Vickie Jean Mackey

July 3, 1955 – February 18, 2017

Vickie Jean Mackey, 61, of Lowry City, Mo., formerly of Richmond, Mo., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond.

Vickie was born on July 3, 1955 in Richmond to Lawrence Nelson White and Betty Jean (Yallaly) White. She had lived much of her life in Richmond and Ray County before moving to Lowry City in 2010. Vickie was a business administrative assistant at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo., for 16 years and retired in 2010.

Vickie loved planting flowers and gardening, she enjoyed reading and liked to make home made lotions. She loved animals and especially loved her dogs.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jean Gowing on February 21, 2010 and her stepfather, Sammy Lee Gowing, on August 20, 2013.

Survivors include her father, Lawrence Nelson White of Richmond, Mo.; four sons, Ronnie Nelson Bartley of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan Preston Bartley of Camden, Mo., Landon Chase Bartley and Joshua Ryan Bartley, both of Rayville, Mo.; a brother, David Lawrence White (Julie) of Richmond, Mo., and a sister, Samantha Johnson (Bob) of Liberty, Mo.; five grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation for the family will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Graveside services will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Richmond Memory Gardens, Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Shirkey Hospice, 804 Wollard Blvd., Richmond, MO 64085.

Vina Marie O’Dell

November 1, 1926 – February 13, 2017

Vina Marie O’Dell, 90, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at the home of her daughter near Orrick.

Vina was born on November 1, 1926 in Orrick, Mo., to Jesse David Covey and Mary Elizabeth (Lee) Covey.

She was a lifelong resident of the Orrick community. She was united in marriage to Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr. on February 24, 1943. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2009. Vina was a homemaker and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed country bluegrass music, going to the lake and fishing. She also loved gardening and tending to her flower beds. She also was fond of raising baby chickens.

Vina was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Mary Covey; her husband, Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr. in 2009; her son, Jessie O’Dell in 2001; two daughters, Mary Lee Morrison in 2011 and JoAnn Collins in 2008; and her siblings, David, Jim, and Bessie.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Luther Lee O’Dell, Jr. and Jimmie and Gale O’Dell, all of Orrick, Mo.; daughters, Janet Millsap of Richmond, Mo., and Shirley Offutt of Orrick, Mo.; Dorothy and Bob Bell of Higginsville, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 42 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial following at the City Cemetery in Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to the Orrick Fire and Rescue Squad.

Donald Lee Hayes

Donald Lee Hayes, 81, of Richmond, Mo., passed away on January 19, 2017 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. He was born in Orrick, Mo., and lived most of his life in Northeast Kansas City before moving to Richmond, Mo., which he always loved the small town life.

Donald worked at Certain Teed for over 29 years, and with C. W. Marrs before retiring to live the good life. In his spare time, he enjoyed working puzzles, going on road trips, casinos, being with his family and visiting with people at Daddy’s 10-13 Diner, which was named after him and of which he was very proud of. He was also a great craftsman, he could construct and build anything.

Donald was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters, Debbie Gorman, Sherrie Davis and Donna Brinkoetter and her husband, Steve. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Waskom of Morriston, Fla., as well as his five grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends, as well as his two cats, Elvis and Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Estel and Freida Hayes, one great grandson, Brian Lee Hayes, and an uncle, Billy Joe Stevinson.

A special thank you to the doctors and nurses for their care and support at Centerpoint Medical Center.

Memorial donations may be given to Ray County Humane Society, 200 South College Street, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the funeral home with Pastor Nelson Holmes officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Louise Elizabeth Manns

October 2, 1921 – January 14, 2017

Louise Elizabeth Manns, 95, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Saturday evening, January 14, 2017 at the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Louise was born on October 2, 1921 in Sedalia, Mo., to David Linwood Wilson and Delberta Frances (Wheeler) Wilson. She had lived in the Excelsior Springs area for several years. She was a homemaker, wife, and grandmother.

She had been a member of the Rose of Sharon Penecostal Church for a number of years and most recently was a member of the Souls Harbor Assembly of God Church in Independence, Mo. Louise loved her dogs, playing cards and Bingo. She especially loved her grandchildren and getting together with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Roscoe Manns, who died in 1986; two sons, Jimmy Lee Manns and Bobby Dean Manns; brothers, David Henry Wilson, Paul Linwood Wilson, and Forrest Gayle Wilson.

