Nodaway County, Missouri obituaries G names

Gaa, Kathryn May Chivington - Kathryn May (Chivington) Gaa, 82 of Maryville, Missouri, died Thursday, February 14, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Maryville.

She was born October 24, 1925 in Nodaway County, Missouri to Andrew and Adelia (Wilcox) Chivington. Kathryn married Johnny Gaa September 29, 1942 in Parnell, Missouri.

She was a member of St Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Community, Maryville and a homemaker.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband: Johnny Gaa on December 12, 2001; a son: Charles Gaa (January 23, 1996); her parents; and brothers and sisters: Adelia Gulleck, Margaret Price, Frank, Charles and Lloyd Chivington and Nellie Chivington.

She is survived by her children: Patrick Gaa, Georgetown, Texas, John Michael “Ike” Gaa, Omaha, Nebraska, Kathryn Gaa, Pocatello, Idaho, Joanna Trueblood, Maryville, and David Gaa, Colorado Springs, Colorado; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A 6:30 pm family and parish rosary will be Friday, February 15, 2008 at St Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville with a visitation from 7-8pm Friday, at the Church.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 am, Saturday, February 16, 2008 at St Gregory’s Catholic Church

Burial is in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Maryville.

Memorials may be made to the Academy for Christian Education or St Gregory’s School.

Gard, Lela May Porter - Lela May (Porter) Gard, 84, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 9, 2009 at Shady Lawn Care Center, Savannah.

She was born February 27, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Maggie (VanPelt) Porter in Burlington Junction, Missouri. Lela married Paul Wesley Gard March 10, 1944 in Troy, Kansas.

A homemaker, Mrs. Gard lived most of her life in Missouri with the exception of 18 years in Gravity, Iowa.

She was a member of the Savannah First Christian Church, The Morgan Sunshine Club, Graham, Missouri and the Wild Rose Club, Gravity, Iowa.

Lela was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: two infants and Harvey Porter; two sisters: Ethel Chesnut and Grace Constable.

Survivors include her husband: Paul Gard; a daughter: Carolyn Wissinger and son: Ron Gard,
both of Kansas City, Missouri; five grandchildren: Christina McGeorge, Omaha, Nebraska; Theresa Higgins, Orland Park, Illinois; Dana Roberts, Skidmore, Missouri Scott Gard, Lawrence, Kansas and Brian Heflin. Braidwood, Illinois and eleven great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 9:30 – 10:30 AM Thursday, with a Memorial Services at 10:30 am November 12, 2009 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri.

Inurnment will be in Bennett Lane Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Food Pantry, c/o Andrew County Ministerial Alliance,
Post Office Box 7, Savannah, Missouri 64485.
Gard, Paul Wesley - Paul Wesley Gard, 86, Savannah, Missouri, formerly of Graham, Missouri, died Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Hillview Nursing and Rehab, Platte City, Missouri.

He was born September 14, 1923, the son of Herbert and Pearl (West) Gard. Paul married Lela May Porter March 10, 1944, in Troy, Kansas.

A retired farmer, Mr. Gard was a member of the Savannah, Missouri First Christian Church.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lela (November 9, 2009); one brother, Darl Gard and a sister, Marilyn VanAusdall.

Survivors include his son Ron and wife Janice Gard, daughter Carolyn and husband Mike Wissinger, all of Kansas City, Missouri; five grandchildren: Christina McGeorge, Omaha, Nebraska; Theresa Higgins, Orland Park, Illinois; Dana Roberts, Skidmore, Missouri; Scott Gard, Lawrence, Kansas and Brian Heflin, Braidwood, Illinois; eleven great-grandchildren; brothers: Curtis Gard, Kansas City, Dean Gard, Savannah, and Wayne Gard, Maryville, Missouri; sisters: Norma Sikes, Odessa, Texas and Rose Ann Fendlin, Madison, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 10:30-11:00 a.m. Thursday, with a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. January 28, 2010, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri.

Inurnment will be in Bennett Lane Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Food Pantry, c/o Andrew County Ministerial Alliance, Post Office Box 7, Savannah, Missouri 64485.
Garrett, Jacquilyn Ruth Kaufman - Jacquilyn Ruth Garrett, 86, Maryville, Missouri, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Parkdale Manor Care Center in Maryville.

She was born February 20, 1922, in Graham, Missouri to Vern and Ada (Gray) Kaufman. Ruth received a BS in English from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

She married Richard Francis "Dick" Garrett on November 11, 1944, in Leavenworth Kansas.

