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Jerry Dean Hankins I
May 30, 1958 – Oct. 4, 2021

Jerry I died peacefully at his cabin surrounded by the love of his family, friends and “the woods.”

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grace (Fordyce) and Eric Hankins; his parents, Marjorie and Gerald Hankins; his significant other, Dianne Whitehead; and his favorite uncle, William “Bill” Swanson.

He is survived by his children, Janyale (Matt) Goetz, Jerry (Stacy) Hankins II, Kristen (Josh) Myers-Hankins; step-children, Chance and Kevin Myers, Ashley (Evan) Eslick; brothers, David Hankins, Donald Hankins, Sr.; grandchildren, Jack and Vincent Goetz, Nicolai and Ethan Hankins, Braiden, Lillian, and Kayden; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Jerry never met a stranger in this world while on his earthly journey home to Heaven. He will be missed greatly. We will love him always and forever.

A memorial service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. at Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill. A campout and campfire will follow the memorial at Jerry’s property.

Private family burial at a later date to be announced at Aubrey Cemetery, Stillwell, Kansas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Edgar LeRoy Hymer
Feb. 18, 1937 – Oct. 8, 2021

Edgar LeRoy “Tonk” Hymer, 84, died Oct. 8. Edgar was born Feb. 18, 1937 in Metz ,to Phillip and Jessie (Church) Hymer.

He attended school in Rich Hill where he graduated from high school. He joined the army after high school and spent most of
his time in France.

He Married Rhonda Fyock in 1962. They lived in Fort Scott until 1967 when they moved to Independence.

They lived in Independence a few years before moving to Raytown where he spent the rest of his life. Edgar worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company for about three years before going to trade school. He went to mechanics school and radio repair school. He became a communications engineer and worked for Commenco until he retired in 1991.

Edgar and Rhonda had two children, Kimberly and Mark. Kim and Brian, her husband, had five children, Holly, Amber, Megan, Zachary and Olivia Johnson.

Mark and Buffy, his wife, had two children, Paige and Alison Hymer. He got the name “Tonk” from his grandkids.

Nobody knows how but he was “Tonk.” Edgar loved to haul the grandkids around everywhere. He has been to many baseball games, softball games and dance and orchestra concerts. Edgar also loved horseshoes, Chiefs football, family dinners and playing cards in his spare time.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Jessie; and by his brother and sister, Robert and Dorsie.

He is survived by his two children, Son Mark Hymer and his wife Buffy, Dayton, Texas, and Kim Johnson and her husband Brian, Raytown: seven grandchildren: Paige and Cody Ostertag, Alison and Colt Pruitt, Holly Johnson, Amber and Judson Hulme, Megan Johnson, Zachary Johnson and Olivia Johnson; and one great-grandson, Oliver.

Funeral services were Oct. 16 at Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill. Burial followed in the Green Lawn Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Keith E. Kunkelman
July 1, 1960 – Oct. 10, 2021

Keith Eric Kunkelman, 61, Adrian, died Oct. 10 at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. Keith was born July 1, 1960, in Kansas City, the son of Larry and Barbara (Scott) Kunkelman.

He graduated from Raytown High School. In 1979, he married Jeanne Kilbane and they had two daughters, Linda and Erica.

Keith was a retired United States Navy veteran. He had worked at Quintiles in Olathe, Kansas. Keith was very active in the Wounded Warriors Project.

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Larry Kunkelman; his mother, Barbara Scott; his grandmother, Blanche “G.G.” Kunkelman; an infant sister who died at birth, Beverly Jean; sister-in-law, Debbie Kunkelman; two brothers-in-law, Danny Kilbane and Tim Kilbane; and a nephew, Joshua Kunkelman.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Kunkelman; his step-mother, Bonnie Kunkelman; two daughters, Linda and Skip Pearson and Erica and Chris Rathbone; five grandchildren, Breanna Pearson, Garrett Pearson, Elizebeth Balance, Autumn Rathbone and Zoie Rathbone; siblings, Floyd Kunkelman, Kevin Kunkelman (dad’s identical twin), Lynn and Randy Elsloo, Jason Kunkelman, Amy Kunkelman; brother-in-law, Robin Kilbane; 12 nephews and nieces, Alan, Jonathan and Tori, Megan, Alyssa, Tyler, Joshua, Marley, Jessica and Curtis, Lauren and Brandon, Cameron, Bradley. and Nikki; and 14 great-nephews and nieces.