Survivors include one son, Earl William “Bill” Manns (Jeanne) of Gravois Mills, Mo., and two daughters, Earlene Frances Hoskins (Ronald) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Joyce Ann Corliss of Lawson, Mo. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 87 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:30 a.m. at the Souls Harbor Assembly of God Church, 17138 East 39th Street South, Independence, MO 64055, with Rev. Darrel Burch and Rev. Larry Hoskins officiating. Burial will follow in Siegel Cemetery south of Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Shirley Louise Rogers

February 19, 1956  – January 14, 2017

Shirley Louise Rogers, of Camden, Mo., passed away on January 14, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on February 19, 1956 in Lexington, Mo., to Roy Junior “Pete” Merriman and Marilyn Joy Branham Merriman.

She graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1974. She retired from the medical offices of Dr.’s Hellman & Rosen after working there for many years. She was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church. Shirley volunteered at the Fleming food pantry during its operation. She served the food pantry with great dedication and passion and made many friends during the time she served. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was well known for her talent for cooking.

She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Gary Jo Rogers, of the home in Camden, Mo.; two sons, Kevin Les Rogers and Aaron Jo Rogers, both of Camden, Mo.; one daughter, Shannon Lynn Turner of Camden, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Hunter Riley, Amber Riley, and Dillion Rogers, all of Richmond, Mo., Nick Beck and Clayton Beck, both of Camden, Mo., Carlie Turner and Kyle Turner, both of Orrick, Mo.; sisters, Debra Joy Bishop of Kansas City, Mo., Linda Hufford of Oak Grove, Mo., and Christi Arbuckle of Moses Lake, Wash.; brothers, Scott Merriman and Jeff Merriman, both of Orrick, Mo., and Jim Merriman of Fort Scott, Kans.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Jr. “Pete” and Marilyn Joy Merriman; two brothers, Alan Eugene Merriman and Donald Roy Merriman; two nephews, Ryan Christopher Arbuckle and David Roy Merriman; and one great nephew, Erik Peery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed by memorial services at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home. Her grandson’s will serve as Honorary pallbearers, Hunter Riley, Dillion Rogers, Kyle Turner, Clayton Beck and Nick Beck.

Velma Helen Stockton

December 4, 1928 – October 29, 2016

Velma Helen Stockton, 87 of Liberty, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., died October 29, 2016 at the Vallely Manor Care Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Velma was born on December 4, 1928 in Lawson, Mo., to Valentine and Helen (Hurst) Goodman. Velma was united in marriage to Robert Preston “Covey” Stockton of Orrick on February 22, 1968. Velma and Covey made their home in Orrick for a number of years before moving to Liberty.

Velma had worked for many years at Montgomery Ward in Kansas City as a drapery maker and retired in the mid 1980’s. She also had been a homemaker. She was a member of the Orrick Assembly of God Church. Velma also had been a girl scout leader and had her own brownie troup, which she enjoyed very much. Velma and Covey spent alot of time traveling and she so enjoyed the time spent traveling with Covey.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Preston “Covey” Stockton, Sr. on April 28, 2015, three sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James O’Dell (Linda), of Liberty, Mo., daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Pennington (Roger) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., step-son and wife, Robert P. Stockton, Jr. (Joyce) of Orrick, Mo., and Lloyd Andrew Stockton of Peoria, Ariz.; a brother, Charles Wayne Goodman of Grain Valley, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Goodman of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested memorials in her memory be given to either the American Lung Association or the Alzheimers Association.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday morning, November 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Orrick Assembly of God Church. Memorial services will follow at the church at 12 noon, with Rev. Alan Myers, officiating. Private inurnment will be in South Point Cemetery.

Norberta Laura Thomason

September 1, 1937 – October 8, 2016

Norberta Laura Thomason, 79 of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo.

Norberta was born on September 1, 1937 in Boonville, Mo., to Norbert and Edna (Bushmeyer) Blank. She had lived in Boonville, Kansas City, Mo., Missouri City and Clay County, Mo., before moving to Orrick 35 years ago.

Norberta was united in marriage to James M. Thomason in June of 1967. She was a homemaker and also had worked at numerous places during her life, the longest was with Whitaker Cable Company in Excelsior Springs, Mo., where she worked for many years.

She was a member of the Richfield 500 Rebecca Lodge in Missouri City, Mo.

Norberta was preceded in death by her parents, two siblings,and two daughters, Christy Johnson and Cindy Thomason.

