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Martha Sanford

Jul 03, 1948 - Dec 02, 2023

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Independence, MO

Martha Ann Sanford, 75, of Independence, Missouri passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 11,2023 at Royer's New Salem Funeral Home, Independence, Missouri at 3:00 p. m. The family will receive friends at 2:00 p. m. prior to the service. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Show Me Christian Youth Home, PO Box 6, Lamonte, MO 65337. Martha was born on July 3, 1948 in Warrensburg, Missouri daughter of Herbert and Doro...Read More

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Norvell Fanning

Oct 07, 1935 - Mar 02, 2024

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Independence, MO

Norvell Fanning, 88, Independence, MO, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at his home in Independence. Norvell was born October 7, 1935, in Milo, MO to Ralph W. and Mildred E. (Hiestand) Fanning. He married Charmion Lee Mesplay on February 25, 1959, in Miami, OK and she survives at home. Norvell attended Nevada High School for three years and graduated from Faith Bible Academy in 1953 in Camdenton, MO. He served in the US Air Force for 3 years and was stationed in France and Germany. Norvell was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, MO. In addition to his wife, Charmion, survivors include his children: Debra Allee, Independence, MO, Matt Fanning of Flemington, MO and Mark Fanning of Flemington, MO, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Norvell was preceded in death by his four brothers, Ivan Fanning, Dwight Fanning, Raymond Fanning, and Melvin Fanning, and three sisters, Louetta Whiteside, Roberta Handyside, and Marjorie Swanson, and a grandson, Marcus Fanning. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo, MO, with Pastor Darren Tharp officiating. The family will receive friends from 11am to 12 pm at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO prior to the service. Those who wish may contribute in Norvell’s memory to the Olive Branch Cemetery in care of the funeral home. To to the family or in memory of Norvell Fanning, please

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Willis C. Barger

Jan 30, 1931 - Feb 27, 2024

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Independence, MO

Willis C. "Cotton" Barger was born in Westboro, MO on January 30, 1931, to William and Gae (Macrander) Barger; a brother to Dan and Ike, and eventually a big brother to Lucy and Betheen. Cotton graduated from Horace Mann High School in Maryville, MO, class of 1949. He and Ike worked together after high school at the bluegrass yard turning bluegrass before joining Triple A as a lineman. He installed phone lines throughout many southern counties in MO and to this day, knew not only the counties themselves but the names of the roads, or the numbers of the state roads. He was a walking atlas and could tell you how to get just about anywhere and what road would intersect along the journey. He could get you from Argyle to Todd Holler with maybe a story or two about what happened at each place along the way. Cotton was drafted into the Army in 1951 and served in Germany until 1953. He returned to Maryville MO, working at Buck’s Tire Shop, before starting barber college in Kansas City. He married the love of his life, Nancy Lee Noblet in Maryville on April 22, 1956, and were blessed with 52 years of marriage. Cotton and Nancy lived in King City, MO for a couple of years where he continued to barber, and their daughter Gina Louise was born in 1959. They eventually moved to Independence, MO in 1963. Their son, Gary Wayne, was born in 1965. In 1968, Cotton switched careers and began working at Yellow Freight until his retirement in 1996; however, he did continue to barber at various shops in the area when needed. He was a partner in Cotton & Bob’s Barber Shop at one time in Independence. Cotton and Nancy enjoyed traveling to many areas of interest through the United States after his retirement. He had many hobbies that brought him pleasure. Cotton enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, and gardening. He was an avid walker, not only for the health benefits but also because he was able to watch all the deer, rabbits, and other species of wildlife during his walks. He could spot a bird whether in flight or in its nest and know their names. Cotton throughout his life continued to keep his bird feeders full for his feathered friends whose antics brought him joy. Another passion was woodworking. Count yourself lucky if you’ve received a scroll basket, a duck, a mouse, or maybe even a shelf are just a few of the projects that he liked to make. Many received a cross or a Lord’s Prayer plaque as he was most generous and received great joy in giving his wooden creations to those he cared about. Cotton was also extremely generous with his time and was always willing to help out and very good handyman to know. He and Nancy became grandparents in 2002, when his granddaughter Jordyn Marie Barger was born and then again in 2005 when grandson, Noah Thomas Barger was born. Before his passing on February 27, 2024, he had lost the love of his life and best friend Nancy in 2009. He was also pre-deceased by his oldest brother and both sisters. With his long life, he had outlived most of his extended family and friends that he loved and missed before his passing. Cotton is survived by his daughter, Gina; his son, Gary and his family; brother, Ike; in-laws, nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved and cherished.