Memorial services were Oct. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.

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

Debbie A. Moore
March 1, 1947 – Oct. 12, 2021

Debbie Ann Moore, 74, Ada, Oklahoma, died Oct. 12 at Baptist-Integris Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born March 1, 1947, the daughter of Carl Francis and Juanita Marie Horney Graham in Alva, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debbie is survived by two sons, Britt Johnson and fiancée, Lisa Bodey, Oklahoma City, and Bryan Johnson and wife, Banner, Durant, Oklahoma; a brother, Curtis Graham and wife, Monina, Las Cruces, New Mexico; a sister, Nancy Baker and husband, Jack, Butler; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

Graveside services and inurnment were Oct. 16 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

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

John L. Edmiston
March 29, 1939 – Oct. 10, 2021

John Leroy Edmiston, 82, Adrian, died Oct. 10 at the Medicalodge of Butler in Butler. John was born March 29, 1939, at home west of Adrian, the son of John V. and Alice P. (Coates) Edmiston.

He graduated from Adrian High School in 1957.

John was married to Karen S. Azbill on March 15, 1961. To this union, two children were born, Melinda Sue and Mitchel Lee.

His life consisted of hard work, farming and raising cattle, spending time with his family and friends, service to his community and having fun.

Leroy was a loyal member of the Adrian Optimist Club. He served as president, secretary-treasurer and many terms on the board. He was instrumental in buying the land to build the new Optimist building and worked every day assisting in the construction.

Leroy and his friends began little league football in Adrian, along with the Adrian Athletic Booster Club. He helped start rural water and served on the board for many years. He served on the Adrian Bank Board and the Adrian Senior Housing Board.

He was also on the committee for the 1880-1980 Centennial Book for Adrian.

Some of the trips he enjoyed were to the Caribbean, Alaska, Lake Tahoe, New Orleans, Mackinac Island and Las Vegas. Most fun were the family trips to the lake.

He took great pleasure in having fun with his children, grandchildren and great -grandchildren. After retirement, John had time to grow a nice garden and groom his yard.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Karen Edmiston; his children, Melinda Wyrick and Mitchel Edmiston and Andrea; his grandchildren, Eric Allison, Dylan Allison and Eva, and Taylor Edmiston and Ben; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Allison, Tatum Clary and Levi Allison.

Funeral services were Oct. 14 at the Adrian Optimist Building, Adrian. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Optimist Club.

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

Madeline Jean Wilson Woodfin
Nov. 10, 1940 – Oct. 4, 2021

Madeline Jean Woodfin died Oct. 4 her home in Butler at the age of 80. She was born Nov. 10, 1940, in Bates County to Thomas Leonard and Margaret Irene Wilson. Madeline married William K. Woodfin on May 11, 1964.

Madeline had many hobbies, but her greatest love was designing and making quilts. She was a member of the Rockville Quilt Club. Her hand-stitching and creative designs won her multiple Grand Champion awards at the Bates County Fair, as well as first place and judges’ choice.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Tom Wilson.

She leaves behind her husband Bill, of the home; sons, Tom and wife Karen Hood, Lee’s Summit; Dean Hood, Norman, Oklahoma; daughters, Mary and husband, Doug, Weaver, Weatherford, Texas; Melissa and Michael Massey, Butler; grandchildren, Dustin and Adrienne Weaver, Monica Curtis, Brandon Hood, Katie Hood and Madilyn Hood; and great-grandchildren, Easton and Owen Curtis.

She is also survived by sisters, Rebecca Humble, Kathi (Lynn) Plain, Barbara Condor; and sister-in-law, Freda Wilson.

