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Archive for February, 2013

Barbara Aldrich Purdy Johnson, 88, a resident of Mountain Home, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home.

She was born April 16, 1924, the second child and only daughter to Ellery Redfield (later Vermont Senator Purdy) and Katharine Aldrich Purdy. Barbara was the wife of the late Frederick A. Johnson, Jr. with whom they had a son, Frederick A., III.

She graduated from Rutland High School, Rutland, Vermont in 1942 and attended Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts for a year and then enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corp (WAC) toward the end of WWII. After basic training at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia she served in the Base Ops office at Herington Air Force Base in Herington, Kansas and was discharged in November, 1945 after the war ended. Back in Rutland, she worked as a Flight Attendant for a commuter airline to New York City and Boston. Once, in flight, the door blew open and she reached out and pulled it back shut.

She married Johnson September 25, 1946, and lived in Chicago, Illinois for five years while he worked for his Masters and PhD in Petroleum Geology at the University of Chicago. They moved to Midland, Texas where he was employed by the Humble Oil & Refining Company. She worked as a secretary at SOHIO Oil Company, and later as secretary at the original Episcopal Church in Midland. She was also a Water Safety Instructor and gave swimming lessons to youngsters at her home. Their hobby was breeding and showing German shepherd dogs around the country for many years. They moved to Houston, Texas in 1966, and transferred to Denver, Colorado in 1968. They divorced in 1980 after 34 years of marriage.

Barbara, over the next ten years, lived in Kanab, Utah, Tucson, Arizona, Eagle River, Alaska, and Carson City, Nevada before returning to Colorado. She always loved the mountains and the great outdoors. She enjoyed skiing, swimming and horseback riding most of her life and was a great animal lover, becoming quite an accomplished artist with animal portraits using pastels.

She relocated to Mountain Home, Arkansas at the urging of her son in 2003, and lived out her remaining years there. She loved the area because it reminded her of her home state of Vermont. She loved the lakes and she loved the company of her son and son’s wife, Dorothy. Her last year was spent in the loving and capable hands of the staff at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mountain Home. She slipped into a coma quietly and painlessly with Dorothy at her side on Tuesday, February, 26th and passed shortly thereafter. Her son was at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, his place of work for 37 years at the time, but was able to return home on February 27th.

She is survived by her older brother, 92 year old Ellery Redfield Purdy, Jr. and wife Elaine of Rutland, Vermont; five granddaughters and one grandson, Krysta I. Johnson of Bremerton, Washington, Setanya Snover and Lela Raymond of Ketchikan, Alaska, Carolyn Malcolm and Kathleen Vest both of Anchorage, Alaska, and William Loyd Herren of Mountain Home; sixteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren and another on the way.

Barbara accepted Jesus into her heart just over a year ago, so now we all know where she’s at today.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Twin Lakes Baptist Church. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday with Dr. Sam Bailey officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Martha Ann Miller, age 69, daughter of Robert and Cora (Russell) Young was born September 11, 1943 in Summersville, MO. She passed away on February 27, 2013 in Springfield, MO.

She grew up in the Summersville community and attended school there.

Martha married Moe Miller in 1962. They had 4 sons, Danny, Scott, Kyle and Rustin.

She is preceded in death by an infant son Danny, her husband, her parents and 3 brothers and 1 sister.

She is survived by her sons: Scott and wife Melissa of Houston, MO, Kyle and wife Janean of Cabool, MO and Rustin and Kristie of Houston, MO; 10 grandchildren: Abigail, Addison, Ikerd, Haddlie, Kaden, Karson, Kinley, Catlin, Travis, and Jessie; 4 great grandchildren and many more family members and friends made through the years.

Martha was a LPN and worked at the Texas County Memorial Hospital and for Dr. Womack.

Martha had many interests in life. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, and working with crafts. These were activities that took her time and talents and were lovingly shared with family and friends.

She also spent time researching the genealogy of the family.

Another activity Martha enjoyed was fishing. She could be seen out near a pond, casting her pole and patiently waiting for that “bite”. It was a wonderful way to relax and maybe even have something for supper!

Many things interested Martha, but the one thing that held her greatest attention was watching her sons racing. She followed them to their races as often as possible and was their biggest fan.

Family was a big part of her life. She loved her sons and their families and looked forward to time with them. They all held a special place in her heart.

She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services for Eula Faye Hoggatt, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hoggatt died 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at NHC HealthCare. She was born July 13, 1935 at Gainesville, Missouri too Bertie “Oscar” and Elzina Ann Shockey Elliott. She was married at West Plains, Missouri to James Bell and to this union four children were born. Mrs. Hoggatt was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by two children, James Bell, wife, Cathy, Caulfield, Missouri and Kathy Owenby and good friend, Jeff Massey, Dora, Missouri; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Jason Elliott, wife, Velma Junction City, Ohio; three sisters, Ruth Shannon, husband, James, West Plains, Missouri, Barbara Longnecker, husband, Ron, West Plains, Missouri and Oba Conrad, husband, Bill, State of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one son, Maurice Bell, one daughter, Sandra Tandy and one brother, S. L. Elliott, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 1st, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Services for Herbert Tuttle, Age 74, a resident of Birch Tree and former resident of Summersville will be held Friday, March 1st. at Midvale Church at 10 AM.