Ruth was a custodian at Northwest Missouri State University, retiring after 15 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Maryville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, father, Vern Kaufman, mother, Ada Kaufman Wright, step-father, Ted Wright and half-brother, Jim Kaufman.

Survivors include her two daughters: Dixie Van Roekel, Maryville and Jacquilyn and Boe Sullivan, Denver, Colorado, granddaughters Kelli Murphy, Kansas City, Missouri and Kary and Jason Adkins, Denver, Colorado, great-grandchildren Katie, Kristi, Austin, Seth and Zoe, sister Christine Punzo, Maryville, Missouri, and step-sister Phyllis Orr, Kansas City, Missouri.

A visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, Maryville. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood, Missouri.

Memorials may be made in Ruth's name to the First United Methodist Church, Maryville.
Gaukel, James Edward - James Edward Gaukel, 69, Barnard, Missouri, died Sunday, September 14, 2008, at home in rural Barnard, Missouri.

He was born August 6, 1939 in Parnell, MO the son of the late Louis and Esther Spire Gaukel. Jim was a graduate of Maryville High School and a member of the Graham Lions Club.

He married Martha Nadine (Schank) Saxton on June 20, 1980, in rural Bethany Christian Church, Barnard, Missouri.
James was a retired service technician with the former Appliance and T.V. Mart in Maryville.

He was preceded in death by one son Jobie Louis Gaukel.

He is survived by: Wife-Martha Nadine (Schank) Saxton Gaukel of the home, Barnard, Missouri; two sons, Scott (D'Ann) Gaukel, Burlington Junction, MO, Dan (Cathy) Saxton, Bolckow, MO; two daughters, Debbie (Larry) Heck, Maitland, MO, and Cindy (Phil) Morris, Oregon, Missouri; four brothers, Chuck ,Kenneth, Dick and John Gaukel; and three sisters. Carolyn Wind, Rita Hilsenbeck, and Elizabeth Schaffer; nine grandchildrenand seven great-grandchildren

Graveside Funeral Service will be held Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Nodaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Maryville.
George, Marian Ruth Kurtz -

Marian Ruth Kurtz, the youngest of 12 children, was born March 26, 1921 at the family home on her father’s Fingal, N.D. homestead. After his death in 1926, the family moved to Richmond, Mn. where she completed her elementary and secondary education. In 1939 Marian was accepted into the three year nursing diploma program at the Ravenswood Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1942. After additional disaster training, she also received her certification as a Red Cross Nurse.

Marian met Louis George during her last year of nursing school and they were married May 6, 1943 in New Orleans, La. where Lou’s U.S Navy flotilla was preparing for deployment to the pacific theater. After WWII, they made their home in Chicago where Mike and Chuck, her two sons, were born. Daughter Ruth Anne was born in 1950 shortly after the family moved to a farm near Corydon, Ia. where they made their home until moving to Maryville in 1959. During these years, Marian first worked at the Decatur County Hospital and when the new Wayne County Hospital opened in 1955, she accepted the position of night supervisor and was subsequently appointed hospital administrator.

Throughout nearly fifty years in Maryville, Marian remained actively involved in the health care profession. She was on the nursing staff at St. Francis Hospital for over ten years, initially at the original location and later at their new facility. Between 1959 and 1983, she worked as office nurse for Dr. E.D. Imes and also served as public health nurse for ten years. During this time, she was instrumental in organizing, staffing, and training Nodaway County’s first ambulance service. In 1983, Marian decided to become a “traveling nurse” and for the next decade, she accepted a wide variety of assignments throughout the United States. Lou often joined her during her travels and they celebrated fifty years of marriage shortly before his death in August 1993.

In 1994, Marian again returned to work in the northwest Missouri area, performing medical exams, EKG’s and providing other health insurance related services. In January, 2003, after devoting over sixty years to her profession, Marian retired from nursing and began working at Price Funeral Home where, until February, 2008, she answered night calls as well as assisted with visitation and flower arranging.

Marian had been a member of Business and Professional Women since 1969 and in 1991 she was chosen as the BPW “Woman of the Year”. In March of 1993, Lt. Governor Roger Wilson presented her with the award as the “Missouri Older Worker of the Year”. Later that same year, Marian again traveled to Jefferson City where she was honored for “Achievement in Clinical Nursing Practice” by the Missouri Nurses Association.

