years.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Raytown, and attended the First Christian Church of Holden.

Besides her parents, Beverlee was preceded in death by her two sons, Mark and Bruce; husband, Lloyd; and two sisters, Arlene and Velma.

She is survived by her son, Eric L. Lowrey and his wife, Bobbi, Cleveland; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Miracle, Terre Haute, Indiana; other relatives and a host of friends.

Beverlee loved and was loved by family, friends and will be dearly missed.

Cremation. A celebration of life graveside service was Feb. 27 in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

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

Dora D. Eastman
Sept. 2, 1936 – Feb. 27, 2021

Dora “Darlene” Eastman, 84, Harrisonville, died Feb. 27 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence. Darlene was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Harrisonville, the daughter of John William and Mary Elizabeth (Bearce) Peterson.

She attended Harrisonville Public Schools and later married Robert Daniel Eastman. She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville.

Darlene had worked in food service at various locations in Harrisonville, including the Red Onion, Wagon Wheel, Casco, Harrisonville Medical Center and Golden Years Care Center before retiring in 2004.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 4409 and Crossroads Assembly of God.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, Sept. 19, 1986; a son, Robert E. Schock; a brother, John “Pete” Peterson; an aunt, Catherine Harper; and her aunt and uncle, Ellis and Joann Bearce.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Kay Phares, Harrisonville; two sons, Calvin Schock, Jr., Archie, and David Schock, Creighton; a brother, Kenneth Peterson, Killeen, Texas.

Graveside services were March 4 at Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Larry Finney
July 2, 1938 – Feb. 28, 2021

Larry Lee Finney, 82, resident of Auburn Lane, husband of Karen Lea Donahoo Finney, died Feb. 28 at Self Regional Healthcare.

Born July 2, 1938, in Casey, Il., he was a son of the late Owen and Ola Smith Finney. He attended Centralia Junior College in Centralia, IL. He retired from Prysmian Group.

Larry was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church where he served as usher. He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Salem, Ilinois, Ararat Shrine Temple of Kanas City, and Cass Lodge 147 A.F.M.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by four brothers, Dale, Dean, Donnie and Denny Finney; and twosisters, Marge Hammond and Ynema Thomas.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 55 years are a son, Jason (Sarah) Lee Finney, Aiken; a daughter, Jennifer (Kelly) Leigh Donohoe, Blue Springs; one brother, Bill (Liz) Finney, Sycamore, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Kathy Sweney, Jeffersonville, Indiana; five grandchildren, Taylor Donohoe, Chase Donohoe, Wilson Ehrhardt, Livingston Finney and Jameson Finney.

There are no services planned at this time.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Blyth Funeral Home, Greenwood, South Carolina.

Betty J. Mitchell
Oct. 23, 1932 – Feb. 26, 2021

Betty Jo Mitchell, 88, Pleasant Hill, was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Charles Fredrick and Una Leona Belle Bunger. She died Feb. 26 at her home surrounded by love and family.

Betty grew up in Harrisonville where she played basketball all four years of high school. She also spent many hours at the local skating rink. Even after she was married, she continued to impress her kids with her twirls and backward skating abilities.

She caught the eye of a young Pleasant Hill boy at the Harrisonville bus station and after Betty graduated in May she and Arlen were married June 8, 1950, at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Pleasant Hill.

Betty worked at various part-time jobs at several local businesses including the King Louie Garment Factory, Gerbes Supermarket, Staffords Hardware, Grays Hardware and Colonial Hatchery. Mostly she worked hard at being a great supportive wife and mother.

She spent hours refinishing old pieces of furniture and turning them into things of beauty, many of which are still in their home. She sewed clothing and bedding and upholstered furniture. She could rewire, wallpaper, lay carpet or most anything else that an old farm house needed.

She could walk on stilts, shoot baskets, ride a bike or just sit down and give you a listening ear if you needed it.

Betty was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church, a past member of the Happy Homemakers and the Friends Group.

Throughout all of her years her first devotion was to the Lord. Whether it was singing in the choir, teaching a Sunday school class or teaching vacation Bible school, her faith was shown without question. Her prayer list was a mile long.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Fredrick Mitchell; and a grandson, Logan Gray.

She is survived by her husband, Arlen, of the home; two sons, Gary and Catherine Mitchell, Osceola, and Richard Mitchell, Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Susie and Darrell Gray, Pleasant Hill; four grandsons, Tracy Mitchell, Odessa, Chris and Debbie Mitchell, Winfield, Jacob Mitchell and Levi Mitchell, both of Pleasant Hill; five great-grandchildren, Tristan, Faith, Chloe, Cayden and Brock; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 4 at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with Pastor Robert Harnden officiating. A private burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dennis Bunger, Tracy Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Jake Mitchell, Levi Mitchell and Andy Holt. Honorary casket bearers were Lloyd Ross and Junior Ross.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation in memory of Logan Gray and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

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

Florence Berniece Roseberry
April 17, 1928 – Dec. 29, 2020

Florence Berniece Roseberry, (92) died surrounded by family Dec. 29. She was born April 17, 1928, to John and Elsie Stephens, Harrisonville. In 1933, the family moved to Kansas City where she attended Horace Mann Grade School and graduated from Central High School in 1945.

She immediately began work at Gas Service Company as a cashier, where she meant her husband of 61 years, Clarence M. Roseberry, and her lifelong friend, Bonnie Barker. She was later employed by the Raytown School District as a clinic aide and secretary for 25 years. Florence dearly loved this job and stayed close to many people she meant there until her death.

