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Helen Putman

March 13, 1932 - March 28, 2015

Helen Lorene (Montgomery) Putman went to be with her Lord on March 28, 2015. She was 83 years old. Helen was born March 13, 1932 to Paul and Amanda Burns Montgomery in Springfield, M O. She graduated from Springfield Senior High School in 1950. On November 19, 1953, Helen was united in marriage to Richard J. Putman. To this union were born 4 children: Lynn Ann, Kevin James, Keith Richard and Wesley Gene.

In her early years, Helen was an active member at East Avenue Baptist Church participating in the young people’s group and Baptist Young Women. Early in their marriage, Helen and Richard became active members at Pleasant Home Baptist Church where she worked in Bible School, Women’s Missionary Union and Sunbeams. In 1974, Helen became a member of Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church and was an active member there until illness kept her from attending.  Helen enjoyed being with family, plus quilting, sewing and bird watching.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Richard of 40 years; two sisters:   Martha Cates and Olivia Wade. She is survived by her children: Lynn and Mark Scott, Kevin and Kathy Putman, Keith and Susan Putman and Wesley and Brenda Putman, all of Springfield. Eight grandchildren: Jennifer and Pat Ostergren, Springfield; Teresa and Shaun Richards, Lyons, CO; Bryan and Charith Scott, Rogersville; Melissa and Sam Lambeth, Fair Grove; Jeffrey and Stefanie Putman, Pleasant Hope; Amy Putman, Springfield; Julie Putman, Springfield; Jodie Putman, Kansas City. Eight great-grandchildren: Elisabeth Santos, Carter Ostergren, Graysen Scott, Hunter, Lily and River Lambeth, Sofie and Ainsley Putman. Also one sister-in-law Carolyn Harshfield, and several nieces and nephews. Helen was looking forward to the birth of two great-grandchildren in the very near future.

All services will be held at Greenlawn North Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the funeral on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Bellview Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com


October 30, 1921 - March 27, 2015

Floy Geneva (Nelson) Broome went to be with her heavenly Father on March 27, 2015. She was 93 years old and resided with her husband Marshall at The Baptist Home in Ozark, Missouri at the time of her passing. She was born in Cobb County Georgia on October 30, 1921, the daughter of Pinkney and Octavia Nelson. She was the beloved wife of Marshall A. Broome for 73 years. She is also survived by their Children, Laura Ann Jensen and husband Ralph in Longwood Florida, Vickie Lee Wright and Husband Dennis in Springfield Missouri and Robert Broome and wife Judy in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She is also survived by her brother, Harvey Nelson of Atlanta, Georgia. Floy has many beautiful grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

She was a constant servant of God. She and Marshall lived most of their married life in Orlando, Florida before moving to Springfield, Missouri in 2006 to become closer to family. They were members of the Second Baptist church in Springfield.

In Lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to The Baptist Home, at 1040 Garton Rd. Ozark, Mo. 65721.

A visitation will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, MO. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m. at Rivermonte Cemetery in Springfield, MO with Chaplain Tommy Harper officiating.

Aline B. Davis Torbett

October 24, 1919 - March 27, 2015

     Aline B. Davis Torbett, age 95, of Bolviar, MO, formerly of Morrisville, MO, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar, MO. She was born October 24, 1919, in Polk County, MO, to Otis and Dessie (Smith) Painter. She was a beauty operator and business owner for over 12 years. She was the Morrisville City Collector for over 25 years and had a hand in starting the Morrisville Water System.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband David R. Davis, Sr., second husband John Torbett; one brother Tobe Painter; one sister Opal Boyd; great grandson Michael Gilmore; a daughter in-law Phyllis Davis; and a son in-law Jim Sikes.

     She is survived by four children: David Davis, Jr. of Bolivar, MO, Gene Davis and wife Irene of Bolivar, MO; James “Jim” Davis and wife Marilyn of Polk, MO, and Patty Sikes of Bolivar, MO; nine grandchidren: Sharon Coon, Vicky Ross, Terri Angleton, Tim Davis, Michele Hosley, Malissa Julien, Paul Sikes, Paula Sokolik, Patrick Sikes; 17 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchidren and one on the way; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Pitts Chapel with Rev. Randy Urich officiating. Burial will follow at Morrisville Cemetery, Morrisville, MO. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

Stanley Lewis Ball

October 28, 1917 - March 27, 2015

Stanley Lewis Ball was born October 28, 1917, in Nixa, Missouri and passed away on March 27, 2015, at the Neighborhoods at Quail Creek, Springfield, Missouri at the age of 97.

