August 31 Obits

August 31, 2012 

Melville Rodgers Creighton

Sept. 11, 1916 - Aug. 17, 2012

Melville Rodgers Creighton, of Raymore, was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Creighton, the son of Clifford Talmage and Hoyland (Rodgers) Creighton. He died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 95.

On Jan. 7, 1940, Melville was united in marriage to Genevieve Lear Coover in Sedalia.

Melville was the local Harrisonville State Farm Insurance agent for 27 years, receiving many awards and wall plaques until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1981. Earlier, he was an agent for National Life and Accident Insurance Company, Nashville, Tenn. Melville was a member of United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, and was an Army veteran of WWII, serving 31 months in the Asiatic Theater. Melville was active in the Harrisonville community, serving on the Cass County Memorial Hospital board for 25 years, was a member of Cass Masonic Lodge, Ararat Shrine, American Legion, VFW Post #4409, Harrisonville Development Corporation, Harrisonville Planning Council and Twin Pines Country Club.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and playing golf. Melville enjoyed traveling and spending the winter months in Florida. He had lived in Harrisonville until 1994 when he and Genevieve moved to Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore.

His parents preceded him in death.

Melville is survived by his wife, Genevieve C. Creighton, of the home; a second cousin, Jim Cox, Clinton; other relatives and a host of friends.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Hendrick Cemetery Association.

Funeral services were Aug. 25 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with interment with military honors provided by Harrisonville Honor Guard, Harrisonville, at Urich Cemetery, Urich.

To send the family online condolences, please visit

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

Ruby Elizabeth Yoder

Dec. 10, 1916 - Aug. 19, 2012

Ruby Elizabeth Yoder was born Dec. 10, 1916. She was the fourth child of Levi Franklin Yoder and Anna Mae (Raber) Yoder. Elizabeth died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Elizabeth attended grade school at Smith School, where at one point her teacher was her older sister Eula. She graduated from Garden City High School in 1936.

She was united in marriage with Walter Lewis Yoder at her family home, five miles north of Garden City, on Nov. 2, 1940.

She and Walter served in Civilian Public Service (CPS) in Fort Collins, Colo., and later in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland, she received her nurse’s aide certification from the Chicago School of Nursing. After the war was over, they settled back in Cass County.

Their home was blessed with two sons Calvin, Willard and a daughter Linda. She was a busy farm wife, raising chickens and helping Walter with his butchering business. She enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, quilting and flower arranging. Her beautiful flowerbeds were always well kept and her flowers often graced the front of the church. She was a member of the ELCO Garden Club.

Elizabeth accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in her early teens and was baptized at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, where she was a lifelong member. She was active in the church as a Sunday schoolteacher, Bible schoolteacher, Good News Club leader and was part of WMSC, the ladies quilting circle.

She and Walter were instrumental in beginning the annual MCC sale and the tradition of apple butter making. They also helped plant the Evening Shade Mennonite Church near Warsaw, which required them to travel there every other Sunday for several summers.

Walter and Elizabeth enjoyed spending time with their family and friends singing, traveling, or just over a big bowl of homemade ice cream. Music was very important to Elizabeth and the family often sang together. For many years she enjoyed singing with the Garden City Community Easter Cantata. She and Walter traveled from coast to coast with family and friends, frequenting Springdale, Ark., for a gospel sing, Silver Dollar City, and several International Barbershop Conventions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her brother Harold Yoder and wife Louise, sister Eula and husband Alpha Yoder, sister Marie Yoder, and daughter- in-law Mary R. Yoder.

Elizabeth is survived by sons Calvin Yoder and wife Michelle, Willard Yoder and wife Velma, of Garden City; daughter, Linda Kaiser and husband Duane of Durham, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Wes Yoder and wife Kate, Gwen Meeks and husband Chris, Cindy Yoder, Mindy Yoder, Daniel Yoder and wife Talashia, Emily Yoder, Megan Wengerd and husband Brandon, and Anna Yoder; and six great-grandchildren, Ellie and Matt Yoder, Jacquelyn, Cameron and Jillian Meeks; and Malachi Yoder; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church Memorial Fund or Clearfork Cemetery Association.

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

Patricia Yvonne Briner

Dec. 16, 1944 - Aug. 21, 2012

Patricia Yvonne (Irwin) Briner was born Dec. 16, 1944, in Hugo, Okla., and died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Her husband, Jerry Briner of the home, two sons and one daughter survive her.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lone Jack Baptist Church. Burial was in Floral Hills, East Cemetery, 25203 E. 50 Highway, Lee’s Summit.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-987-2127.

Mary Jane Knox

Oct. 28, 1945 - Aug. 21, 2012

Mary Jane (Smith) Knox, 66, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at her home. She will forever be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, Grandy, sister, aunt and friend.

Mary was born Oct. 28, 1945, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Albert Earl and Nellie M. (Craig) Smith. She lived her life in Harrisonville. As a child, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. On Feb. 22, 1963, she married William “Bill” Knox. They were married for 43 years before he died Aug. 21, 2006. Together they had three children, Cathleen Wade, Lonnie Knox and Christie Knox. She had a sister, Ruby VanSandt, and two brothers, Billy Smith and Wayne Smith.