Madeline’s wishes were to be cremated with no services. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Rich Hill American Legion.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Darlene Coleman
June 6, 1935 – Oct. 11, 2021

Darlene Coleman was born June 6, 1935, in Freeman, the oldest of six children born to Ernest E Winchel and Marguerite (Flannery) Winchel.

She attended Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Peculiar High School.

She married Spencer Parrot Coleman on Nov. 11, 1955, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage Nov. 11, 2020. Darlene and Spencer had two children, Dennis Coleman and Shereece (Coleman) Hugi.

Darlene loved her family and told great stories from her childhood with her four brothers and sister. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her beautiful soprano voice and creative spirit made every song, dish, piece of fabric and lock of hair works of art.

She showed her generous love of friends and family through beautiful wedding clothes, delicious meals, hairstyles, doll dresses, lovingly crafted cards and the list goes on.

In addition to being a homemaker and mother, Darlene started her own business making women look their best in her beauty shop in the 1960s and 1970s.

Most of all, Darlene wanted the focus of her life to be on her walk with Jesus so everyone would find inspiration in the faith that carried through her 86 years.

Darlene’s memories endure in the hearts of her children, Dennis Coleman and Shereece and Glenn Hugi; grandchildren, Ryan Breit, Shawn and Crystal Coleman, Melissa and Daniel Boyd and Stephanie and Andy Hilton; great-grandchildren, Lana Breit, Luke Coleman, Logan Coleman, Aidan Freeman, Adele Boyd, Destinee Shehan, Cole Hilton, Chase Hilton and Emma Hilton; two brothers, Donald Winchel and Robert Winchel; and a sister, Retha Cohee.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Raymond and Harold Winchel.

Her favorite Scriptures were: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet he shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 14:1-2 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that. I go to prepare a place for you.

Funeral services were Oct. 15 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar.

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

Verda B. Day
April 18, 1925 – Oct. 15, 2021

Verda Bernice Day, 96, died Oct. 15 at Northridge Village, Ames, Iowa. Verda was born April 18, 1925, in Cass County, the daughter of Theron A. Peterson and Grace V. (Kircher) Peterson.

Verda was raised on a dairy farm near East Lynne and attended Lone Elm Elementary School through eighth grade and
Harrisonville High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball for the highly successful team.

She met her husband-to-be, William M. “Bill” Day, at the University of Missouri during her freshman year there and they were married Sept. 2, 1943, in Columbia.

The Days lived in Advance and Washington, Missouri, for several years where Bill taught vocational agriculture.

From there they moved to a farm outside of Harrisonville and then to a home in Harrisonville, where they lived for 65 years.

During that time, Bill taught school and later sold Farm Bureau Life Insurance, while Verda raised their four sons. In 1963, Verda was appointed to the position of City Clerk of Harrisonville, serving in that position for 24 years.

She was actively involved with professional organizations throughout her career, serving as president of the Missouri City Clerk and Finance Office Association in the early 1980s. She was a long-time member of the Progressive Priscillas Extension/Homemakers Club and the Harrisonville Lions Club.

Verda was an active member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church, having sung in the choir, participated in United Methodist Women and “The Bible Class” Sunday School class.

Verda was recognized for her service to the community by being named Harrisonville Citizen of the Year in 1991.

She was inducted into the Harrisonville High School Wall of Fame in 2008.

Verda loved the Lord with all her heart and that love was reflected in the way she lived.

Her husband, Bill, and her brother, John David “J.D.” Peterson, and a grandchild, Lori Day, preceded her in death.

Verda is survived by sons, Russell and Ann Day, Cumming, Georgia, David and Karen Day, Kansas City, Steven and Vicki Day, Shawnee, Kansas, and Alvin and Dixie Day, Ames, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Scott, Chris, Mike, Mary, Travis, Jon, Kelly and Jamie; and 19 great-grandchildren; and many friends Funeral services were Oct. 20 at the Harrisonville United Methodist Church.

Burial was in the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral home in Harrisonville.

Charles R. Elliott
March 24, 1937 – Sept. 6, 2021

Charles Roger Elliott was born March 24,1937, the son of Harry Pierson and Louise (Hart) Elliott in Bogard. He died Sept. 6 surrounded by his children at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 13 days.