Stanley grew up in Nixa, and he graduated from Nixa High School in 1935.  On March 22, 1939, in Galena, Missouri, he was married to Jo Elaine Halbrook.  They were married sixty six years at the time of her passing in 2005.  He was a World War II Veteran, serving from December 22, 1943 to October 8, 1945.

Sports were a major focus and influence in Stanley’s life.  He played basketball for Nixa High School and was elected to the Nixa Schools Athletic Hall of fame in 1987.  He refereed basketball for many of his adult years and played baseball on town teams both in Nixa and Branson.  One of his greatest joys in his later years was attending Drury basketball games.  He was a most dedicated fan and supporter of both the men’s and women’s teams.

Church was also important to Stanley.  He was active in the Nixa Christian Church until the family moved to Branson, Missouri in 1955, and his membership was transferred to Branson Christian Church.  He was an elder and headed numerous committees for his church.

As a young man, he drove a truck for Standard Oil Company, delivering all types of oil products on a rural route in Nixa and the surrounding area.  In 1955, he purchased a half interest in a Standard Oil dealership in Branson.  Later, he owned and operated an independent insurance agency in Branson, until his retirement in 1983.

Always active in his community, Stanley served on the Branson City Council for thirteen years, nine years as an alderman and four years as mayor.  He was the recipient of The Gift of Time Award, Government Division, Springfield, in 1994, and was a past board member of both Nixa Bank and Empire Bank and was a director on the board of Central Trust Company at the time of his death.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; parents, Frary and Sadie (Stricker) Ball; a brother, Glenn; and daughter Stana Vigil.

He is survived by his daughter, Jo (Tommy) Arcudia; grandchildren, Rick (Carol) Moore; Michael Vigil; Kristin Derrick; Amanda (Roger) Schaefer; Victoria (David) Stewart; seven great-grandchildren and many special friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of Good Shepherd Hospice and The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek for their loving care in Stanley’s final days.

Visitation will be Friday, April 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home East, in Springfield, Missouri with the service beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in Richwood Cemetery in Ozark, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations to the Boys and Girls Club, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65802.

Monya L. (Martin) Wallis

October 12, 1937 - March 27, 2015

Monya Louise Wallis, age 77, of Springfield, MO, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Cox Medical Center South. She was born on October 12, 1937, in Springfield, MO, to Herbert and Margaret (Reynolds) Martin. She was a member of the Pathways United Methodist Church. Monya had a tremendous love for her children and grandchildren. She took great pride in being a Dairy Farmer’s wife.   She retired from PFI Western Store.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Johnny; her sister Belva Dee and husband Joe Stralford; also her toddler sister Glenda. She is survived by Debby (Dave) Whalen; Margaret (Mark) Glorfeld; Gay (Dennis) Bolin; 5 grandchildren: John Sims, Jason Sims, Marilyn Glorfeld, Jessie Bolin and Jamie Bolin-Harter and many great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Stokes; uncles, nieces and nephews; Joan Sparks, J. Hal Hastings; friends and neighbors.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 30, 2015 at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.   Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Lyman Jennings

June 30, 1916 - March 25, 2015

Lyman Jennings, 98, of Springfield, died peacefully at 8:45 Wednesday evening at Woodland Manor. Lyman was born June 30 1916 in Vista, Mo. and was raised in Cave Springs Mo by his parents John And Lula Jennings. A graduate of Willard High School, Lyman served his country joining the Air Force from ’42-’45 where he was awarded six bronze stars. Lyman served his Lord Jesus, joining National Heights Baptist Church (previously known as East Avenue Baptist) and teaching adult Sunday School for over 50 years earning heavenly awards. In 1947 at the age of 31 Lyman married Wanah Chastain. Lyman worked for Murray Coonrod Worley Insurance from 1950 until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of the Masons for over 50 years. He was a member of National Heights Baptist Church (previously know as East Avenue), where he served as deacon and taught adult Sunday School for nearly 50 years. Lyman was preceded in death by his parents, John Franklin Jennings and Lula Mae (Haynie) Jennings; his wife, Wanah (Chastain) Jennings; and his very good friend, Alma ( ) Bass He is survived by his sisters-in-law Ethel Mae Turner and Leima Cannefax and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Lyman will be at 1:00 Monday at Greenlawn North with burial following. Visitation is scheduled an hour prior at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to National Heights Baptist Church or College of the Ozarks.

