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Virginia L. Argabright
Dec. 9, 1929 – March 19, 2021

Virginia Louise Argabright, 91, Archie, died March 19 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville. Virginia was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Kansas City, the youngest of four children of George Harry and Virginia Louise (Bentrup) Kalen.

She grew up in Kansas City and was a 1946 graduate of Northeast High School. She received her B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Missouri.

Virginia married Edwin Eugene Argabright Oct. 9, 1957, in Kansas City.

They made their home in Archie, where Edwin was already living and teaching school. Virginia worked as an accountant for Deems Farm Equipment in Butler from 1977 until her retirement in 2014.

She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority while at MU and was a charter member of the local Beta Sigma Phi Chapter in Archie.

Virginia was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Archie and a member of the Priscilla Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin, Aug. 3, 2000; and three older brothers. Virginia is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Beth Argabright, Archie; a daughter, Ann Menzel, and significant other, Tony Renner, Jefferson, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Jennifer, Janelle and Nicole; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 26 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Contributions may be made to the Archie United Methodist Church, Archie.

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

Frank E. DeMoro II
Jan. 15, 1970 – March 16, 2021

Frank “Frankie” Edward DeMoro, II, 51, Harrisonville, died surrounded by his loved ones March 16. Frankie was born in Harrisonville Jan. 15,1970.

He graduated from Oak Park High School, Kansas City, in 1988 and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He worked as a career union iron worker for Ironworkers Local 10 until his tragic spinal cord injury. He later went to work for Casco Area Workshop in Harrisonville.

Frankie was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; brother, Michael Carullo; uncle, David Combs; and his beloved four-legged best friend, Shorty.

Frankie is survived by his children, Ashley DeMoro and Matthew DeMoro; grandchildren, Levi, Devin, Coralie and Rylan; parents, Debi and Harry Snow and Frank and Susan DeMoro; step-grandmother, Dorothy DeMoro; brothers, Michael and Sherry DeMoro, Jeremiah Snow, and Harry Joe and Tiffany Snow; sisters, Tammy and Shannon Loveall and Carol and Darren Baltz, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

A graveside service was March 27 at Terrace Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in the not too distant future.

Alice D. English
July 17, 1950 – March 21, 2021

Alice Denise English, 70, Peculiar, died in her home surrounded by her loving family March 21. Denise was born in Kansas City, July 17, 1950, the daughter of Dean Day and Maxine (Witt) Day.

After high school, Denise married Larry English April 1, 1967, they were blessed with five children and later grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Aside from the full-time work of motherhood, Denise was a store manager for Dollar General toward the end of her working career. In life she loved crafts and was involved with all of her children’s many activities. During the holidays, Denise enjoyed being festive and decorating their home.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Maxine Day; and sister, Dixie Hardison.

She leaves behind her loving husband of more than 53 years, Larry English; son, Larry English and Kim; four daughters, Renee Biondo and Nick, Kim Fager and Dan, Danielle Welch and Rob, and Jodi VanBrunt and Derek; sister, Sharon Stoneking; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given online to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at http://www.stjude.org or the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105.

Funeral services were March 27 at the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, with burial in the Wills Cemetery, Peculiar.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Maxine (Allen) Flanner
May 29, 1932 – March 23, 2021

Maxine (Allen) Flanner, 88, Harrisonville, died March 23 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Maxine was born May 29, 1932, in Port Angeles, Washington, one of two children of William Robert “Tex” and Julia Frances (Radford) Allen.

She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1950. Maxine married Walter James Flanner in a small wedding in National City, California, Dec. 18, 1954.

They made their home on Kansas City’s west side until 1970 when they moved with their five children to a country home outside of Harrisonville.

Maxine worked as a secretary for the United States Marine Corps in Kansas City until her retirement in 1992. After her retirement, she enjoyed dancing, traveling, gardening and spending time with her family and her beloved little dog, Carmen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter, Jan. 5, 2002; and her son, Timothy Flanner, March 23, 2014.