Charles graduated from Garden City High School in 1955. After graduation, he began working at Westinghouse.

On Feb. 14, 1958, he married his sweetheart, Iona Ann Allison.

To this union four children were born, Jeff, Julie, Jeanie and Jerry.

Charles went on to work at Bendix and then General Motors, where he completed the apprentice program and became a tool and die maker. He spent many of his working years at the Leeds location, transferred to Arlington, Texas, then retired from Fairfax.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Louise Elliott; siblings, Jeanette Gudde, Kay Akins, Connie Wille, Chester Elliott and Ronnie Elliott; as well as his wife of 55 years, Iona Elliott.

Charles is survived by his children, Jeff Elliott and Lindy, Lee’s Summit, Julie Blanchard and Randy, Houston, Texas, Jeanie Cook and David, Lee’s Summit, and Jerry Elliott and Pauline, Lee’s Summit; 13 grandchildren, Jace and Jesse Elliott, Ethan, Andrew and Alec Blanchard, Allison Anderson, Abbie and Ashlyn Cook, Amanda Lee, Austin and Alec Breed, Carson and Camryn Elliott; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Ellen Bowie, Clinton, Larry Elliott, Kingsville, Diana Kline, Orlando, Florida, and Bob Elliott, Normandy, Tennessee.

Charles had a lifelong love of fishing, western movies, clock making, model trains, tinkering with engines and motors and crossword puzzles.

He will be remembered for his sweet smile, strong work ethic and storytelling.

He was the kind of man that made you want to pull up a chair and visit for a while.

A visitation and celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Garden City Community Center, Garden City.

The family will hold private graveside services at a later date following cremation.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ascend Hospice, in care of Dickey Funeral Home P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

Suzella E. Graham
May 10, 1955 – Sept. 17, 2021

Suzella Elizabeth Graham, Garden City, was born May 10, 1955, in Miami, Oklahoma, the daughter of Henry A. Tanner and Mary E, (McIntire) Tanner. She died Sept. 17 at the age of 66 years old.

On July 4, 1989, she married Dick Graham of Garden City.

She followed her passion of caring for people and graduated college in 1992 with her RN degree from Avila College and went to work immediately at Baptist Hospital.

After Dick’s death, she became a traveling nurse and worked all over the country helping other hospitals as she was needed until she retired in 2016.

She was an active seamstress and started her own business to pass the time doing upholstery work and seamstress work.

She was multi talented and would leave no challenge left untried. She was bound and determined to learn how to tackle a project on her own. Her home was open to anyone. No one went without what they needed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters, Patsy Urban, Betty Arms, Gracie Frisby, Maxine Johnson; and brothers, Bill Emmett, Jr., Lee Wilson, Eddie Tanner and Bobby Sutton.

She is survived by her sons, Charles A. Smith, Jr., Independence, and Joshua J. Graham, of the home; other non-blood related daughters include Patricia Smith, Angela Jepson and Danyel Mettler; and Joshua Sartain; two granddaughters that she cherished more than words, MacKenzie E. Smith and Maycie Meaders; sisters, Judith Tanner, Rhea Conlon, Lois Cunningham, Elsie Goben, Loretta Tanner and Valerie Lee; brothers, James Emmett and Charles Tanner; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 7 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, cremation followed the service. There was a celebration of life gathering following the service Oct. 7 at the Garden City Community Building, Garden City.

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

Carolyn D. Lamb
Oct. 15, 1952 – Oct. 6, 2021

Carolyn Denise Lamb, Garden City, was born Oct. 15, 1952, at Conley Maternity Hospital, Kansas City, the daughter of Issac Donald and Lola Grace (Braden) Dilks.

She attended grade school in Independence and Blue Springs and graduated from Blue Springs High School 1970.

On June 21, 1970, Carolyn married Lawrence “Larry” Lamb at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Independence.

Together they had three sons, Sean, Steven and Scott, but she really loved all children.

She was very active in church, school and Scouts while living in Independence.

She also coached 8- to 11-year-old boys in baseball during the years her boys were active. Carolyn loved to ride motorcycles, road and trail, in those years too.