Norberta is survived by her husband of 49 years, James M. Thomason of the home in Orrick; two sons, Robert E. Thomason of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and, James E. Thomason of Orrick, Mo.; two brothers, Leon Blank of Missouri, and Nick Blank of Holt, Mo.; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; and the family pet dog, Chico.

The family will greet friends Wednesday, October 12, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service and balloon release at 5:30 p.m. at the Missouri City Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. A dinner for those that desire to stay will be served following the service at the Lodge Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Norberta’s honor are suggested to NorthCare Hospice House, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116.


Dearest Mother,
Thank you for all the wonderful memories and laughs throughout the years, may you rest peacefully in the arms of God.
Can’t wait to see you again.
Nancy “Baby Girl”

Bobby G. Loyd

1935 – 2016

Bobby G. Loyd, 80, of rural Orrick, Mo., died July 25, 2016 at the Liberty Hospital.

Born on August 31, 1935 in Orrick to Otis and Mildred (Good) Loyd, he lived most of his life in the Orrick area. Bobby was united in marriage in 1958 to Judith Ann Stekphens in a ceremony in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He had worked as a truck driver for many years for Guys Foods in Liberty, which later became known as Bordens Foods.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Mildred Loyd.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Ann Loyd, of the home; two daughters, Sharon McAdams (Charles) of Orrick, Mo., and Tammy O’Dell (Mark) of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; two sons, Bobby Loyd and David Loyd, both of Orrick, Mo.; a sister, Connie Rhodes of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Salem Christian Union Church, 15701 Salem Road, Excelsior Springs, MO. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church with full military honors rendered by U.S. Army and Post # 236.


Julie Ann Mathews

1953 – 2016

Julie Ann Mathews, 62 of Orrick, Mo., passed away Sunday morning at the home of her daughter in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born on September 27, 1953 in Gallatin, Mo., to Curtis Emmit Tucker and Joann (Vanderpool) Tucker. Julie had made her home in the Orrick area for over 32 years. She was the office manager for Missouri Rock Company, Inc., at their locations in Missouri City, Mo., and Orrick, Mo., for the past 37 years.

Julie was united in marriage to Doanld Mathews. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1984.

Julie was a kind and friendly person that made friends easily. She especially loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Sandra O’Dell and Michelle Priest of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Teresa Samaroo (Timothy) of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Jim Tucker (Florence) of Gallatin, Mo.; her nine grandchildren, Adam Dunwoodie, Alex Dunwoodie, Christopher Mathews, Anthony Hufford, Paige Dixon, Lauren Huggins, Colin Huggins, Taylor Samaroo and Bella Samaroo; seven great grandchildren; and her loving dog, Jo Jo.

Julie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald Mathews on May 13, 1984, and a great grandson, Tatum Spaulding in 2015.

Memorials are suggested to The Orrick Public Schools Athletic Department in her memory.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick with Mr. Ray Mathews officiating. Burial will follow in the Avalon Cemetery in Carroll County, Mo. Pallbearers will be Christopher Mathews, Anthony Hufford, Colin Huggins, Adam Dunwoodie, Alex Dunwoodie and Timothy Samaroo. Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Mathews and Taylor Samaroo.

John Roy Kennedy

1937 – 2016

John Roy Kennedy, 78 of Richmond, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at The Golden Living Nursing Home in Independence, Mo.

John was born on December 9, 1937 in Orrick, Mo., to Daisy Mae (Callaway) Kennedy and Bennie John Kennedy. He attended high school in Excelsior Springs, Mo. John had lived in Excelsior Springs and Orrick before moving to Camdenton, Mo. He returned to Richmond in 2014. John had worked for the Ford Motor Company in Claycomo for 32 years and retired from his duties there in the spring of 1992. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of ADA Lodge # 444 in Orrick and was a 32nd degree mason. He was also a member of the Aarat Shrine.

He was married first to Mary Sue Barger and later to Pearl Marie George of Iowa. Both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Daisy Kennedy, a brother, Donald Kennedy, and an infant brother who died shortly after birth.

John is survived by a daughter, Joni Gay Loxterman of Hamilton, Mo., a step daughter, Kim Edwards of Camdenton, Mo., sisters, Judith Kathleen Claire and Wanda Jean Roe both of Richmond, Mo., one granddaughter, one step grandson and four step great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Masonic services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July, 1, 2016 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed by visitation at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Gowing Chapel in Orrick with burial following in Richmond Memory Gardens in Richmond, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Association or to ADA Lodge #444 in Orrick.