Maxine is survived by four children, Maureen Flanner, Harrisonville, Dan Flanner, Independence, Molly Fordyce, Harrisonville, and Patrick Flanner and Jeannette, Harrisonville; one sister, Marjorie Roseblock, Harrisonville; grandchildren, Kelly and John Powell, Joseph Flanner, Ian, Erin and Jacob Fordyce and Meghan, Dylan and Colin Flanner; 12 great-grandchildren, Keaton, Sophie, Georgia, Samuel, Bradley, Blake, Jackson, Greyson, Archer, Oliver, Willow and Brigham.

Funeral mass was March 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

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

Alice L. Hildebrand
Aug. 16, 1951 – March 19, 2021

Alice Lucille Hildebrand was born Aug. 16, 1951, the daughter of Hoover Mose and Erma Lucille (Knoch) Richardson in Tuscumbia. She died at her home March 19 after a long battle with cancer.

Alice lived most of her life in Harrisonville with her devoted husband, Jon.

She worked many years at Honeywell.

With Jon, she also co-owned Hilde’s Family Salon in Harrisonville, and Cedar Ridge Storage in Flemington. Alice spent many years breeding and selling miniature poodles. She finally reached her goal of owning a standard-size, full-bred poodle. Her name is Gracie Jewel.

Alice and her family attended the Harrisonville Community Church for many years. She and Jon were avid members of a care group. Alice enjoyed camping, fishing and meeting new people everywhere she went.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Clinton, Charles, Sue Ann and Margaret.

Alice is survived by her husband, Jon, of the home; her daughter, Melissa “Missy” and her husband, Tom, Warrensburg; her son, Levi and wife, Jackie, Lee’s Summit; 10 grandchildren, Hannah, Myrah, Trinity, Rebekah, Max, Mason, Jenicah, Liam, Leeland and Truss; as well as, nieces, nephews and a host of friends and extended family members. She was well loved and will be sorely missed.

Until we see you again on the other side Sketty, Mom, Grammy, Alice, Big Al, keep casting those lines and reeling them in.

A celebration of life service was March 27 at the Harrisonville Community Church, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

Amy M. Kilgore-McConville
Feb. 17, 1940 – March 11, 2021

Amy Michelle Kilgore-McConville, 39, Harrisonville, died March 19. Amy was born June 8, 1981, the daughter of Debbie Kilgore and James Bock in Warrensburg.

Amy made many friends attending Harrisonville High School.

Her proudest moment was when she became a mother to Landon Drew Flippin. She enjoyed going to his baseball games
where she would keep the stats on his team.

When Landon received a scholarship to college, she told everyone she knew.

Amy was happiest when she saw her son excel.

She was fortunate enough to be there during the birth of her first and only granddaughter, Everleigh Rae-Lynn Flippin, May 30, 2020.

Amy was preceded in death by both her parents; grandparents; and cousin, Nicole Kilgore.

Amy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Landon and Katelyn; granddaughter Everleigh Rae-Lynn Flippin; many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her.

Cremation, with private family services.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Everleigh Rae-Lynn Flippin Education Fund and may be sent in care of the Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

Jennifer I. Riley
Oct. 26, 1949 – March 20, 2021

Jennifer Inez Riley, 71, Peculiar, died suddenly March 20 at Belton Research Hospital in Belton. Jenny was born Oct. 26, 1949, in Kansas City, the daughter of John Donovan, Sr., and Elizabeth Inez (Brown) Henson.

She was a 1968 graduate of Raytown High School and lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Peculiar in 1979. Jenny married Michael Riley July 14, 2001.

She was a professional caregiver, helping many people with their daily activities, health needs and friendship in what were for some the most difficult times of their lives. Jenny’s passion was people, her heart so filled with compassion and love for others.

She was an incredibly generous woman, supporting many charities close to her heart. She rarely met a stranger. Laughter to her was the best medicine and family always came first.