She was a member of Raytown Christian Church, where she served as a deacon and was a charter member of the Adam and Eve Sunday school class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. Roseberry; three brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela S. Long-Hug (David), Butler, and Peggy A. Ward-Suchomel (Kurt), Lees Summit. She had two grandsons, Robert Long (Christina), Elmhurst, Illinois, Steven Ward, (Lexi), Libertyville, Ilinois; and five great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included quilting and working in her flower garden. She will be remembered by family and friends alike for her generosity and kindness.

An outdoor celebration of life will be planned in the spring, her favorite time of year.

Kerry L. Tribble
Oct. 25, 1942 – Feb. 23, 2021

Kerry L. Tribble, Harrisonville, was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Yakima, Washington, the son of Paul and Frances Ann (Huntsinger) Tribble. He died Feb. 23 at his home at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 29 days.

May 21, 1987, Kerry married to Tammy Ann McCullough in Boulder, Colorado.

Kerry was a manager for Safeway Grocers in Independence until his retirement in 1996. He was a Navy veteran.

Kerry loved to hunt, fish, drive his Corvette and attend car shows. He was an avid watcher of college and professional football and NASCAR. Kerry enjoyed teasing people and hanging out at Bunger’s Garage, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dog, Bella.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kerry is survived by his wife, Tammy A. Tribble, of the home; three children, Sherri K. Tribble, Independence, Kerry S. Tribble, Harrisonville, and Jerod M. Tribble and wife, Maryann; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul ValJean Tribble, Holt; a sister, Frances Diane Lacy, Paola, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were March 2 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with a graveside service with military honors at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Croix Hospice, Harrisonville.

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

A. Lee Longworth
March 25, 1926 – March 3, 2021

Alberta Lee Longworth, 94, Butler, died March 3 at Butler Center in Butler. She was born March 25, 1926, the daughter of Albert Freeman and Carrie A. Towers Stanfill in Butler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Longworth; two brothers, Walton Stanfill and Walter Stanfill; and two sisters, Fay Bagby and infant sister, Fern Stanfill.

Lee is survived by a daughter, Helen Louise “Lou” Whittier and husband, Gary, Kansas City; two sons, John Longworth and wife, Joan, Butler and Rex Longworth and wife, Glenda, Passaic; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 8 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Virginia United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Antique Tractor and Machinery Association or the charity of choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Lois M. Moles
Feb. 26, 1925 – Feb. 25, 2021

Lois Marie Moles, 95, Adrian, died Feb. 25 at Medicalodge of Butler. Lois, the second of six children, born to Charles and Ruth Neely Feb. 26, 1925.

She grew up during the depression and lived many different places in her childhood. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1942.

Lois married Clyde Moles in 1944 and to this union two children were born.

Lois worked as a receptionist, a secretary and later was a case worker for the Division of Family Services, where she retired in 1987.

She and Clyde enjoyed camping, fishing and exploring Missouri sights. Lois was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She taught all the grandchildren to cook, paint, sew and jump on the bed. She was an excellent seamstress and made most of her children’s and her own clothing. She was a self-taught painter and for many years her paintings were displayed at the Butler Art Show.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Clyde; daughter, Peggy; her parents; and two brothers, Herb and Jim.

She is survived by a son, Bob and wife, Debbie; son-in-law, Stanley; grandchildren, Jackie, Kori, Jesse, Adam, Eric and Clayton; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lea, Jackie and Betty.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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

Greg A. Rich
Nov. 7, 1955 – Feb. 27, 2021

Gregory “Greg” Alan Rich, 65, Rich Hill, died Feb. 27 at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler. He was born Nov. 7, 1955, the son of Marvin Warren and Ella Mae Dickinson Rich in Butler.

He was preceded in death by his father Greg is survived by his wife, Nancy Rich, Rich Hill; two sons, Tony Rich and wife, Elizabeth, Kepper, Texas, and Keith Rich and wife, Tracy, Adrian; his mother, Ella Mae Rich, Rich Hill; a brother, Warren Rich, Rich Hill; a sister, Vickie Sue Rich, Rich Hill; and a grandson due in July 2021.

Funeral services were March 5 at the Rich Hill Christian Church with burial in Ft. Scott National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Contributions are suggested to the Show-Me Youth Home.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Susan M. Sheridan
July 22, 1950 – Feb. 26, 2021

Susan Melinda Sheridan, 70, Butler, died Feb. 26 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born July 22, 1950, the daughter of Alfred Calvin and Blanche Nadine Snyder Greenwood in Adrian.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike Sheridan; and brother, James Greenwood.

Susan is survived by four brothers, Larry Greenwood and wife, Linda, New Haven, Aaron Greenwood and wife, Lela, Archie, Frank Greenwood and wife, Glenda, Campbell, and Bill Greenwood and wife, Nicki, Adrian; three sisters, Joyce Walsh, Adrian, Harriet Bledsoe and Dixie Dawson and husband, Garry, all of Butler; and nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Graveside services were March 3 in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions are suggested to the Archie Methodist Church.

Services were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Home in Butler.

Ralph E. Smith
Jan. 25, 1928 – Feb. 4, 2021

Ralph Smith, 93, Butler, died Feb. 4 at Bates County Memorial Hospital.

Ralph Earl Smith was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Jackson County, the son of Elmer and Lena Britt Smith.

He graduated from North East High School in Independence and served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1945 to 1946. Following an honorable discharge, Ralph attended Johnson County Community College.

He then earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Ralph practiced law in Butler from 1958 to 2020 and served as the Butler prosecuting attorney in 1961.

Ralph married Joan John. Through the years, Ralph was an active member of Butler Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, choir member and soloist. He was also a dedicated member of Butler Lions Club and the Butler Country Club.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan Smith; and son, Jay Christopher Smith.

He is survived by his daughters, Jan Barrett and husband, John, and Paige Anderson; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation, with memorial services to be held at a later date. Inurnment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Butler Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Chapel, Butler.

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