Beta Sigma Phi had been a central part of Marian’s life since 1964. She was active in Leadership Maryville, serving as a member of the board and dedicated many hours as a volunteer counselor at Camp Quality. Marian was of the Methodist faith and attended the First United Methodist Churches in Pickering and Maryville. An avid bowler, in 2001 she participated in the Seniors National Bowling tournament in Reno, Nevada where she placed 11th in the nation. Marian was a lifelong democrat and a dedicated Royal’s fan. Her autobiography, “Nursing is My Bag”, published in 1989, is a chronicle of the first fifty years of Marian’s nursing career.

She will be lovingly remembered by all who shared their lives with her.

Following the spirit of Marian’s focus on community service, a nursing scholarship trust fund has been created using the assets of her estate. These scholarships will provide career advancement opportunities for motivated area residents who are working in the health care profession. Marian specifically requested that contributions to this memorial fund be made in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made in the name of Marian R. George Scholarship Trust and mailed to Price Funeral Home, 120 E. First St., Maryville, Mo. 64468.

Sister Dorothy Jansen, sons Michael and Charles, daughter Ruth Anne Lackey, granddaughter Natascha Cornelius, grandson Alexander George, great-grandchildren Caleb and Caroline Cornelius.

Friends may call at Price Funeral Home where the family will receive friends on Friday, May 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville.

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Giesken, Metta Marie Morton -

Metta Marie Giesken, 85, Ravenwood, Missouri, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Missouri.

She was born August 15, 1922, in Gaynor, Missouri, the daughter of James Delbert and Alta Rene (Killion) Morton. Metta was a graduate of Gaynor High School.

She married Gerald Edward “Brown” Giesken on December 14, 1941 in Yuma, Arizona.

Metta was a homemaker and a member of St Joseph’s Parish, Parnell, Missouri. She was also a member of St Joseph’s Altar Society, The Sparks-Richardson-Waldeier American Legion Auxiliary, a Red Cross Volunteer and Birthright of Nodaway County.

She was preceded in death by her husband on October 1, 1991; infant twin children: Mary Lorraine and Gerald E Giesken JR; her parents; brothers: Donald and Orville Morton and sisters Doris Loch and Crystal Byrd.

Survivors include her daughters and their spouses : Bonnie Jean and Ed Taylor, Puyallup, Washington, Elizabeth Ann and Charles Wiesemann, Nova Scotia, F. Renee and Darien Teeter, Sparta, Missouri, Terri Kay and Donald Guzman, Kansas City, Missouri and Jerri Lisa and Harley Walker, Silt, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be from 6-7 pm on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Parnell with a prayer service at 7 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday, August 4, 2008 at St Joseph’s Church, Parnell, with burial in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Parnell, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Aseracare Hospice, 11020 NW Ambassador Drive #305, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 or St Joseph’s Parish in Metta’s name.

Giesken, Rita Frances -

Rita Frances Giesken, 91, of San Antonio, Texas,(formerly of Parnell, Missouri), died October 6, 2008 in San Antonio.

She was born January 15, 1917 in Parnell, Missouri, the daughter of Frank and Celia (Milligan) Giesken. A graduate of Parnell High School, Rita also graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and received her Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

She had worked for the US Government as a laboratory technician.

In addition to her Catholic Parish in San Antonio, Rita belonged to “Beautify San Antonio” and the retired government employees organization.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Gerald and Vincent Giesken and sisters: Clara Giesken and Frowina Flatten

Her survivors include her brother: Don and his wife, Beverly Giesken, Maryville and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Friday, November 7, 2008 at St Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville, Missouri. Burial will be in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Parnell, Missouri.

Gillespie, Keith - Keith Gillespie of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., passed away on January 7, 2009, after a long illness. He was 87 years old. Keith had been residing at Lake Hill Care Center in Lake Havasu City. He was born May 9, 1921 on a farm east of Clearmont, Mo., to Raymond and Clara Guthrie Gillespie. He attended school in Clearmont. On August 31, 1945, he was united in marriage to Jeanette Parris of Clarinda, Iowa. To this union, two daughters were born, Teresa and Marcia. After Keith’s retirement the couple moved to Lake Havasu City.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Janice, his brothers Eldon and Ivan and their wives, and sister-in-law, Phyllis McKay. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter Teresa Shields and husband Robert of Springfield, Mo.; daughter Dr. Marcia Gillespie of McAllister, Oklahoma; grandson Michael Shields and wife of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson Dane Johnson of McAllister, Okla.; and two great-grandchildren. Other survivors include brother-in-law Eugene Parris and wife and family of San Antonio, Tex., brother-in-law Carrol McKay and family of New Market, Iowa, and cousin Kenneth Guthrie and wife and family of Clearmont, Mo.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in Lake Havasu City, Ariz
Gingrich, Dean Edward - Dean Edward Gingrich, 90, of Maryville and formerly of Barnard, MO passed from this life on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the Golden Living Center, Maryville.

