This page is an ongoing tribute to the lives of friends and family lost on May 22, 2011, in the tragic tornado that struck Joplin at 5:41 pm.
These beloved fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and friends are special individuals who are part of the close-knit Joplin community. They will be forever remembered for their courage, love, and dedication to their families, their friends, and the City of Joplin.
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Age: 68Shirley Ann Parker, 68 of Joplin, MO, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 in the tornado that devastated Joplin. She was born February 11, 1943 in Sterling, Kansas the daughter of Kenneth and Rosemary (Greene) Stange.
She was married to Ronnie G. Parker, and later divorced.
Shirley was a Mammography Technician at Loveless Health Care System in Albuquerque, NM for many years, she retired in 2008.
Survivors include a son, Greg Parker and fiancé Jennifer Willey of Pittsburg, a daughter Stephanie Woods and husband Joseph of Joplin, MO, along with six grandchildren Jessawynne Parker, Shelby Ann Woods, Alexis Kathryn Woods, Mitchell William Woods, Daniel Thomas Willey and Connor Peyton Willey.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Robert Dee Stange.
Memorial services will be 3 pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2011at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg. Inurnment of her cremains will be Saturday, June 11 at the Sterling Community Cemetery in Sterling, KS.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.
Source: Bath-Naylor Funeral Home
Age: 23Nichole Sherie Pearish, age 23, of Joplin, Mo. passed away at 3:21 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. Nichole was born July 24, 1987 in Joplin and lived in the Joplin area most of her life. She was a 2006 graduate of Sarcoxie High School and was active in FFA. She was employed as a Customer Service Supervisor with Aegis Communications. Nichole was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sarcoxie, and was a member of the Route 66 Cloggers.
Nichole is survived by her parents, Steven and Sandra Pearish, Sarcoxie, her Mother, Rebecca Newton, Joplin, six brothers, Justin Pearish, Sarcoxie, Steven Pearish and wife Emily, Fayetteville, AR, Mason Zuraw, and Alexander Zuraw, both of Joplin, and Dustin Dorris and Dylan Dorris, both of Sarcoxie, one sister, Lacy Root and husband Seth, Sarcoxie, her paternal grandparents, Forrest Eugene and Jennifer Christine Pearish, Joplin, her maternal grandparents, James and Marjorie Newton, Joplin, her paternal great grandmother, Elizabeth Pearish, Joplin, and her maternal great grandmother, Mildred Campbell, Joplin and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with Randy Gariss, Minister, officiating. Private family graveside services will follow. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel. Memorial contributions are requested to the University of Mo. Medical Center in Columbia. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.
Source: Mason-Woodard Mortuary
Age: 76Mary Joyce Perry, age 76, of Joplin, passed away on Sunday May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the tornado.
Joyce was born November 16, 1934 in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of John and Vivian Thurman. She was a lifelong resident of Joplin and a graduate of Joplin High School. In October 1953 she married Warren E. Perry in Joplin. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1983. She was a secretary for Prudential Insurance and KODE TV and then owner of It Figures in Joplin. She presently worked for C.J. Uniform Shop in Joplin. She was a member of Epsilan Sigma Alpha and AARP. She enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren.
She is survived her daughter, Debbie McMurry and husband Doug, of Pittsburg, Ks.; her son, Dan Perry, of St. Louis, Mo.; grandsons, Eric Smith, of Carl Junction, Mo. and Ryan Smith , of St. Charles, Mo.; great-grandson, Cooper Smith; great-granddaughter Catie Smith, Carl Junction, Mo.; and a sister, Jean Goff, of Joplin. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2011 at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Angels Among Us or the Alzheimer Association in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Source: Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory
Age: 27James Benjamin John “Ben” Peterson, age 27, Joplin, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011 due to injuries sustained in the tornado.
Ben was born September 20, 1983 in Joplin, and graduated from Joplin High School in 2003. He was currently working at the McDonalds on Main St. with the night shift.
Survivors include a mother, Leilani Halvorsen of Joplin; step-father Tom Halvorsen of Joplin; sister, Myra Boatright of Joplin; grandmother, Margaret Heuer of Skokie, Illinois; nephews, Austin and Job; nieces, Quin and Laci.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Benham.
