Aug 8 Obits

August 8, 2014 

Billy Osborn

June 1, 1927 - July 28, 2014

Billy John Osborn, 87, of Archie, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Harrisonville. Funeral services were July 31 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Billy was born June 1, 1927, in Harrisonville, the son of John and Ada Alice (Oram) Osborn. He attended Oak Grove Rural School No. 83 and was a 1945 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He was a lifelong Cass County resident. Billy was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran. He married Edna Lucille Goddard on Sept. 14, 1957, in Archie.

Billy was a millwright for General Motors for 30 years before retiring. He was a member of Archie Lodge No. 633 and Grand River Masonic Lodge No. 276 in Freeman for over 63 years. He also was a member of the Kansas City Scottish Rite.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edna, on Aug. 2, 2009. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Betty Wellington, Harrisonville; one sister, Jean Drury, Archie; two grandchildren, Leslee Goddard and Christel Allen; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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

Wilma Gail Flanary

July 2, 1933 - Aug. 1, 2014

Wilma Gail Flanary, 81, of Excelsior Springs, formerly of Harrisonville, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at her home in Excelsior Springs. Graveside services were Aug. 4 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Wilma was born July 2, 1933, in Kansas City, a daughter and youngest child of Finis Thomas and Carrie Cleo (Wolkey) Roberts. Wilma was a long-time resident of Cass County and was a 1951 graduate of Garden City High School. She was united in marriage to Elmer Clark Flanary on July 28, 1951, at Harrisonville First Baptist Church, the Rev. George C. Monroe officiating minister.

Wilma was baptized at age 9 at Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City and was currently a member of Harrisonville First Baptist Church. She had lived in Kansas City until moving to a farm northeast of Garden City in 1948. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing. Wilma was a licensed practical nurse at Harrisonville Memorial Hospital. In 1958, she started custom sewing and continued to sew until her death. In 1970, she was a real estate broker. She had been a school bus driver and enjoyed the young people, especially the band competitions. Wilma was best known as a farmer’s wife and raising their four girls. She enjoyed having a house full of people to whom she could cater to and feed well. In 2004, she moved to Excelsior Springs and continued serving and cooking for her local church dinners.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Elmer, on Dec. 14, 2013, her parents, a sister, Cleo Goodman, a brother, Finis Roberts Jr. and a grandson, Gabrielle Ketchum.

She is survived by four daughters, Connie Ketchum, Freeman, Cathy Jo Ginnings and husband, Dale, Excelsior Springs, Carrie Wilson and Carli Flanary, both of Freeman; a sister, Doris Smith, Bullard, Texas; an extended daughter, Susan Figg, Garden City; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Joyce Elaine (Hyatt) Foote

March 31, 1947 - Aug. 3, 2014

Joyce Elaine (Hyatt) Foote was born in Gunn City and died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Cremation. The services for Joyce will be Friday, Aug. 8, at Pleasant Hill Big Creek Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until Memorial Service time at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in Gunn City Cemetery.

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

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