Born on January 3, 1919 in Maryville, he was the son of Edward & Matilda (Neidel) Gingrich. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean (Maxon) Gingrich on May 2, 2000.

He was a self-employed farmer and a member of the Guilford United Methodist Church.

He was a WW II Veteran serving in the US Army and was awarded the bronze star and the good conduct medal.

Mr. Gingrich was among the first group of Army draftees from Nodaway County following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His Mechanized Unit arrived in Germany in May of 1945 when the US and Russian armies liberated Berlin. He was discharged in December of 1945.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Gingrich, Skidmore, MO, sister-in-law, Helen Gingrich, Maryville, nephew, Robert D. Gingrich, Overland Park, KS, great nephews, Robert Gingrich, Jr., Overland Park, KS, James Gingrich, Escondido, CA, John Gingrich, Kansas City, MO, Tim Gingrich, Kansas City, MO, Bill Maxon and Bradford Maxon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean, and brother, Harold Gingrich.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, August 3, 2009 at the Danfelt Funeral Home, 951 S. Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468. Final Resting Place will be in the Miriam Cemetery, Maryville with military honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences and tributes may be left by visiting

Gockel, Clarence Paul -

Clarence Paul Gockel, 75, Stanberry, Missouri, died Saturday, December 13, 2008, at Pineview Manor Convalescent Center in Stanberry.

He was born November 18, 1933, in Axtell, Kansas to Aloysius and Anna (Sunnenberg) Gockel and was a graduate of the Baileyville, Kansas High School.

Clarence served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married Lois Elaine Mattson Ginther on August 4, 1973, in Conception Junction, Missouri.

A farmer, Clarence had also worked for 19 years as a carpenter at the Benedictine Convent in Clyde, Missouri. He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Tri-c American Legion Post #464 and Knights of Columbus, Council 1931, all in Conception Jct, Missouri.

Preceding him in death were his parents, granddaughter, Kristin Ginther, brother, Sylvester Gockel and sister, Betty Gockel.

Survivors are his wife, Lois of the home in Stanberry, four sons and their spouses: Eric (Jill) Gockel, Maryville, Missouri; Alan Gockel and financee Emily Schmitz, Stanberry; Steve (Sheryl) Ginther, Barnard, Missouri and David (Beverly) Ginther, Atlantic, Iowa; daughter, Theresa (Jared) Groomer, Maryville; seven grandchildren: Brent, Ryan, Jacob, Mitchell and Alyssa Ginther and Kaleb and Dylan Groomer and a sister, Patricia Arnold, Texarkana, Texas.

A family rosary will be held on Sunday December 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville.

Visitation will be Monday, December 15th, 6:00-7:00 p.m., St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, Missouri. It will be followed by a parish prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16th, St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, Missouri.

Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Conception, Missouri with military services provided by the Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Benedictine Convent, Clyde, Missouri or Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri.

Goff, Beverly I. McGinness -

Born in Maryville, Missouri on June 15, 1917, Beverly Goff passed away peacefully April 22, 2008, in Tucson, Arizona. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Richard Goff; father and mother, Robert and Beulah McGinness; brother, Marlin McGinness; and sisters, Lois McGinness, Roberta Leeper Richey, and Shirley Couch Louden.

Survived by sons, James (Janet) Goff and Richard Goff and daughter, Anne (Rick) Waits; grandchildren, Sarah and Benjamin Goff, and Elizabeth, Mike, and John Waits; brothers, Kenneth and Bob McGinness and sisters, Virginia Beal and Doris Willsie.

Beverly was valedictorian of her Maryville H.S. class, and graduated summa cum laude from Northwest Missouri Teacher’s College in 1939. She married C. Richard Goff after he was released from POW camp in 1945. Together they lived in Kansas City; Warren, New Jersey; Liberty, Missouri and Tucson, Arizona. Beverly worked as a dietician at Providence Hospital, KC, Kansas, home economics teacher in Cleghorn, Iowa and director of food services for the Berkeley Heights, NJ School District.