Visitation for Herb Tuttle will be held from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday evening at Braford Funeral Home in Summersville

Burial will be in Midvale Cemetery near Summersville under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Community Hospices of America and may be left at Bradford Funeral Home

Francis Ollie (Counts) Bland, 77, of Winona, Missouri, passed away February 25, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital. She was born May 23, 1935 to Charlie and Janie (Chronister) Counts at Eminence, Missouri.

Graveside services will be March 1, 2013, 11:00 AM at Mount Zion Cemetery

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Janie Counts; her husband, Roy Bland; her twins, Jerry Lee and Glenna Marie; and her brothers, Harvey and Willie Counts.

She is survived by her children, Leroy, Eugene, Phyllis, Linda, Larry, and Randy; one grandson, Austin “Bub”, who was her pride and joy; three sisters, Mae Honeycutt, Winona, Betty Simpson, Tuscumbia, MO, and Kathy Bettis, Winona; three brothers, Johnny Counts, Montier, MO, Dewey Counts, Winona, and Monroe Counts, Winona; one step-sister, Minnie Mayberry; and one step-nephew, Junior Hamm, who was raised as a brother.

Francis married Roy Bland in 1951 and together they started a family and made a home full of love.

Mom gave her heart to the Lord and stood faithfully to the end. She left love everywhere she went, and was the heart of the home. She leaves her kids with broken hearts and her words, “Stick together, kids.”

Heaven will never welcome a sweeter Mother. So sweet and precious is a Mother’s love, and our little momma was so precious.

She will be sadly missed by all she met and knew.

Mrs. Elaine M. Westerveld, age 92, of Edgar Springs, Missouri, passed away February 26, 2013 in Edgar Springs.

She is survived by her daughters, Joann Harrison and Valerie Spirz.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Licking, Missouri.

Service for Mrs. Elaine M. Westerveld will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Licking, Missouri.

Interment will be in Beulah Cemetery.

Lucille Ann Ortegel, 94, a resident of Lemont, Illinois passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Mother Teresa Home in the Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois.

She was born April 23, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Joseph Ortegel; a son, David Michael Ortegel and two grandchildren, Susan “Candi” Wallwin and Kerri Connard.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Angie Ortegel of Mountain Home; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dennis Cline of Mountain Home; a brother, Gene Yeager of Hot Springs; a sister, Pat Sharkey of Reno, Nevada; two grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) Callender of Mountain Home and Kathy Bruner of Genoa City, Wisconsin and numerous great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Three Brothers Cemetery with Deacon Richard Linstad officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Forrest Junior Smith, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 21, 1928, at Salem, Arkansas, to Forrest Ira Smith and Nellie Louisa Mask Smith. On July 23, 1959, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Ethel Bragg. He was a truck driver for SP Gas, also known as Empire Gas and worked for ten years at Southwest Truck Body. After his retirement, he drove cars for various West Plains car dealers. Mr. Smith previously attended Pentecostal Church of God, now known as Trinity Worship Center and currently attended China Union Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Smith, of the family home; two children, Charlotte Smith, West Plains, Missouri and Juna Rice, husband, Shane, Norwood, Missouri; five grandchildren, Ian, Ivy, Lea, Timber and Annah; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

His parents, daughter, Rebecca, two brothers and two sisters, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Vernieca May Colbert, 91, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Colbert died at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 16, 1922, at Fairfax, Atchison County, Missouri, to John Arthur Easley and Mary Lucinda Fite Easley. On June 6, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Joseph Truett Colbert, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1975. Mrs. Colbert graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1944. She obtained an Associate degree from Southwest Baptist, Bolivar, Missouri and continued her studies at Southwest Missouri State University, West Plains, Missouri and College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri. She was a teacher at Big Springs and other one room schools in Southern Howell County and preschools in St. Louis intercity schools; in 1968, she moved back to Pomona, Missouri where she taught at the Peace Valley School until it closed. She was the first social worker for Ozark Action Head Start program at Peace Valley and Glenwood schools; retiring from the Willow Springs School. Mrs. Colbert was a missionary on the Pahmonky Indian Tribe reservation near Richmond, Virginia. Throughout her teacher career, she also worked as a nurse’s aide at several different nursing homes and after retirement worked as a preschool director in Willow Springs. She was also a faithful church worker, Sunday School teacher and member of W.M.U. and Acteen’s youth program. Mrs. Colbert was saved at a young age while attending a meeting in southern Howell County and had been a member of Willow Springs First Baptist Church since 1975.

She is survived by eight children, Joe Colbert, wife, Suzi, Gladstone, Missouri, John Colbert, wife, Lorene, Willow Springs, Missouri, Van Colbert, wife, Carolyn, Willow Springs, Missouri, Leon Colbert, wife, Sheri, Haysville, Kansas, Vernon Colbert, wife, Lisa, Willow Springs, Missouri, Bob Colbert, Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Kellum, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri, and George Colbert, wife, Liz, Bolivar, Missouri; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Durham, Bakersfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, three brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to South Central Baptist Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Carol K. Burnett, 65, of Mountain Home, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013, in Mountain Home. Carol was born December 20, 1947, to the late Virgil E. and Estelle Taylor Allen.

Survivors include one son, Greg (Missy) McGowen; and three daughters, Connie (Johnny) Light, Cathy (Matt) Staley and Angie Mustain; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 28, 2013, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Friday, March 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Noel Morehead officiating.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at