The family moved from Independence to a farm near Latour in 1986. She very much liked living in the country.

Carolyn, or Carol to many, liked to be around folks. She spent several years working in the meat department of a local grocery store in Harrisonville before going to work at the Harrisonville Post Office where she retired in 2014.

Carolyn really enjoyed the many people she met while doing those jobs throughout the years. Carolyn loved to go boating and swimming and many summer weekends were spent at Truman Lake with children and grandchildren.

She also went on many summer vacations with her mom and dad and usually with a couple of children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews. She loved family, and was active with nieces, nephews and cousins of her extended family.

Carolyn always kept a lot of flowers in and around the house. She liked bright colors in her home and in her clothes.

Carolyn loved fun things and you were more likely to see her in jeans or shorts than a dress.

They lived next door to her parents and she spent a lot of time with and caring for her dad in his later years. Carolyn was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011 and successfully battled it for 10 years.

She succumbed to pneumonia complications Oct. 6.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Stanton George Miller.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Larry Lamb, of the home; three sons, Sean Lamb and wife, Gayle, Drexel, Steve Lamb, Garden City, and Scott Lamb, Creighton; eight grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, David, Leanna, Issac, Brett, Lanie and Payton; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Amari and one on the way; a brother, Donald Dilks and wife, Barbara, Burleson, Texas; two sisters, Darlene Payne and husband, Bill, Blue Springs, and Debbie Dilks, Booneville; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Oct. 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with inurnment in the Blairstown Cemetery, Blairstown.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Blairstown Cemetery Association and may be left at the funeral home.

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

Linda R. Long
Sept. 15, 1948 – Oct. 10, 2021

Linda Ruth (Miller) Long, 73, Harrisonville, died Oct. 10 peacefully with her family by her side. Linda was born Sept. 15, 1948, the daughter of Paul V. and Alva Marie Miller in Harrisonville.

Linda attended Harrisonville High School. She married Vern Long Oct. 1, 1971. They started their 50-year marriage in Freeman, but soon moved and made Harrisonville their home.

She worked as a certified nurse’s aide at ABC Health Center and at Golden Years Nursing Home for many years. She enjoyed the many residents she cared for, but left to support her and her husband’s business, V&L Conoco.

Linda helped at the station as often as she could, but her first priority was her children. She spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Alva Miller; her infant brother, Dennis Miller; a brother, James Miller; and a sister, Paula Sue Jackson.

Linda is survived by her husband, Vern Long, Harrisonville; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Christy Hunter, Peculiar; her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Steve Bunch, Lee’s Summit; and her son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Rebecca Long, Harrisonville; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Linda was a loving, caring and compassionate person. She was nicknamed Bunga by her first grandchild and it carried on through every grandchild and great-grandchild thereafter.

Linda was immensely proud of her family. She leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories and will leave a void in her family’s lives that will never be able to be filled.

Funeral services were Oct. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Burial was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Sarah J. Morrison
Sept. 16, 1941 – Oct. 9, 2021

Sarah “Jane or Janie” Morrison was born Sept. 16, 1941, in Seneca, Kansas, the daughter of George and Kathryn (Butler) Lueb. She died Oct. 9 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Jane grew up in Seneca and graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City to attend nursing school, but ultimately went to work at Hallmark Cards.

While living in Kansas City, she met the man who would eventually become her husband and the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Morrison. They were married May 20, 1967, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

Together they built a home in Peculiar and raised four children. They were members of St. Sabina Catholic Church, Belton, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

They were happily married for 51 years before Chuck’s death in 2018. Jane was a devoted mother and wife.

She touched many lives and had countless friends through the years, while making lifetime memories working as a food service manager at Ray-Pec High School.

She loved her children and grandchildren, her husband and her faith. She loved camping and fishing, sewing and mending, crocheting, playing cards and board games with the grandchildren, listening to Alan Jackson and watching the Kansas City Royals.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck; her sister, Margaret “Maggie” Dowell; brother-in-law, Horace Dowell; nephew, Greg Dowell; and niece, Pamela Martinez.

