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Imogene Elmore, 85, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at her home in Houston.

Visitation will be Friday December 20, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. with services beginning at 2:00 PM in the First Baptist Church, Houston, MO with Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Family requests memorials be made to Houston First Baptist Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Missouri.

She was born September 15, 1928, in Henderson, Iowa, daughter of James Edward Martin and Geneva Lucy McKinney. She married Wilburn Ivan Elmore on March 18, 1950.

Imogene accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Wayne Martin; and Sister Virginia “Jeni” Parrish.

She is survived by her husband, Wilburn; son, Marty and wife, Patti, of West Plains, Mo.; granddaughter, Jennifer Vandall, and husband, Zandy, of Richland, Mo.; three grandsons, Jared Elmore, and wife, Jordan, of Ozark, Mo.; Adam Elmore, and wife, Kacey, of Ozark, Mo.; and Colin Elmore, of Nashville, Tn. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren; Grace Vandall, Ethan Vandall, and Carrington Elmore; and a host of other family and friends.

At eighteen years of age, Imogene taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Tyrone, Mo. Of all the students she taught, her younger sister, Jeni, was the one least able to get away with misbehaving. Imogene was the Deputy Texas County Clerk for six years, and the head bookkeeper at Duff’s Western Auto in Houston for 43 years. After retiring there, she helped Wilburn in the family business, Elmore’s Men’s Wear, for many years.

She served on the Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in the 1970’s, and was the treasurer of the Texas County Baptist Association for 14 years.

Imogene was an avid photographer, with her family being her subject matter. She lived for her Lord, family, and church. She loved the Christmas season, and for many years decorated her front door and yard, entering, and sometimes winning, the annual door decorating contest in the city of Houston. She always went above and beyond to care for, and spoil, her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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