Her life and spirit are imprinted on our lives and hearts forever.

Visitation will be held 1:00 PM with services at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri and burial at Bethany Cemetery, Barnard, Missouri

Gosney, Charles Benson -

Charles Benson Gosney, 82, Maryville, Missouri, (formerly of Barnard, Missouri) died Thursday, February 4, 2010 at Village Care Center, Maryville.

He was born February 17, 1927 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Raymond Hubbard and Dove Caroline (Miller) Gosney. Charles married Rose Catherine Williams in 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri. After her death he married Rose Marie Joyce April 1, 1968, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Rose Marie has also died.

Mr. Gosney was a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Community, Maryville and the O’Howell-Strader American Legion Post #102, Barnard, Missouri.

From 1972 to 1977 Charles owned and operated “Charlie’s Restaurant” in Barnard, Missouri. Then he worked for Montgomery Wards in Maryville, becoming an assistant manager. After it closed he was an assistant manager at the Wal Mart Store.

In addition to both of his wives, he was preceded in death by his son: Mark Gosney; his parents and a brother Raymond Gosney.

Survivors include his children: Evelyn Mayes, Campton, New Hampshire; Jeanne Baldwin, Aurora, Colorado; Jeffrey Gosney, St. Joseph, Missouri; Mary Johnson, Long Beach, California; Patrick Gosney, Ft. Walton, Florida; Caroline Alderete, Long Beach, California; Kathleen Heerdt, Aurora, Colorado and Annie Thogerson, Laveen, Arizona; step-children: Terri Joyce and John Joyce, Washington, Missouri; Debbie Sullivan, Liberty, Missouri and Cindy Clements, Barnard, Missouri; a brother: Wayne Gosney, Hartford, Kansas; twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Graveside memorial services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10:30 AM at the St.Columba Cemetery, Conception, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Nodaway County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Maryville, Missouri or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dallas, Texas.

Grace, Darrell W. - Darrell W. Grace, 80, Burlington Junction, Missouri died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at St Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri.

Darrell was born April 11, 1927 in Burlington Junction, the son of Harvey and Mary (McIntyre) Grace. He was a 1945 graduate of Quitman High School, Quitman, Missouri and attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College, Maryville.

He served in the US Army during WWII. On August 29, 1948 he and Marilyn Anne Williams were married in Burlington Junction.

Darrell was the President of Grace Construction Management and a member of the Burlington Junction United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Rolla - Dicks American Legion Post # 315, Burlington Junction; Seth Ray David Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #442, Maryville; the Nodaway Masonic Lodge #470 AF & AM, Maryville; the Scottish Rite Bodies and Moila Temple, St Joseph, Missouri and a member of the Legion of Honor of Moila Temple; a lifetime member of the Burlington Junction Kiwanis Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: his twin, Donald L. Grace and William M. Grace.
Survivors include his wife: Marilyn, of their home; two sons: Darrell Robert and his wife: Deborah Grace and William Richard Grace, all of Burlington Junction; a brother: Weldon Grace, Des Moines, Iowa and a sister: Arlene Prater, Hamburg, Iowa; three grandchildren: Darby Robert Grace, Melanie McDowell and Tiffany Grace Moody; three great-grandchildren: Logan McDowell, Dillon Dow and Ella Grace; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 6-8pm Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri with a Masonic Service conducted by Nodaway Masonic Lodge #470 AF & A M to follow at 8pm.

Funeral Services will be 2pm Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the United Methodist Church, Burlington Junction.
Burial is in Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction, and Missouri.

Military services will be conducted at graveside under the direction of the Rolla – Dicks American Legion Post #315.

Memorials may be made to the Nodaway County Chapter of the American Cancer Society in Mr. Grace’s name.

Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville,com
Graves, Twana Rae Holland - Twana Rae Graves, 85, Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Pickering, MO died on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona .

Born February 27, 1924 in Weatherford, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Joe Thomas and Myrtle Ruby (Wells) Holland. She was united in marriage to Jimmie Graves, January 4, 1941 in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Surviving are son, Gary (Shirley) Graves of Pickering, MO, daughter, Beverly (Ronnie) Harbin of Mesa, AZ, sister, Helen Patterson of Abilene, TX, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jimmie R. Graves (February 20, 1978) and a brother, Jay Holland.

