M. Patricia Townsend

M. Patricia Townsend, 84, of Orrick, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 17, 2020 at Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, MO.

Pat was born December 19, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, to Mary and Eldon Cox. She accepted Christ at a young age. She was united in marriage to John M. Townsend of Orrick, MO, on January 18, 1958. He survives of the home and family farm.

Before marrying John, she worked at Kroger’s in Kansas City as executive secretary. She was a loving mother and homemaker on the farm. Pat was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She was a tremendous help on the family farm through gardening, canning, and dressing chickens. She belonged to the Orrick Christian Church and served as treasurer and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also an active member of the Keystone Class. She loved delivering flowers and cards to shut ins, playing bridge, entertaining, and eating out with Red Hats. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren and watching them grow. For many years, she and John spent time at their cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed boating and watching their grandchildren swim.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Milton Townsend; and three children, Keith (Cecelia) Townsend of Cary, N.C.; Tom (Deanne) Townsend of Orrick, MO, and Diane (Eric) White of Springfield, MO. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Candice, Phillip, Douglas, Ashley, Brittany, and Joshua and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Andrew Townsend, in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Orrick Christian Church or South Point Cemetery. They can be mailed to Gowing Funeral Home, P. O. Box 168, Orrick, MO 64077.

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with funeral immediately following at the Orrick Christian Church, 401 E. South Front St., Orrick, MO. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery.


I’m so sorry to hear of Patricia’s passing. It was a pleasure to get to know this wonderful family. First as Pat was visiting faithfully at Shirley’s Nursing Home to be with her Mother, then as she became a Patient and then on Hospice. Our staff will always remember the special Love and Care John provided to his beloved Wife of 62 yrs. A wonderful example of a faithful man. We will always remember this wonderful family.
Rev. Bill Purcell, Shirkey Hospice Chaplain

To John and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. God bless each of you as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. What a beautiful life lived as a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother!
With heartfelt sympathy, Laura and family

Jimmie Dean O’Dell

Jimmie Dean O’Dell, 63, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at his home near Orrick with his family at his side. Jimmie was born on May 13, 1956 on the family farm near Orrick to Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr., and Vina Marie (Covey) O’Dell. He had lived his entire life in Ray County and around Orrick. He attended school at Orrick Public Schools.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Jimmy was the manager and operator of SCF Fertilizer plant in Floyd, Mo., for many years. He also was a farmer and had worked for the Clarkson Construction Company and was a member of Teamster Local 541.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Vina O’Dell; two sisters, Mary Lee and Joann; and a brother, Jessie.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Gale O’Dell, and a son, Josh O’Dell of the home; three daughters, Melissa O’Dell of Orrick, Mo., Amber (O’Dell) Summers of Odessa, Mo., and Crystal (O’Dell) Dean of Wellington, Mo.; five grandchildren, Lexi, Ali and Kayla Dean, Sierra O’Dell and Gavin Summers; a brother, Luther O’Dell, Jr.; and two sisters, Janet Millsap and Shirley Offutt.

He will be greatly and sadly missed by his family.

Jimmie will be cremated with private family services at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Gowing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 169, Orrick, MO 64077 to help with final expenses.

Glen E. McGinnis

Glen E. McGinnis, 77, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Liberty Hospital from pneumonia and COPD.

Glen was born to Edgar McGinnis and Anna Mae (Letchworth) McGinnis on November 12, 1942 in Clay County, Mo.

He was united in married to Bonnie (Holder) McGinnis for 54 years, and was the loving father to Rodney McGinnis “Rodball” and wife Kim, and Shelley Renea Stubbeman “Shortcake”. Glen is also a proud Pa Pa to eight grandchildren, Jessica Lydy, Tommy Presbury, Steven Higginbotham, Kymmie Higginbotham, Breanna Stubbeman, Brian McGinnis, Grey Stubbeman, and Grant Stubbeman. He was Great Pa Pa to four great grandchildren, Paislee Higginbotham, Wrenlee Higginbotham, Maya Willard, and Ayden Lydy. He is also survived by one sister, Anita, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donnie, Vernie, Delbert and Sharon.

Glen graduated from Liberty High School in 1960. Following his graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and served our country for two years.

Glen loved the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals. He loved being a part of his children and grandchildren’s sports, from coaching little league baseball teams. He also loved bowling for many years. Another of Glen’s favorite things to do was watch his western movies.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed at 11:30 a.m. with funeral services, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riffe Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to The Riffe Cemetery in his memory.