Jenny was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John D. Henson; her daughter, Dawn’s father, Rod Jackson; and several close family members and beloved friends.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Riley, Peculiar; her children, Dawn and Mike Depew, Creighton, and Josh and Jenny Quillin, Harrisonville; her step-children, Jack Perreault, Auburn, Maine, William and Elena Paul, Boise, Idaho, Zachary and Julie Riley and Breanne Riley, all of San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren, Samantha and Jordan Talley, Jacklyn Armintrout, Bee Swanson, Harley Johansson, Bleu Swanson, Luke Swanson, Alex Gutierrez, Eva Paul and Laurence Paul; her great-granddaughter, Daliya Talley; her sisters, Becky Ward and Cindy Henson, both of Blue Springs; her son Josh’s father, Rick
Quillin, Olathe, Kansas; and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved.

A celebration of life service was March 27 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in her honor to the National Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, three of Jenny’s favorite charities.

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

Linda L. Warren
May 5, 1947 – March 16, 2021

Linda Lee Warren, 73, Pleasant Hill, was born, May 5, 1947, in Kansas City, the daughter, of Nathaniel “Roy” and Mayme L. (Morgan) Darrah. She died March 16 at her home.

Linda was a 1965 Ruskin High School graduate.

June 17, 1965, she married Hal D. McHenry in Grandview; he preceded her in death March 17, 1979.

Jan. 23, 1981, she married William D. “Bill” Warren.

Linda was homemaker and wonderful supportive mom. She enjoyed, gardening, traveling, keeping a tidy home and an occasional cold beer. More than anything she loved to take care of others, especially her family.

Besides her first husband, Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Warren, Pleasant Hill; two sons, Mike and Stacey Warren, Gunn City and Brian and Brenda Warren, Mount Ary, Maryland; three daughters, Darrah and Michael Dayson, Kansas City, Carrie McHenry and fiance Darren Murray, Harrisonville, and Ginger Wheeldon, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life will be held later this spring.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the American Red Cross and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

Dora I. Carroll
Jan. 21, 1936 – March 20, 2021

Dora Irene (Spears) Carroll was born Jan. 21, 1936, in rural Bates County near Ballard. She died March 20 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, at the age of 85. She was the youngest of nine children born to Roy Edward, Sr., and Laura (Umstattd) Spears.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Elwin, Buddy, Buster and Asa; and her sisters, Mildred, Nina, Elizabeth and Lois.

Dora is survived by her husband, Thomas, Appleton City; her three children, Clark and Connie Carroll, Appleton City, Steven and Eldonna Carroll, Butler, and Melinda and Paul Noble, Appleton City; brother-in-law, Charles and Louise Carroll, Harrisonville; sister-in-law, Wanda and Ross Wainscott, Butler; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, with another expected in August; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 29 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in the Johnstown Cemetery, Johnstown.

Contributions are suggested to the Church of Christ India Missions or In Search of the Lord’s Way.

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

E. Macel Jones
Jan. 10, 1933 – March 24, 2021

Euna Macel “Mamaw” (Butts) Jones, 88, Adrian, died at her home March 24. Macel was born in Yale, Arkansas, Jan. 10, 1933, and grew up in Pettigrew.

As a child, she enjoyed playing outside and loved to fish. Thanks to her mother, she developed a devout faith that would remain ever-present throughout her life. She graduated from Saint Paul High School in St. Paul, Arkansas, in 1951.

Macel met Melvin L. Jones when she was 16. After a six-year courtship, they were married in 1955. They lived in Kansas City until 1965 when they bought a farm and planted their roots in Adrian.

They had two daughters, Michelle Myers and Sharon Knuth. When the grandchildren came along, Macel transformed into “Mamaw,” the beloved matriarch of the family.

Macel worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell and a Certified Nursing Assistant at Adrian Manor. She farmed right along with her husband raising cattle and working in the hay fields.