Graveside Services: 2 PM, Friday, December 18, 2009 conducted at Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, MO.

Online condolences may be made to the family at
Gray, James Edgar -

James Edgar Gray, 64 of Maryville, Missouri died on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at St Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri.

He was born July 24, 1944 in Clarinda, Iowa. He attended Clarinda High School. Jim was the owner/operator of Jim's Auto in Maryville.

Jim was united in marriage to Ruth Francis Cottrell, September 4, 2004, at Grand Island, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; James Gilbert and Delores Lavonne Casteel Gray, two brothers, Marvin and Melvin Gray.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth of the home, Maryville; daughter, Tina (Gary) Strub, Kansas City, KS; three brothers, Gary (Marlene) Gray, Britt, IA, Donald (Terri) Gray, Green Bay, WI and Terry Gray, Council Bluffs, IA; 3 grand children; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, April 9, at the Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society of Nodaway County.

Gray, Melissa Dawn Zimmerman -

Melissa Dawn (Zimmerman) Gray, 36, Columbia, Missouri, died January 15, 2009 in Columbia.

She was born October 31, 1972 in Maryville, Missouri, the daughter of Lane Zimmerman and Margie (Protzman) Zimmerman.

Melissa had her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from St. Luke’s College of Nursing and she was Roman Catholic.

Survivors include her sons: Kameron and Zachary Gray; her parents, Margie Zimmerman, Kansas City, Missouri and Lane Zimmerman, St. Joseph, Missouri; brothers and sisters-in-law: Mike and Taunia Zimmerman, Shawnee, Kansas; Mark and Dana Zimmerman, Smithville, Missouri and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation is 6-7 p.m. Sunday, January 18th at Price Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a rosary at 7pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2009 at St. Gregory Catholic Church, Maryville. Burial will be in St Columba Cemetery, Conception, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the “Melissa Dawn Zimmerman Gray Memorial Fund”.

Gray, Paul Gene Gray was born August 30, 1927, to Boyd Dean Gray and Gladice Marrie (Fish) Gray, in Hopkins, Missouri.

Paul grew up in a family dedicated to farming, and he attended various country schools. In the early 1940’s, he was stationed in Berlin, Germany in World War II. He was discharged April 14, 1947.

Upon his returning home he joined his brother, Beryl Dean Gray, beginning a farming partnership that lasted for many years. Paul met Dona Mae Williams and was united in marriage on March 4, 1953 in Villisca, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Carolyn, Barbie, and Deb.

Paul was a dedicated farmer, loving husband, daddy, Grandpa, and friend to many. He enjoyed horses, camping, hunting, fishing, music, playing cards and looked forward to the spring calving season, but most of all his loving family. Paul vacationed with his wife and children during summer breaks to various popular areas. Once his children were raised, he and Dona Mae became “snow birds, traveling south for the winters.

Paul was a member of American Legion, Clearfield Lions, Bedford Saddle Club, Neighborhood card parties, Campfire Sam’s Club, and also participated in Redding Country Music. One of Paul’s favorite past times was camping with the Clearfield Lions Club, while driving shuttle busses at the Iowa State Fair.

On April 18, 1995, after forty two-years of marriage, Paul was left to cherish the loving memory of his wife, Dona Mae.

Companionship was found in a long time neighbor, Donna Marie (Freemyer) Stewart. They were united in marriage on April 16, 1998. Paul gained four loving step-children, thirteen grandchildren, and twenty-five great grand children. This union joined two families with lots of love and laughter. Paul and Donna enjoyed several years traveling south for the winter and camping in the summer.

Paul entered into rest at his home in Clearfield, Iowa on April 8, 2007, with Donna at his side.

Left to cherish his memory, three loving daughters: Carolyn (Gray) Brell and husband William Brell of Lake of the Ozarks, Barbara Gray and companion Karl Fenton of Indianola, and Debra (Gray) Davenport and husband Eric Davenport of Blockton, and his devoted wife, Donna Stewart-Gray. Grandchildren include, April and husband Josh Wilson, Heather (Davenport) and husband Chad Puhrmann, Carl Trujillo, Tracey (Davenport) and husband Josiah Rusk, Dustin Cribbs, and Tony Trujillo. Step-Children include: Dan and Lila Stewart, Dave and Carol Stewart, Linda and Jack DeFreece, and Amy and Doug Williams.