Graveside services will be Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with John Karriman officiating.
Source: Parker Mortuary & Crematory
Age: 91Anna Pettek, 91, a Greenbriar resident, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mrs. Pettek has been taken for cremation. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.
Source: Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary
Age: 37John Henry (Jay) Petty, Jr., 37, Joplin, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. He was born April 3, 1974, in Hoopston, IL to John Henry Petty, Sr. and Linda Sue (Watson) Petty.
Jay moved to the Neosho area 5 years ago and worked at Jasper Products in Joplin for the past 5 years. He spent two years serving in the Army Rangers. He loved God, his country and spending time with his family. He also loved to hunt, fish and play the guitar and had a band, Iris Road.
He is survived by his parents John Henry, Sr. and Linda Sue Petty of Gray Ridge, MO; his fiancé, Lisa Hartman, Neosho; two daughters, Hannah Petty, Dexter, MO, Hayli Petty, Dexter, MO; his fiancés children, Leif Larson and Jedidiah Larson, both of the home; two brothers, Dallas Petty, Malden, MO; Nicholas Petty, Gray Ridge, MO and one sister, Alisha Hagy, Essex, MO.
Born: April 3, 1974
Death: May 22, 2011
Lisa Hartman, Fiance’
John Henry, Sr and Linda Sue Petty, Parents
Two daughters, Hannah Petty and Hayli Petty, his fiances’ children, Leif Larson and Jedidiah Larson, both of the home. Dallas Petty, Brother
Nicholas Petty, Brother
Alisha Hagy, Sister
Source: Clark Funeral Homes
Age: 78Hallie “Marie” Cook Piquard age 78 of Joplin, Mo. passed away Sunday May 22, 2011 from injuries sustained in the catastrophic tornado.
Marie was born October 20, 1932 in Lufkin, Tx. to Arthur and Nobbil (Mossingelle) Agleton. She worked as a Deputy Collector for Jasper County, and with CFI for eight years. She was a member of the Harmony Heights Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling and southern gospel music.
She married Elbert “Dick” Cook on December 3, 1960 in Texas, he preceded her in death on December 8, 2000. She then married Lloyd Piquard on May 3, 2003, he survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Lloyd Piquard Jr. and wife Donna of Neodesha, Ks., Chris Piquard and wife Pamela of Joplin. Three daughters, Bonita Harrison and her husband gary of Carthage, Debbie Poole and her husband Karl of Jena, La. and Susan Tatum and her Husband Mike of Joplin; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Agleton in 2011, one daughter Carolyn Piquard and one grandson, Joshua Harrison.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 2, 2011 at the Carthage First Baptist Church. Rev. Charlie Burnett and Gene Jefferies officiating. Burial will be in Knight Cemetery in Lufkin, Tx., at 3:30 p.m. Friday June 3, 2011. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony Heights Baptist Church Tornado Victim Fund at SMB. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Age: 17Natalia Puebla, 17 of Carthage passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011. She was born on July 26, 1993 in Joplin; MO. Natalia was the daughter of Carey and Latina Puebla. She was a student of Ozark Christian College and had just completed her first year. Natalia was loved by her piano students, church family and college friends. She was a member of the Joplin Full Gospel Church.
Natalia is survived by her parents, two brothers, Joshua and Jacob of Springfield, and one sister Angela (Elliott) Pinkham of Webb City, MO., four nieces Kaylene, Kristin, Kelly, and Kara, Uncle Jesse & Pam of Carthage, Mo. Natalia is preceded by Paternal Grandparents, Jesus Puebla and Marjorie Scoville.
There is a need for FUNDS to help Natalia’s mom, LATINA PUEBLA, provide for her daughter’s funeral. Besides losing her daughter, Latina also lost her sister, Sandra Thomas (Natalia’s aunt) to the tornado. Sandra’s service was combined with the service for Natalia.
Latina works for the Postal Service in Carl Junction and the postal workers there have set up a fund. We need to join together with them and met this need.
Donations should be made payable to her mother, Latina Puebla, and sent to the following address: Community Bank & Trust, Attention: Mike, P. O. Box 1, Carl Junction, MO 64834 (417.649.7255)
Source: Ulmer Funeral Home