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Arnette Joseph Luppens

Mar 20, 1948 - Feb 27, 2024

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Independence, MO

Arnette Joseph Luppens "Joe", 75, of Independence, MO passed away on February 27, 2024. He was born in Kansas City, MO on March 20, 1948, to Arnold and Lois (Edwards) Luppens. Joe graduated from Van Horn High School and quickly joined the Army. He served from 1968- 1970 serving multiple tours and fighting in the Vietnam War. During his time in the Army Joe received numerous service medals, even receiving two purple hearts. Joe was very proud of his country and how he was able to serve for our freedom. He later rode proudly with the Patriot Guard Riders, honoring fallen veterans and a member of American Legion Post 21. Above all Joe was a Godly man and loved God proudly. He was an avid Chiefs and Royals fan, cheering for the boys in red and blue. Red was Joe's favorite color. Joe was always a helper, he could fix just about anything and always down to lend a hand whenever he knew he could help out. He was a man of few words but when he spoke he was very impactful with his words, always touching you with words you needed to hear. Joe loved motorcycles and classic cars, he owned many classic cars over the years and was very proud of them. He would happily take you out for a ride in one of his many beautiful cars. More than anything Joe loved his family and his family loved him.Joe is survived by his son Darren Luppens and his wife Diana, he was "G-Joe" to his granddaughters Lindsay Merlo and her husband EJ, and Alyssa Luppens, great grandsons Easton and Maclin Merlo, and great granddaughters Tatum Merlo and Annabell Jackson-Smith and another on the way, sisters Roberta Luppens and Lavina Johnson, sister in law Dorothy Lynton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Lois Luppens, grandson Ryan Smith, brother Danny Lynton, and sisters Billie Jo Brewer and Francis Lynton. A visitation will be held for Joe on Wednesday March 6, 2024, from 5-7pm at Speaks Suburban Chapel (18020 E. 39th St S. Independence, MO 64055) with a service beginning at 10am on Thursday March 7, 2024, with burial to follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. MO.In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Patriot Guard Riders in Joe's name. To honor Joe on service day feel free to dress in red (his favorite color) or flag pattern to send him off to his final resting place.

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Linda May Williams

May 19, 1942 - Feb 27, 2024

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Independence, MO

Linda May Williams, a cherished Grammie, mother, sister, friend, and colleague, departed this world on February 27, 2024, at the age of 81 in Independence, Missouri. Born on May 19, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri, Linda's life was a beautiful tapestry woven with love, dedication, and a vibrant spirit. In her professional journey, Linda dedicated her career to working in human resources for Jackson County before embracing a well-deserved retirement. Her commitment to supporting others throughout her tenure has left a lasting impact on those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her. Beyond her professional life, Linda found joy in a kaleidoscope of hobbies and interests that reflected her unique personality. Whether scouring thrift stores, immersing herself in the timeless melodies of Elvis Presley, reveling in the color purple, exploring true crime stories, showering love upon her beloved fur babies, or collecting cookbooks for the joy of reading – Linda's eclectic passions painted a picture of a life well-lived. Yet, amid all her achievements, Linda's greatest source of pride was her family. Her adoration for her loved ones knew no bounds, and her true happiness lay in their company. Linda's legacy of love and kindness will live on in the hearts of her surviving family members. A Celebration of Life Visitation event will be held on March 9th, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, Missouri, to honor and celebrate the beautiful memories Linda created during her lifetime. As we mourn the loss of this exceptional individual, let us also celebrate the light Linda brought into our lives through her smiles, kind gestures, and unwavering love. May her memory continue to inspire us to cherish our loved ones and embrace each moment with tenderness and grace. Rest in peace, dearest Linda. Your kindness will forever remain in our hearts. Linda is survived by her children, Robin (Kevin) Broderick, Renee Bjorn, Thomas (Toni Carswell) Rys, Aimee (Aaron) Hirsch; grandchildren, Kristopher, Zachary, Preston, Donovan, Bryce; great-grandchildren, Kinsley, Bella; siblings, Bev (Jim) Schmeidler, Rod Pace, Amy Wallace; nieces, nephews, extended family, dear friends; and her dear fur babies, Farrah and Anna Belle. She is preceded in death by her parents, Forrest Jefferson Wallace, Jr., and Rosa Mae (McClintick) Ellerbeck; her brother Ray Wallace, nephew Danny Wallace, and her sweet granddaughter, Brianna Hirsch.

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Marilyn Pryor

Mar 06, 1960 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

Marilyn Pryor, 63 of Kansas City, Missouri died on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Born Sunday, March 6, 1960 in Topeka, Kansas, she was the daughter of Leon Fritz and Mary Ramsey Fritz. She was the wife of George Pryor.

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Wanda J. Berger

Jul 31, 1930 - Feb 27, 2024

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Independence, MO

Wanda J. Berger, 93 of Independence, Missouri died on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at her residence in Independence, Missouri. Born Thursday, July 31, 1930 in Shirley, Arkansas, she was the daughter of William Brown and Eudie Elliott Brown.

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Jason Seaton

Jan 26, 1972 - Feb 28, 2024

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Independence, MO

Jason Seaton, 52, of Independence, Missouri, died late Wednesday evening, February 28, 2024, at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Mo.Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Windsor Assembly with Pastor John Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends before the service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church. A memorial has been established in Jason’s memory and contributions may be left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor (checks payable to Cindy Seaton).

