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Funeral services for Olivia Fern Hollingshad, 68, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Fern passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2015, while vacationing in Alaska with her husband of forty-nine years, James R. Hollingshad.

Born in Mountain Grove, Missouri on April 24, 1947, to Alta June and George Walter Dobbs.  She is survived by her loving husband James; her son James W. Hollingshad; her daughter Dora Michele Krause, son-in-law Max Krause and granddaughter Mia Fern Krause; her foster son Donald Wayne Chamberlin; her brother Curtis Doyle Kincheloe and sister-in-law Patty Kincheloe; and her sister Vonnie Fouts and brother-in-law Johnnie Fouts, as well as countless nieces, nephews and other loved ones.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Phyllis Wheeler and Eunice Murline Roark and her brother Edward Dale Kincheloe.

Surpassed by only her love of God the Father, family was the most important thing to Fern.   After graduating from Houston High School, she followed the family she loved around the world on countless adventures, living in South Korea, West Germany, and Savannah, Georgia before eventually retiring in North Pole, Alaska, where they have spent the last twenty-five years.

Since retiring, Fern and Jim have split their time between a family farm in Dora, Missouri and traveling the nation to visit family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Sweeton Pond Cemetery.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Juanita Wanda Collins, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Ball Church of Christ, Dora, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Collins died at 2:47 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born May 24, 1933, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Lester Hambelton and Edith Patrick Hambelton.  Juanita graduated from Dora High School with the Class of 1950.  On March 14, 1953, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Neal Collins.  Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and a cook at Dora school.  She loved spending time and playing with her grandchildren, even if it meant she had to endure a camping trip.  She enjoyed flowers and taking care of her family.  Mrs. Collins was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Neal Collins; two sons, Gary Collins, wife, Connie and Bradley Collins, wife, Mary; one daughter-in-law, Renee Collins; eight grandchildren, Brandy Howell, Tracy Lovan, husband, Kelly, Matthew Collins, wife, Jessica, Matt Collins, Jessica Leroy, husband, Dylan, Nolan Collins, Dakota Collins and Casey Collins; fourteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marcella Brown, husband, Floyd, Bonnie June Wallace and Joan Nash; five sisters-in-law, Betty Hambelton, Mary Lou Hambelton, Helen Collins, Alice Collins and Ina Bird; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Flossie Collins, one son, Timothy Collins, one great-grandson, Brayden Collins, four brothers, Chad Hambelton, wife, Velta, Pat, Rudolph and Gerald Hambelton, one infant sister, Geraldine Hambelton, seven brothers-in-law, Earl Collins, wife, Dixie, Jim Bird, Hollis Collins, Robert Smith, James “Shorty” Collins, Richard Wallace and Joe Nash and two sisters-in-law, Maxine Johnson, husband, Marshel and Darlene Osborn, husband, Claudie, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

A Memorial Service for Helen Josephine Meek of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend David Gadbaw officiating.

Helen passed away July 18, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 94. She was born October 2, 1920, in Taylor, Wisconsin, the daughter of Julius and Minnie (Trones) Lee. She married Wesley Meek on March 18, 1943, at Lawrenceville, Illinois, and lived in Black River Falls, Wisconsin all of their married lives. Wesley died on August 15, 1979.

Helen was employed at Jackson County Savings and Loan (now First Financial) of Black River Falls for 33 years, and by the Dimmick Insurance Agency for 20 years, until 1971. She then became employed by the Co-op Credit Union of Black River Falls until purchasing the Holder Insurance Agency, in 1975, which she operated until 1979.

Helen moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas, on October 15, 1982. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Twin Lakes Golf Club, and the Elks Lodge #1714. She was a member of the Baxter Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary for 20 years.

Helen is survived by her sister, Jean Vail of Cedar Rapids, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Elvin Lee; and three sisters, Albertine Schankey, Marie Stephens, and Myrtle Manders.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

A Graveside Service for Dorothy Heinze of Coconut Creek, Florida, formerly of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 11:00 am, Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Hand Cemetery.

Dorothy passed away November 22, 2014, in Coconut Creek, Florida, at the age of 89. She was born June 8, 1925. Dorothy was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Dorothy has no local survivors.

Burial will be in the Hand Cemetery, Jordan, Arkansas. Military Honors were provided at her funeral mass in Florida.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Funeral Services for Barbara Tyson of Gassville, Arkansas, will be private at the Scattering Gardens in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Barbara passed away July 17, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 80. She was born January 19, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Clinton and Angeline Kelly. She was married to Jack Tyson.

