May 23 Obits

May 23, 2014 

Marvin “Lyle” Baker

Aug. 19, 1933 - May 13, 2014

Marvin “Lyle” Baker, 80, of Archie, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his home. Funeral services were May 17 at First Baptist Church in Archie with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Lyle was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Teresita, the son of Omer Carl and Edith Irene (Winn) Baker. He was a 1951 graduate of Birch Tree Missouri High School. After high school, he moved to Kansas City and worked at the General Motors Fairfax Plant before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He then attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar for 1.5 years. He attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. Lyle married LaVerna Irene Smotherman on Jan. 18, 1958, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Mountain View. A long-time Christian, Lyle was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Kansas City and was a member of First Baptist Church in Archie.

Lyle moved to Archie in 1960 and taught high school English, Literature and Journalism for 37 years at Archie High School, retiring in 1997. He also served as City Clerk of Archie from 1963 to 2008 before retiring there as well.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, two brothers, Marion Merle and Wilbur Vern Baker. He is survived by his wife, LaVerna, of the home; two sons, Kevin Lane Baker, Cedar City, Utah, and Jay Scott Baker, Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Laurie Beth Lynn, Overland Park, Kan.; three sisters, Vearl Ferdon, Tucson, Ariz., Norma Gene Wade, Independence, and Hazel M. Reynolds, Kingman, Ariz., and eight grandchildren.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 104 W. Walnut, Archie, MO 64725; 816-293-5566.

Fern L. Martin

Dec. 15, 1953 - May 15, 2014

Fern Louise Martin, 60, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Lee’s Summit, was born in Kansas City. She died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. Visitation was May 18 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was May 19 at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Margaret Elizabeth Caskey Lowe

June 3, 1919 - May 18, 2014

Margaret Elizabeth Caskey Lowe, 93, of Olathe, Kan., formerly of Harrisonville, died Sunday, May 18, 2014. Funeral services were May 22 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Margaret was always a cheerful and loving person. Her marriage to Harold Frank Lowe lasted over 60 years, until his death in 2004. She worked in real estate investing and as a private duty nurse. Both she and Harold were members of Coleman Baptist Church, Peculiar.

She was a mother of three and leaves behind 16 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She is remembered for her singing, her poetry and joyful spirit. Surviving children include Donna Morelock, of St. Joseph, Walter Lowe of Kearney, and Mary Beth Clary of Olathe, Kan.

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

Mildred Louise Randall

July 22, 1915 - May 18, 2014

Mildred Louise Randall, 98, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. Funeral services were May 21 at United Methodist Church in Harrisonville with burial in Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee’s Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Mildred, the fifth child of Celia Virginia Stephens and Edward Dean Frazier, was born July 22, 1915, near Main City. In 1918, the family moved to a farm at the north edge of Drexel. She graduated from Drexel High School in 1933 and then attended college at Pittsburg, Kan., State Teachers College and taught at Smith rural school in Miami County, Kan., for two years.

In 1937, she married her high school sweetheart, James Woodrow Randall. In 1938, they moved to a farm in Jackson County, where their daughters, Kay Helen and Jane Mildred, were born. In 1949, they purchased a farm just north of Harrisonville and lived there until Jim’s death in April 1977.

She and her husband Jim were active in University of Missouri Extension. Mildred was president of Cass County Homemakers Extension Club 1964-1965. She was an active member of United Methodist Church in Harrisonville, having served on many committees and as a Sunday school teacher and was a past president of United Methodist Women’s Club. She was a member and past Regent of Mary Sibley Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was a member of Cass Medical Center Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting with the church quilters and at home.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert, William and John and sisters, Helen and Laura May and her husband James on April 2, 1977. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Childress, Lee’s Summit, and Kay Ritchie, Spring Hill, Fla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

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

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