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Thomas Lee John Mullen

Aug 07, 1936 - Feb 29, 2024

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Independence, MO

In Memory Of Thomas Lee John Mullen, age 87, of Independence, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. He was born on August 7, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clifton and Ruth (Anison) Mullen. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Navy Diver obtaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. On May 25, 1973 he received his honorable discharge after serving for over 19 years.He was a member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church of Warsaw, Missouri.He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Rodney Mullen.He is survived by one son, Robert Mullen and his wife Jessica of San Diego, California, one daughter, Ruth Orteaga of Granbury, Texas, one sister, Betty Fansher of Independence, Missouri, 2 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Military rites and interment will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Thomas Lee John Mullen, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Betty M. Brumble

May 08, 1934 - Feb 26, 2024

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Independence, MO

Independence, Missouri - Betty M. Brumble, 89, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, February 26, 2024. Betty was born on May 8, 1934, to William H. and Dessie M. (Wyrick) Fritchey in Seneca, Missouri. Betty dedicated many years of her life to service, retiring from the Wyandotte County Courthouse where she served as an Administrative Assistant. Her commitment to her work was matched only by her unwavering devotion to her family. A woman of boundless love and generosity, Betty prioritized her family above all else. She found solace and joy in the beauty of nature, often spending her free time gardening or taking leisurely walks outdoors. Additionally, Betty found excitement in the simple pleasures of life, enjoying regular visits to the casino and the thrill of slot machines. Despite life's challenges, Betty maintained a positive outlook and rarely complained. She possessed a deep appreciation for the smaller moments in life and took great pleasure in reminiscing about her childhood, sharing her knowledge of the outdoors, and reading The Bible. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Dessie M. Fritchey, and her beloved husband, Charles W. Brumble. She is survived by her siblings Bonnie Bettis, Bill Fritchey, Buster Fritchey, and Bertha Hill. Betty (Nonnie) leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion through her surviving children: son Robert K. and wife, Sue Hendrickson; daughter Rita J. Hester; and son Charles K. and wife, Trini Brumble. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Brian Hendrickson, Amy Gonzalez, Kimberly Canzonere, Jeremy Hendrickson, Phillip Kane Hendrickson, Stacey Jo Horner, Anthony Conklin, and Jessica Booth, along with her twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Betty's compassionate heart, steadfast spirit, and gentle demeanor touched the lives of all who knew her. Her memory will forever be cherished and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 701 N 94th Street, Kansas City, KS 66112 To to the family or in memory of Betty M. (Fritchey) Brumble, please

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Dorothy Juanita Sevy

May 28, 1925 - Feb 28, 2024

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Independence, MO

Dorothy Juanita (Bilquist) Sevy, 98, of Independence, MO, went to be with Jesus, Tuesday, February 28th, 2024, while surrounded by family. A visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, March 4th, 2024 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St, Independence, MO 64055. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 10am at Buckner Restoration Branch Church, 2607 N. Twyman Rd, Independence, MO 64058. Burial to immediately follow at Mound Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care (www.crossroadshospice.com) and/or Buckner Restoration Branch Church (www.bucknerrb.org). Dorothy was one of 9 children, born to George and Alma (Hockenson) Bilquist on May 28, 1925, in Independence, MO. In 1942, she was a graduate of Buckner High School. She continued on to college, where she received a teaching certificate from Central Missouri State Teachers College. Dorothy taught all grades in a one room school house, then went on to teach kindergarten, 2nd and 7th grades at Blue Mills Elementary School. Even though Dorothy was a teacher, she was also a woman of many other trades. She served as a stenographer for the Navy in WWII, was a hairstylist for friends and her sweet Gordon, and was a controller for Clark Manufacturing, Standard Oil, John Knox Village and Greenstreet Interiors, before retiring in 1983. On February 15, 1946, Dorothy married her sweetheart, Gordon Frederick Sevy and the pair soon adopted two children, Nancy Colleen and Mark Alan. Dorothy was a longtime member of the Buckner Restoration Branch Church, where she sang in the choir, offered her ministry of music through song and the piano, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and was a true, and faithful servant of the Lord. She was a wonderful wife, excellent mother, an outstanding grandmother and a dear friend to many. Dorothy loved to sing and play the piano, travel to enjoy natures beauty with Gordon and friends, and spend quality time with those she loved most. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, of 73 years, both of her parents, and several siblings, Wesley, Daniel, Judith, Percy, Maude and George. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Marty) Bolyard; son, Mark (Natalie) Sevy; granddaughter, Whitney Sevy; grandson, Tyler (Amy) Sevy and great grandson, Gordon Michael Sevy; sisters, Ruth Hontz and Joyce Johnston; her oldest friend, Harriett "Sammie" Wilson; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.Dorothy was loved by everyone who knew her; she will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)

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