Preceding Paul in death, were his parents: Boyd and Gladice, wife Dona Mae, brother Beryl, and sisters Marcilline and Lorrane.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Paul’s passing.

Gray, Quentin Hubert -

Quentin Hubert Gray of Springfield, Missouri formerly of Maryville, Missouri went to his eternal home on May 14, 2009 with his devoted family by his side at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Quentin was born May 11, 1922 to Alvin and Zeida (Wray) Gray in a farmhouse north of Maryville, Missouri.

Quentin attended rural schools in Nodaway County. After graduating in 1940 from College High in Maryville, Missouri, he attended the Aeronautic School in Kansas City, Missouri. Later, he served in World War II overseas. On December 16, 1944 he married his love, Alice Louise (McGinnis) Gray. Together they shared 64 wonderful, loving years.

As a young boy, Quentin worked in the family business and later became partner/owner of Gray’s Oil and Gasoline Company, Inc. until he retired in 1986. In July 2008, Quentin and his wife, Alice moved to Springfield, Missouri to be closer to their family. Maryville always remained home in his heart. He was highly respected as a business man and well thought of as a leader in the community. Quentin served as president of Kiwanis, as well as, serving as a board member for The Community Betterment and Maryville Municipal Airport. In addition, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served a lifetime on numerous leadership boards.

Quentin was always a laughing, joking man who truly enjoyed life. He was dedicated to his family as a loyal husband, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed taking his family on extended trips, wintering in Arizona, weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks playing cards, fishing and boating with grandchildren. Quentin was fascinated with flying small airplanes to the point that he acquired his pilot’s license and purchased an aircraft. In later years, flying gave way to playing golf with his friends which he truly enjoyed and having morning coffee with his dear friend, Bryon.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Alvin and Zeida Gray and his sister, Deloris Espey.

Quentin is survived by his wife, Alice Gray, two daughters, Linda Garvin and husband David, Springfield, Missouri and Gloria Akly and husband Tony, Marietta, Georgia. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Heather (Garvin) Womack and husband Tate, Hillary Garvin, Ryan and Jonathan Akly and one great-grandson, Hayden Womack.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, May 18, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church, Maryville, Missouri with the Reverend Tom Sullenger officiating. The family will meet friends and family 10 to 11 AM, prior to the service at the Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Miriam Cemetery, Maryville.

Memorial funds have been established in Quentin’s name. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by mail: 120 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005; by telephone: 1-800-533-CURE; or by website: or to the First United Methodist Church, Maryville, Missouri.


Greeley, Anita Marie Pitts - Anita Marie Greeley, 52, of Elmo, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born on June 26, 1956 in Pittsburgh, KS she was the daughter of Joe & Velda D. (Davidson) Pitts of Stockton, MO.

She was a member of the Elmo United Methodist Church.

She was employed at the St. Francis Hospital as a Registered Nurse and served on many hospital boards & committees.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Mark E. Greeley, loving children, Gina Marie Lucas, Bethany, MO, Kelly Jo Smith, Elmo, MO, Ben Greeley, Westboro, MO, Andy Beltz, Des Monies, Iowa, Beth Ann Wennihan, Tarkio, MO, sisters, Vickie Pitts, Girard, KS, Carolyn Garcia, Arcadia, KS, Deloris Broussard, Las Vegas, NV, Jana Street, Eldorado Springs, MO, Joseph Pitts, Jr., Stockton, MO. She is also survived by four grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Elmo United Methodist Church, Elmo, MO. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. Memorial Donations may be made to the Elmo U.M.C.

Online condolences and tributes may be left by visiting

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the Danfelt Funeral Home, 951 S. Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468

Greeley, Rebecca L. Wilson - Rebecca L. Greeley, 45, of Maryville, passed from this life on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at the Heartland Regional Hospital.

Born on November 10, 1959 in Maryville, she was the daughter of Lola Vivian (James) Wilson of Maryville and the late John Cecil Wilson.

She was a member of the Clearmont Baptist Church.

She was employed at Northwest Missouri State University Book Store for over 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Gary L. Greeley , whom she married on November 14, 1981 in Clearmont, two sons, Tyler L. & Spencer L. Greeley and a daughter, Abbie L. Greeley all of the home, sisters, Cecilia A. Kelmel and husband Terry of Maryville, brother, Rick Wilson and wife Terrilynn, Maryville, & father-in-law, Richard Greeley. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Linda Kay Wilson.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at the Clearmont Baptist Church, 225 S. Sycamore Street, Clearmont, MO with the Pastor Don Barnett, Officiating. Final Resting Place will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville.