William Edwin “Bill” Woods

William Edwin “Bill” Woods, 66, of Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away on Saturday,
December 21, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness. Bill was born on August 2, 1953 in Camden, MO, to Leslie Lyon Woods and Barbara Lily (Ferguson) Woods.

He attended elementary school in Camden, MO, and then attended high school in Richmond, MO. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1971. Bill had lived most of his adult life in Warrensburg, MO, where he had owned and operated his own record recording studio, and a record label and publishing company named Shadow Records. Bill had an intense love for music and was a spirited song writer. He was talented in playing most string instruments, and could play them well. Bill was known in the Kansas City area as “Billy Beale”, the Blues Preservationist.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Barbara Woods.

He is survived by one son, Cody C. (Patricia) Woods of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Don R. Woods and Robert “Bobby” Woods (Judy), all of Richmond, MO; a sister, Kathy A. McKown of Excelsior Springs, MO; and his six grandchildren, Natalia, Bella, Sylas, Lilly, Scarlett, and Arthur.

A Visitation and Rememberance of Bill will be held Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO.

Linda Ann Barker

Linda Ann Barker, 84, of Missouri City, MO, passed away on
Tuesday morning, December 17, 2019 at the Excelsior Springs
Nursing and Rehab Center in Excelsior Springs, MO, following a
brief illness.

Linda was born on April 18, 1935 in Leevale, West Virginia, to
Benjamin Webb and Lula (Collins) Webb. She moved to the Missouri
City area in 1962, where she settled and made her home.

Linda enjoyed being a caretaker, she would offer a hand to anyone
that needed help. Didn’t matter if they were family, friends or
strangers, she was there to help out when she could. She also
enjoyed crocheting, working in the yard. Linda liked to voice
her opinion, whether you asked for it or not. She especially
loved family gatherings. Linda was a Christian and loved the
Lord. She was a very selfless person who had and loved many

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Arlie Barker;
brothers, Jessie Webb and Woodie Webb; and sisters, Mary
McNelly and Ora Sutphin.

Linda is survived by a son, Timmie L. Barker and wife, Stephanie
of Richmond, MO; a daughter, Nellie A. McClellan of Liberty,
MO; brothers, Noal Webb of Sylvester, W.V., and Benny Webb
also of Sylvester, W.V.; sisters, Joyce Estep of Missouri City,
MO, and Rosie Webb of Excelsior Springs, MO.
Linda is also survived by a multitude of grandchildren and
great grandchildren, of which she dearly loved.

Visitation will be Friday, December 20, 2019 from 1 to
2 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services
will immediately follow at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home.
Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, MO.

Beulah Frances “Boots” Richardson

Beulah Frances “Boots” Richardson, 90, of Liberty, MO, formerly of Orrick, MO,
passed away on Friday morning, December 6, 2019 at Liberty Hospital. She was born in Fleming, MO, on March 5, 1929 to Albert and Opal Leila (Robinson) Barrett. She was best known as “Boots” by her friends and family. Boots had lived most of her life in the Orrick area. She was a high school graduate. Boots was united in marriage to Dale Gene Richardson, he preceded her in death in 1985. She was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church.

Boots will be remembered for her jolly personality and kindness toward everyone she met. When Boots was around, there was never a dull moment. She loved her family and being with them. She especially loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Opal Barrett; her step-father, Charles Dixie Mason; her husband, Dale Gene Richardson; two sons, John Robert Richardson and Jimmie Dale Richardson; and an infant daughter, Kimberly Anne Richardson.

Boots is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Danny G. Richardson and wife, Terry of Colorado Springs, CO; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gwendolyn S. Rogers and husband, Jake of Warsaw, MO, and Ginger K. Brammer and husband, Roger of Independence, MO. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested either to the Orrick Baptist Church or to the Great Plains ASPCA, 5424 Antioch Drive, Merriam, Kansas 66202.

Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow immediately after at
7:30 p.m. also at the funeral home, with Pastor Art Endslely officiating. Boots will be cremated following services and later laid to rest next to her husband in South Point Cemetery.

Ronald Nelson Bartley

Ronald Nelson Bartley, 42, formerly of Orrick, passed from this life on December 2, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo. He was best known as Ronnie by his family and friends.

Ronnie was born in Lexington, Mo., on January 31, 1977 to Ronald Eugene Bartley and Vicki Gene (White) Bartley. He had lived the majority of his life in Ray County and had attended Orrick High School. He had served his country in the United States Navy. Ronnie had many likes, he liked sports and loved watching the Chiefs and spending time with his family. He liked to fish anytime he could and he liked to go mushroom hunting.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vicki White, and all of his grandparents.