Mary retired in 2012 from Visiting Nurse Association, where she worked as a Home Health Aide for 31 years. Prior to that, she drove a school bus for the Cass R-IX schools. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, sister, Ruby (Smith) VanSandt and sister-in-law, Evelyn Smith. She is survived by her children, Cathleen Wade and husband, Terry of Lebanon, Lonnie Knox and wife, Becky of Archie, and Christie Knox of Harrisonville; two brothers, Billy Smith and Wayne Smith and wife, Cindy, all of Harrisonville; brother-in-law, Billy J. VanSandt of Bossier City, La.; two grandchildren, Brandon Wade and Blair Wade, both of Lebanon, and four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were Aug. 23 at Oakland Cemetery in Harrisonville, officiated by Rev. Charles H. Turner, Independence. Casket bearers were Terry Smith, Shaun Smith, Jay Smith, Randy Knox, Joe VanSandt and Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Serenity Care Hospice in Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Melvin Leroy Smith

June 20, 1928 - Aug. 21, 2012

Melvin Leroy Smith, 84, of Adrian, died Tuesday, Aug.21, 2012, at his home in Adrian. He was a Korean War Army veteran.

Graveside services were Aug. 24 at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian First Baptist Church or Heartland Hospice. Online condolences may be made to

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

Inez Marie Fredrickson

June 6, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2012

Inez Marie (Norton) Fredrickson, 89, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, with family present. This was due to a procedural complication.

Inez was born June 6, 1923, in Cockrell, near Lee’s Summit. She was the eldest daughter of Frank Samuel and Willard Josephine (Brain) Norton.

On Jan. 6, 1946, Inez was united in marriage to Charles Daniel Fredrickson near Martin City. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2003.

Inez was a homemaker, full-time farmer and a wonderful mother. She loved to raise chickens, fish, mushroom hunt, pickup walnuts, and many more things. She always was interested in people and could tell you all about many. She was a member of Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Ore Club for many years.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard Norton, Frank Norton Robert Norton; and four sisters Eleanor Groll, Margaret Koerber, Frances Thurman, and Helen Norton.

She is survived by her children Joanne Willard Russell of Santa Cruz, Calif., Charles Andrew Fredrickson of Harrisonville, David Frank Fredrickson of Belton, Texas, Carol Inez Fredrickson of Belton, Wayne Theodore Fredrickson of Harrisonville, and Sonia Christine Dexter of Harrisonville, 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Fredrickson will be sadly missed by her family, she loved much and asked for little. She loved God, life, and the farm. Her children will perpetuate the family farm legacy.

There was a private graveside service in her honor at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill.

Memorial contributions are suggested to City Union Mission and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralho

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Shirley Kay Neely

July 16, 1937 - Aug. 23, 2012

Shirley Kay Neely, 75, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House, surrounded with love and family.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Aug.27 at the funeral home. Reverend Richard Williams of New Covenant Fellowship Church, Garden City, officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Frieda Mae Wilson

Feb. 12, 1929 - Aug. 23, 2012

Frieda Mae Wilson, of Archie, was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Versailles, the daughter of William Everett and Mary L. (McTeer) Bellamy. She died Thursday, Aug.23, 2012, at her home in Archie at the age of 83.

In 1947, Frieda was united in marriage to Richard O. Wilson in Lexington.

Frieda was a homemaker and enjoyed reading.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Richard Wilson on Dec. 21, 1969, two brothers and three sisters.

Frieda is survived by two sons, Larry R. Wilson, Archie, and Lonnie L. Wilson and wife Shelly E., Garden City; a daughter, Ruby Gardner, Archie; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Bellamy, Tulare, Calif.; Kathy Gregory, Bakersfield, Calif.; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A private family inurnment was held in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Arrangements: Cass County Cremation Service, 2400 E. Elm, Harrisonville, Mo. 816-884-6302.

George A. Harris, Jr.

Oct. 12, 1948 - Aug. 24, 2012

George A. “Butterball” Harris, Jr., 63, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Peculiar, surrounded by his loving family.

George proudly served his country in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne division.

Funeral services were conducted at Joyful Sound Worship Center, Peculiar, on Aug. 27. Cremation was accorded.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-987-2127.

Donna Jean McCoy

March 25, 1938 - Aug. 25, 2012

Donna Jean McCoy, 74, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at her home.

Donna Jean (Bishop) McCoy was born March 25, 1938, in Rainey, to James C. and Dimple (Bruce) Bishop. Donna accepted Christ in her life as a young woman. On June 12, 1954, she was united in marriage to Alvin Lee Thomas McCoy at her parents’ home in Collins by Rev. E. Leo Balf. They were married for 58 years. Donna and Alvin moved to the Archie area in 1960. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Bates County Hospital in Butler for five years. She was a member of Adrian Christian Church in Adrian.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; one grandchild, Joseph Patrick McCoy; twin great-grandsons, Matthew and Jordan Arnold; and a son-in-law, Randy Reynolds. She is survived by her husband Alvin of the home; five children, Jimmy McCoy of Butler, David McCoy and wife, Regena, of Kansas City, Janice McCoy of the home, Gary McCoy and wife, Tammy, of Butler, and Sandi Reynolds and Dave Lawson of Adrian; three sisters, Evelyn Braden and husband, Bob, Sue Mitchell and husband, Dennis, all of Collins, and Carolyn Hibbs and husband, Don, of Windsor; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Donna will be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, officiated by Rev. Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church, Adrian. Casket bearers were David McCoy, Gary McCoy, Josh McCoy, Brett McCoy, Jeremy McCoy, Scott McCoy and David Lawson. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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

Joan Mary Carver

Aug. 27, 2012

Joan Mary Carver, 76, of Freeman, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville. Burial will be in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Friends called Aug. 30 at Atkinson Chapel with rosary at 6 p.m. A full 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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