The family will receive friends at the Danfelt Funeral Home, 951 S. Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468 on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the Nodaway Valley Bank, c/o Becky Greeley Memorial Fund, 304 N. Main Street, Maryville, MO.

Griffey, Eldon G. -

Eldon G. Griffey II, age 59, Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Maryville, Missouri died on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
He was born September 3, 1950 in Maryville, MO; the son of the late Eldon Glen and Frances Hainline Griffey and was raised in Wilcox, MO. Eldon was united in marriage to Deborah Shell on June 26, 1997 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was a graduate of Maryville High School Class of 1969. Eldon was of the Christian Faith.
Eldon was employed with Sears Home Improvement as the warehouse manager in Lenexa, Kansas. He had previously worked with Winnebago Travel Home Company, Forest City, Iowa.
Eldon and his wife loved to travel, visiting Hawaii and taking several cruises.
Preceding him in death were sisters, Elaine Wilson, Joan Finney, Lavaughn Dredge and Father-in-law Raymond Shell.
He is survived by his wife Deborah of the home, Overland Park, KS; step-daughter, Carri Schwartz; 3 step-grandchildren, Parker Day Schwartz, Matthew and Jacob Schwartz; a special friend of the couple Renee’ Evans, Garden City, MO; Mother-in-law Anita Shell; Sisters and Brothers-in-laws Sheila and Paul Christiansen, Overland Park, KS, Marshall and Cara Shell, Maryville, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Griffey’s body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 5, at the First Christian Church, Maryville, MO.
Price Funeral Home(, Maryville, Missouri.

Gross, Lavona "Pauline" Walker -

Lavona “Pauline” Gross, 85, Maryville, Missouri died Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at St Francis Hospital, Maryville.

She was born in February 17, 1923 in Isadora, Worth County, Missouri, the daughter of Willie C and Caroline (Ray) Walker. Pauline married William Dixon November 27, 1940 in Grant City, Missouri. Mr.Dixon died November 26, 1974. She married Robert Gross on June 17, 1979 in Maryville.

Mrs. Gross had worked as a nurse aid at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, Maryville, Missouri.

In addition to her first husband, Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter: Vicky Lynn Potthast; son-in-law: Leon Larry Potthast; brothers: Arthur, Duane, Joseph, Gerold and L. B. Walker; sisters: Wilma McClure, Jenetta Parker, Doris Vaughn, Darlene Holaday and Sylvia Merckling.
Survivors include her husband, Robert , of their home in Maryville; daughter: Mary Lue Potthast, Holden, Missouri; sons: Duane Dixon, Falls City, Nebraska and Jimmy Dixon, Auburn, California; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother: Donald Walker, Ravenwood, Missouri; sisters Virginia Eckery, Rosella Lewis and Erma Jean Brown, all of Ravenwood.

Visitation is 2 to 4 pm, Sunday, November 16th at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Monday, November 17, 2008 at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville, Missouri. Burial is in Isadora Cemetery, Isadora, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ, 217 East Sixth Street, Maryville, Missouri.

Gustafson, Elizabeth Mowry - Elizabeth (Mowry) Gustafson, 101 of Elmo, Missouri, passed away July 10, 2008 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa. Elizabeth Mowry was born February 4, 1907 at Maysville, Missouri to George and Belle (Boone) Mowry. With her parents and her brother, Paul, she moved to a farm outside of Elmo in 1917. On August 30, 1923 she married Anders Algot Gustafson in Elmo. He preceded her in death April 28, 1955.
Elizabeth started working for Dr. Marvin Ford in 1952 and continued until 1969. She always had a soft spot for the unfortunate and a willingness to help when needed.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved reading, growing flowers, doing puzzles, and making quilts.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Boone and Paul; husband, Anders; daughter, Pauline; and son, Andrew Algot.
She is survived by three daughters: Agnes Calfee, Ft. Collins, CO, Anna Bell Drennen, Mission, KS, and Rosie Carpenter, Elmo, MO; also twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and fourteen great-great grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, July 14, 2008 at Elmo Cemetery, Elmo, Missouri with Pastor Terry Major of the Elmo Christian Church officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Elmo Cemetery or donor’s choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.