She leaves behind her brother, Chuck and Wanda Lueb, Plattsburg; daughter, Jacqueline and Jorge Garcia, Peculiar; son, Rick and Tana Morrison, Garden City; son, Steve and Stephanie Morrison, Peculiar; daughter, Lora and Chris Kurzweil, Harrisonville; four grandchildren, Sarah, Lindsey, Patrick and Kelsey; a niece, Penny; and four nephews, Larry, Chris, Mike and Brian. She will be dearly missed by all, especially by her adopted kitty, Ameal.

Funeral mass was Oct. 14 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, with burial in the Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar. A Rosary was said Oct. 13 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. A celebration of life was held after the graveside prayer and blessing at the Peculiar Winery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Memorial Fund and may be left at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

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

Carol Sue “Susie” (Bailey) Price
Jan. 6, 1939 – Oct. 11, 2021

Carol Sue “Susie” (Bailey) Price, 82, Pleasant Hill, died Oct. 11 at her home. Carol was born Jan. 6, 1939, at the family home north of Harrisonville, to Alvin and Margaret (Dobson) Bailey.

Carol was married to Robert R. Price Feb. 14, 1963.

Bob was a sergeant for the Missouri State Highway Patrol stationed in Harrisonville. The family then moved to Warrensburg, Marshall and Lee’s Summit. Bob retired in 1989 and they made their home north of Harrisonville in Pleasant Hill in 1999.

She attended primary school at Union Hall School outside of Harrisonville and Oak Grove School in East Lynne and graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1956. Carol was baptized in 1947 at the First Baptist Church in Harrisonville.

Carol Sue was raised with her parents operating the Bailey Café on the west side of the Harrisonville square. Her family lived in East Lynne and operated the Bailey Grocery Store. In 1950, her family moved back to Harrisonville and in 1958 operated the Cortez Motel that her Uncle Harold Bailey built in 1947. The family owned their dairy farm on the land that is now Twin Pines Golf Course on M-7 Highway. Carol Sue co-owned the Bailey Speedwash in Harrisonville until her parents’ death in 1995.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob and her parents.

Carol worked at Hallmark in Kansas City, The Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville, the Metro Auto Auction in Lee’s Summit and finally the Heart of America Auto Auction in Kansas City. Carol owned Caprice Motors.

She was blessed with three daughters, Michelle and Karl Blackston, Jannell and Tim Wasson and Lisa and Ed Schifferdecker.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah and Chris Lauer, Austin Walker, Brent Wasson, Lindsey Schifferdecker, and Emily Schifferdecker, and her sister Janet and Jim Swisher.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society, “The Masters,” themastersmo.org.

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

Jane B. Tolley
May 16, 1933 – Oct. 11, 2021

Jane B. Tolley, Harrisonville, was born May 16, 1933, in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Albert Thornton and Elizabeth Rebecca (Smeeman) Browning. She died Oct. 11 at her home in Harrisonville at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 25 days.

On Oct. 15, 1955, Jane married Marvin Jarrell Tolley in Florida.

Jane was a devoted wife of 54 years to Marvin, a loving mother and grandmother to her five children and their children.

She had a lifelong affiliation with the Southern Baptist Church. As a teen in Virginia, she was a member of the church Bible memory verse team. The team competition was carried live on the radio.

Her team won the competition so often they had to allow other teams a chance to win on occasion.

Jane was a distance runner and completed numerous half marathons in her 60s and 70s winning numerous medals in her age group.

She loved her Corgi dogs, enjoyed golfing and reading.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Tolley, on April 7, 2009.

Jane is survived by three sons, James Tolley, Joe Tolley and wife, Nikki, and John Tolley and wife, Maria; two daughters, Nancylee Stewart and husband, Cary Pugh, and Deborah Bowles and husband, Corbin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Richardson and Joyce McNamara; other relatives and many friends.

Below is scripture from Proverbs 31 providing a fitting description of this wife and mother:

“A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her….” “….Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her; Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Cremation. Inurnment will take place at a later date with her husband at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Amedisys Foundation through Amedisys Hospice, 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or mailed to Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

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