She was a member of Adrian First Baptist Church. Mamaw had many, many talents. She was an amazing seamstress; a wonderful gardener finding beauty in and around the house with her favorite roses and hibiscuses; and she was an amazing cook, perfecting generational recipes for her family. The kitchen was her domain and she made sure it was always full of love and food.

Later in life, she enjoyed spoiling her great-grandchildren, shopping trips with the girls, daughters and granddaughters, and doting on her great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered as the living embodiment of love, kindness and grace. When you were around her, she made your soul feel loved. She lived simply, loved deeply, forgave easily, worked hard and put others first.

Macel was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Anna Butts; and her siblings, Harvey, Dale and Ernestine Patterson.

She is survived by Melvin, or “Papaw,” her sweetheart and husband of 66 years; daughter, Michelle and her husband, Charles Myers; daughter, Sharon and her husband, David Knuth; grandchildren, Amber and her husband, Brandon Yount, and their daughters, Haley, Dylan and Beck; Jordan Myers and his wife, Lindsey, and their children, Charlotte and Levi; Cody Knuth and his wife, Laneah, and their son, Emmett; and Kyle Knuth and his wife, Maddy. She will be dearly missed.

Funeral services were March 30 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, with burial in the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Heartland Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, friends and family can make memorial contributions to the Adrian First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 125, Adrian, MO 64720.

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

Darryl G. McClellan
June 19, 1941 – March 21, 2021

Darryl G. McClellan, 79, Adrian, died March 21 at his home. Darryl was born June 19, 1941, in West Plains, the son of Glen Harrison and Eunice (Creek) McClellan.

He graduated from Summersville High School with the class of 1959. He married Carla Sue Morgan Nov. 4, 1961.

Darryl worked in the crystal electronic industry and later for Stuart Hall Paper Company as an industrial machinist.

Throughout his career years, he attended several trade schools and obtained various college hours. Darryl served on the East Boone Township Board for many years and was a member of the Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

Darryl enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, as well as most any outdoor activity. He loved to work in his workshop with leather and wood and fix things for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed reading about history and cowboy stories.

He was preceded in death by his par4B The South Cass Tribune Thursday, April 1, 2021 ents; brother-in-law, Billy J. Morgan, Sr.; and nephew, Billy J. Morgan, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Carla; three children, daughter, Pamela Nieder and husband, Wesley; daughter, Paula J. McClellan; and son, Mark McClellan and wife, Kendra; grandchildren, Jennifer Erickson and husband, Mitchell, Madilyn McClellan, Trent Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Trevor Thompson and Emily Thompson; great-grandchildren, Liam Erickson, Gabriella Erickson and Palmer Thompson; nephew James Morgan and family, and niece, Jamie Yoder and family; and many other family members and friends.

A celebration of life service was March 26 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating.

Contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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

Jay D. Thomas
May 7, 1993 – March 20, 2021

Jay Dee Thomas, 27, Butler, died March 20 at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler. He was born May 7, 1993, the son of Bobby Dale and Sharon Yates Thomas in Kansas City.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Jay Dee is survived by his father, Bobby Thomas, Butler; two brothers, Steven Thomas and wife Natalie and Calen Chaney and significant other Ashley, all of Butler; and a nephew; two nieces; and two uncles.

Funeral services were March 26 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Contributions may be made to the family.

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

Mary L. Warren
April 1, 1934 – March 9, 2021

Mary Warren, 86, Adrian, died March 9 at Butler Center for Rehabilitation.

Mary Lou Warren was born April 1, 1934, in Stanton, Kansas, the daughter of George and Nellie Burnette Begshaw.

She was married to James Warren.

Mary lived most of her life in the Pleasant Hill area before relocating to Adrian.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Edith Mason; and brothers, Donald Begshaw, George Begshaw and
Leonard Begshaw.

She is survived by her daughter, Dee Reynolds; son, Steven Lane; daughter, Sandra Trumpeter; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Cremation, with private family services to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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