August 24 Obits

August 24, 2012 

Robert Kinsey Wood

Feb. 11, 1985 - Aug. 1, 2012

Robert Kinsey Wood, 27, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Columbia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Atkinson Chapel.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 142 E. Main St., Adrian, MO 64720; 816-297-2211.

Melville Rodgers Creighton

Aug. 17, 2012

Melville Rodgers Creighton, 95, of Raymore, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Burial will be in Urich Cemetery, Urich.

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

Hazel Lucille Scavuzzo

Aug. 16, 1929 - Aug. 17, 2012

Hazel Lucille “Tootie” Scavuzzo, 83, of Harrisonville, was born Aug. 16, 1929, near Harrisonville, the daughter of Orange Lathrop and Maude (Hammontree) Lathrop. She died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.

A lifelong area resident, Tootie was a 1948 graduate of Harrisonville High School where she had played basketball and been the school’s first Homecoming Queen. Shortly after graduation, she and Salvatore Scavuzzo were married on Aug. 4, 1948. They celebrated 64 years together this year.

Tootie was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for over 50 years. She was highly regarded for her excellent cooking and baking and she loved entertaining family and friends. Tootie also loved to travel, and she and Salvatore were blessed to visit many places throughout the world.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, four brothers, and baby grandson, Gian-Carlo Scavuzzo.

Tootie is survived by her adoring husband, Salvatore Scavuzzo, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Lydia Scavuzzo, son Greg Scavuzzo, grandchildren Danielle Scavuzzo and Salvatore Scavuzzo, and many nieces and nephews.

It is impossible to pretend that one so special can be summed-up in a few short paragraphs. To her husband, kids and grandkids, Tootie was the best wife and Mom and the greatest Grandma in the world. She was tough; she was caring; she was loving; she was genuine; she was beautiful; and she was classy. She is irreplaceable and will be deeply missed forever.

Celebration of Life Service was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 W. Wall, Harrisonville. Services are under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or to Kansas City Hospice House.

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Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

Gail E. Thompson

July 3, 1939 - Aug. 19, 2012

Gail Thompson, 73, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer.

Gail was born July 3, 1939, in Norfolk, Neb., to Harry and Bertha (Goodrich) Skinner. Gail grew up in Beatrice, Neb., and then attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kan., where she met and fell in love with Jim Thompson. She received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Music. She and Jim married on Aug. 19, 1961. They moved to Columbia, where he attended MU Law School and she did research work in Biology at the University of Missouri. They settled in Harrisonville in 1964. She taught biology for many years, both to junior high and high school students in Smith Hale and Harrisonville School Districts. Gail shared her love of music, singing at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She was a friend of Bill W, an officer in BPW, and enjoyed playing cards with her beloved bridge club. She loved to travel and she and Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Kauai in 2011.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim, of the home; her two children, Jim Thompson, St. Charles, and Jennifer Dulny (Dave), Shawnee, Kan. Gail also has four grandchildren, Adam and Ryan Thompson, St. Charles, and Amanda and Zachary Dulny of Shawnee, Kan. She also is survived by two siblings, a brother, Ed Skinner of Arkadelphia, Ark., and a sister, Sandra Tregue of Gun Barrel City, Texas, and nieces and nephews.

Gail will forever be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and friend.

Memorial services were Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, officiated by Rev. Christian Malewski. Inurnment was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. (Cremation).

Memorial contributions may be made to The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 901 E. Street, NW, Suite 405, Washington, D.C. 20004,

Online condolences may be made to

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Ruby Elizabeth Yoder

Aug. 19, 2012

Ruby Elizabeth Yoder, 95, of Garden City, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at the house of Calvin Yoder, near Garden City.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church with burial in Clearfork Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions to Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church or Clearfork Cemetery Association.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City, MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

Mary Jane Knox

Oct. 28, 1945 - Aug. 21, 2012

Mary Jane Knox, 66, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at her home.

Graveside services were Aug. 23 at Oakland Cemetery in Harrisonville. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Atkinson Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice in Harrisonville. A complete obituary will be in next week’s paper.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

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