Ronnie is survived by his father and step-mother, Ronald E. and Renee Bartley of Rayville, Mo.; his two daughters, Ariel O’Dell of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Cameron Bartley of Parkville, Mo.; brothers, Nathan (Naomi) Bartley of Orrick, Mo., Landon Bartley of Rayville, Mo., and Josh Bartley of Kansas City, Mo.; step-brother, Chris Battagler of Rayville, Mo.; step-sister Jamie (Bobby) Newsome of Orrick, Mo.; nephew, Dylan Bartley; and four nieces, Savannah Bartley, Rebecca Newsome, Audry Bartley and Alexis Bartley. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles.

The family will greet friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the education fund for his daughter, Cameron Bartley, payable to Marsha Bartley.

Della Alice Alsup

Della Alice Alsup, 72, of Orrick, Missouri, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019
at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, also at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Burial will be in Riffe Cemetery, Northwest of Orrick.


Sorry to hear about your mom and sending love and prayers to both of you.
Chris Brooks

Jennifer Lee Gowing

Jennifer Lee Gowing, 35, of River Ridge, LA, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019, in her home. Jennifer was born on January 5, 1984, in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Ronald L. Pendleton and Sandra J. (Craven) Pendleton.

A native of Orrick, MO, Jennifer graduated from Orrick High School in 2002 and went on to receive her associate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Wentworth College in Lexington, MO. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Gowing of Orrick, MO, on January 29, 2010. She would go on to work alongside her husband to help build their motion picture equipment leasing companies, where she worked until the birth of their daughter, Josephine Lee. Besides work, Jeff and Jen thoroughly enjoyed traveling and entertaining their friends on any occasion.

Connected at the hip, Jennifer and Josephine were each-others best friends from the beginning. Jennifer went above and beyond to entertain, teach, and spend time with their daughter; which included being a substitute teacher at Josephine’s school, St. Martin’s Episcopal, numerous arts and crafts, games, puzzles, trips and of course – shopping.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Kyle, and daughter, Josephine Lee of the home; her mother, Sandra (Craven) Pendleton, and father, Ronald Pendleton, both of Orrick, MO; her mother-in-law, Joni Gowing, of Orrick, MO; sisters-in-law, Mindy Hannah of Houston, TX, Melissa Kelley of Orrick, MO, Michelle Burns (Alan) of Kearney, MO; and numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, George Gowing, of Orrick, MO.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO, with the Funeral taking place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Orrick Baptist Church in Orrick, MO. Burial will take place in Riffe Cemetery just northwest of Orrick, MO.

Memorial donations in memory of Jennifer can be made to the Orrick Christian Church to be used for the CAT-PACK program, a local benefit for school children in the Orrick School District.

Patricia Ruth Crow

Patricia Ruth Crow, age 79, passed away peacefully September 27, 2019 due to cancer. She was born December 24, 1939 in Lawrence, Kans., to Cecil Bullock and Ruth Lemmon.

Patricia loved to paint and garden. She has painted a whole gallery of landscapes and anything in the house that paint will stick to. She was her own interior designer!

Patricia would get so excited for Spring so she could get her hands in the dirt and start her vegetable garden and flower beds.

After 45 years of being a part of this community she has become known as “The Flower Lady”.

Patricia was so sweet and loving. She loved all of us dearly, was there to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or especially to help paint a Room.

Patricia worked at Southwestern Bell as a key punch supervisor, where she met her husband, Don. She spent several years as a lunch lady at Orrick high school while her children were in school. In her golden years she worked at Hobby Lobby, a perfect fit for this artistic/crafty lady though dangerous as half of Hobby Lobby often came home with her.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Carl “Don” Crow; her three daughters, Laura Schmude, Joylin Harris, and Elaina Rinacke; plus eight grandchildren and one great grand daughter. She is also survived by her older brother, Bill Ross, and two younger sisters, Betty Gomez and Martha Bullock.

Please join us in celebrating this sweet woman on Saturday, October 5, 2019 between 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with services following at Gowing Funeral Home, 202 Adams Street, Orrick MO 64077.

After the services there will be an open house at Patricia’s home, 206 West Pine Street, Orrick, MO 64077. Please come and enjoy some time together (food and drinks will be provided).


Hello Girls and Mr. Crow, I wanted to let you know that I am sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. I so enjoyed the obituary written about your mother it was a sweet tribute to her life. I didn’t know her well but recognized that she was a kind person. May the Comfort of God bless you in this time.
Marsha Pennington

I am so sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. I have so many fond memories of her. She always had such an infectious smile for everyone. I know she loved her girls to no end. A great Mom and person!!! I send my sympathy & prayers to the family.
Andrea Ward