Jerry Dennis Forsgren

November 3, 1937 - March 25, 2015

Jerry Dennis Forsgren, age 77, of Everton, MO, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar. He was born November 3, 1937, in Chicago, IL. to Harwood and Marjorie Forsgren. He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he trained to be an air traffic controller. He continued to be be an air traffic controller for 31 1/2 years. After his retirement, he became a custom cabinet maker.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife; Charlotte Mary Forsgren, Everton, MO, his daughter; Vanessa Darlene Friend, Everton, MO. and a grandson; Phillip Friend. No services are planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center, Bolivar, MO. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North.

John Leroy Rathburn

March 22, 1935 - March 25, 2015




A Celebration of Life Service for John Leroy Rathburn age 80 of Reeds Spring, Missouri will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, March 30, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson with Rev. Bill Austin officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.

He died March 25, 2015 at Cox Medical Center-Branson.

He was born on March 22, 1935 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of William and Lula B. Lea Rathburn.  He was a retired driver for O.A.T.S. where he had worked for eleven years.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War.  He was of the protestant faith.  He had been a resident of the area for many years.

Survivors are his wife; Carol Johnson Rathburn of the home.  One son, Brad Rathburn and wife Jaci  of Peru, Illinois and a daughter, Audra Rathburn of Reeds Spring, Mo.  One brother, Jimmy Rathburn of House Springs, Missouri and a sister, Ellen Marie Flynn of Vandalia, Missouri and two grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Everett and William “Buzz” Rathburn 

Memorial contribution are suggested to The Ronald McDonald House or the  Children’s Miracle Network.



James Lee Morris

January 25, 1947 - March 24, 2015

James Lee Morris, 68, Springfield was born January 25, 1947. He passed away March 24, 2015 at his home. James was married on Sept. 4, 1976 to Pam Morris. James and Pam lived and loved each other for 38 years. James lived each day by faith and trusting in God.

James is survived by daughters, Kelsea, Laci and Natalie; his mother, Clara Morris; his brother, Gary and family as well as many lifelong friends. James served in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1966 to 1968 as an infantry leader during the Vietnam War. After serving in the Marines, James retired after 45 years from Sweetheart Cup Company.

James had a true passion for horsemanship. He was an American Quarter horse Association world champion, as well as winning many other horsemanship awards.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Greenlawn North Funeral Home.

Brenda L. Mings

December 3, 1959 - March 23, 2015

Brenda Lou Mings passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Springfield, MO at the age of 55. She lived her life with an optimistic spirit and a loving heart for family, friends and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda was an avid tennis and mahjong player, and supporter of Greenwood Laboratory School where she served as PTA President and was awarded the Outstanding Friends of Greenwood Award. She had been an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday school and Bible school, and later First & Calvary Presbyterian Church. Brenda had a gift for the domestic arts and loved gardening, home decorating, scrapbooking, cooking, photography, and fashion. She loved her co-workers at Chico’s and enjoyed helping her customers pick out just the right outfit. But Brenda’s heart belonged to her family, and her daughters Jennifer and Christen were the center of her universe.

Brenda was proud of her roots in the Amish community of Kalona, Iowa and collected memorabilia and artwork from that area, as well as antique quilts and table linens. She attended Mid-Prairie High School and Kirkwood Community College where she received her associate degree in accounting.

Brenda is survived by her father, Phillip Ward Preston, her step-mother, Susie Preston, her brother, Gregory James Preston, her sister, Laura Lea Preston Rios, and her daughter, Christen Leigh Mings. She was met in Heaven by her paternal grandparents, James Claude and Eldora Louise Preston, her maternal grandparents, Carl Hoyt and Sarah Corine Howell, her mother, Karolyn Kay Howell Preston, and her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Mings.

A Celebration of Life Service honoring Brenda will be held at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, 4301 W. Markham Street, #816, Little Rock, AR 72205. Brenda was very grateful to the Institute and Dr. Bart Barlogie for their compassionate care and groundbreaking treatment over the past seven years.