Barbara has no local survivors.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services.

Claude Edward Bates, ages 96, of Ash Flat, AR. died Monday July 20th in Batesville, AR.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Wortham Funeral Home of Highland. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 10:00am in Bates Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland.

Janet Karlene Crawford, 77 years, 10 months, and 18 days old, passed to Heaven on July 16, 2015 at Sonshine Manor in Republic, MO with her daughter Tammy by her side.

Janet was born August 29, 1937 in Lineville, IA to Norman and Ilo (Shepard) McCarty.

Janet and Charles Reed Beavers were united in marriage on July 3, 1954 in Lineville, IA and to this union three children were born. He preceded in death.

Later in years, Janet and Eugene “Gene” Crawford were united in marriage in October of 1974. She was a retired Apartment Manager in the Kansas City area. She was a Christian and attended the Assembly of God Church in Nixa, MO. Janet enjoyed listening to Jimmy Swaggert, her dogs, going to garage sales, playing cards and being with her family and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Norman & Ilo, her husband, Gene in 2010, her step-father, Garold Clow and a son-in-law, John Masters. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Masters, Billings, MO, two sons, Terry Beavers and wife, Laurie, Clever, MO, Greg Beavers, Princeton, MO, four grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica, Amber and Reed, five great grandchildren, Noah, Haliah, Jada, Carter and Chloe, extended family and friends.

Cremation services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Burial of cremains will be in the Clio Cemetery, Clio, IA (near Lineville) at a later date and time. Family requests memorials to American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.

Rae Lynn Gossell, 73, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, was born September 18, 1941, in Rockford, Illinois. She passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015, at her home. Rae had worked as a waitress and was of the Lutheran faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Madelyne Swartz Pohl.

Survivors include her special friend, Leslie R. Schwebke of Cherokee Village; sons Richie Swanson of Illinois, Kerry Swanson of Minnesota, and David Swanson of Illinois; daughters, Cindy McCarty of Colorado and Kathy Gilroy of Arizona; brothers, Ron Pohl and Dale Pohl, both of Illinois; sisters Carol Powers of Arkansas and Roxanne Tucker of Illinois; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Harvey Gene Pulliam, better known as Gene to all, was born October 11, 1932, and departed this life July 18, 2015 at the age of 82 years.

Gene was preceded in death by his mother, Leta; his father, Walter; his only brother, Johnny; and his great granddaughter, Kelsey.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Madrene, of nearly 64 years; one daughter, Phyllis Scoville and husband, Dan, of Bentonville, AR; one son, Butch Pulliam and wife, Patricia, of Birch Tree, MO; three granddaughters, Danelle Knight and husband, Frank, of Bella Vista, AR, Leslie Asplin and husband, Ty, of Birch Tree, MO, and Selena Smith and husband, Nathan, of Rogersville, MO; one grandson, Beau Scoville and wife, Jennifer, of Bentonville, AR; five great grandsons, Dalton Knight, Wyatt and Coleman Asplin, and Clint and Cody Smith; two great granddaughters, Jessica Todd and Cassidy Smith; two great great grandchildren, Oaklenn and Evelyn Knight; and many nieces and nephews.

Gene attended grade school at Banner and graduated from Birch Tree High School in 1950. He worked briefly in Arkansas, and he came back to Birch Tree to marry Madrene Sanders in 1951. Except for a brief time in New Mexico, they spent most of their 64 years together in and around Birch Tree. He spent many years working at Missouri Hardwood Flooring and Tobin Hamilton Shoe Factory. At age 62, he retired from Don Layman’s Sawmill.

He always looked forward to family get-togethers, where he especially enjoyed spending time with his brothers-in-law, Clinton, Kenny, and Denny Sanders and Bill Cook. When he was with them, gallons of coffee were consumed as they exchanged stories and reminisced about the good times and hard times, but there was always laughter involved.

Gene loved bluegrass music, and most Saturday evenings he could be found watching RFD-TV music shows, usually played loud enough that the neighbors could listen as well. Little children always made his eyes light up; he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

He was a proud man who worked hard and loved his family. He will certainly be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View with Bro. Gary Larson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree. Condolences may be expressed at

Mrs. Lula Marie Moore, 76, of Edwards, MO, died July 15 in Mountain Grove.

Cremated under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Services will be held at a later dater in Moore Cemetery.