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Alta L. Mansfield, 98, of Poplar Bluff, passed away Tuesday, April1,
2014 at Oakdale Assisted Living of natural causes. She was a life-long
resident of the Bay Springs, Pike Slough and Harviell areas in Butler
County, except for a brief residency in St. Louis, Mo.
Alta was one of 12 children born to the late Charles and Ivy Chatman.
She was born Tuesday, June 1, 1915 in Bay Springs area. On
February 11, 1933 she married William Frank Mansfield when she was
17 years old. She was saved when she was 18 years old and joined the
Harviell First Southern Baptist Church in 1933 where she remained
active in the Women's Missionary Union, children, and youth services
until she experienced a stroke in 2008 and moved to Oakdale.
Growing up Alta worked around the home and in timber with her
family. She worked hard as a housewife and mother. She led a
Christian lifestyle, and served in the children's ministry, family and
home. She was a Sunday School Teacher-Vacation Bible School
teacher, Department Director and in later years was known as the
"Kitchen Lady" doling out snacks for Sunday School and Vacation Bible
School children. In the 1950's when Frank was laid off, she worked as
a cook in the Harviell School. When they briefly moved to St. Louis,
she worked at Freeman Heel Company. There she made shoe and boot
heels. She ran the nippers, the skiver and the grader.
Upon returning from St. Louis, she returned to work as a cook at the
Harviell School. She and Frank had four children. Frank and Alta
shared 60 years, 10 months, and 16 days of marriage before Frank
passed away on December 29, 1993.
Alta most enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She was a
giving person and was always helping someone. She always had a
smile on her face and lived life to the fullest. She was a good listener
and an encourager. She was looked upto by many and often referred
to as a "special lady". Before her stroke, she could readily be found
humming or singing as she would get lost in the enjoyment of working
in her yard, vegetable garden or flower beds. She enjoyed poetry,
reading, sewing, embroidery and quilting. She worked as an RSVP
volunteer and quilted with the Sho-me Senior Citizen Quilting Club.
Alta was preceded in death by her parents, eleven brothers and sisters,
her husband Frank and one daughter, Lorene Hays.
Surviving children include: Julia Lee Ellen Womack ( and husband Don
) of West Plains, Mo.; Frank Junior Mansfield ( and wife Jeanine ) of
Webster Groves, Mo. and William Joe Mansfield ( and wife Maxing )
of Poplar Bluff, Mo. She will also be sadly missed by her 11
grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren;
nieces; nephews; cousins; many other relatives; her extended Oakdale
family and numerous friends.
Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12 PM at Fitch-Hillis
Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 12 PM also in
the chapel. The Rev. Bob Edwards and Tommy Knodell will officiate.
Burial will be at Kinsey Cemetery.
Mary F. Bond, 87, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died Thursday, April 24, Eaker
and Leana B. Golden Eaker in Malden, Mo. She was a long time
resident of Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was of the Baptist faith.
April 16, 1961, she married Marvin I. Bond. He preceded her in death.
Mary was a home maker who enjoyed playing bingo, crafts, and
She is survived by one daughter, Jane Marie Toone of Shawnee, Ok.;
one brother, Carl D. Eaker of St. Peters, Mo.; two sisters, Pat A.
McClure and Peggy Hodge, both of Poplar Bluff; two grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, James H. Eaker and
Harold D. Eaker.
Visitation will be 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. Saturday, April 28, 2014 at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be at City
Cemetery at 1 P.M. Rev. Jim Hoyt will officiate.
Roxie E. Miller, 95, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died April 25, 2014 in Poplar
Celton and Sarah Pogue Celton. She was a long time resident of Poplar
Bluff, Mo. Roxie was a member of the Church of Christ.
She married Jim H. Miller February 26, 1938 in Greghead County. He
preceded her in death.
Roxie enjoyed quilting, gardening , and spending time with her
She is survived by three sons, Philip L. Miller of Shreve Port, La.,
James F. Miller of Rolla, Mo., Jerry W. Miller of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one
daughter, Norma L. Buie of Fair Grove, Mo.; one sister, Sue Graham
of St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was one son, Rocky L. Miller.
Visitation was Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel, followed by the funeral service was at 1
P.M. Dale Swain officiated. Burial was at Shain Memorial Cemetery in
was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Gideon, Mo. to the late Leslie Jordan and
Lillian Winchester Jordan. She faithfully attended Bethel Assembly of
God Church in Gideon for 42 years.
She graduated Gideon High School in 1952. June 12, 1953 she married
Randall Ray Schroyer at Parma, Mo.
Gerlene is survived by three daughters, Debra Diane Holifield of Poplar
Bluff, Mo., Donna Annettee Lewellen (Ken Lewellen) of Sapulpa, Ok.,
and Linda Kay Cowan ( John Cowan) of Springfield, Mo.; one sister,
Mildred Masson of Maine; two brothers, Donald Ray Jordan of Gideon
and Harold Joe Jordan of Jonesboro, Ar.; seven grandchildren, Amy
Michelle Holifield, Stephanie Diane Walker ( Jordan Walker), Leah Dean
Barr (Carl Barr), Matthew Corey Cowan (Jessica Cowan), Lindsay
Cowan, LaSalle Lewellen, and Marshall Lewellen; six great
grandchildren, Madisyn Wilburn Barr, Melanie Marie Barr, Morgan
Barr, Jaxon William Walker, Cadence Cowan, and Smith Cowan; and
many other family friends, and loved ones.
Also preceding her in death by one sister, Betty Richardson of St. Louis
and one brother, Alton Jordan of House Springs, Mo.
A private burial will be at a later date.